Taking in a show or two at one of the local theaters has become an annual tradition for us. In fact, the Cape Playhouse has been a favorite of locals and visitors since its inception more than 80 years ago. This year, our very dear friends gave us a gift certificate to the Playhouse for Christmas. Dreaming about a sultry summer night out got me through more than one dark and chilly night this winter. So it was with great anticipation that I read the lineup for the 2011 season recently. Always attracting a roster of fine actors, the Cape Cod Playhouse strives for a balance of comedy, mystery, musical, and perhaps a little mayhem too. This year they present:
An Evening with Lucille Ball, “Thank you for Asking” (June 13-25)
Directed by Lucy’s real-life daughter Lucie Arnaz, the show provides a peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses.
No Way To Treat a Lady (June 27-July 9)
Billed as “an uproarious, and sexy musical that gives new meaning to the phrase “knock ’em dead’” this comic thriller is a blend of humor, romance, murder and music.
The Graduate (July 11-July 23)
One of the most popular movies of all time, this 60s hit comedy is brought to life onstage. The story revolves around a coming of age college graduate and the mother and daughter next door. You know the plot line, even if you’ve never seen the movie.
Footloose, the Musical (July 25-August 6)
What happens when a small town is turned upside down by a kid from the big city who moves into town and falls in love with the preacher’s daughter? Nominated for Best Musical Score.
Crazy for You. All Gershwin (August 8-August 20)
Billed as “The New Gershwin Musical Comedy”, the story is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy. The musical won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical
Unnecessary Farce (August 22 September 2)
A contemporary American farce, full of door slamming, double-entendre, and impossible mix-ups. It’s laugh out loud funny from start to finish.
Reserve your seats now for the upcoming season and make it a true getaway by booking a stay at the Inn. The Playhouse is located just 20 minutes down the road from us and this year two new restaurants have opened up on or near the Playhouse campus in Dennis. Stay tuned for my review of Summer Stock and Fin.