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2015-2016 Theater Season

CONGRATULATIONS TO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SCOTT SPENCE ON HIS 25TH SEASON! Click here for The Plain Dealer's recent article about Scott.

The 2015-2016 Season contains multiple premieres, our fifth collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre program, and a lineup of Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award winning productions.

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Logo - Spitfire GrillThe Spitfire Grill
Music & Book by James Valcq
Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Bill Roudebush; Musical Direction by Larry Goodpaster
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

September 18 – October 18, 2015; Mackey Main Stage

Based on the 1996 film of the same title, The Spitfire Grill is about feisty parolee Percy Talbott who starts over in rural Wisconsin. She takes a job at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, a crumbling diner where the gossipy townsfolk congregate, run by an ornery widow named Hannah. For years, Hannah has unsuccessfully attempted to sell the diner to escape the memories it holds. Percy hatches a plan to hold a raffle for ownership open to anyone who pays one hundred dollars and writes an essay about why they want the Grill. As the seasons change and rumors about her past build, the contest entries roll in by the wheelbarrow full, and Percy realizes that she's not the only one in town with a history.

Logo - Mothers and SonsREGIONAL PREMIERE
Mothers and Sons
Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Sarah May
Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
October 9 – November 15, 2015; Studio Theater

The newest play by four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, Terrence McNally, Mothers and Sons was nominated for the 2014 Best Play Tony Award. The story follows a mother whose young son died of AIDS several years prior. When she unexpectedly visits the home of her son's ex-partner (which now includes his husband and their child), she is forced to come to terms with how much society has changed without her and the full life her son might have enjoyed. This play is a deeply compassionate and touching look at the transformative nature of forgiveness and the evolving definition of family.

Mary Poppins and Bert DancingENCORE PRODUCTION
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
Mary Poppins
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film; Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B Sherman; Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Scott Plate; Musical Direction by Larry Goodpaster; Choreography by Martín Céspedes; Featuring Rebecca Pitcher as Mary Poppins
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

December 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016; Mackey Main Stage
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. on Sundays
Two performances will be held Saturdays Dec 12, 19, 26, and Jan 2; Thurs Dec 17 performance at 7:30 p.m.

The magical production that broke all Beck Center box office records returns for the 2015 holiday season.  Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier Awards and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.                                                                             Photo: Kathy Sandham

In the Heights
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes; Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Victoria Bussert; Choreographed by Gregory Daniels; Musical Direction by David Pepin
In collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program
Presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals

February 12 – February 28, 2016; Mackey Main Stage
Dates include Thursday evening performances at 8 p.m. on February 18 and 25
In the Heights is Broadway's 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. This exhilarating musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood – a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. A riveting story with incredible music and dance, In the Heights is a groundbreaking 21st century musical and the next chapter in the classic American story.

Shining City
Written by Conor McPherson
Directed by Bernadette Clemens
Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

April 1 – May 1, 2016; Studio Theater

Shining City is set in Dublin, where a guilt ridden man reaches out to his therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. Wrestling with his own demons, the therapist can only do so much to help. Routine visits between the two men quickly become a gripping struggle to survive, changing both of them for the rest of their lives. 2006 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.

Heathers: The Musical
Book, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Directed by Scott Spence; Musical Direction by Larry Goodpaster; Choreographed by Martín Céspedes
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

May 27 – July 2, 2016; Studio Theater
8:00 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. on Sundays

Based on the classic 1989 film, this is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. Just as she gets comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. Before she gets kicked out of the clique she worked so hard to infiltrate, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss up to the Heathers...but J.D. has another plan. | PG-13

Billy Elliot the Musical

Music by Elton John; Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall; Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film
Directed by Scott Spence; Musical Direction by Larry Goodpaster; Choreographed by Martín Céspedes
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

July 8 – August 14, 2016; Mackey Main Stage

Based on the 2000 Academy Award nominated film and winner of 10 Tony Awards in 2009 including Best Musical, Billy Elliot is the story of a young boy in a depressed mining town in England. Set during the 1984 miner’s strike, the show follows Billy, the youngest child of a blue-collar family that has recently lost its Mum, as he discovers his unlikely and extraordinary gift for ballet. While his family takes to the picket lines of the strike, Billy secretly begins to study the art of dance. As Billy blossoms and thrives, the world and lives around him continue to wither. His only escape may be the prestigious Royal Ballet School, a place no working-class boy has ever gone, or been allowed to go to, before.

CAC 4c NEW 27may09OAClogo50_WEBProgramming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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