MI's Meadow Brook Will Stage Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Sleepy Hollow, Mindgame and More

News   MI's Meadow Brook Will Stage Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Sleepy Hollow, Mindgame and More Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, MI, announced a season of Michigan professional premieres for 2009-10, including Mindgame and the Neil Sedaka musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.

The season will open with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, adapted by Jefferson Garrett, Oct. 7–Nov. 1. The American classic is familiar to generations of Americans who read the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen in high school English classes.

A special holiday production of the metro Detroit-area favorite, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Charles Nolte, will play Nov. 21–Dec. 20.

The comedy about one man juggling three stewardesses, Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti, will play Jan. 6-31, 2010. The 1960s play became a staple of American dinner theatres before finding legitimacy in an acclaimed London and Broadway revival that won the 2008 Tony Award as Best Revial of a Play.

Mindgame, a comic thriller by Anthony Horowitz, will run Feb. 10–March 7, 2010. "To a pulp fiction writer, the opportunity to interview a serial killer is the chance of a lifetime, but in an asylum, what you see isn't always what you get," according to Meadow Brook.

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber, March 17–April 11, 2010, is based on the 1922 book by Elizabeth von Arnim. It concerns a group of women escaping the dreariness of 1920s England at a house on the coast of Italy. The musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do closes out the regular season, April 21–May 16, 2010. Written by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters, the music of Neil Sedaka tells the story of "Lois and Marge, who go to the Catskills one Labor Day weekend in the 1960s, looking for adventure and romance." In addition to the title song, other familiar tunes include "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Where the Boys Are."

Meadow Brook Theatre will also offer a Children's Series to feature Aesop's Fables with the Jim West Puppets, The Lewis & Clark Expedition and Thomas Edison, Henry & Mudge and Seussical the Musical.

Season tickets are currently available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at (248) 377-3300.

For additional information on Meadow Brook Theatre, visit www.mbtheatre.com.

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Meadow Brook Theatre is a non-profit, cultural institution that has served southeast Michigan for over 40 years. Formerly a cultural program of Oakland University, where shows are presented, the theatre was saved in recent years by concerned artists who reorganized the operation. Commercial fare including productions of Nunsense (with stars) helped bring in a new audience. Cheryl Marshall is its managing director; there is no artistic director.

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