Celebrating 26 Years!
Florida Repertory Theatre
2023-2024 Season |Celebrating 26 Years!
Music by Richard Rodgers • Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Conceived by J. Barry Lewis, Lynnette Barkley, and Craig D. Ames • Music Arrangements by Craig D. Ames
SEPT 22-OCT 29, 2023 • Previews: Sep. 19-21 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Take a dazzling journey through the songbook of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart – the music that defined a generation! Featuring over fifty of their most beloved hits, this revue is a glamorous, romantic, and nostalgic salute to one of America’s most beloved songwriting duos! Features “Bewitched,” The Lady is a Tramp,” “Where or When,” “My Funny Valentine,” and so many more!
“TOUCHES MUSICAL HEAVEN! RODGERS AND HART’S WORK IS BEAUTIFUL AND BEWITCHING.” -MIAMI HERALD
THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE
BY MATTHEW LOPEZ
OCT 27-NOV 12, 2023 • Previews: Oct 24-26 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
Casey is young, broke, behind on rent, and now his wife is pregnant! To make matters more desperate, he gets fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a Florida dive bar. When Elvis leaves the building and a second-rate drag show moves in, “the King” gets a makeover – with the help of some fabulous new friends. Filled with snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this is a wildly entertaining story about friendship, acceptance, and finding a family in the unlikeliest of places.
A big-hearted & music-filled comedy! “Stitch-in-your-side funny! Full of sass and good spirits!”-NY Times
A SHERLOCK CAROL
– A REGIONAL PREMIERE BY MARK SHANAHAN
DEC 1-17, 2023 • Previews: Nov 28-30 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
The worlds of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collide in this inventive holiday whodunit! Full of intrigue and suspense…with a helping of holiday cheer. When a grown-up Tiny Tim begs Sherlock Holmes to investigate the peculiar death of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Great Detective must use his tools of deduction to get to the bottom of the crime. It is a dark and treacherous Christmas Eve, and once again the holiday is haunted by the spirits of the past, present, and future.
Chosen from the 2020 PlayLab & fresh off runs in New York and London! “A clever, crowd-pleasing holiday comedy!” -NY Times
BY KATORI HALL
DEC 15, 2023-JAN 14, 2024 • Previews: Dec 12-14 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
A gripping and electrifying play that reimagines the night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. It’s April 3, 1968, and after delivering his most memorable speech, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The Mountaintop is a surrealistic fantasy about a chance encounter between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of his people.
“The Mountaintop crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood.”-NY NEWSDAY
BEEHIVE: The 60s Musical
CREATED BY LARRY GALLAGHER
JAN 12-28, 2024 • Previews: Jan 9-11 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
From Aretha Franklin to Janis Joplin, countless powerful female voices left their unforgettable mark on the turbulent 1960s! Beehive: The 60s Musical is a non-stop, energetic celebration of these iconic women and the music that became a soundtrack for a decade of change. Six extraordinary women perform more than two dozen chart toppers from Diana Ross & the Supremes to Tina Turner, Petula Clark, and more. Complete with big hairdos and 60’s fashions, this timeless musical will have audiences of all ages singing along and shouting for more.
A musical celebration of the powerful female voices of the 1960s!
THE GIN GAME
BY D.L. COBURN
FEB 2-MAR 3, 2024 • Previews: Jan 30-Feb 1 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
This modern American classic and Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a touching, moving, and heart-wrenching story about two people looking back on their long lives. Set against the backdrop of a dusty, run-down, southern nursing home, the story unfolds over game after game of gin. As the games intensify, Fonsia and Weller come to grips with what is left of their lives, reveal secrets, regrets, and hopes – and sometimes those revelations become weapons. Weller longs for a victory – after a lifetime of defeats, and Fonsia realizes she may be to blame for her own loneliness.
“Extremely intelligent…A fine bittersweet comedy…Funny, sad, profane, eloquent, touching, beautiful.” -WABC-TV
A COMEDY OF TENORS
FEB 16-MAR 3, 2024 • Previews: Feb 13-15 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maria, from causing chaos (which they always do!). Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. A side-splitting sequel to Lend Me a Tenor!
“Playwright Ken Ludwig has hit the jackpot again with his fast-paced, over-the-top farce.” -BEACON JOURNAL
HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY
BY RANDAL MYLER AND MARK HARELIK
Exclusively sponsored by Ellie Fox
MAR 22-APR 14, 2024 • Previews: Mar 19-21 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
Told by a company of actor-musicians, don’t miss this award-winning tribute to one of the great innovators of American popular music! Follow Williams’ rise from humble beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride to triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry – and his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, audiences are treated to indelible songs like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and many more!
“The best example of a musician’s bio put on stage that I’ve ever seen. Wonderful…delightful…marvelous!” -NEW YORK POST
BY DAVID MAMET
APR 19-MAY 19, 2024 • Previews: Apr 16-18 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Filled with electrifying dialogue, blazing emotion, and an ending that will leave you talking for weeks. In this riveting drama, a college professor and his female student become embroiled in a war of words that takes a dangerous turn. As their serene campus transforms into a battleground for justice, Mamet’s explosive masterpiece dares you to take a side…if you can. Florida Rep takes on Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, David Mamet, with his most controversial drama!
“Oleanna is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year!” -NY Times