Michael Learned and Lance Nichols perform in “Driving Miss Daisy” in 2007 at the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City, California. The show will be performed at the Totem Pole Playhouse from May 26 through June 11.(Photo: Submitted)CONNECT>TWEET>LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE
FAYETTEVILLE - Season tickets are now on sale for Totem Pole Playhouse's 67th summer season.
The theater will open its season with "Driving Miss Daisy," which will run from May 26 to June 11. The production, which will be directed by former artistic director of the Cleveland Play House, Michael Bloom, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece depicting racial tensions, the passage of time and the experience of aging.
Set in mid-century Atlanta, the story follows elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn (played by Lance Nichols from HBO’s “Treme”). At first, Daisy is not happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get her from one place to the next. However, Hoke gradually wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection.
"The Drowsy Chaperone" will be the second show and has won five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score. Running from June 16 through July 2, the musical is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age show featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.
As the lights go down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record - the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The production also mixes in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs and an intoxicated chaperone to make for an unforgettable evening.
"I Love a Piano," the third show in the series, celebrates the music of Irving Berlin. The musical follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to present day. Along the way, the story comes to life with over 60 of Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ on The Ritz,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” and of course, “I Love a Piano.” The musical is on stage July 2 through July 23.
Rounding out the four-show season, Totem Pole Playhouse will welcome the new smash-hit musical "Million Dollar Quartet" to the stage from July 28 to Aug. 20. Inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time, the musical is set on Dec. 4, 1956.
In what was one of the greatest jam sessions ever, "Million Dollar Quartet" brings that December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Showcased hit songs include “Blue Suede Shoes," “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?” “Great Balls of Fire” and more.
Prices for the season are $133 for a junior subscription (ages 5-15) and $171 for adult subscriptions. In addition, a FLEX subscription plan will be offered at the same prices giving subscribers the flexibility to choose the performance they wish to attend rather than be locked into a set date for each production. Tickets for single shows will be on sale starting Feb. 7.
To purchase tickets, visit totempoleplayhouse.org or call the playhouse’s box office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 717-352-2164.
Source : http://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/things-to-do/2017/01/31/tickets-totem-pole-playhouse-summer-season/97250674/