You Can't Take It With You
You Can't Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter Alice's fiancé (Tony Kirby) brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. This hilarious comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman is timelessly told through these quirky characters of the Sycamore family, who remain full of a sincere zest for life; as they are contrasted by the Kirby family's world driven by strict schedules and profit margins.
During the Sycamore family's improvised version of dinner, the audience feels the same shock and awe sustained by the Kirbys--who are invited to eat cheap food amidst randomly exploding fireworks, a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, and a raid by the FBI. Alice now fears that marriage with Tony is out of the question; but Tony knows the Sycamores are right and his own family has it wrong, and he will not give Alice up so easily. Tony Kirby helps Alice (and his parents) to see the beauty and simple wisdom of Grandpa Sycamore spoken proudly to Mr. Kirby about the lucrative job he hates, "You can't take it with you, you know." At first the Sycamores may seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder.
Chicago (the Musical)
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Devilish and delightful, Chicago is an indisputable Broadway landmark that seamlessly weaves its satirical story through musical vaudeville numbers. Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 1920s, Chicago tells the story of two rival murderesses locked up in the Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma Kelly is serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in a "compromising position". Driven chorus girl, Roxie Hart, finds herself tossed in the joint for bumping off her boyfriend after years of cheating on her faithful husband, Amos. Velma (jealous of the attention Roxie's crime receives) enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn--turning these otherwise morbid scenes of crime and punishment into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy; and thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback.
With one great showstopper after the next, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s now-classic score keeps the story moving at a gunshot pace, as the amazing dancers tip their bowler hats in tribute to original choreographer Bob Fosse--whose moves are still as steamy today as they were when Chicago first appeared in 1975. For a show that stands chin-deep in dirty deeds, it still feels like one helluva good time.
HONK! JR. is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling. The musical follows the character of Ugly from his birth in the nest. With the exception of his mother (Ida) that defends him vehemently, Ugly is rejected by all the barnyard animals, including his fellow ducklings. Feeling rather down on himself, Ugly goes off on a journey of exploration and self-discovery until he makes the realization that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This witty, yet touching story incorporates a message of tolerance that is great for any age.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
The winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 Broadway season’s most awarded new show! Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the jazz age in New York City in 1922, when “moderns”—including a flapper named Millie—were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.
Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young hopeful, Millie Dillmount, who comes from Kansas to New York City in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, the owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East; her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage; and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name (or so he tells her). Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. From explosive tap numbers to a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers-style routine, this is the perfect show for those who love a great show-stopping number. In Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in Thoroughly Modern Millie!