'Show Boat' kicks off' new season for Sarasota's Asolo Repertory Theatre

mclear@bradenton.comMarch 21, 2013 

Plays by Durang and Freil works are also on tap

It's the season for announcing upcoming seasons.

Asolo Repertory Theatre has just released its lineup of shows for the 2013-14 season.

It starts with the 89-year-old show that re-invented the American musical and ends with a new musical about a 21st-century slacker. In between are a Tony Award-winning drama and works by some of the best and most popular current playwrights.

"Show Boat" kicks off the season Nov. 12-Dec. 29. The ground-breaking Kern-Hammerstein musical features the monumental classic "Ol' Man River."

It's followed by Brain Friel's "Philadelphia, Here I Come," (Jan.7-April 12), Jon Robin Baitz' "Other Desert Cities (Jan. 15-Feb. 27), Christopher Durang's twisted take on Chekhov, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" (Jan. 22-April 13), Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" (March 12-April 19), Amy Herzog's "4,000 Miles," which Time magazine called "The best play of 2012, hands down" (April 2-27, 2014), and a new musical called "Hero," with a book by Aaron Thielen and music and lyrics by Michael Mahler (April 29-June 1, 2014.)

By the way, Galati, who wrote the Tony-winning "The Grapes of Wrath," will be directing "Philadelphia, Here I Come!"

The New Stages touring production for the 2013-14season will be "Romeo and Juliet," with dates and locations still to be announced.

Also upcoming in 2014 and still to be determined are a summer musical and the "Unplugged" festival of new play readings in April.

Meanwhile, The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Acting Training's 2013-2014 season starts with "The School for Lies," David Ives' adaptation of Moilere's "The Misanthrope (Oct. 30-Nov. 17), Joe Orton's popular farce "Loot" (Jan. 2-19, 2014), Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning "How I Learned to Drive (Feb. 19-March 9, 2014) and Jean Anouilh's "Antigone" (April 9-27, 2014).

There are all sorts of ticket packages that can save money over the single-ticket price. For information, go to asolorep.org or call 941-351-8000.

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