Ultimate Guide

2016 - 2017 Theater Season

Baltimore continues to thrive as a leader in the performing arts world. From state-of-the-art theaters to a world-renowned symphony and a plethora of live performance spaces, there is no shortage of exciting venues in Baltimore where you can enjoy a night out on the town.

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Hippodrome Theater

Everyman Theatre

Center Stage

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Iron Crow Theatre

Hippodrome Theater
The Bodyguard

February 28 to March 5, 2017
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Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX!

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

RENT

March 31 to April 2, 2017
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In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th Anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

Something Rotten!

April 18 to April 23, 2017
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Something Rotten! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post) Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is “The Producers = The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone. Squared!” (New York Magazine)

Finding Neverland

June 27 to July 2, 2017
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Finding Neverland is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! This breathtaking musical “captures the kid-at-heart” (TIME). Vogue cheers, “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)

Everyman Theatre
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

February 1 - March 5, 2017
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In this “tight and suspenseful” (Chicago Tribune) adaptation, Charles Dickens’ timeless classic comes bursting to life in a stylized and fast-paced world that is sure to leave you gasping for breath as six actors portray 35 characters. Pip, a poor orphan child in nineteenth-century England, is mysteriously plucked from obscurity by the wealthy and decaying Miss Havisham, changing his life forever. A secretive benefactor, unrequited love, and a series of great expectations plague Pip as he attempts to discover whether people can change who they truly are.

Los Otros

March 22 - April 23, 2017
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From Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party/Giant) and Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind/Paradise Found), and acclaimed director Noah Himmelstein (An Inspector Calls/I Am Harvey Milk) comes the premiere of this newly re-imagined version of an unusual kind of musical. Lillian and Carlos, two Californians, one white and one Latino, find their lives linked in unexpected ways. Told through three significant moments in their lives, a beautiful and intimate score captures the richness of each decade as they rise to face the preconceptions of what it means to be “The Other.”

Noises Off

May 17 - June 18, 2017
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Everyman’s Resident Company of actors transforms into a British company of actors in this “side-splitting” (NY Magazine) farce to end all farces. With their opening night on London’s West End just hours away, a cast of actors staggers through rehearsal. Just when the director thinks things couldn’t get worse—they do. With lost lines, love triangles and sardines flying, pandemonium takes over before intermission. Can the cast pull their act together both in front of the footlights and behind the curtain? A love-letter to the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage, Noises Off will leave you rolling in the aisles as everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Center Stage
Twisted Melodies

March 17 to April 16, 2017
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A MUSICAL HOMAGE TO A SOULFUL LEGEND - This powerful one-man show is based on the real life of '70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, the creator of “The Closer I Get to You” and “Where is the Love?” and perhaps best known for his duets with Roberta Flack. Twisted Melodies is an immersive and crushing play about the brilliant musician’s compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston.

Toni Morrison’s Jazz

May 19 to June 25, 2017
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A WORLD PREMIERE - In Morrison’s exhilarating novel, Joe and Violet move from the Virginia countryside to Harlem at the turn of the century, young and in love. Twenty years later, Joe’s interactions with a young woman set off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Peeling back layers and alternating perspectives expose ultimately sympathetic characters, who—like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth—reveal their own rhythms.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Richard III

February 10 – March 5, 2017
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As charming as he is evil, Richard III marries and murders his way to England’s crown. Appointed protector of his nephews, the two child princes who are the heirs of the late Edward IV, Richard wrests the throne for himself. He rules from 1493 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Captivating and horrifying, the play is Shakespeare’s concluding chronicle of the Wars of the Roses. To great acclaim, we last performed Richard III as a movable play with a WWI setting in the ruins in PFI HIstoric Park. For our 15th Anniversary, we’ll re-mount our popular Richard III indoors with fresh energy. We’re thrilled that Resident Acting Company member Vince Eisenson will reprise his role as England’s last king of the House of York.

The Taming of the Shrew

March 17 – April 9, 2017
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In The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare puts Kate and Petruchio’s marital power struggles under a microscope. There, he finds humor magnified amid the imbalance of powers in their gender roles. She makes it clear that no man is worthy, so her father marries her off to Petruchio, who then sets about to “tame” her. As topical as it is hilarious, The Taming of the Shrew is a rollicking romantic comedy with enduring themes that have influenced generations of popular entertainment, from the musical Kiss Me, Kate to the teen movie Ten Things I Hate About You. Our Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar will direct Shrew.

The Fantasticks

April 21 – May 21, 2017
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Sentimental and funny, The Fantasticks was the longest-running Off Broadway musical in history. It’s a romantic tale about a boy and girl next door who are nudged toward marriage by their matchmaking fathers. Despite the Dads’ shenanigans and best intentions, the young couple must figure it out for themselves. With its universal themes and memorable songs, The Fantasticks is heartwarming and appropriate for all ages. Our guest Director is Curt L. Tofteland.

The Tempest

June 16 – July 23, 2017
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Storm, shipwreck, magic: The Tempest is Shakespeare’s magnificent island fantasy. The sorcerer Prospero conjures a tempest to lure his brother and King Alonso to his island exile. His intends to expose their treachery, for they have deposed him from his rightful position as Duke of Milan. Among his motives is his fatherly wish to ensure a proper future for his daughter, who is stranded with him on the mysterious island. It’s a perfect play for a summer’s eve in the park. Our Associate Artistic Director Lizzi Albert will direct The Tempest.

Iron Crow Theatre
Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

March 31 - April 2

Three kids - Kenny, his sister Edith, and their friend Benji - are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny's and Benji's relationship becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn't shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes crashing in whether they want it to or not. Tender, charming and full of heart, this coming of age story explores the gap between childhood and whatever comes next; forcing us to engage with what it means to remain young when exposed to the adult world far too quickly.

Please note that Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them explores mature themes, contains adult language, sexual content and may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18.

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BootyCandy

June 9-18

Robert O'Hara's semi-biographical subversive comedy tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. O'Hara weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscope that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black.

Please note that BootyCandy explores mature themes, contains adult language, sexual content and violence. BootyCandy may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18.

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