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Driving Miss Daisy
September 28,2016 - November 06,2016
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Driving Miss Daisy - STARRING KAREN GRASSLE FROM LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE ! After experiencing an embarrassing backyard auto mishap, Mrs. Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, can no longer continue to drive. Her son, a well-to-do local businessman, insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant an African-American man. Miss Daisy resists this change in her well-ordered life, but Hoke Colburn, the amiable driver, is hired on by her son. Though she refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, Hoke slowly wins Daisy over with his native good graces, and after twenty years of driving adventures together, their relationship transcends all their differences.
Staring KAREN GRASSLE
OKLAHOMA
July 20,2016 - September 18,2016
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OKLAHOMA ! - The blockbuster show that set the standard for Broadway musicals and opened Riverside Center Dinner Theater in 1998 returns to our stage following its recent Broadway revival. The high-spirited rivalry between cowboys and farmers in early-1900s Indian territory provides a colorful background for love between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. Add in farmer Andrew Carnes impatience to marry off daughter Ado Annie (the girl who cant say no) with the reluctant peddler Ali Hakim, a determined but naïve suitor Will Parker, the reclusive and menacing farmhand Jud Fry, and a country-fresh mix of pioneer-spirit early Americana, and you have one of the most heralded and time-honored musicals of all time. This initial collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein blends song, ballet, and hoe-down stepping and features among its musical highlights Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin, People Will Say Were in Love, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Many a New Day, Kansas City, and the triumphant song of the brand new state, Oklahoma! Whether or not youve seen it before, bring the kids and experience its unbridled joy again!
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
May 14,2016 - July 10,2016
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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Thrill to the signature songs of the most acclaimed musical theater composer of the past five decades in a staged concert revue paying tribute to the maestro who has given us Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, and Requiem. Presented by a select ensemble of superb singers and dancers, and staged by Riversides Producing Artistic Director Patrick AHearn (an original member of the Michael Crawford concert cast), this sophisticated and powerful spectacle includes Sir Andrews hit songs The Music of the Night, Dont Cry for Me Argentina, Any Dream Will Do, Memory, Pié Jesu, Superstar, and Love Changes Everything.
My Fair Lady
March 23,2016 - May 08,2016
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My Fair Lady - the musical version of George Bernard Shaws play Pygmalion, tells the familiar story of Eliza Doolittle, a Covent Garden flower peddler who agrees to take speech lessons from self-absorbed phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her lifes dream of working in a flower shop. However, Eliza succeeds so well that she outgrows her lowly social status and, at the same time, manages to become a truly indispensable part of Higgins bachelor life. Featuring many of Lerner and Loewes most sparkling songs, including Wouldn't It Be Lovely ?, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time, and I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face, its no wonder that everyone not just Henry Higgins falls in love with Eliza Doolittle!
The Buddy Holly Story
January 23,2016 - March 13,2016
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BUDDY The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of the last few years of Buddy Hollys life, spotlighting his meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when Thatll be the Day hit the airwaves until his tragic death on the day the music died. Featuring such timeless hits as Thatll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, Oh Boy, Not Fade Away, and La Bamba, BUDDY is a celebration of the life and times of the young man with the glasses that catches the unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor, and charm that was Buddy Holly and wraps it all up into a package that has become The Worlds Most Successful Rock-n-Roll Musical. If you remember the golden age of rock n roll when doo-wops rang out from every jukebox, or even if youre too young to have experienced this exciting and dynamic period in popular music history, you wont want to miss this electrifying tribute to the man, his music, and his life.
Staring Todd Meredeth
Mame
November 14,2015 - January 17,2016
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Mame is a celebrated Broadway musical classic that revolves around the hilarious antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a razor sharp wit and a flair for living life to the fullest. However, that care-free life changes unexpectedly when she becomes the inexperienced guardian of her late brothers only child, Patrick. Later, when the stock market crashes and the great depression hits, Mame loses her fortune. Her life is turned upside-down until shes rescued by a well-to-do southern plantation owner whom she marries and loses all too suddenly. Through all these ups and downs, Mames invincible character shines through as she strives to keep her tumultuous existence under controleven though things at 3 Beekman Place generally seem to be a rousing, never-ending free-for-all! Memorable songs include Mame, Its Today, Open a New Window, If He Walked into My Life, We Need a Little Christmas, Bosom Buddies, and Thats How Young I Feel.
