Reefer Madness, Drowsy Chaperone, Jitney and Dancing at Lughnasa Set for Gallery Players Season

News   Reefer Madness, Drowsy Chaperone, Jitney and Dancing at Lughnasa Set for Gallery Players Season Brooklyn's Gallery Players will stage the Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, August Wilson's Jitney and the poignant Tony-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa during the 2010-2011 season.

The Park Slope theatrical institution, now in its 43rd season, most recently earned two Innovative Theatre Award nominations for its productions of the original musical Top of the Heap and a revival of Caroline, or Change. Both productions earned Outstanding Production of a Musical nominations.

The season will open with the Joe Orton farce What the Butler Saw, Sept. 11-26. The comedy centers on a doctor and his wife and their hidden extramarital shenanigans.

The irreverent, camp musical Reefer Madness (based on the 1936 propaganda film) will follow, Oct. 23-Nov. 14. The musical about high schoolers who fall prey to drugs and sin has a book and score by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney.

Brian Friel's Tony Award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa, which tells the story of five sisters in a small Irish village in 1936, will run Dec. 4-19.

The Gallery Players will sit down with the Man In Chair for The Drowsy Chaperone, which will begin the New Year Jan. 29-Feb. 20, 2011. A theatre aficionado takes audiences through the jazz-age musicals in the comedy that has music and lyrics by Lisa Morrison and Greg Lambert and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. Wilson's Jitney, which played an Off-Broadway run in 2000, will be presented March 19-April 3, 2011. Part of Wilson's "Century Cycle" chronicling the lives of the African American experience, Jitney centers on a group of taxi drivers in 1977 Pittsburgh.

Lionel Bart's popular Tony Award-winning 1963 musical Oliver!, based on the beloved Charles Dickens novel, will close the season April 30-May 22, 2011.

Also on the bill is the Gallery Player's Black Box New Play Festival, which will return for its 14th installment June 2-26, 2011.

For tickets call (718) 595-0547 or visit galleryplayers.com

The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.

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The Gallery Players, a Brooklyn theatrical institution, boasts numerous Broadway folk among its alumni, including Harvey Fierstein (A Catered Affair, Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy), Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd), Diedre Goodwin (A Chorus Line, Chicago), Seth Rudetsky (Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox), Garrett Long (The Spitfire Grill) and John Rando (director of Broadway's Urinetown and The Wedding Singer).

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