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Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
Directed by Abe Reybold
Choreographed by Dominique Kelley
Music Direction by Allen Robertson
September 27 – October 29, 2017
In the Topfer Theatre
ZACH Theatre celebrates its’ 85th Anniversary season with one of the greatest and most beloved classic musicals, brought to our stage in a new splashy, song and dance valentine to the Golden Age of movie musicals. For the first time in Austin, this production is designed especially for you. The joyous score features well-known songs like “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” and the favorite, “Singin’ in the Rain” which will soar with ZACH’s full orchestra.  And yes, it will rain on the Topfer stage. What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again!Age recommendation: Six and up
Run time: Two hours and 40 minutes including one intermission

APPLAUSE

“This all-tapping, all-splashing show will put a smile on anyone’s face.” – Daily Express

“The perfect, potent pick-me up.” – The Telegraph

 

Written by Jaston Williams, Jo Sears, and Ed Howard
Directed by Jaston Williams
November 1 – December 31, 2017
In the Kleberg Theatre
It’s Yuletide season in itty bitty Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! Between the holiday yard display contest and the Little Theatre’s A Christmas Carol on the brink of cancellation, it’s a miracle anyone gets tinsel on a tree. Two actors play all 22 colorful citizens of Tuna, including OKKK Radio hosts Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie who report on the small-town festivities. This satirical ode to the season is spiked with enough sass and shenanigans to make for one Texas-sized jolly holiday.Age recommendation: Twelve and up for adult humor
Run time: Two hours including one intermission

APPLAUSE

“So funny it could make a raccoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett…It’s far too good for just Christmas.” – The New York Post

“A hoot!” – The New York Times

 

         

By Charles Dickens
Conceived and adapted by Dave Steakley
Directed by Bryan Bradford
Musical Direction by Allen Robertson
Choreographed by Christa Oliver-Torres
November 22 – December 31, 2017
In the Topfer Theatre

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with a new music to get the party started! ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a musical score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the HoHoHolidays in this family celebration, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Join the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to miraculous transformation, as he rediscovers his heart and love for human kindness.

Age recommendation: Six and up
Run Time: Two hours and 20 minutes including one intermission

 

 

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Dave Steakley
January 31 – March 4, 2018
In the Topfer Theatre

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a “dazzling, pulse-pounding and remarkable” (Time Out New York) adaptation of Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain and is very gifted at math. He is exceptionally intelligent, but unfortunately ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing the neighbor’s dog, Christopher is determined to identify the culprit in true Sherlock Holmes style, which leads him on a thrilling journey across London that will change his life forever. ZACH’s production will immerse you inside Christopher’s world with physical storytelling and an extraordinary video design. A theatrical event for the entire family!

Age recommendation: Ten and up for some strong language
Run Time: Two hours and 35 minutes including one intermission

APPLAUSE

“There are plays that entertain, plays that illuminate, and plays that brings us to an exalted new place. Curious Incident does all three. This is exhilarating, dynamic theatre which triumphantly expands the boundaries of theatricality.” – The Huffington Post

“Triumphant. One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway. Be prepared to have all your emotional and sensory buttons pushed, including a few you may have not known existed. It’s a production that retunes the way you see and hear.” – The New York Times

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Dave Steakley
Music Direction by Allen Robertson
Starring Jill Blackwood and Cecil Washington Jr.
May 30-June 24, 2018
In the Topfer Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece is a living painting by artist Georges Seurat, and centers on the artist as he discovers unimaginable possibilities while creating an enduring work of art. Seurat, known for juxtaposing points of multi-colored paint to allow the viewer’s eye to blend the colors, connects the dots that make life so passionate, unexpected, heartbreaking, and ultimately rapturous. The live, onstage orchestra brings the radiant score about the art of making art – and love – soaring to brilliant life with “tension, composition, balance, light, and harmony.” The gift of this musical is that the people who are the most different from us, may be the persons who illuminate ourselves to ourselves, and hold the key to our heart.

