FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2013 SEASON
PLAYHOUSE MAINSTAGE: 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731
March 7-17, 2013: The Little Prince
The first production of the Mainstage season is Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, presented by the YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse. The Little Prince is a story of enduring charm and innocence and tells the tale of an amusing, challenging and odd adventure. In a world moving so fast that an entire month may be lived within a single day, this classic all-ages tale of imagination, whimsy and unrequited love reminds us that - “what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
April 3-21, 2013: The Odd Couple
Opening the Flat Rock Playhouse 2013 Professional season is the comedy tour-de-force, The Odd Couple. Scott Treadway and Charlie Flynn-McIver star as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Neil Simon’s classic, and award winning play about “the neat freak” and “the slob” who end up rooming together in a small apartment in New York. The show will also feature Dave Hart, Bill Muñoz, Preston Dyar and Damian Duke Domingue.
May 8-26, 2013: Songs My Mother Taught Me
. In this affectionate new musical, Lorna Luft pays tribute to her incomparable mother with riveting interpretations of Judy Garland’s most memorable songs including, “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With a Dixie Melody),” “Chicago,” “The Man That Got Away” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.” There is even a duet, a passionate medley in which mother and daughter join voices on “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “Through the Years.” Songs My Mother Taught Me comes to Flat Rock Playhouse before its planned limited run on Broadway.
June 5-30, 2013: Evita
The life and legacy of Argentina's controversial First Lady, Eva Peron is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, his wife at twenty-seven; and just as quick, her life was over at thirty-three. Her exploits come to life through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences. Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.
July 10-August 18, 2013: Les Misérables
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences for a generation, and now for the first time, will be on the Flat Rock stage. This all-new production will feature a cast of thirty performers, thirteen musicians and a new production design that will make Les Misérables a “can’t-miss” summer event!
August 22-September 15, 2013: Cash on Delivery
This fast paced British farce concerns a con artist who has duped the welfare authorities for years by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address. This scam nets him tens of thousands tax-free. Just when he decides to kill off many of the imaginary dole recipients because matters are getting too risky, welfare investigators show up. Cash on Delivery teams Scott Treadway with a host of familiar faces for a comedy romp.
October 2-November 3, 2013: Hank Williams: Lost Highway
The third big musical of the season is the spectacular musical biography of a legendary singer-songwriter who is frequently mentioned alongside Armstrong, Ellington, Presley and Dylan as being one of the great innovators of American popular music. Hank Williams: Lost Highway by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik follows Williams' rise from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride, to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry, to his eventual self-destruction at twenty-nine. Along the way, we are treated to indelible songs like “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It On Over” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” If you liked The Buddy Holly Story, you’ll love Lost Highway!
November 7-24, 2013: The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers adapted by Ken Ludwig is based on the timeless swashbuckling story by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers is a humorous tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d'Artagnan who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d'Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, who poses as a young man and quickly becomes entangled in her brother's escapades. Soon after reaching Paris, d'Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous Musketeers and they joins forces to defend the honor of the Queen of France. The Three Musketeers is an exciting and daring adventure for the whole family.
December 4-22, 2013: A Christmas Story
Based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark. A Christmas Story, will ring in the holiday season. The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the tree is a Daisy Brand Red Ryder BB rifle and he is consumed with an aching desire for it. Looming in the way, however, are alleyway bullies, major awards, freezing flagpoles, unsympathetic authorities and a certain horrifying Macy’s Santa. Based upon the classic motion picture, A Christmas Story is a holiday treat everyone can enjoy—that is, unless someone shoots their eye out.
PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN: 125 S. Main, Hendersonville, NC 28729
April 24-May 19, 2013: Cotton Patch Gospel
Called the “Greatest Story Ever Retold,” this bluegrass musical is a modern retelling of the Gospel in the setting of rural Georgia with songs that are the final, and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin (best known for the number-one hit, “Cat’s in the Cradle”). Herod is recreated as Governor of Georgia, Caiaphas as Dr. Caiaphas, a member of a board of politicians, and Pilate as a local governor who sentences Jesus and sends him to Lee Correctional Institute. Witness a unique retelling of the story of Jesus, brought to life through bluegrass music and imaginative storytelling.
June 27-July 14, 2013: The Big Bang
This frenetic piece of entertainment is long on shtick and historical hilarity. The show is staged as a backers' audition for an 83.5 million dollar, twelve-hour staged history of the world from creation to the present. Eighteen sidesplitting musical numbers portraying Adam and Eve, Attila the Hun, the buildings of the pyramids, Julius Caesar and Columbus, among others are presented to give potential investors a taste of the impending extravaganza. In the process, the opulent Park Avenue apartment “borrowed” for the occasion is trashed as the two writers grab the furnishings to create makeshift costumes while they sing and clown their way through inventive recreations of the past - stopping occasionally for a little show biz patter. The Big Bang is onstage June 27 through July 14.
August 1-18, 2013: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Whether you know you love or think you loathe Shakespeare, this play is for you. Complete Works brings to life one of comedy’s most essential impulses: the adolescent urge to take a baseball bat to the culturally revered. Charlie Flynn-McIver, Scott Treadway and Damian Duke Domingue take you on an irreverent yet surprisingly comprehensive romp through all thirty-seven of Shakespeare’s plays (plus a sonnet or two). You’ll be treated to a mix of pratfalls, puns; willful misreading’s of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut bawdiness and broad burlesque.
September 4-October 6, 2013: Cats
The acclaimed musical, Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot. Cats tells the story of the annual ascension of one special cat to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, Cats opened at the West End’s New London Theatre in 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years, now, see it up close and personal at Playhouse Downtown.
December 12-22, 2013: O Holy Night
Based on the gospels of Luke and Matthew, this is a new musical adaptation of the classic Nativity Story told through traditional and modern Christmas music. Four powerful singers are joined by a choir and a live band to present new arrangements of beloved songs and carols. This is a Christmas event that will celebrate the “reason for the season” and is a must-see for anyone who loves the story and music of Christmas.
MUSIC ON THE ROCK – Downtown! Concerts Held at the Playhouse Downtown Location
The best concert value in Western North Carolina continues, featuring the music of:
- Dolly Parton - February 6-9 & February 13-16, 2013
- Neil Diamond - March 20-23 & March-27-30
- Creedence Clearwater Revival - April 9-13
- Sting and the Police - May 23-25 & May 30-June 1
- Peter, Paul and Mary June 12-15 & June 19-22
- Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 July 17-20 & July 23-26
- The Eagles - August 21-25
- Donna Summer and the Sounds of the 70s - October 16-20 & October 23-27
- Wayward Sons: Kansas, Skynard and the Allman Brothers - November 5-9