By Carey Purcell
03 Mar 2014
The comany's 28th season will include Tom Dudzick's Miracle on South Division Street, followed by the Jerry Herman musical Mame. The world premiere of Family Shots, by Michael Slade, will be presented, as well as Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar.
"Selecting the season is one of the hardest, yet most exciting parts of my job," producing artistic director Kevin Moore said in a statement. "Thanks to a wonderful committee of readers, I am able to hand select just the right shows for our audience. It's a season for everyone, with something old and something new; something funny, and something blue."
The season-at-a-glance follows:
Miracle on South Division Street
by Tom Dudzick
"60 years ago, Grandpa Nowak had a vision of the Virgin Mary in his Buffalo, New York barbershop and had an unusual statue of her made to commemorate the miracle. For decades, his family has faithfully tended to his quirky shrine — a source of hope and inspiration in an otherwise run-down part of town. That is until a deathbed confession knocks them for a loop in this hilarious hit comedy that proves when it comes to local legends, there's more than meets the eye."
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis, and the play Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee
Oct. 30–Nov. 23
"Mame Dennis is a free-wheeling eccentric without a care until she becomes the guardian of her ten-year-old nephew, Patrick. Now it's up to her to open new windows and show the boy worlds he never knew existed. Through the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression, Mame teaches Patrick how to 'live, live, live' — whether he's willing or not. It's the dazzling Broadway musical that proves life's a banquet, featuring the classic songs 'We Need A Little Christmas,' 'It's Today,' 'Bosom Buddies' and, of course, 'Mame.'"
by Michael Slade
Jan. 22, 2015–Feb. 8
"Charming family patriarch Sam Baker lies in a hospital bed, recovering from an apparent heart attack, but his wife, Marsha, won't stop making the crisis all about her — much to the dismay of their son, Aaron. The young photographer wonders why his parents even stay together while dealing with his own issues as a newlywed. Intimate, yet universal, this new work by Michael Slade (Under a Red Moon, Gingerbread Children) is a wildly funny and touching comedy about marriage — its joys, challenges and responsibilities — and what's worth fighting for."
A Special Valentine's Event
Buyer & Cellar
by Jonathan Tolins
Feb. 12-March 1
"An out-of-work actor in Los Angeles, Alex takes on the oddest of odd jobs when he's hired to work in the museum-like basement 'mall' of an American entertainment icon's lavish home. He spends his days alone and in awe, tending to a lifetime of countless mementos, until the lady of the house — the 'Funny Girl' herself — appears and they strike up the unlikeliest of friendships. It's an outrageously unbelievable comedy that will go down 'like butta' as one talented performer takes on all the roles, even the dynamic 'Babs.'"
by John Murrell
April 16–May 3
"When a longtime, disillusioned college professor is asked to tutor her dean's son through his freshman Shakespeare class, she finds it to be as much a test for her as it is for him. Although they seem to have nothing in common, as they explore the Bard's Othello together, they learn more about each other — and themselves — than either is ready to admit. While they draw strength from the play, they come to understand what it means to live up to expectations."
by Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
June 11–July 5
"When troubled Brooklyn teenager Yolanda is sent to live with her church-going grandmother down South after the death of her brother, she finds healing in the personal stories of the ladies of the congregation and the hats that adorn their heads. Through time and space, their intimate histories create a soulful, joyous triumph of song, dance, culture and glorious 'hattitude' in this powerhouse gospel musical like no other."
The plays are scheduled for three-week runs and musicals are scheduled for four-weeks, with a number of associated special events, including a Thursday night preview performance, preceded by the “Inside Track” discussion with the director; Friday Opening Night with a free post-show party with the cast in The Loft Lobby; Lite Fare at The Loft, a Tuesday night pre-show dining in The Loft Lobby, with food items provided by Citilites Restaurant; a “While We're on the Subject” talkback following a Sunday matinee; and a Saturday night signed and audio-described performance opportunity.
Call (937) 228-3630 or visit humanracetheatre.org for more information.