Music Theatre Wichita 2016: Thank You for the Music!
Music Theatre Wichita proudly creates our 45th season of Broadway-scale musicals in 2016! This year our productions will celebrate innovative composers who changed the face of the musical theatre. Experience fabulous music with great dancing, all at a fraction of Broadway prices!
A treasure trove of Gershwin songs propels this lighthearted new musical comedy, centering around the romances of bootleggers and society folks in 1927. Featuring gorgeous singing, dynamic choreography, and exquisite sets and costumes direct from Broadway, this recent Broadway concoction will have audiences exclaiming "S' Wonderful!"
Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book: Joe DiPietro
Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse (the msuical "Oh, Kay!")
Songs include "S'Wonderful," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Lady Be Good," "Do-Do-Do," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," and many more.
Audiences of all ages will be enthralled with the MTWichita return of this spectacular and imaginative production. The live stage version of Disney's classic animated film marked the Broadway debut of the brilliantly talented film composer Alan Menken, who has since created such shows as Newsies and Sister Act. "Be Our Guest" at this enchanting experience for the whole family! (Children must be at least 5 years old to attend.)
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II turned "musical comedy" into a genuine American art form when they joined forces to create this groundbreaking musical play, the first ever to place equal importance on story, dialogue, songs, and dance. An evergreen classic, this joyous celebration of America's heartland brings "People Will Say We're in Love" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" back to Century II.
Music: Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs"
Dances originally created by Agnes de Mille
Songs include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "I Cain't Say No," "Out of My Dreams," "People Will Say We're in Love," "Kansas City," Pore Jud is Dead," "Many a New Day," "The Farmer and the Cowman," etc.
Now considered the most successful composer in theatre history, Andrew Lloyd Webber made his Broadway debut in 1971, partnering with lyricist Tim Rice to create this dazzling pop opera. Based on the New Testament's account of the last days of Jesus, this unique opus underscores intense drama with exciting and electric melodies, with songs including "I Don't Know How to Love Him." After an absence of 26 years, MTWichita is thrilled to once again present this legendary show, which played at MTWichita to sold-out crowds in 1990.
Mamma Mia! enjoyed an incredible 14-year run on Broadway, and now Music Theatre Wichita becomes one of the first regional theatres in the nation to create its own brand-new version of this internationally acclaimed extravaganza, featuring a light-hearted plot, a romantic Greek island setting, and the catchy songs of ABBA. Pop music has never felt so upbeat and joyful in the theatre, and our talented young company will have you dancing in the aisles!
Music and Lyrics: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Book: Catherine Johnson
Songs include "Dancing Queen," "Honey, Honey," "Thank You for the Music," "Lay All Your Love on Me," "Money, Money, Money," "Take a Chance On Me," "The Winner Takes It All," "Our Last Summer," "Does Your Mother Know," "Super Trouper," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," "S.O.S.," "Slipping Through My Fingers," and the catchy title song.