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St. Petersburg’s Freefall Theatre announces 2022-23 season

A Neil Simon romance, a Sherlock Holmes mystery and an original musical about the Land of Oz are on the roster.
Michael Raabe (background), Hillary Scales-Lewis, James David Larson and Sara DelBeato in "The Night Before" at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. The theater company is reprising the original holiday musical during its 2022-23 season.
Michael Raabe (background), Hillary Scales-Lewis, James David Larson and Sara DelBeato in "The Night Before" at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. The theater company is reprising the original holiday musical during its 2022-23 season. [ JOSEPH MICHAEL-KENNETH | Courtesy of Freefall Theatre ]
Published Jul. 20

St. Petersburg’s Freefall Theatre has a diverse lineup for its 2022-23 season. It includes an original musical about L. Frank Baum’s creation of the Land of Oz, which was originally slated for the 2020 season, and a reprise of the original holiday musical “The Night Before.”

In addition to shows, the theater company is offering its Tandem Series, which includes game night, Freefall Sings, movie screenings, concerts and cabarets.

Here is the lineup for the 2022-23 season:

“Rose and Walsh” (July 29-Aug. 28): Neil Simon’s play sees an enduring romance between two writers at a beach house on Long Island.

“All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” (Oct. 5-23): Freefall opens the world premiere of the new play by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes that explores the life of the Supreme Court Justice.

“The Night Before” (Nov. 25-Dec. 24): Freefall reprises the original musical comedy by Matthew McGee and music and arrangements by music director Michael Raabe that premiered last year and is updated for 2022. It’s snowing in Florida as a group of friends gather for holiday cheer.

“Blues in the Night” (Jan. 27-Feb. 26, 2023): In partnership with Los Angeles’ Ebony Rep, the musical set in 1948 in a Chicago hotel features the music of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer.

“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” (March 24-April 23, 2023): The game’s afoot in Ken Ludwig’s comic interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

“OZ” (June 2-July 9, 2023): The original musical with a book by Freefall’s artistic director Eric Davis and music and lyrics by Michael Raabe explores L. Frank Baum’s complicated relationship with his creation, the Land of Oz.

$29 monthly subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale now. Single tickets range from $45-$55 and $25 for people younger than 18 and for all preview performances. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.

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