Sister Act
September 12,2015 - November 08,2015
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Sister Act The Musical is the feel-amazing, musical-comedy smash that the New York Post calls RIDICULOUSLY FUNand audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to looka convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is will be your reason to REJOICE!
Staring FELICIA CURRY
The Wedding Singer
July 08,2015 - September 06,2015
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The Wedding Singer takes a look back at the time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Robbie Hart is New Jerseys favorite wedding singer. When his fiancée unexpectedly leaves him at the altar, heartbroken Robbie is forced to reexamine the meaning of love and marriage with the help of Julia, a waitress from one of his wedding-singing venues. Based on the hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and featuring a sparkling new score that does for the 80s what Hairspray did for the 60s, this multiple Tony Award-nominated show promises to be a great feel good summer musical for you and your family.
MyWay
May 09,2015 - June 28,2015
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My WayA Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is a swinging tribute to Ol Blue Eyes. Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, My Way invites its audience to take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate the pivotal moments of Sinatras remarkable five-decade career. From a songbook of over 1300 tunes, My Way chooses fifty-six of Sinatras greatest hits sung by a superb cast of singers backed by a live orchestra in an intimate 1950s nightclub setting. Experience the classic elegance of The Chairman of the Board as youre transported back to the era of supper clubs, vintage Las Vegas, and the perfect martini. Featured songs include: Strangers in the Night, Chicago, Fly Me to the Moon, New York, New York, Summer Wind, One for My Baby, and many more.
9 to 5 - The Musical
March 07,2015 - May 03,2015
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Pushed to the boiling point at their workplace, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In an ingenious conspiracy to gain control of the company, the girls discover that theres nothing that they cant do  even in a late-1970s mans world. Adapted from the hit movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, this outrageous, thought-provoking, and lightly romantic mixture of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era provides a glimpse into taking care of business with a not-so-soft feminine touch. We anticipate the return of TV and film star Sally Struthers to enhance a stellar cast belting out songs varying from the hilarious to the downright suggestive. Reserve early!
It's A Wonderful Life
November 22,2014 - January 04,2015
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Its Christmas Eve, 1946. George Bailey, the nicest guy in town, is in a terrible predicament. We find him perched precariously on a bridgeon the verge of suicide. Enter Clarence, Georges guardian angel, who has not yet earned his wings. Clarence shows George what Bedford Falls would be like if George had never been born! This beloved holiday-season drama is brought vividly to life in a stage adaptation of Frank Capras classic film of sacrifice and redemption in small-town America. Written by Joe Landry with music by Kevin Connors, this version is set in a radio station in the 1940s, with a live sound-effects artist and seven actors portraying twenty-five unforgettable characters. Performed commercials are inserted, as well as many of your favorite holiday songs, to enhance the illusion of our audience being part of a live radio presentation. If its the holiday spirit youre after, and youre tired of all the hype this time of year, you can do no better than spend ninety wonderful minutes experiencing our delightful re-telling of this Christmas time classic.
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
January 10,2015 - March 01,2015
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Thrill to the signature songs of the most acclaimed musical theater composer of the past five decades in a staged concert revue paying tribute to the maestro who has given us Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, and Requiem. Presented by a select ensemble of superb singers and dancers, and staged by Riversides Producing Artistic Director Patrick AHearn (an original member of the Michael Crawford concert cast), this sophisticated and powerful spectacle includes Sir Andrews hit songs The Music of the Night, Dont Cry for Me Argentina, Any Dream Will Do, Memory, Pié Jesu, Superstar, and Love Changes Everything.
