The summer season of musicals will kick off July 7 with Fiddler on the Roof. The classic musical, which features a score by Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music) and a book by Joseph Stein, will play through July 16.
The Disney musical Aida, penned by Elton John and Tim Rice, will follow, playing July 18-23. The musical, which made a star out of original title player Heather Headley, concerns the legendary doomed love story between the Nubian princess Aida and her Egyptian captor Radames.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, which is also slated for a Broadway revival at Lincoln Center, will be presented July 25-30. Audiences will enjoy such classic tunes as "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali H'ai" and "A Wonderful Guy."
Stephen Sondheim will be represented with the Aug. 1-6 mounting of his Tony-winning Best Musical A Little Night Music. The musical, which features a book by Hugh Wheeler, was inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film "Smiles of a Summer Night" and spawned what is perhaps Sondheim’s best-known tune, “Send in the Clowns.”
Another Tony-winning musical, The Music Man, will follow, with performances set for Aug. 8-13. Meredith Willson’s musical concerns con man Harold Hill and his relationship with River City’s librarian, Marian. The classic score includes such tunes as "My White Knight," "Goodnight My Someone," "Lida Rose," "Till There Was You," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "Marian the Librarian," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "Trouble" and "The Sadder But Wiser Girl." Another Sondheim musical, the first for which he wrote both music and lyrics — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum — will be offered Aug. 15-20, and the season will conclude with Smokey Joe’s Café, Aug. 22-31. The latter is a revue of the songs of Lieber and Stoller and features such tunes as “Stand By Me,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak” and “On Broadway.”
The Music Circus season is presented by California Musical Theatre under the direction of Executive Producer Richard Lewis and Artistic Director Scott Eckern. Casting will be announced in the spring. Last year’s season included such familiar New York actors as Max von Essen, Paige Price, Perry Ojeda, Teri Ralston, Nikki Renee Daniels and William Michals.
The Music Circus is located at 1419 H Street in Sacramento, CA. Call (916) 557-1999 for tickets. For more information, visit www.californiamusicaltheatre.com.