Written by John Carne Based on the motion picture directed by John Carney
Music and Lyyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Book for the musical written by Enda Walsh
Directed by Dave Steakley
Musical Direction by Allen Robertson
Scenic Design by Donald Eastman
“Once uses song and dance in a way I have never experienced in a musical.” – The New York Times
“Impeccable. A rhapsodic, unique musical that is tender, funny, and soaring.” – Variety
Musical Direction by Allen RobertsonAustin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises 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 score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness.
“Whether you are taking children or having an adult night out, this is the perfect way to ring in the holidays in Austin.” – Texas Lifestyle Magazine
“A hoot!” – BroadwayWorld.com
David Sedaris’ ever-irreverent and cynical Crumpet is baaaack! The outlandish tale of a Macy’s elf merrily jingles to life in the intimate Whisenhunt at ZACH Theatre. In this holiday cult-classic, Crumpet sarcastically expounds on the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots, and not-so-sober Santas during what is hailed as the most wonderful time of the year. 75 minutes of rollicking (and not so politically-correct) fun, this laugh-‘til-you-spill-your-cocktail evening will delight adult elves who like it more naughty than nice!
Age recommendation: Twelve and up for adult humor
Run time: Two hours including one intermission
“Sardonic tonic for the holidays!” – The Austin American-Statesman
“This isn’t your kids’ or your grandma’s Christmas show!” – BroadwayWorld.com
One of the most acclaimed and provocative theatre artists of our time, Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Deavere Smith (Let Me Down Easy; “Nurse Jackie”), shares her “most ambitious and powerful work to date” (Variety). Incredibly timely and moving, Notes from the Field depicts the personal accounts of individuals caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline as they navigate inequities in their communities. Based on interviews with over 250 people living and working within a challenged system, Notes shines a light on a lost generation of American youth.
Age recommendation: 12 and up for some strong language
Run Time: Two hours and 35 minutes including one intermission and audience discussion. Due to the interactive nature of the audience discussion, actual run time may vary.
“Absorbing and wonderfully energizing, ANNA DEAVERE SMITH is invaluable – the American theater’s most dynamic and sophisticated oral historian” – The New York Times
“One of her most ambitious and powerful works.” – Variety
“★★★★! Audacious and Mind-opening!” – Time Out New York
“Unquestionably great theatre!” – New York Magazine
Take a journey through the world of the Tony Award®-winning hit, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! Matilda is an extraordinary little girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. When she has finally had enough of her unscrupulous parents and tyrannical headmistress, she enlists the help of her friends—and favorite teacher Miss Honey—and bravely takes matters into her own hands to become the biggest little hero. Matilda is sure to delight and empower audiences of all generations.
Age recommendation: 6 and up
Run time: Two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission
“Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. Matilda The Musical is that show.” – The New York Post
“Matilda is an explosion of joy! the most exhilarating and flat-out best musical since Billy Elliot.” – Variety
“Matilda is magic, and not just for kids” – Washington Post
Tender, funny, and incredibly moving, this contemporary new love story will grab you from the inside out. Klook and Vinette are two lost souls trying to find themselves in one another. Against all odds and with the past at their heels, together they make a tentative stab at happiness. Staged in the intimate Kleberg at ZACH Theatre, this is a seductive premiere musical about inevitability and the thrill of falling in love. Infused with lyrical prose, Jazz, Blues, and Soul, The Ballad of Klook and Vinette is a mesmerizing theatrical experience you won’t want to miss.
Age recommendation: 12 and up for some strong language
Run Time: 90 minutes
“This is something special. When you have been reviewing theatre for as long as I have, it is not often that you come across a show that takes you completely by surprise and is unlike anything you have previously seen.” – Charles Spencer, the Telegraph, London
“This compelling story will get under your skin” – The Guardian
Four-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) explores the rich history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant Russian ballet company, in his newest play Fire and Air. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever.
Age recommendation: Thirteen and up for adult language and sexual situations
Run time: 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission
“Sumptuous… Quirky, lovely, funny, powerful…” – Associated Press
“A soaring, suspenseful, and wonderfully stealthy play. Vibrant and emotionally charged.” – The New York Times
“Sweet and surprising.” – Time Out New York
Lift up your hands for the most groundbreaking, heart-stomping, gut-busting character ever to grace the stage! Created by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever” says Time Magazine. Winner of two Obie Awards and four Tony Awards®, Hedwig tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall-smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, trying to find a place to belong in America. Join the outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious Hedwig as she shares her story backed by her rock-band “The Angry Inch” for an immersive rock gig, stand-up comedy event that will ultimately inspire anyone who has felt life has given them an inch when they deserve a mile.
Age recommendation: 13 and up for strong language and adult themes
Run time: One hour and 40 minutes including one intermission
“Engaging… charming… irresistible entertainment.” – Miami Herald
“Energetic… colorful… a delight from start to finish.” – San Francisco Examiner
Ancient versus modern. Brain versus brawn. Peace versus war. Reptile versus mammal. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Written by the talented Allen Robertson and Damon Brown, with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable that will delight turtles and hares of all ages!
Age recommendation: 5 and up Run time: 55 minutes with no intermission
Due to demand, the original Holiday Heroes returns with some new songs and surprises! In this hilariously fun holiday sing-along, students get into the holiday spirit with Ernie and Rufus. Celebrate the season with singing, laughter, and holiday cheer for all.
Age recommendation: 3 and up
Run time: 45 minutes with no intermission
Presented at our ZACH North Location
Theatre for the very young uses music, art and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. We are proud to present Wake Up, Brother Bear!–a unique, intimate production geared toward children ages 6 and under. Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action to help create magical moments.
Age recommendation: 6 and under
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.
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