Monty Python's Spamalot
September 20,2014 - November 16,2014
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Lovingly and unapologetically ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this spoof of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table features a bevy of beautiful show girls, personable cows, killer rabbits, and French characters. Stretching the imagination in its retelling of the legendary tale of Camelot, it has been performed worldwide in multiple languages and raises silliness to an art form, while winning three Tony awards as Best Musical following its 2005 Broadway debut. Only recently made available to professional regional theaters, this smash Broadway hit is a must-see for audiences who appreciate a rollicking good time and an escape from the mundane into the realm depicted by The Bright Side of Life.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway
August 09,2014 - September 14,2014
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An edgy, energetic country-musical journey of the legendary singer-songwriters rise from humble beginnings in Louisiana to triumph on the Grand Ole Opry stage and eventual self-destruction at age 29. As you experience the feel of a blistering Hank onstage, youll be treated to fresh and forceful renditions of his songs, among these Im So Lonesome I Could Cry, Move It on Over, and Hey, Good Lookin, accompanied by an authentic country-western band. The New York critics called this production smart, sweet, and poignant  had us hank-ering for more!
West Side Story
June 14,2014 - August 03,2014
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The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical widely considered as one of the American musical theatre's finest works. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, where two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Americanized Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. A vibrant and sophisticated musical score by Leonard Bernstein features songs that have become embedded in our nations musical heritage: Somethings Comin, Maria, Tonight, America, and Somewhere. Youll be immersed in the excitement and emotional impact of this groundbreaking show!
Steel Magnolias
May 10,2014 - June 08,2014
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Our most requested dramatic work  an American comedy-drama chronicling the tribulations and friendships of six women and deriving its title from its female characters, whose personalities blend the delicateness of the magnolia with the toughness of steel. The story is based on the experiences of the family and friends of the author following the 1985 death of his sister from diabetic complications and failure of a family members donated kidney after the birth of her son, his namesake nephew. The 1989 film, loosely based on the play, won a number of prestigious awards, including a 1990 Golden Globe award for Julia Roberts as Best Supporting Actress. You will be mesmerized by the individual and collective talents of an incredible cast, directed by Helen Hayes award winner Sherri Edelen, one of the metropolitan Washington areas most prominent actresses.
Forever Plaid
March 15,2014 - May 04,2014
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One of the most popular musicals in recent years, this deliciously goofy revue spotlights four talented young male singers posthumously revived to fulfill their dreams of 1950s entertainment-career success after being killed in a car accident on the way to their first big concert. They have somehow been miraculously granted the opportunity to perform the show that never came to be. Close harmony, precision choreography, and outlandish banter keep audiences rolling in the aisles while humming along to some of the greatest nostalgic pop hits of all time, among these Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing, Moments to Remember, Three Coins in the Fountain, Shangri-La, Crazy Bout Ya Baby, No Not Much, Sixteen Tons, Catch A Falling Star, Cry, Lady of Spain, and even a few audience sing-alongs. Perfect chords accompanied by memorable musical moments  these epitomize the songs of Americas most innocent years. Experience their warmth once again or for the first time  in full, colorful plaid!
Gypsy
January 15,2014 - March 09,2014
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Determined stage mother Rose has sacrificed her own career in an attempt to gain stardom for daughters June and Louise. Louise, the quiet type, remains in her sisters shadow as Rose promotes the act Baby June and the Newsboys in major cities across the nation. Along the way, Rose meets theatrical agent Herbie, hires him as the acts manager, and scrimps and schemes to make ends meet while Herbie becomes like a father to the girls. But the girls begin to grow up, the act remains mediocre, and June elopes with one of the Newsboys. Things go from bad to worse, Herbies proposal of marriage is rejected, and Rose thrusts the shy Louise into the limelight of burlesque as the elegant and ladylike showgirl Gypsy Rose Lee. Hilarious humor and Broadway-standard songs which include Everythings Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get a Gimmick, Let Me Entertain You, and Roses Turn highlight this entertaining and heartwarming show.
