Performing Arts Season 75
Playhouse Theatre Company
Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave, Columbia, MO 65201
Side by Side by Sondheim (Musical)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to his earlier work. Featuring music from Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Pacific Overtures, not to mention the classics written with musical theatre giants, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, this dazzling array of some of Sondheim's best-known songs demonstrates his masterful craft and astounding creativity.
7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1 | 2 p.m. on Oct. 2
Our Town (Drama)
By Thornton Wilder
Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage" and "Death and Eternity." The play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love and marry. Thornton Wilder's final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.
7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, 28, 29 | 2 p.m. on Oct. 30
White Christmas (Musical)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, "White Christmas" is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.
7:30 p.m. on Dec, 9, 10, 15, 16 | 2 p.m. on Dec. 11
Merry Wives of Windsor (Comedy)*
By William Shakespeare; Adapted by Jamey Grisham
Written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is a boisterous comedy exploring marriage, wealth, jealousy, and exceptional fibbing. Sir John Falstaff, staying in Windsor and down on his luck, decides to restore his fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy citizens. Upon discovering that they’ve received identical letters, the wives take revenge by playing mischievous pranks on Falstaff when he comes a-calling. Hilarity ensues with mistaken identities, newfound love, and wholehearted forgiveness in this sparkling world premiere adaptation by Jamey Grisham.
7:30 p.m. on February 9, 10, 11 | 2 p.m. on Feb. 12
*Mainstage season production performed in the Warehouse Theatre
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Musical)
Musical by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.”
7:30 p.m. on March 17, 18, 23, 24 | 2 p.m. on March 19
Curtain Up: A Celebration of the Work
A celebration of singing, dancing and acting featuring new works in musical theatre, vocal ensembles and maybe a few surprises.
7:30 p.m. on May 4, 5
Warehouse Theatre Company
104 Willis Ave, Columbia, MO 65201
Upcoming season to be announced
Masks are required inside the theatre spaces. Protocols will adjust as best practices change.
Box Office Hours: 1-4 p.m. weekdays.
Tickets: $16-18 general admission; $10 students/seniors. Free for all college students with student ID.
Or, you may email ticket requests to [email protected] or call (573) 876-7199.