Single tickets to all of Manatee Players 65th Anniversary Season of musicals are now on sale. Tickets are $25 for adults and $11 for students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 941-748-5875 or online at www.manateeplayers.com. Season tickets are still available as well. The box office is open Monday – Friday from 9-5 and one hour before curtain for each performance. The Manatee Players are located at 102 Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. The exciting season of musicals includes: CHICAGO – August 18 - September 4, 2011Music by John KanderLyrics by Fred EbbBook by Fred Ebb & Bob FosseBased on the play CHICAGO by Maurine Dallas WatkinsDirected by Dewayne BarrettCHICAGO is a Kander and Ebb musical set in prohibition era Chicago. The book is by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice, and the concept of the "celebrity criminal." The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she had reported on.The original 1975 Broadway production ran for a total of 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. CHICAGO's 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC - September 22-October 9, 2011Music by Richard RodgersLyrics by Oscar Hammerstein IIBook by Howard Lindsay, Russell CrouseSuggested by "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers"Directed by Robby May The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time. JERRY’S GIRLS – October 27 - November 13, 2011Music and Lyrics by Jerry HermanConceived by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry HermanDirected by Steven FlaaJerry's Girls is a celebratory two-hour musical entertainment of glamour, optimism, love, melody, and women..More than most songwriters, Jerry Herman has put the 'larger-than-life' women of his shows center stage. There's Dolly Gallagher Levi of HELLO, DOLLY!, Auntie Mame Dennis of MAME, Countess Aurelia of DEAR WORLD, Mabel Normand of MACK AND MABEL and female impersonator ZaZa of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. So it is fitting that in Jerry's Girls there are women center stage once again. JERRY’S GIRLS affectionately celebrates Jerry's special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of the American musical theatre..The show's 'name-dropping' title song, ‘Jerry's Girls’ (to the tune of ‘It's Today’ from Mame), that opens Act One, honors the 40-plus female stars who have appeared in Herman musicals over the years, and features a dazzling array of songs from these landmark shows. Look forward to a brilliantly lively show with terrific musicality and wit.
WHITE CHRISTMAS - December 1 - 23, 2011Music & Lyrics by Irving BerlinBook by David Ives and Paul BlakeDirected by Rick Kerby Produced by the Dodt Family FoundationBased on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. 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. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Happy Days – January 12-29, 2012Book by Garry MarshallMusic & Lyrics by Paul WilliamsDirected by Cory Boyas Co Produced by Jess Jewelers and Jon & Bette FrickGoodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph andthe unforgettable "king of cool" Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures'television series, HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical reintroduces one of America's best loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops, andjukebox sock-hoppin'. The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hang-out, Arnold's, is in danger of demolition, so the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and tv-worthy wrestling match. This perfectly family friendly musical will have you rockin' and rollin' all week long! EVITA - February 23-March 11, 2012Music by Andrew Lloyd WebberLyrics by Tim RiceDirected by Rick KerbyEvita brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron. Beginning with a young and ambitious Eva, the production follows her meteoric rise to sainthood. The story tells of the enormous wealth and power she gained and the means by which she became the beloved Evita. RING OF FIRE – March 29 - April 15, 2012Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.Conceived by William MeadeOrchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff LisenbyRING OF FIRE was originally produced on Broadway by William Meade, CTM Productions, Bob Cuillo, GFour Productions and James B. FreydbergDirected by Preston Boyd A set of gifted singers and instrumentalists sing through some of the greatest songs of one of America's most brilliant singer/songwriters, Johnny Cash. Though he is never impersonated, his remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate!
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS – May 3 - 21, 2012Book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay Music by Gene de Paul Lyrics by Johnny Mercer New Songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn Based on the MGM film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and The Sobbin' Women by Stephen Vincent BenetDirected by Rick Kerby Produced by Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball“Goin’ courting” has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie, adapted by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay. Millie is a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness whose plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides.Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.