White Christmas
November 30,2013 - January 04,2014
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This fresh, award-winning Broadway rendition of the familiar film story follows two WWII Army buddies, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who team up to form a successful night club act and move to the Broadway stage, where they become producers with the hit musical Playing Around. While in Florida, they receive a request to audition two sisters, Betty and Judy, who persuade them to travel to Vermont for the holidays and discover that the Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, Vermont, run by their former commanding officer, is about to go bankrupt because of lack of snow. Of course they intercede, and through a number of clever tactics draw large crowds and a reunion of their old division comrades to Pine Tree on Christmas Eve, when snow miraculously begins to fall and everyone raises a glass toasting May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye starred in the 1954 film, making famous the Irving Berlin standards Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Blue Skies, How Deep Is the Ocean, Ive Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, and the memorable title song. [NOTE: Back by popular demand, this show is not included in the Season XVI subscription package.]
Les Miserables
July 31,2013 - November 24,2013
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Widely acclaimed as the worlds favorite epic musical, this internationally beloved work, which tells the story of a journey into despair and triumph, is one of Riverside's most-requested musicals. Riverside Center is one of a select group of professional venues to which a 2013 production license has been granted. We can assure that you will be touched and emotionally uplifted by its glorious music, grand staging, and tragic tale of love and conflict.
Ring of Fire
June 21,2013 - July 21,2013
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A captivating compilation of the signature songs of iconic singer Johnny Cash, who is portrayed in various stages of his life by several cast members. Youll reminisce to those country/top-forty standards, enhanced by a live onstage country-western band: Daddy Sang Bass, Egg Suckin Dog, If I Were A Carpenter, Going to Memphis, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, Why Me, Lord?, A Boy Named Sue, I Walk the Line, and Ragged Old Flag (together with 20 others). Guaranteed to both move and exhilarate! NOTE: Limited five-week engagement.
Legally Blonde
May 03,2013 - June 16,2013
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Elle Woods, a blonde Delta Nu sorority girl, enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, and strives to cope with academics, priorities, disdain, and rejection  successfully! After numerous story line twists and turns, she uses a chip-on-the-shoulder mindset to discover her long-neglected intellect, and in the process acquires an ideal soul-mate and a promising law career. Based on the popular novel and 2001 film by the same title, this delightful and lighthearted Broadway show received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk nominations, featuring the preppy song-and-dance numbers Daughter of Delta Nu, Omigod You Guys!, The Harvard Variations, Blood in the Water, Find My Way, Chip on My Shoulder, Take It Like a Man, and, of course, Legally Blonde. Make a date and take a companion  blonde, brunette, or other  for pure fun and enjoyment!
The Full Monty
March 15,2013 - April 28,2013
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Theaters on both sides of the Atlantic have enjoyed resounding audience receptions to this Americanized, multiple award-winning musical stage version of the 1997 British film. Six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, seeing how much their wives enjoy male strippers during Girls Night Out, devise a novel way to accumulate some cash  theyll become strippers themselves, but go all the way  the full Monty. During the process, they are confronted with anxieties of self-esteem, physical appearance, bigotry, marriage relationships and child custody, but discover a strength in each other to face and overcome their inner demons  without even having to appear absent their underwear! Clever and tuneful melodies abound: Scrap, Its a Womans World, Man, You Walk with Me, Big Black Man, You Rule My World, and a rousing finale, Let It Go! augment a story line that is frisky but heartwarming. Adult themes, but not unduly risqué. Youll want to bring your mother-in-law!
Ain't Misbehavin
January 18,2013 - March 10,2013
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Highlighting the prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem, this sassy, finger-snapping revue features the sometimes rowdy but always delightful songs of the inimitable Fats Waller. Evoking a time when Manhattan nightclubs such as The Cotton Club and The Savoy Ballroom were the rage of high society, a versatile cast struts, swings, and energizes the music Waller made famous from downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood to American and international concert stages. Hailed by critics as perhaps the most popular and well crafted Broadway revue of all time, it weaves a traveling party theme with songs infused with the joys, heartaches and humor of man/woman relationships, among these, Lookin Good But Feelin Bad, Honeysuckle Rose, Ive Got a Feeling Im Falling, Cash for Your Trash, Squeeze Me, Jitterbug Waltz, Im Gonnna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, I Cant Give You Anything But Love, and Its a Sin to Tell a Lie. The title song reminds us that although we may deny misbehavin  one never knows, does one?
