Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

May 17 – June 22, 2019
Pippin
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Directed by Alison Boole
Produced by Jeremy Palmer and Lyndsay Palmer

The award winning musical Pippin, tells the story of a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. Pippin originally debuted on Broadway 1972 with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. This beautiful and thought-provoking musical uses the premise of a magical and mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player. Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival, respectively, making them the first two actors of different sexes to win a Tony for the same role.

PIPPIN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
July 19 – August 24, 2019
Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth

Blithe Spirit was a smash comedy hit on the London and Broadway stages. This hilarious farce is about fussy cantankerous novelist, Charles Condomine who has remarried but is literally haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Elvira has been called up by a visiting “kooky medium,” Madame Arcati. and laugh a minute pandemonium ensues.

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 13 – October 19, 2019
Dial “M” for Murder
by Frederick Knott
Directed by George Kondreck

Tony Wendice, an ex-tennis pro, plots to murder his wife because she had an affair, now over, but more importantly to get her money. He blackmails an old school acquaintance to strangle her. When things go drastically wrong, he sees another way to guarantee her death and his wealth. This suspenseful thriller was also a classic film that starred Ray Milland, Robert Cummings and Grace Kelly.

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 15 – December 21, 2019
Little Women
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Jennifer Richardson
Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. The story follows the lives, loves and tribulations of the sisters growing up during the American Civil War. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy live in Concord, Massachusetts with their Marmee while their father is on the battlefield. Filled with adventure (both lived and imagined), heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggle of these “Little Women” to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America. With buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, Little Women reminds us that “sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true.”
LITTLE WOMEN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 17 – February 22, 2020
The Giver
Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry
Directed by Harold Dershimer

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a precisely choreographed world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment, injustice…or choice. Join us for this multi-media presentation as we follow Jonas’ journey filled with heightened sensory experiences from a place of sameness…to elsewhere!

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
March 13 – April 18, 2020
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Susan Stangl
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
May 15 – June 20, 2020
Fun Home
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Kathryn Dershimer
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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