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Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces 2010-11 Season


Following the five back‐to‐back most successful and highest‐attended seasons in its 36‐year history, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces all seven mainstage productions of the upcoming 2010‐2011 Season.

The Lyric Stage Company’s 37th season features their trademark variety with a selection of musicals, dramas, and comedies, including the Tony Award® winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the New England premiere of David Edgar’s two‐part adaptation of Dickens’ The Life and Advenutures of Nicholas Nickleby, performed in rotating repertory. According to Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos, “this new, shorter adaptation streamlines the narrative, and captures Dickens’ genius for combining exuberant characters, theatrical spectacle and genuine emotion.” In 2011 the season continues with Theresa Rebeck’s poke at theatre in The Understudy; and My Name Is Asher Lev, a young man’s poignant struggle between art and faith by Aaron Posner adapted from the novel by Chiam Potok; the inner city African‐American family drama Broke‐ology by Nathan Louis Jackson; and the Marx Brothers’ madcap musical Animal Crackers.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
September 3 through October 2, 2010
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Award‐Winning Musical Comedy
Directed and Choreographed by Stephen Terrell
Musical Direction by Jonathan Goldberg
Featuring Will McGarrahan, Lisa Yuen

Can you spell “centavo?” A quirky cast of characters hope to win the 25th Annual Spelling Bee. School‐age angst combines with current event improvisation as volunteer audience members join in for some fun competition.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II in Rotating Repertory
October 21 through December 19, 2010
By David Edgar, adapted from the Charles Dickens novel, newly revised in 2006
New England Premiere
Once‐In‐A‐Lifetime Dickens Spectacular!
Directed by Elliot Norton Award winner Spiro Veloudos
Associate Director: Courtney O’Connor
Including Leigh Barrett, Peter A. Carey, Neil A. Casey, Larry Coen, Jack Cutmore Scott, Kerry Dowling, Nigel Gore, Maureen Keiller, Will Lyman, and more!

Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos, “this new, shorter adaptation streamlines the narrative, and captures Dickens’ genius for combining exuberant characters, theatrical spectacle, and genuine emotion.” A cast of 25 plays over 150 characters in this remarkable two‐part play with music. Winner of both the Tony Award ® for Best Play and The Olivier Award for Play of the Year, it has never been produced in Boston. We’re pulling out all the stops for this incredible once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience.

The Understudy
January 1 through 29, 2011
By Theresa Rebeck
Boston Premiere
Smart New Comedy
Directed by Elliot Norton Award winner Larry Coen
Featuring Kelby T. Akin (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof)

When a Hollywood action star who is trying to prove himself in a serious Broadway play comes up against a new understudy with a chip on his shoulder and a tangled romantic past, the results are hilarious. Lyric favorite Theresa Rebeck pokes affectionate fun at the inner workings of the world of the theatre in this smart new comedy.

My Name Is Asher Lev
February 11 through March 12, 2011
By Aaron Posner
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
New England Premiere
Struggle Between Tradition and Art
Directed by Elliot Norton Award winner Scott Edmiston

My Name Is Asher Lev follows the journey of a controversial young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desire to paint. His artistic gift threatens to estrange him from his sheltered religious community in postwar Brooklyn and the parents he loves. While his mother is caught between her son and her husband, Asher must choose between his art and his faith.

Broke‐ology
March 25 through April 23, 2010
By Nathan Louis Jackson
Boston Premiere
Family At A Crossroads
Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport

A stirring portrait of an inner‐city African‐ American family’s defining moments. As they long for simpler times, tension builds between two brothers as their conflicting interests churn into a surprising outcome.

Animal Crackers
May 6 through June 4, 2010
Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music & Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Henry Ruby
Adapted by Harry Wishcamper
Madcap Musical Mayhem!

Hilarity ensues in this classic Marx Brothers musical when Mrs. Rittenhouse’s swanky house party honoring the African explorer Captain Spaulding is interrupted by the pilfering of a prominent painting. Screwball antics arise as the guests search for the thief. An adaptation of the original Broadway hit and classic film that was a recent hit for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, features favorite songs including “Three Little Words” and others. Hooray for Captain Spaulding!

Compiled from the press release courtesy of Lyric Stage Company of Boston (website | profile | tag archive).

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