Erie Playhouse 2019-2020 Season
MS – Mainstage YT – Youtheatre SE – Special Event
(MS) Sept. 13-14,20-22, 25-29, 2019
With phantoms, masks, and mystery, this musical is so much more than what meets the eye. Written by Maury Yeston this show retells the classic story in a new light. Referred to as the “greatest hit never to be performed on Broadway,” this show tells the story of Erik, an opera ghost, and Christine, his prized singer. Brimming with jealousy, romance, and secrecy, Phantom is sure to delight.
(YT) Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 2019
Get ready to see Oz as you never have before! Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, and Tinman as they ease on down the road in search of the great and powerful Wiz. Favorites like the Munchkins, flying monkeys, and an evil witch come to life in this musical feast of soul, R&B, gospel, and pop. Adapted from the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical, this Youtheatre show is sure to delight and remind everyone of the power of courage, heart, brains, and friendship.
(MS) Nov. 1 & 2, 8-10, 13-17, 2019
This riveting play tells the story of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old genius who struggles to find his place in the world while dealing with autism. After being accused of killing his neighbor’s dog, he makes it his mission to find the real culprit. Based on the best-selling novel and winner of multiple Tony awards, tensions soar as he discovers more than he ever intended to. Acceptance, bravery, and mystery are at the heart of this ground-breaking new play that is sure to immerse each audience member.
(MS) Dec. 6 & 7, 13-15, 18-22, 27-29, 2019
With magic, mice, and revolution, this is the Cinderella you know and love... almost. This new adaptation of a classic features the characters you know and love, as well as some new ones. With a breathtaking score, jaw-dropping transformations and more this Tony award-winning musical is sure to enchant. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs in this hilarious and romantic experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream.
(YT) Jan. 24-26, 31; Feb 1-2, 7-9, 2020
We are elated to present this icy delight that is sure to heat up the stage! This story of love and acceptance follows the journey of sisters Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, they must put aside their differences and discover the power of sisterhood in order to save the kingdom. Loaded with magic, mystery, adventure, and laughs, Frozen Jr. is worth melting for!
(MS) Feb 21-22, 28-29; Mar. 1, 4-8, 2020
This gripping play is set in foggy 1880’s London and studies Bella, an anxious wife, and her overbearing husband Jack. Convinced that their apartment is haunted, Bella goes to great lengths to convince her husband of her findings, only for him to cast them aside as delusions. Through many twists and turns, this play forces you to question what is real and who is trustworthy. Dripping with mystery, deceit, and thrills, Gaslight is sure to leave everyone on the edge of their seats.
(MS) Mar. 20-21, 27- 29; Apr. 1-5, 2020
Welcome to the 90’s―the 1590’s―where brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a show that will rival the Renaissance Rockstar of the day, William Shakespeare. This star-lit, big-hit show tells the story of the Bottom brothers as they attempt to write the world’s very first musical. Nominated for 9 Tonys, Something Rotten is an ode to musicals and an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun.
(SE) April 24 & 25, 2020
Join us for a murderously fun night as the Erie Playhouse presents Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins in concert. Follow along as nine men and women recount their stories and motives behind attempting to kill the President of the United States. This Tony Award-winning show is a dark yet humorous look at humanity and the promise of the American dream.
(YT) May 8-10, 15-17, 2020
With a colorful score and cast of characters, Tuck Everlasting takes a well-known novel and brings it to life on stage. In this musical, young Winnie Foster meets the Tucks, an immortal family that is living on the edge of society, determined to keep their lives secret. When a greedy man threatens their way of life, Winnie is tasked with saving her new family. This show explores what it is be free and live a full life while asking the question, “If given the chance of immortality, would you take it?”
(MS) June 19-20, 26-28; July 8-12, 2020
Based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett this Tony award-winning musical tells the story of Mary, a young girl sent to live with her uncle after the death of her family. After arriving at his house, she finds that her uncle has shut himself away from the world. Later discovering The Secret Garden, Mary makes it her goal to save the only family she has left. With spirits to help guide her, she slowly begins to overcome sadness and find light in her world. This beautifully haunting musical is a classic tale of loss, acceptance, and happiness.
(MS) July 31; Aug. 1, 7-9, 12-16, 2020
Time to break out your most fabulous shoes! This dazzling pop/rock musical brings the story of Kinky Boots to life. With his father’s shoe factory on the verge of shutting down, Charlie Price must figure out a new strategy to save the business. The only person that can help him is Lola, a glamorous drag queen. Together they open new doors that take the entire factory by storm. With a Tony and Grammy-winning score written by pop icon, Cyndi Lauper, this electrifying musical explores the themes of identity, community, and what it means to find similarities in our differences.