Lord of the Flies Adaptation and More Join Kathleen Marshall's Unsinkable Molly Brown at Denver Center Theatre

By Michael Gioia
14 Mar 2014

The Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company has announced its 36th season, which includes the previously reported Unsinkable Molly Brown, helmed by Kathleen Marshall, and will kick off Sept. 12.



Meredith Willson's (The Music Man) 1960 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown begins Sept. 12 and features a new book by three-time Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), new songs from the Willson catalogue and staging and choreography by three-time Tony Award winner Marshall (Anything Goes). Click here to read more.

The season will also include an adaptation of William Golding's Lord Of The Flies and the world premieres of Appoggiatura by James Still and Benediction by Eric Schmiedl.

Here's a glance at the season:

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Lyrics and music by Meredith Willson
Additional lyrics and book by Dick Scanlan
Based on the original book by Richard Morris
Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
Sept. 12-Oct. 26 (Opens Sept. 19) | Stage Theatre

"This exhilarating refresh of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical tells the rags-to-riches romance of Colorado's own heroine, Molly Brown. With a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), new songs from the Willson songbook and staging by Tony-winning director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes), the tempestuous can't-live-with-him/can't-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage in an all-new production."

William Golding's
Lord Of The Flies
Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
Sept. 26-Nov. 2 (Opens Oct. 3) | Space Theatre

"Lord of the Flies… tells the story of a group of English boys who become stranded on a deserted island. Intoxicated by sudden freedom, their games quickly descend to a savage struggle for power. A compelling glimpse into dystopia that explores the grimmest reaches of human nature and fragility of free will."

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Oct. 10-Nov. 16 (Opens Oct. 17) | Ricketson Theatre

"Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this Chekhovian mash-up erupts into chaos when Vanya and Sonia receive a surprise visit from their Hollywood star sister, Masha, and her boy-toy Spike. Residents and visitors of the normally quiet household are thrown into hilarious upheaval as they confront issues of sibling rivalry, regret, lust and love."

A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Richard Hellesen
Music by David de Berry
Nov. 28-Dec. 28 (Opens Dec. 5) | Stage Theatre

"Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations."

World Premiere
Appoggiatura
By James Still
Jan. 16-Feb. 22, 2015 (Opens Jan. 23) | Ricketson Theatre

"Written by three-time Pulitzer nominee James Still, Appoggiatura follows three closely related Americans, each nursing a hunger and a hard-to-heal wound, as they travel to the romantic city of Venice seeking solace. As time bends and magic lies just around the corner, this favorite of the Colorado New Play Summit weaves a quirky and lyrical narrative exploring love, loss and the human soul. A Denver Center commission."

World Premiere
Benediction
By Eric Schmiedl
Based upon the novel by Kent Haruf
Jan. 30-March 1 (Opens Feb. 6) | Space Theatre

"This adaptation of best-selling Kent Haruf's novel takes place on the high plains of Colorado. The final chapter of a trilogy, Benediction is a slice-of-life drama about three souls searching for meaningful connections despite separation, loneliness and the race against time. A Denver Center commission."

One Night in Miami…
By Kemp Powers
March 20-April 19 (Opens March 27) | Space Theatre

"This slice-of-life dramedy… imagines what occurred the night of Cassius Clay’s historic win over heavyweight champ Sonny Liston. Declining a glamorous Miami Beach party, Clay chooses to celebrate in a hotel room with his closest friends: activist Malcom X, singer Sam Cooke and football player Jim Brown. Over the course of the night each man argues for his vision of what it means to be black in 1964, culminating in an early morning announcement from Clay that will shock the world."

Director's Choice
March 27-April 26 | Stage Theatre

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