Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre Announces its 2011 season lineup
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater Artistic Director Michael Querio this week announced the 2011 line up of summer and fall productions set to debut in the newly constructed 297-seat theater complex. “We’re thrilled to honor the first season in our new home with style, energy, and heart. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share these productions with the people of Grand Lake,” said Querio. Tickets for the 2011 season will go on sale March 4th, 2011 at 9:00am. To order tickets, call the Box Office at (970) 627-3421, on or after that date. Theatre-goers are strongly encouraged to order their tickets early this season. As in the past, the summer productions sell out quickly. No one will want to miss this incredibly memorable season, the first at the all-new Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.Disney’s Beauty and the BeastMusic by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda WoolvertonTo commemorate the grand opening of the new Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, RMRT opens the season with this spectacular and celebrated new classic. Based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film, the stage version of Beauty and the Beast tells the story of the winsome Belle and her ferocious captor, who must unravel the bonds of his own heart to overcome a powerful curse. The 1991 Disney movie became the first animated film nominated for Best Picture, and the following Broadway production played to more than 5,000 sold-out houses, becoming the sixth longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Filled with lovable characters, beautiful tunes and enchanting sets and costumes, this “tale as old as time” promises to delight theatre-goers of all ages.Guys and Dolls -Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser and Book by Jo Swerling and Abe BurrowsConsidered by many to be the perfect musical, Guys and Dolls soars with the spirit of Broadway as it follows a cast of vivid characters straight out of the hustle-and-bustle gambling world of 1920’s New York. This colorful and entertaining story of high-rolling crapshooters and their “dolls” features a fast-paced book and Frank Loesser’s most memorable songs, including “Luck Be A Lady”, “Bushel and a Peck,” and “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”. Featuring one of the greatest musical scores in the history of the American theatre, Guys and Dolls is a love story about what happens to gambling men and the women who want to tame them. This high-energy, musical masterpiece is sure to entertain Grand Lake all summer long. Chess Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, Lyrics by Tim Rice, Book by Richard NelsonPrior to their highly successful musical “Mamma Mia,” ABBA composers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus created this riveting, rock-inspired phenomenon. Set during the Cold War intrigue of an international chess tournament, the musical dramatizes the romantic checkmate between an American chess champion, his lover, and a Russian opponent secretly planning to defect to the West. Like pawns on the board, the players find themselves manipulated in the game of life, and their emotional intensity transcends the stage in a passionate and triumphant pop score. With each song more irresistible than the next, this rock musical rounds out the summer in a powerful and moving fashion.Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver Original Concept by Harold Thau, Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangement by Jeff WaxmanAlmost Heaven weaves together the songs of John Denver to create a uniquely theatrical narrative that reflects upon the country during the years in which he wrote them. Twenty-nine of Denver’s songs – including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Calypso” and more – are rediscovered and reinvented, performed against a backdrop of stunning visual images. A perfect musical for the mountain getaway of Grand Lake, this heart-warming and wildly popular hit closes RMRT’s Fall Season.
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