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May 15, 2013

Theatre Charlotte 2013-14: Five old favorites, one shock

The company’s 86th season will end with a bang, as “Hair” follows the likes of “Gypsy” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Sometimes you save the best – or, at least, the most daring – moment until just before the final curtain drops. Theatre Charlotte will do that in its 2013-14 season, capping five familiar favorites with the still-outrageous musical “Hair.”

You can buy season tickets for $100 ($90 for seniors). The company also sells flex passes: You can get 12 tickets for $216, 10 for $190 or six for $120, usable for any shows you select.

Single tickets go on sale July 22, and all tickets can be bought at 704-372-1000 or carolinatix.org.

Here’s the lineup:

“Gypsy,” Sept. 6-22: The Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical chronicles the rise of professional disrober Gypsy Rose Lee under the eye of a domineering mother.

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” Oct. 25-Nov. 10: Joseph Kesselring’s comedy revolves around a drama critic, his lady, his pleasantly homicidal aunts and his unpleasantly homicidal brother.

“A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 6-15: Year seven for John Jakes’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ evergreen novel.

“The Miss Firecracker Contest,” Jan. 24-Feb. 9: A small-town beauty pageant could salvage the tarnished reputation of a young Mississippi woman in Beth Henley’s offbeat comedy.

“Driving Miss Daisy,” March 21-April 6: At the center of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer-winning play stand Hoke, a patient black chauffeur, and Daisy, an aged white woman who doesn’t want his assistance in pre-civil rights Georgia.

“Hair,” May 16-June 1: The “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” of the 1960s was the last Broadway show to generate four top-40 hits: “Easy to Be Hard,” “Hair,” “Good Morning Starshine” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.” It tells the story of New York hippies rebelling against the Vietnam War, their parents and conservative society in general. The 2009 version won a Tony for best revival of a musical.

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