Akron’s Weathervane Playhouse Announces 2017-18 Season

Akron’s Weathervane Playhouse Announces 2017-18 Season

Weathervane Playhouse has announced its 2017-18 season, which includes many highlights: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Doubt: A Parable,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” “Into the Woods,” and “Shakespeare In Love.”

Season subscriptions, on sale now, can be purchased by calling 330-836-2626.  Tickets currently are on sale for groups of 12 or larger for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” but single tickets for the show will go on sale on May 1. Single tickets for “It’s Only a Play” will go on sale July 3.  Single tickets for all other shows listed here will go on sale Aug. 1.

Complete 2017-18 Season Schedule:

2017 Performances

Disney’s The Little Mermaid — July 27-Aug. 13
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film

It’s Only a Play — Aug. 31-Sept. 17
Terrence McNally
It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer is throwing a lavish party in her Manhattan townhouse. Celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the producer’s bedroom, waiting for the reviews to come in.

Young Frankenstein — Oct. 5-22
Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
It’s alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches.

“Talking With…” — Nov. 2-12
Jane Martin
Eleven 10-minute monologues, each featuring a different woman who talks about her life.  The ladies cover a wide spectrum of life and age from the fading rodeo star in “Rodeo” to the young aspiring actress in “Audition”, there is much tenderness and diversity in the subject matter involved in the play.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical — Nov. 21-Dec. 23
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Lynn Ahrens & Mike Ockrent, Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling Broadway adaptation.

2018 Performances

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill — Jan. 11-21
Lanie Robertson
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death.  More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Doubt: A Parable — Feb. 1-11
John Patrick Shanley
“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” The winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play will leave you with more questions than answers.

“Talking With…” — Feb. 1-11
Jane Martin
Eleven 10-minute monologues, each featuring a different woman who talks about her life.  The ladies cover a wide spectrum of life and age from the fading rodeo star in “Rodeo” to the young aspiring actress in “Audition,” and there is much tenderness and diversity in the subject matter involved in the play.

Holes — Feb. 21-March 4
Louis Sachar
Based upon the popular young adult novel. Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather, is sent to a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit. Stanley and the other boys at the camp are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day.

It Shoulda Been You — March 22-April 15
Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove, Music by Barbara Anselmi, Based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi
Broadway’s wild musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing moms and unexpected guests, and plenty of crazy twists and turns.

Shakespeare in Love — May 3-20
(Rights pending)
Adapted for the Stage by Lee Hall, Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play.

Into the Woods — June 7-July 1
Book by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

The 8×10 TheatreFest — July 19-22
Weathervane’s 8th annual contest and festival of new work
Weathervane Playhouse celebrates the art of the short-format play with the 8×10 TheatreFest. Eight plays, 10 minutes each.

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