Once again, Meadow Brook Theatre has put together a new season that’s been carefully calculated to please its patrons. The 2014-2015 offerings include comedy, music, drama and adventure. MBT Managing Director Cheryl Marshall says, “We’ve got a literary classic, a heartwarming comedy and a ‘Nunsensical’ musical, back by popular demand and starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka!"
The 2014-2015 season features three Michigan Premieres and two Michigan Professional Premieres.
“Around the World in 80 Days” by Mark Brown – October 1 - 26, 2014
Based on a vaudeville-style script by Mark Brown, “Around the World in 80 Days” is a hilarious take on Jules Verne’s celebrated novel about Phileas Fogg, an explorer who sets out to circumnavigate the world in order to win a bet. The comedy features five actors playing 39 roles from Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel. Around the World in 80 Days is a Michigan premiere. (You may remember the rollicking story from either the film starring David Niven or a more recent Disney version with Jackie Chan.)
“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, adapted by Charles Nolte – November 14 - December 21, 2014
MBT annually suspends its regular season for this holiday classic – its 33rd production of the Dickens’ classic.
“Things My Mother Taught Me” by Katherine DiSavino – January 7 - February 1, 2015
Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that's about to happen? This show takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this Michigan premiere will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.
“Once On This Island,” Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty – February 11 - March 8, 2015
Based on the book “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, “Once On This Island” is a Michigan professional premiere that is nearly a non-stop song and dance show. It tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.
“Luce” by J.C. Lee – March 18 - April 12, 2015
Recently produced at Lincoln Center, this MBT production marks the play’s Michigan premiere. “Luce” tells the story of two suburban, middle-class parents who are shocked to discover that their 17-year-old son Luce, who was adopted from the Congo as a child, could be in some real trouble at school. Usually a model student and star football player, Luce has something disconcerting in his locker, and his teacher warns his parents that their son's education could hang in the balance. His parents must decide whether to trust their own son or his teacher. This story tests the power of love and the lengths a parent will stretch to protect their child.
“Meshuggah-Nuns!” by Dan Goggin – April 22 - May 17, 2015
This tale of NUNSENSE is back by popular demand! Still MBT’s highest grossing show of all time, “Meshuggah-Nuns” finds the sisters of Hoboken on an all-expense-paid trip on the “Faiths of All Nations” Cruise. When the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” gets seasick (with the exception of the guy playing Tevye) the ship’s captain asks the sisters and Tevye to put on a show.
“The Bikinis, a new musical beach party!” by Ray Roderick and James Hindman – May 27 - June 21, 2015
The Meadow Brook Stage has a fun tradition of wrapping up its season with a musical focused on a particular era and style of popular music. This one promises to get everyone dancing in the aisles as “The Bikinis” (or “The Jersey Girls”) relive their heyday and beyond. It all begins the summer of 1964, on the night these four inseparable friends got their name by winning the Belmar Beach Talent Contest, wearing just their bikinis! “The Bikinis” is a nonstop celebration of song filled with hits like "It’s In His Kiss," "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Heat Wave," "Under the Boardwalk," "These Boots are Made for Walking" and many more.
Season tickets are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300. Prices range from $138 - $211 per seat for the six-play season. Subscribers to the 2014-2015 season may also purchase tickets for “A Christmas Carol” at a 20% discount before they go on sale to the general public. Single tickets go on sale Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets range from $26 - $41 for individual plays. The theatre is located in Wilson Hall on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. For additional information, visit the theatre website.