Opening the season and running October 12-21, will be “Dracula” by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. This enormously successful revival opened on Broadway in 1977 and is one of the great mystery thrillers of our time.
Next will be the nostalgic holiday favorite, “Scrooge,” written by Leslie Bricusse, which will run November 30 – December 16. This hopeful, family favorite earned sell-out crowds in 2011, with patrons requesting that it to be offered as a regular holiday tradition. “Scrooge” will be directed by Craig Smith.
Oscar Wilde’s, “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run January 25 – February 3. This delightful comedy of manners is widely considered Wilde’s most perfect work. Audiences have continued to be delighted by revivals of this charming and witty play. “The Importance of Being Earnest” will be directed by Jennifer Lockwood.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” with book by Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan, new music by Jeanine Tesori and Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, will fill the Playhouse stage with rousing song and dance from March 1-17. Taking us back to 1922 with the sensation of flappers, the thrill of a budding mystery and the bliss of falling in love, this musical will warm the winter chill. “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will be directed by Richard Croskey.
The Playhouse season turns to heavy drama with “The Retreat from Moscow,” by William Nicholson, from April 12 – 21. With coiled intensity and embracing empathy this celebrated author of “Shadowlands,” shines a breathtakingly natural light on the fallout of a shattered marriage. “The Retreat from Moscow” will be directed by visiting director Bill Brewer from Oxford, Ohio.
Last, but certainly not least, the hilarious and bawdy musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will run from May 31 – June 16. Farce, satire, crazy love story and more are all wrapped up in the 1962 Tony Award winning Best Musical. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will be directed by Jim Lockwood.
Current and new season subscribers may purchase 2012-2013 subscriptions at last season’s prices until July 1, 2012. Past season prices: 6-show subscription adult $75, senior/student $70; or 4-show subscription adult $55, senior/student $50. Current subscribers must renew by May 31, 2012, to insure seating preferences. Pricing will increase on July 1, 2012.
Season subscriptions can be purchased online at www.daytonplayhouse.org, or through the box office, 937-424-8477, which is staffed Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00 -5:00 p.m. Messages may be left for the box office at any time. The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414.
(Submitted by The Dayton Playhouse)