WAKEFIELD — Theatre By The Sea will open the 2019 season with the world premiere of "Love and Other Fables," at the end of May. Running from May 29 – June 16, "Love and Other Fables" is a new romantic screwball musical comedy, set on the Greek island of Samos in 600 B. C. that follows the early life of Aesop, the not-yet-famous slave, as he creates the “fable,” persistently woos the headstrong girl of his dreams, enters into a battle of wits with the King of Egypt, and changes the course of history. The production at Theatre By The Sea will by the first fully-staged production of the musical, as it continues its journey to Broadway.
The next production will be "Singin’ in the Rain," (June 19 – July 13,) which is often called the “greatest movie musical of all time." The play has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren't always as they appear. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards including “Make 'Em Laugh,” “Lucky Star,” “You Were Meant For Me,” “Broadway Melody,” and “Good Morning,” make "Singin' in the Rain" the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
Next up will be Disney’s "Newsies," (July 17 – Aug. 10) which will be the Rhode Island professional premiere. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, "Newsies" is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, "Newsies" features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, "Newsies" is perfect for the whole family.
"Saturday Night Fever" will follow from Aug. 14 to Sept. 8. The stage version of the extraordinarily successful 1977 movie starring John Travolta, rounds out the summer season. The story follows Tony Manero, a clerk in a paint store in Brooklyn, who lives for Saturday evening and his visit to the local disco, where he is no longer an inconspicuous employee, he is the king of the dance floor. Packed with disco classics including the Bee Gees’ hits “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” “Tragedy,” and “More Than A Woman,” the musical is filled with explosive energy and sensational choreography.
Gift certificates and subscriptions for the 2019 summer season may be purchased in person at the Box Office or via telephone at 401- 782-TKTS (8587) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Gift Certificates can also be purchased online and printed or emailed to the recipient.