THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
Presented by Stanford Financial Group
THE TUTS 2006 SEASON
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS BRINGS THE VERY BEST OF BROADWAY TO
HOUSTON WITH ITS TIMELESS 2006 SEASON
Theatre Under The Stars, one of America's largest producers of non-profit musical theatre, was founded in 1968 by Frank M. Young. Theatre Under The Stars was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, and has since performed there each summer, giving Houston 42 lavish musicals such as South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof and The Who's Tommy. Since its founding, Theatre Under The Stars has produced more than 240 major musicals including many local, national and world premieres and is currently represented on Broadway with Beauty and the Beast. As a way to continue the tradition of musical theatre, Theatre Under The Stars' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre provides instruction and stage experience for more than 1,000 students annually. Now housed in the new Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre Under The Stars annually presents the American Musical Theatre Awards honoring individuals who have contributed significantly to the American musical, as well as the Tommy Tune Awards honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.
JANUARY 17 - 29, 2006
An Extraordinary New Musical based upon the music of Leslie Bricusse and the Hugh Lofting classic.
Nine-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune will stage and star in Dr. Dolittle. Dr. Dolittle is an extraordinary new musical about a beloved veterinarian who talks to the animals. It is based upon Leslie Bricusse’s 1967 Oscar-winning movie of the same name and "The Doctor Dolittle Stories" by Hugh Lofting. Throughout his prolific career, the legendary Mr. Tune has garnered many prestigious awards, including The National Medal of Arts presented by the President in 2003, nine Tony® Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards and two Fred Astaire Awards. The multi-talented performer, choreographer and director has many credits to his name including <I>Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the original production of Nine.
Mr. Tune will be joined on stage by Dee Hoty, who will play Dr. Dolittle’s love interest Emma Fairfax. Hoty has been honored with three Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Will Rogers Follies and Footloose. Other Broadway appearances include City of Angels (Outer Critics nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O'Clock Girl and Shakespeare's Cabaret. Twelve year old newcomer Aaron Burr was handpicked by Tommy Tune to play Chee-Chee the chimpanzee. This past summer, Burr recently won the Greatest Dancer competition on ABC’s "Good Morning America," judged by Tune and a handful of other celebrity judges.
Filling out the cast are Joel Blum, Amanda Braddock, Jessica Leigh Brown, Kristin Dawn Calgaro, Matthew Crowle, Sandi DeGeorge, Jack Doyle, Mike Erickson, Joe Jackson, Lesley M. Klose, Scott Leindecker, Allan Mangasser, Amanda Rose, Jonathan Sandler, Sarah Stiles, Sally Ann Swarm, Elisa Van Duyne, David F.M. Vaughn, Erin Webley, Steven Wenslawski and Jessica Wu. Adam Cates and Denise Payne are the swings.
Dr. Dolittle features a book, music and lyrics written by Leslie Bricusse, a writer-composer-lyricist who has contributed to numerous musicals and movies during his career. Book revisions are by Lee Tannen. The show’s charming and witty score features the Academy Award-winning song "Talk to the Animals" and a flock of other tuneful delights, including "When I Look in Your Eyes," "I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It" and "After Today." Dr. Dolittle is staged by Tommy Tune, choreographed by Patti Colombo (Peter Pan), features costumes by Ann Hould-Ward (Beauty and the Beast) and Dona Granata, has set design by Kenneth Foy (Gypsy), lights by Ken Billington (Chicago), and puppet designs by Michael Curry (The Lion King). Michael Biagi is the musical director. This whimsical tale first wowed audiences in the critically acclaimed 1967 movie starring Rex Harrison. It earned an impressive eight academy award nominations, winning several Oscars. Dr. Dolittle is produced by Pittsburgh CLO, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Independent Presenters Network and Columbia Artists Theatricals. For more information, log onto http:\\www.drdolittlethemusical.com
MARCH 14 - 26, 2006
An Audio Described performance is available at the 3/26/06 matinee. A Captioned performance is available at the 3/26/06 evening performance. Patrons seeking Captioned performances should specify this to the box office at time of ticket purchase to assure proper seating. Assisted Listening devices and Accessible seating are available at all performances.
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MAY 9-21, 2006
110 IN THE SHADE
As a heat wave waits for a shower or even a breeze, a dashing rainmaker could bring relief...but can any woman truly love such dangerous charm?
A musical adaptation of Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, Tom Jones (lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) went on to write The Fantasticks, the longest-running production in the history of American theatre.
An Audio Described performance is available at the 5/21/06 matinee. A Captioned performance is available at the 5/21/06 evening performance. Patrons seeking Captioned performances should specify this to the box office at time of ticket purchase to assure proper seating. Assisted Listening devices and Accessible seating are available at all performances.
Join your GLBT friends for Out@TUTS sponsored by OutSmart Magazine following the Wednesday, May 10, 2006 performance.
MAY 23 - JUNE 4, 2006
A.R. Rahman, Composer
Don Black, Lyrics
Meera Syal, Book
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