Playhouse Stage announces Jam-Packed 34th season

Bright Star, Head Over Heels and Oklahoma! among titles company will produce at Cohoes Music Hall and Albany’s Park Playhouse in 2021–2022 Season

Playhouse Stage Company enters its 34th season of presenting professional and youth musical theatre to Capital Region audiences in 2021 & 2022. After 32nd and 33rd seasons that were shortened by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the company announced their first full slate of productions since their 31st Season in 2019. Playhouse Stage will continue implementing safety policies and procedures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State Department of Health and will adjust those policies in accordance with caseloads in the region.

The season will kick off just in time for the holidays with a professional production of A Year With Frog and Toad, running Dec. 15–19, 2021 at Cohoes Music Hall. Based on the beloved books by Arnold Lobel (who was raised in Schenectady), the show follows Frog & Toad as they enjoy all the seasons of the year, culminating with their heart-warming celebration of Christmas Eve. During the run, the production will be filmed and edited to later be streamed virtually to Capital Region schools throughout the month of January.

Next up, Playhouse Stage will present a professional production of Steve Martin & Edie Brickells’ bluegrass musical Bright Star. Inspired by, and including songs from, their Grammy award-winning album “Love Has Come for You,” Martin & Brickell workshopped the piece at Powerhouse Theatre and San Diego’s Old Globe before its Broadway debut in 2015. With a story drawn from the true events surrounding the folk tale of the Iron Mountain Baby, the show tells a unique love story spanning 1920–1940 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The production will run Jan. 27 through Feb. 13, 2022.

The Playhouse season at Cohoes Music Hall will continue with two pieces set to showcase the company’s advanced teen and youth performers, Oklahoma! and Honk! respectively. PSC’s teen performers will play the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Oklahoma!, which tells a story of America in its infancy, from Mar. 3–13, 2022. Honk!, a delightful musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable “The Ugly Duckling,” will be presented by the company’s youth performers from April 21 — May 1, 2022.

Playhouse Stage will return to Park Playhouse in Albany’s Washington Park with two 1980’s-inspired productions for the 2022 summer season. First up, the hilarious new musical Head Over Heels, featuring the music of The Go-Go’s, will be PSC’s professional production playing June 30 — July 23, 2022. Loosely based on The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, a 16th Century romance by Sir Philip Sydney, the show concerns various love stories and explores LGBTQ+ themes. The 2018 New York production was the first to feature a transgender performer creating a principal role on Broadway. With more than twenty hits by The Go-Go’s and Belinda Carlyle (including “We Got the Beat” & “Heaven is a Place on Earth”), and a book in verse penned by Jeff Whitty (Ave Q), Head Over Heels is a unique take on the jukebox musical form.

The company’s outdoor August production will keep the 80’s theme going, as Playhouse Stage’s teen students present the musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer. Based on the 1998 movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, the show is set in Ridgefield, New Jersey, in the heart of the 1980’s when electronic dance music, soft rock, glam metal and new wave were all the rage. The story follows Robbie, a lovable singer at wedding receptions, as he deals with his own trials and tribulations of love.

Finally, during the summer season at Cohoes Music Hall, the Playhouse’s youth performers will present the new musical Pete (her) Pan from Aug. 23–27, 2022. A fresh take on the tale of Peter Pan, the musical is told through the eyes of Wendy’s daughter Jane, who longs for an adventure of her own. The emerging Black playwright and composer Douglas Lyons, whose Chicken & Biscuits opens on Broadway this season, penned the lyrics and co-composed the Carribean-inspired score for Pete (her) Pan with Michael Thurber. The book is by Melvin Tunstall III. In recent seasons, Mr. Lyons (himself an actor who has appeared on Broadway in Beautiful and Book of Mormon) has been a regular guest instructor for Playhouse Stage, having presented more than a half dozen master classes for PSC’s students. Lyons also collaborated with Tunstall to create the Ruby Bridges-inspired Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, which Playhouse Stage has toured to Capital Region schools in both 2018 and 2020.

As previously announced, this season, Playhouse Stage will also partner with the Creative License Theatre Collective to present their plays on the Cohoes Music Hall stage. Creative License will present the heart-warming, acclaimed Broadway hit Significant Other from Nov. 12–21, 2021, and the award-winning dark comedy God of Carnage from May 6–15, 2022.

Tickets for all of the season’s Playhouse Stage Company and Creative License productions will go on sale this Friday, Sept. 24 online via playhousestage.org & thecohoesmusichall.org, by phone at (518) 434–0776 or in-person at the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office. Prices vary by production.

For more information, audiences can visit www.playhousestage.org and www.creativelicenseonline.com.

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