The Sound of Music
October 20,2012 - January 13,2013
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Perhaps the worlds most beloved musical, this final collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein and treasure of American musical theater and film needs no further introduction than the mention of any one of its many glorious songs: Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Edelweiss, or Climb Every Mountain. Winner of 6 Tony Awards on the Broadway Stage and 5 motion picture Academy Awards, its story and music appeal to the goodness in us all, as we follow the journey of the spirited Maria Rainer  from misfit postulant to lovable governess of the seven von Trapp children to supportive wife of Captain von Trapp himself. The intricate wedding processional is a scenic delight, and the benediction of the Mother Abbess as the Von Trapps prepare for an escape over the Austrian mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever composed for a theatrical production. Reserve early! We may even schedule one or two sing-along performances!
PHANTOM
August 01,2012 - October 14,2012
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Based on Gaston Lerouxs novel The Phantom of the Opera, this version is hailed by critics as eminently equal to its more famous Andrew Lloyd Webber counterpart, and continues to be performed at major venues throughout the world. Erik (the Phantom), raised from infancy in the catacombs under the Paris Opera House, needs beautiful music to maintain sanity, and upon hearing the voice of a street singer named Christine, accepts her as his pupil, but forbids her to look upon his horribly disfigured face. When Gérard Camière, his protector, is dismissed as Opera House manager by new owner Carlotta, whose screeching voice drives him to near madness, the Phantom finds solace only in Christines music and falls in love with her. After articulating his torment through acts of desperation, he is surrounded by the police and, fearing capture and treatment as a circus freak, arranges his own demise. A gorgeous, lilting, and often haunting musical score by Maury Yeston, featuring the soaring Phantom/Christine duet Home and ingeniously crafted songs including Dressing for the Night, Melodie de Paris, Where in the World, Without Your Music, You Are My Own, and You Are Music, will both heighten and lavishly indulge your visual and emotional senses. With Broadways Patrick AHearn in the title role, this is a musical masterpiece not to be missed.
Anything Goes
May 05,2012 - July 22,2012
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Featuring a smash musical score by Cole Porter, the worlds favorite shipboard musical sails on, as fresh and captivating as when it was first launched on Broadway, and continues to enjoy multiple revivals including a current Tony-Award-winning run. Billy Croker, an ambitious but bumbling broker, boards the S.S. American just before a midnight journey to plead with his former boss, Elisha J. Whitney, to rehire him. He runs into an old acquaintance, Reno Sweeney, nightclub owner turned evangelist, who is sailing with her quartet of beautiful girls dubbed the Angels. Billys most recent love interest, Hope, is also on board, but engaged to a British nobleman. The plot blossoms with delightful social satire, gangsters on the lam, and multiple disguises, together with Porters scintillating songs made famous by Broadway icons from Ethel Merman to Patti LuPone: Blow Gabriel Blow, I Get a Kick Out of You, Its De-Lovely, and, of course, Anything Goes. National-tour diva Kathy Halenda returns to Riverside to star in this frenzied, alluring classic filled with hilarious twists and turns!
Cabaret
March 10,2012 - April 29,2012
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The Emcee of the Kit Kat Club cabaret welcomes you to 1929 Berlin and a cross-section of its night life from the affluent middle classes to the flotsam and jetsam of a doomed city. Cliff Bradshaw, a young impoverished American writer searching Europe for inspiration meets several unsavory characters, including smuggler Ernst Ludwig, Fraulein Schneider, and the young English nightclub singer Sally Bowles, with whom he falls in love. The Nazi party begins its ascent into power, and Cliff asks Sally to accompany him to America, but she refuses; she loves Berlin and her life there. As he departs on a train, the Cabaret personalities surround the compartment  singing, dancing and embarking on the whirlwind that would soon lead to the Third Reich. Musical numbers include The Money Song, Tomorrow Belongs to Me, So What?, Dont Tell Mama, Two Ladies, Sitting Pretty, and the famous title song.
