Fulton Theatre in PA Will Say Hello to Dolly!, Phantom, Cat, Miss Daisy and More

News   Fulton Theatre in PA Will Say Hello to Dolly!, Phantom, Cat, Miss Daisy and More
Programming for Fulton Theatre's 2009-10 season, the first under new artistic director Marc Robin after the death of Michael D. Mitchell, has been announced in Lancaster, PA.

Robin, a writer, director and choreographer known for his work in Chicago, penned a handful of the ten announced shows, including kid-friendly musicals Cinderella, Nutcracker: A Holiday Musical and Sleeping Beauty.

Modern classics including Hello, Dolly!, Driving Miss Daisy, Dial M for Murder, Noises Off, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, plus Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Phantom, are also on the slate.

The season at what's billed as the nation's oldest continuously operating theatre includes a seven-show subscription series and a three-show family series. The venue opened in 1852.

All productions will be performed on the Fulton's Main Stage.

The 2009-10 Fulton Theatre season is: Hello, Dolly!
Book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Sept. 3–27
"When the irrepressible matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi is hired to arrange a marriage for the miserly half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, she finds him the perfect mate — herself! But first she must rejoin the race of life she stopped running when she was widowed and win the heart of her unsuspecting 'husband-to-be' before he gets hitched to somebody else. Filled with elaborate turn-of-the-20th century costumes, charged with high-energy choreography and positively brimming with joyful tunes including 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes,' 'It Only Takes a Moment' and the irresistible title song, Hello, Dolly! is a delectable treat for audiences of all ages."

Book, lyrics and music by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark
Saturday Mornings, Sept. 12–26
"The world's most beloved fairy tale comes to life with this all new adaptation. Forced to spend her days waiting on her cruel stepsisters and stepmother, Cinderella almost forgets that she too has once been a fine young lady with handsome clothes and a soft bed to sleep in. But when Cinderella is left at home on the night of the Prince's ball, her very hip fairy godmother steps in to fulfill her dreams. This musical classic will enchant, delight and inspire. A dream come true fairy tale."

Dial M for Murder
By Frederick Knott
Oct. 22–Nov. 8
"Tony Wendice married Margot for her money… and now he's planning to kill her for the same reason. So, he arranges the perfect murder and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. But, as is so often the case when plotting a murder, things go awry. Can Margot's young lover and a police inspector from Scotland Yard uncover the truth? This suspenseful, mind-twisting mystery has thrilled audiences for decades."

To Be Announced
Dec. 3, 2009–Jan. 3, 2010
Due to licensing restrictions on the title for this slot, the Fulton's December/January production will be announced in late May.

Nutcracker: A Holiday Musical
Book, lyrics and music by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark
Saturday Mornings, Dec. 5–19
"The magic of Christmas comes to life in an all new musical adaptation of this classic holiday story. Follow the journey of the heroic Nutcracker as he tries to reclaim the magic crown from the Evil Mouse King. Travel through the magical land of sweets. Watch as an enchanted jack-in-the-box springs to life, tap dancing penguins back up a very cool Snow Princess and meet the wondrous Sugar Plum Fairy. Complete with a full score of song and dance, this holiday treasure is a true entertainment for all ages."

Driving Miss Daisy
By Alfred Uhry
Jan. 28–Feb. 14, 2010
"Alfred Uhry's funny, touching and poignant Pulitzer Prize winning play spans some of the most tumultuous years in American Civil Rights history. The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, and the rich, crusty and sharp-tongued 72-year-old Jewish widow Daisy Wertham has demolished another car. Her businessman son, Boolie, hires Hoke, a thoughtful, unemployed black man to serve as his mother's chauffeur. The next 25 years show a story of stubbornness, independence, and the gentle evolution of a most unlikely friendship."

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
March 11-28, 2010
"With breakneck pace and a rich gallery of characters, Michael Frayn's brilliantly witty farce follows the on- and off-stage antics of a touring company as they stumble from dress rehearsal to disastrous last night of the comedy, Nothing On. Everything that can go wrong does, as the cast members desperately try to maintain composure sabotaging their fellow actors... resulting in a terrifying descent into chaos. Missed cues, broken backstage romances, and a very slippery plate of sardines all form part of this riotous, madcap comedy that will get everyone caught in the act!"

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Tennessee Williams
April 22–May 9, 2010
"Big Daddy is dying, and the vultures are circling in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. A powerful Southern family gathers at a birthday celebration for patriarch Big Daddy, who is unaware that he is dying of cancer. In a scramble to secure their part of his estate, family members hide the truth about his diagnosis from him and Big Mama. Front and center as tensions mount are Big Daddy and Big Mama's alcoholic former football hero son Brick and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie 'the Cat.' Sizzling with verbal fireworks, savage humor and sexual friction, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an American treasure.

Sleeping Beauty
Book, lyrics and music by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark
Saturday Mornings, June 5–26, 2010
"Start with Ruby, Marigold, Perriwinkle and a touch of the Andrews Sisters; mix in an Evil queen named Magenta; add Sienna, a talking owl; King Lapis, a befuddled ruler; Prince Hunter, a very atypical prince; Princess Amber, an equally atypical princess; and top it off with a fire breathing dragon and you have the beginning ingredients of this musical retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale. With stereotypes shattered, rules broken and quests aplenty, this full scale musical is certain to surprise and delight."

Book by Arthur Kopit
Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston
Based on the novel "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux
June 3–July 4, 2010
"An epic, sweeping tale of murder, intrigue and romance, Phantom is told with more pathos and passion than other musical adaptations of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera. This version, written by Arthur Kopit (Nine, Road to Nirvana) with stunning lyrics and music by two-time Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic, Grand Hotel), faithfully tells the heartbreaking story of a disfigured musical genius who falls in love with the voice and beauty of a street singer who becomes his protégé. But, can love finally embrace someone so rejected by the world for his appearance? This exhilarating story, glorious music, elaborate sets and exquisite costumes will enrapture and captivate Fulton audiences."

Subscriptions are now available through the Fulton box office at (717) 397-7425. For more information visit www.thefulton.org.


The Fulton first opened its doors in 1852. More than 150 years later, "The Grand Old Lady of Prince Street" continues to bring theatre to more than 60,000 patrons into downtown Lancaster annually. With a season that runs from September through June, The Fulton produces comedies, dramas and musicals employing the talents of professional directors, designers, playwrights and union actors from the local community, New York and across the country. The Fulton also features a Family Series that performs on the Fulton's Studio Theatre stage and tours at numerous schools throughout the state of Pennsylvania; acting classes for children, teens and adults; as well as outreach programs for at-risk youth.

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