Some of the top talent in the Broadway community will be gracing the stage of The Cape Playhouse this summer. The list of headliners includes Judy Kuhn, Michele Pawk, Mary Testa, Nancy Opel, Jennifer Simard, Mike McGowan and Jennifer Cody.
The six-play schedule, running from June 12 through September 1, features three plays and three musicals—including three Cape Playhouse premieres.
Kicking off the 2018 season will be Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias.” Set in Louisiana in the 1980s, “Steel Magnolias” is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. At Truvy’s beauty shop, six Southern ladies gather each week to chat and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing crisis.
Infused with heart and humor, “Steel Magnolias” is a hilarious story that touches on love, loss, and enduring friendship.
Four-time Tony Award-nominee Judy Kuhn will play M’Lynn; Mary Testa will be Ouster, and Truvy will be played by Leslie Margherita. Rounding out the cast will be Jillian Louis, Joy Franz and Laurie Veldheer. Directed by Pamela Hunt, “Steel Magnolias” runs June 12 through 23.
Second on the roster will be “Sylvia,” the acclaimed comedy by two-time Pulitzer Prize-nominee A.R. Gurney. Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after 22 years in the suburbs.
Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart Lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to comedic and touching effect.
Directed by Matt Lenz, playhouse favorite Jennifer Cody will headline as Sylvia; Michele Pawk from Broadway will play Kate; John Dossett will play Greg; and Stephen Derosa will perform as Tony/Phyllis/Leslie. “Sylvia” runs June 26 through July 7.
After worldwide success in West End, Las Vegas, Canada and Broadway, “Million Dollar Quartet” is coming to The Cape Playhouse July 10 through 21.
This energetic musical tells the story of the afternoon that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins recorded some of the most iconic rock & roll songs of all time.
Audiences will be transported to Memphis, Tennessee, on December 4, 1956, where music was changed forever. The four musicians have a jam session at the famous Sun Records, where they created some of the most well-loved and upbeat songs ever.
“Million Dollar Quartet” will feature Sean McGibbon, Sky Seals, James Barry and Ari Wilford. Directed by Hunter Foster, the musical includes more than 20 well-loved songs from that era, such as “Real Wild Child,” “Memories are Made of This,” “Fever,” “Hound Dog,” “Walk the Line,” “Matchbox” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
The fourth show of the season, “Altar Boyz,” winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, comes to the playhouse after an astounding five-year run. “Altar Boyz” tells the story of five small-town boys—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham—trying to save the world, one screaming fan at a time. Their pop act worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake-breakfast circuit but then fate brings them to New York. Will they take a bite out of the Big Apple? Directed and choreographed by Jason Sparks with music direction by Jordan Jones-Reese, the musical will feature Coby Getzug, Austin Colby, Anthony Fortino and Ben Chavez. A Cape Playhouse premiere, “Altar Boyz” runs July 24 through August 4.
The final musical of the playhouse season, ”South Pacific,” has earned 17 Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In “South Pacific,” love transcends the harsh realities of war and prejudice in this sweeping tale centered around two unlikely love affairs. Set on a tropical island during World War II and based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific,” with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Mr. Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, this timeless classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed. The score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “Bali Ha’i.” Directed by The Cape Playhouse artistic director Michael Rader, the production will feature Mike McGowan as Emile; Becky Gulsvig as Nellie, Tim Rogan as Lt. Cable; Shae Renne as Liat; Michael Thomas Holmes as Luther Billis; and Yvonne Strumecki as Bloody Mary. “South Pacific” will run August 7 through 18.