NEW PORT RICHEY — Richey Suncoast Theatre has announced its 2016-17 season, and all six shows — four musicals and two comedies — are new to this area.
"We wanted something different," said Marie Skelton, executive director of the theater.
That's in line with this season's lineup, which opened with the 2007 hit The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, recently showcased the 2006 Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone and will feature 2001's musical satire Urinetown: The Musical from May 12 to 29, all of them first-timers on the North Suncoast.
For 2016-17, all regular-season shows will open on a Thursday and continue for the subsequent three weekends. Curtain time will be at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The Christmas show plays for two weekends only.
Here is the lineup:
Sept. 8-25: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a musical, based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. It's the tale of two con men who go to the French Riviera in hopes of charming lonely women out of some money. Lawrence Jameson is suave and considerate, only going after women who have money to spare. Freddy Benson is crass and coarse and swindles any woman in sight. When the two get into competition, things get complicated.
Oct. 13-30: Leading Ladies, a comedy/farce by Ken Ludwig (Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me a Tenor), about two struggling Shakespearean actors, Leo and Jack, who learn of an elderly, ailing woman who is trying to find her sister's children, Max and Steve, to make them heirs to her fortune. Leo and Jack decide to pretend to be the two, only to discover that Max and Steve are really Maxine and Stephanie. So, naturally, they dress up like women to continue the charade, only to fall in love with two women in the household.
Nov. 25-Dec. 4: A Pasco Christmas, a musical, which is always a surprise.
Jan. 12-29, 2017: Shakespeare in Hollywood, a 2004 comedy by Ken Ludwig. In it, Shakespeare's favorite fairies, Oberon and Puck, are magically transported to modern Hollywood, where they fall in love with the glitz and glamor and end up cast as themselves in a Hollywood version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play got rave reviews and won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play.
March 2-19, 2017: Nice Work If You Can Get It, the 2012 Broadway show featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin (Someone to Watch Over Me, Fascinating Rhythm, Lady Be Good, But Not for Me, title song). Set in 1927, it has hoodlums, chorus girls, bootleggers, rumrunners, rich widows, spoiled playboys, a vice squad and finagling politicians.
May 11-28, 2017: Legally Blonde, the 2007 musical based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, about a college sorority girl who is dumped by her boyfriend, who says she is too dumb for him. So she bones up on the LSAT, passes the exam with flying colors and follows him to Harvard Law School, where her practical experience really pays off.
Ticket prices will remain the same as this season — $60 for five regular shows, $70 if you add the Christmas special, and $18 for individual shows.
Current season ticket holders have until the date of their Urinetown tickets to renew and retain their current seats. After that, all seats will be open for purchase. Meanwhile, new season ticket holders can choose any open seat and switch if a more desirable one opens up later. Individual tickets will go on sale in September, when the regular 2016-17 season opens, Skelton said.
There is a $7 convenience fee per season ticket when using a credit card, according to the theater's announcement. Tickets may be purchased at the box office inside the theater at 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, or on the season ticket form inserted in show programs.
The telephone number is (727) 842-6777.