Fiddler on the Roof
January 11,2012 - March 04,2012
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Superbly crafted with historical and ethnic significance, Fiddler has touched audiences all over the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. Its universal theme of tradition transcends barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, evoking tears of both joy and sadness. The featured role of Tevye is one of the most memorable in Broadway musical theatre, as this poor peasant dairyman tries to maintain in his family the longstanding traditions of his Jewish heritage in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. With a musical score including If I Were A Rich Man, Matchmaker, To Life!, and Sunrise, Sunset, Fiddler was acclaimed by Newsweek Magazine as one of the greatest musical comedies of our era. Make sure to reserve early for this one!!
White Christmas
November 26,2011 - December 31,2011
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This award-winning Broadway rendition of the familiar film story follows two WWII Army buddies, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who team up to form a successful night club act and move to the Broadway stage as producers. While in Florida, they receive a request to audition two sisters, Betty and Judy, who persuade them to travel to Vermont for the holidays and discover that the Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, Vermont, run by their former commanding officer, is about to go bankrupt because of lack of snow. Bob and Phil use their wits to draw large crowds and arrange a reunion of their old division comrades at Pine Tree on Christmas Eve, when snow miraculously begins to fall and everyone raises a glass toasting "May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white." Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye starred in the 1954 film, making famous the Irving Berlin standards Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Blue Skies, How Deep Is the Ocean, Ive Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, and the memorable title song itself.
Dreamgirls
September 16,2011 - November 20,2011
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A young female singing trio from Chicago called "The Dreams" become mainstream music recording superstars and experience the shady side and pitfalls of show business. Drawing from the aspirations, successes and conflicts of rhythm & blues acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, and Motown groups, this musical won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was later adapted into an Academy-Award-winning 2006 motion picture. Showstopping songs such as I Want You Baby, Drivin Down the Strip, I Am Changing, I Meant You No Harm, One Night Only, Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love, Aint No Party, and the signature Dreamgirls, will take your own dreams to new horizons!
All Shook Up
July 09,2011 - September 11,2011
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The ever-popular songs of Elvis Presley are showcased as a 1950s Midwestern young girl's dream of adventure and an unexpected visit by a leather-jacketed, motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing drifter help a "straight-laced" small town discover the magic of romance and the power of rock n roll. The story line has several "Shakespearean-play" twists and turns of mistaken identity, and revolves around 24 featured Elvis hits, among these the classics Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, It's Now or Never, Don't Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock, Fools Fall in Love, Blue Suede Shoes, The Power of My Love, and, of course the title song  All Shook Up! Join us for a return to the glory days of rock 'n roll, bobby soxers, and "crusin"."
Hello Dolly
May 06,2011 - July 03,2011
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In this exclusive Virginia dinner theater engagement, Emmy award-winning actress Sally Struthers (All in the Family, Gilmore Girls) comes to the Riverside Center stage to reprise one of her favorite Broadway stage roles, the irresistible and unforgettable Dolly Levi. Dolly, a widow and self-made matchmaker extraordinaire, sets her sights on marrying well-known millionaire Horace Vandergelder and liberally circulating his money like her late husband taught her. Along the way she succeeds in matching up three attractive but rather unconventional couples. The Harmonia Gardens restaurant scene where Dolly is greeted by waiters, cooks and wine stewards singing Hello, Dolly! is a classic in the annals of American musical comedy. Included in this joyous score are the songs Put on Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, It Only Takes a Moment, and So Long, Dearie. Family fun and timeless enchantment!
