Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

November 11 – December 17, 2016
Young Frankenstein
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed by Alison Mattiza
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete

Young Frankenstein is a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder. This hilarious musical is a parody of the horror film genre, especially the 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its 1939 sequel, Son of Frankenstein. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. But this musical comedy hit, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award, is not without scary and hilarious complications. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the famous “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” this show is scientifically-proven to be monstrously good entertainment!

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 13 – February 18, 2017
The Imaginary Invalid
by Molière
Adapted from the Translation by Charles Heron Wall
Directed by Susan Stangl
Produced by Sheridan Cole Crawford

In Molière's outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners, sadly relevant even today, the wealthy Argan revels in poor health, relying on laxatives, suppositories, bloodlettings, and second and third opinions from the leading quacks. Although his daughter Angélique loves the impoverished Cléante, Argan wants to marry her to Thomas Diaforrhea, a medical dunce who can assure his father-in-law a lifetime of free health care. Aided by Argan's wily, back-talking servant Toinette, the young lovers contrive to meet despite the scheming of Béline, Argan's mercenary second wife. All is resolved (or is it?) when the clever Toinette and Argan's sage brother Béralde concoct a hilarious, elaborate plan to teach Argan where to place his trust.

March 17 – April 22, 2017
Big Fish
Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August
Directed by Catherine Rahm
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete

Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself—spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.

Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide
May 12 – June 17, 2017
Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth

Life in South Boston, a working class neighborhood on hard times, is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job, facing eviction and with nowhere to turn, she and her grown, disabled daughter represent a large portion of today's society. Will she get a break from her young manager at the Dollar Store or the landlady with a craft business selling googly-eyed rabbits, or the man from her past, now a successful doctor, who left town at a crucial moment long ago? With cutting humor and amazing realism, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey-Abaire creates a loving portrait of his hometown and a relatable story of socioeconomic struggle. In the world of Good People, acts of sacrifice and gestures of kindness come at the most surprising moments and from the most unexpected sources, posing the question we often ask ourselves; how important is the element of luck in any of our lives?

GOOD PEOPLE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
July 14 – August 19, 2017
September 8 – October 14, 2017
Farragut North
by Beau Willimon
Directed by Sherry Coon
FARRAGUT NORTH is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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