The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Vermont's award-winning summer theatre, has announced a 7-show season that includes Obie and Emmy Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd in the American classic Death of A Salesman, the Vermont premieres of recent hits from Broadway and Off-Broadway, and the company's first world premiere. "A groundswell of local support and national attention is allowing us to put together our most exciting season ever," noted WPTC Producing Director Steve Stettler. "There is something for everyone in this year's line-up, and we can't wait to share it with our audience."
The 2010 season kicks off on June 29 with Broadway's longest running comedy thriller, The 39 Steps. Based on the classic Hitchcock film, this runaway smash won London's Olivier Award for Best Comedy and earned a Tony nomination for Best Play. It's a murder mystery, manhunt and hilarious romp all rolled into one inspired night of theater. Four actors play hundreds of roles in a tour de force that includes a train chase, a plane crash and an ill-fated romance. It's the kind of theatrical experience that must be seen to be believed. The 39 Steps runs for two weeks only, through July 10.
Next up is the musical that changed Broadway: Avenue Q. The little comedy that could, this hilarious show managed to pull off the biggest coup in Broadway history - besting Wicked for the Tony for Best Musical. Avenue Q is the story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton and his new neighborhood friends as they all strive to make their place in the world. A modern-day, R-rated Sesame Street, Avenue Q has become a cult classic with its lifesize puppets and catchy and irreverent songs. It plays from July 15 to 31.
Are you ready for some baseball? Because Damn Yankees is up next to bat, Aug. 5 through 21. Middle-aged fan Joe Boyd sells himself to the Devil - and to the machinations of a temptress named Lola - in order to see his favorite team win the pennant. A home run as far as shows go, this perennial fave includes stellar songs that helped define Broadway's Golden Age like "Heart," "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo" and "Whatever Lola Wants." Baseball fans and theater fans alike will rejoice.