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
March 11,2011 - May 01,2011
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A country-music extravaganza, based on the last days of Miss Monas Chicken Ranch, a legendary Texas brothel (which derived its name from a Depression-era policy that allowed customers to pay with poultry) in operation from the 1840s to 1973. Crusading television broadcaster Melvin P. Thorpe seeks to shut down Miss Monas business by publicly embarrassing its patrons. Although many of the states leading politicians have been customers of the Ranch, they are persuaded to preserve their political careers and join Thorpe in denouncing the establishment and its inhabitants. When Senator Wingwoah covertly promises the victors of a big college football match an evening with Miss Mona and the girls, chaos wins the day as Melvin and a cavalcade of cameramen break into the brothel and begin snapping pictures. Slightly risqué, but loaded with great country songs and hilarious humor. Dont miss this one!
Hairspray
January 07,2011 - March 06,2011
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The musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its Baltimore in 1962, and lovable plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblads passion for dancing pays off as she wins a spot on the popular TV dance program The Corny Collins Show. Overnight she is transformed from social outcast to teen celebrity, but this larger-than-life adolescent must then vanquish the programs reigning princess, win the affection of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate the TV network (which has a Negro Day once a month but is otherwise segregated)  all without mussing her hairdo. Rock to the hit songs Mama, Im A Big Girl Now, I Can Hear the Bells, Welcome to the 60s, Youre Timeless to Me, Without Love, Big, Blonde and Beautiful, I Know Where Ive Been, You Cant Stop the Beat, and, of course  Its Hairspray. Irresistible to audiences of any age!
Chicago
September 24,2010 - November 27,2010
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This widely acclaimed musical, depicting the shady side of life in the Windy City during the 1920s, has become an icon of the American Musical scene. Since its debut over 30 years ago, it has been revived time and time again. Told through a series of vaudeville routines, the story sets the tone with the electric All That Jazz, and continues with Roxie Harts shooting of her lover and the ensuing jury trial which takes multiple twists and turns, including Roxies feigned claim of impending motherhood as her shyster attorney manipulates the media and wins her acquittal. And after two not guilty verdicts, Roxie and cohort Velma join forces to form a sensationally memorable vaudeville act. Conceived and initially directed/choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse, the inventive musical/dance score features the songs Razzle Dazzle, Nowadays, and the celebrated Mister Cellophane. Fresh from its highly successful ongoing national tour, and specially released to Riverside Center, this show will alternately amuse, shock, and charm you into its ever-widening circle of ardent admirers!
Into The Woods
August 06,2010 - September 19,2010
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Imagine an ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood, a Prince Charming with a roving eye, and a witch who raps  theyre all here in Stephen Sondheims fractured fairy tale about the quest of a baker and his wife whove been cursed with childlessness by The Witch next door. To secure some special items required to break the spell, they swindle, lie and steal from the fantasy characters weve loved from childhood. Everyones wish is granted in Act I, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them in Act II, forging a moving lesson about community responsibility underlined by Sondheims magical songs, including Giants In the Sky, A Very Nice Prince, Ever After, Your Fault, No One Is Alone, and Children Will Listen. This timeless yet relevant musical is a modern Broadway classic!
A Christmas Story The Musical
November 16,2016 - December 31,2016
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A Christmas Story The Musical - Its 1940 in the northern Indiana town of Hohman. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas, an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot BB rifle with a compass in the stock. Between keeping tabs on his younger brother Randy and having to handle school bully Scut Farkus, Ralphie doesn't know how he'll ever survive long enough to get the BB gun on the big day. When Ralphie first asks his mother for the BB gun, she exclaims, No, you'll shoot your eye out! When Mrs. Shields, Ralphie's teacher at Harding Elementary School, assigns the class to write a theme about what they want for Christmas, Ralphie see's a golden opportunity to express his Christmas wish. Unfortunately, he gets a C+ on the theme and Mrs. Shields has written You'll shoot your eye out! at the top of the paper. Ralphie's next plan is to ask Santa Claus, but how does Santa respond? You'll shoot your eye out! By this time, Ralphie has had enough of that. When Scut Farkus and his sidekick Grover Dill start in on him on his way home from school, Ralphie knocks Scut to the ground and beats his face bloody. With this outburst of anger and frustration, Ralphie thinks he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas now. But someone has planned a big surprise for the discouraged boy!
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