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2023 Summer Season

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s

CINDERELLA

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison

OPENS JUNE 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

 

A magical musical romance for the whole family…
This 2013 Broadway adaptation of the classic story crackles with sweetness and freshness and features new characters, a hilarious libretto by Tony-award winning playwright Douglas Carter Beane, exciting twists, and the classic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein featuring unforgettable songs such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” A magical delight for the entire family.
Musical, Family Friendly, Romance

CLUE: ON STAGE

Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Sandy Rustin
Additional Material by Hunter Foster & Eric Price
Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture
Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE
Original Music by Michael Holland
Directed by John DiAntonio

OPENS JUNE 10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

 

But here’s what really happened…
It’s a dark and stormy night and you’ve been invited to a very mysterious dinner party at the ominous Boddy Manor. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well, dead. Join the iconic cast of characters known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find out whodunnit before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and popular board game, Clue will keep you guessing (and laughing) all the way to the end.
Comedy, Mystery

MOUNTAIN OCTOPUS

by Beth Kander

OPENS MAY 26
RUTH HUMPHREYS BROWN THEATRE

 

Sometimes the smallest towns hold the biggest hearts…
One year after a tragic loss, a small town full of quirky characters gathers together to patch up what’s broken. Nothing goes quite as planned…but ultimately each person finds something unexpected within their old familiar world or something that feels like home in a new and unfamiliar place. Funny and heartwarming with a touch of magical realism, Mountain Octopus will remind you of the simple power of a good story. This World Premiere by Beth Kander (Hazardous Materials) features CRT favorites Christy Brandt and Kate Berry.
World Premiere, Dramedy

THE ROYALE

by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Kyle Haden

OPENS JULY 15
RUTH HUMPHREYS BROWN THEATRE

 

A knock-out drama…
The most anticipated show of 2022 has finally arrived. Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances may be as good as knocked out. But when the fight of his life comes calling, Jay must face both his future and the shadow of his past. Inspired by the life of Jack Johnson, The Royale brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a place in history.
Drama

Ken Ludwig’s

DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE

Directed by Michael Perlman

OPENS MAY 19
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

 

Falling in love at a distance…
Sparks fly and love blossoms from a world away when US Army doctor, Jack, begins a correspondence with aspiring actress, Louise, during WWII. Based on the story of his parents’ courtship, Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Crazy for You, Lend Me a Tenor) explores love, isolation, and hope over great distance. This certified hit of 2021’s outdoor season heads inside to the Mainstage. Starring Caitlin Wise and Graham Ward.
Romantic Comedy

BOOMTOWN!

OPENS JUNE 16
RUTH HUMPHREYS BROWN THEATRE

 

17 Years of Funny…
Boomtown! is back. The late-night, new heights…bug bites?… side-splitting comedy features our whackiest artists as they take you on a live, unscripted, wild ride of improvisational comedy. Come for the exclusive Boomtown Lager by Square Peg Brewerks and stay for the shenanigans.
PG13

21st Annual KID Show

ASK A KID

Written by Steve Moulds
Directed by Jenni Harbour

JULY 28 – 30
RUTH HUMPHREYS BROWN THEATRE

A Sci-Fi Musical…
A group of friends form an advice column for students at their school and it’s a runaway success. But when the questions coming in start getting weird, the kids investigate. Is someone pranking them – or are these bizarro messages surprisingly sincere?

40th Annual Young Audience Outreach Tour

THE CITY DOG & THE PRAIRIE DOG

Book and Lyrics by Diana Grisanti
Music by Emiliano Messiez

CREEDE PREMIERE: AUG 25 – 26
REGIONAL TOUR: AUG 28 – DEC 8

 

A bilingual musical…
CRT’s flagship program serving grades K-6, this year’s Young Audience Outreach tour world premeire eplores themes of community and belonging. Expect to dance, laugh, and sing along, with lots of audience participation!

One of the 10 best places to see the lights way off Broadway

— USA Today

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