Theatre Charlotte will dance into its 2016-’17 season to a disco beat and emerge singing rhythm ‘n’ blues. Between “Saturday Night Fever” and “Memphis” come a Christmas helping of Dickens and three classics of the American stage. The good news for the budget-conscious is that season tickets – which go on sale Monday – will cost what they did for 2015-’16.
Theatre Charlotte encourages flexibility: a six-ticket package for $126, 10 tickets for $200 or 12 for $228. If you just want to see five mainstage shows once, you’ll get a package for $110 ($100 for seniors). And if you want individual tickets, you’ll wait until July 25. (Get details at theatrecharlotte.org/subscribe.
So what will you see?
“Saturday Night Fever” (Sept. 9-25) features songs by The Bee Gees, David Abbinanti, David Shire, Walter Murphy and Kool and the Gang. Dig this line from the news release: “Humble paint store clerk by day, stallion dance king by night, Tony Manero lives for Saturday night at the disco.”
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The Kaufman and Hart comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” (Oct. 28-Nov. 13) follows the free-spirited Vanderhof family. These happy eccentrics don’t know what to do when the youngest daughter brings home her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents for dinner. Then “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 2-11) comes back for its 10th season.
Beth Henley’s Pulitzer-winning comedy “Crimes of the Heart” follows three Southern sisters in a small town. One is out on bail after shooting her husband; one has left Hollywood via a psychiatric ward; one faces her 30th birthday with no romantic prospects.
Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (March 17-April 2) examines the struggles of black Chicagoans moving to a white neighborhood in 1959. Insurance money may help them realize dreams from medical school to small business ownership – or tear them apart.
Speaking of race relations in the ’50s, “Memphis” (May 12-28) follows a white disc jockey who falls for an up-and-coming black singer in Tennessee. The Tony-winner has music and lyrics by David Bryan of Bon Jovi and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro.
Before all this happens, TCjr and Student Theatre Guild will do two shows this summer. Student Theatre Guild’s nine-day session (open to students aged 14 through college) ends with “The Drowsy Chaperone” July 15-24. TCjr’s session (ages 9-14) will culminate in Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” July 6-10.