Huron Playhouse offers enticing mix for 60th summer season
Mystery, music and mirth are on the bill for the Huron Playhouse’s 60th season, opening July 1 with Lerner and Lowe’s classic “Brigadoon.”
The story of an enchanted town in the Scottish Highlands discovered by two weary American travelers, “Brigadoon,” with its memorable melodies and dance numbers, has long been a favorite of American musical theatre. It will be performed July 1-5.
Next up, from July 8-12, is Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” Set in a sinister inn on a snowy mountainside, the murder mystery involves the effort to discover who among the guests is the murderer, with all the twists and turns of plot that have kept audiences guessing and made “The Mousetrap” the longest-running play in history.
The Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling” has been transformed by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe into the touching musical “Honk,” a celebration of difference. Appropriate for families, the play is funny and charming as it delivers its message of tolerance. “Honk” will be performed July 15-19.
A change of pace ensues with Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” playing from July 22-26. Huron Playhouse alumnus Ron Leibman starred in the original Broadway production of the fast-paced farce about four New York couples at an anniversary celebration for friends. The evening goes zanily awry in the sophisticated comedy, with the hosts’ lawyer and the police hopelessly trying to sort out events.
Closing the season will be “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” from July 29-Aug. 2. Set in the Jazz Age 1920s, the show features flappers, dashing leading men and a Dragon Lady villainess who all become part of the life of young Millie Dillmount when she moves to New York from Kansas to find a rich husband.
Curtain time for each of the five productions is 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
The playhouse, the state’s oldest continuously operating summer theatre, is in the McCormick School on Ohio Street in Huron.
Tickets go on sale by phone Wednesday (June 18). Call 419-433-4744 for reservations. The ticket counter opens June 23. Season passes are available at $55. Individual show prices are $14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens, $9 for children under 12 and $11 for groups of 15 or more. All seats are reserved.
June 16, 2008