Lyrics by Bill Nabel
Music by Bob Christianson
“It’s not a story. It’s my life!” What happens when your life is at stake, and the only chance you have at survival lies in the hands of a complete stranger? This new musical follows the difficult process of several struggling refugees in their quest for asylum in the United States and the well-intentioned INS agents who are responsible for deciding their fates. As the dreams and fears of each refugee come to light, the INS agents struggle to find balance between their feelings for humanity, and the reality of their professional position. Inspired by true stories, Take Me America received an immediate standing ovation at the 9th Annual Festival of New Musicals—it balances heavy themes with light-hearted comedy that compliments its gripping, rock score.
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields
Village Theatre hits the bull’s-eye this season with this Wild West show-within-a-show and the ageless love story of the sharpest sharpshooter Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, the heart-throb of Buffalo Bill’s traveling show. Written by world-famous, American composer Irving Berlin, Village Theatre’s production of this classic Broadway diamond will be directed by award-winning, artistic director, Steve Tomkins. Hum along to unforgettable tunes like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “I Got The Sun in the Morning,” “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun,” and “Anything You Can Do” as we celebrate one of Broadway’s most enduring triumphs on the Mainstage.
By Neil Simon
Arguably the funniest comedy ever, this Neil Simon classic and four-time Tony Award-winner is one of the most famed stage plays in American history. Meet Oscar Madison, a carefree, positively unkempt, divorcé, and his new roomie, Felix Unger, an uptight, fastidious man, recently separated from his wife and practically suicidal. While it would seem that bunking together would be a last resort for these two, the decision to do so mixes slob with neat-freak, leading to total madness for them, and laugh-out-loud comedy for us!
Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove
Music by Barbara Anselmi
Wedding bells aren’t ringing, they’re clanging at the union of this Jewish bride and her Catholic groom! The Steinberg and Howard families couldn’t have less in common…aside from the fact that their children are about to tie the knot. When the big day comes, frenzied wedding mayhem ensues—emotions run high, schemes unfold, and a twist in the plot hysterically unveils what no one saw coming. This new musical comedy brought howls of laughter to the theatre at the 10th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Bursting with clever lyrics and melodies that’ll stick, It Shoulda Been You follows two families at odds as they make their way down the aisle, ultimately to find love and compassion where they least expected it.
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music by Mel Brooks
Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks’ record-breaking, 12-time Tony Award-winner, The Producers is a hysterically outrageous hit! When a crooked Broadway producer, and his nervous accountant hatch a plan to mount a guaranteed Broadway flop in order to turn some quick cash, their wrongful scheming goes wildly awry. With direction by award winning artistic director, Steve Tomkins, swingin’ tunes, and a vaudeville feel, this show is loaded with laughs and dazzling choreography that is sure to leave stars in your eyes.