Age recommendation: Thirteen and up
Run time: Two hours and 40 minutes including one intermission

APPLAUSE

“… an audacious, haunting and, in its own intensely personal way, touching work. Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Lapine, have woven all those imaginative possibilities into a finished picture with a startling new glow.”  – The New York Times

“Sondheim’s soaring score sounds marvelous. Sunday’s emotional climax brings tears.” – Time Out New York

“A substantial peek inside the mind of someone wrestling with their own genius… so magnificent and so emotionally rich.” – The Atlantic

 

Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Nat Miller
June 20–July 22, 2018
In the Kleberg Theatre

Amidst the crowds of a London train station, Georgie, a delightfully quirky woman, spots Alex, a much older man, and impulsively plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating game of love that is never what it seems. In the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, the closer you get to something the less you know about it, and such is the case for the uncertain and often-comical sparring match that is Georgie and Alex’s need to truly connect with each other. Intimately staged on ZACH’s cozy Kleberg Stage!

Age recommendation: Thirteen and up for adult language and sexual situations
Run time: 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission

APPLAUSE

“Sumptuous… Quirky, lovely, funny, powerful…” – Associated Press

“A soaring, suspenseful, thrilling, and wonderfully stealthy play. Vibrant and emotionally charged.” – The New York Times

“Sweet and surprising.” – Time Out New York

 

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Wolverton
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Directed by Abe Reybold
Music Direction by Allen Robertson
July 11 – September 2, 2018
In the Topfer Theatre

Be Our Guest! This “tale as old as time” follows Belle, a book-smart and adventurous young woman and Beast, a formerly dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved in return, he and his household including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip will be trapped forever under the spell. The Broadway smash hit showcases a merry, award-winning score with such favorites as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Gaston,” and “Be Our Guest.” This delightful family musical enchants and transforms hearts of all generations.

Age recommendation: Six and up
Run time: Two hours and 40 minutes including one intermission

APPLAUSE

“Engaging… charming… irresistible entertainment.” – Miami Herald

“Energetic… colorful… a delight from start to finish.” – San Francisco Examiner

 

THEATRE FOR FAMILIES

Based on the Story by C.S. Lewis
Adapted by le Clanche du Rand
Directed by Nat Miller
September 9, 2017 – February 4, 2018
In the Whisenhunt

Journey through the Wardrobe to Narnia for an imaginative adventure to help Aslan defeat the White Queen!  With just two actors and a lot of theatre magic, this classic tale comes to life in a way never before experienced.

Age recommendation: Five and up
Run time: One hour and 20 minutes including one intermission

APPLAUSE

“…the perfect holiday treat for every member of your family.” – DC Metro Arts

“even more magical… due to its reliance on innovation and clever storytelling techniques … a terrific introduction for younger children and an invitation to revisit the familiar world of Narnia for older children.” – Kentucky.com

Written by Allen Robertson, Shaun Branigan, and Jerome Schoolar
Directed by Allen Robertson
December 2 and 9, 2017
In the Topfer Theatre

Welcome to a whole NEW adaptation of Holiday Heroes.  It’s the holiday season and the characters named RED and GREEN work in a factory sharply divided between a red side and a green side. One day, instead of a package, RED and GREEN receive a visitor – BLUE. BLUE doesn’t fit into either side, and GREEN can’t seem to get rid of her. Through music, mime and mischief, BLUE helps RED and GREEN learn the value of giving, empathy, and to see the world from the other point of view.Age recommendation: Three and up
Run time: 55 minutes

 

 


Written and Directed by Caroline Reck
January 17 – February 25, 2018
Mexican American Cultural Center

Enoughie is different from the other kids at school. He looks different than the other kids, with his furry, blue face and puffy antennae, so he doesn’t always feel like he fits in with everyone else.  One day, Enoughie takes an incredible to journey to figure out who he is and how he does belong.  Along the way, he learns the power of kindness and how to embrace the differences in us all.  This bilingual puppet production will be presented in collaboration with ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre, and The Kindness Campaign.

Age recommendation: Three and up
Run time: One hour and twenty minutes including one intermission

Adapted from the book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
Book, music, and lyrics by Chad Henry
Directed and Choreographed by Abe Reybold
March 2 – May 27, 2018
In the Kleberg Theatre
Step into the Great Green Room as one of the most iconic children’s books of all time is brought to life. In this lively musical, Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show.Age recommendation: Three and up
Run time: One hour and twenty minutes including one intermission

APPLAUSE

Goodnight Moon is an absolute delight and a perfect show for all ages.” – R We There Yet Mom

“…an hour long musical that will  both entertain and delight the young and the old in the crowd.” – Live Mom

 

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