CU Theatre Company unveils lineup for 23rd season
URBANA — The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company has planned a 23rd annual season starting in March that promises to be "naughty and nice."
"We think each show has a little bit of nice and a little bit of naughty and a whole lot of family friendly entertainment," reads a news release from the community theater group.
The four-show season will open and end with two disparate musicals: the revised version of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and the Fats Waller revue "Ain't Misbehavin.'"
Season tickets for the new season will be available today through year's end for current season subscribers, who have the option of keeping the same seats and same nights or same seats and different nights.
New season ticket subscribers may purchase tickets from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28. And individual show tickets go on sale March 1.
The lineup of shows:
— "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised)," with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner: March 27-30, Parkland Theatre, with plans for a performance in downtown Champaign to include a retrospective of "Peanuts" creator Charles Schultz.
— "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay, music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer: June 12-15 and 19-22, Parkland Theatre.
The ninth annual Kathy Murphy Student Production will feature area youths younger than 18 in the musical in which "naughty backwoods boys are transformed by nice women."
— Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's "Mary Poppins," a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film: July 31 to Aug. 3 and Aug. 7-10, Parkland Theatre.
CUTC secured the just-released rights to "Mary Poppins" and will be the first community theater in the area to present the musical, featuring a "high-flying, fun-loving nanny and her naughty but nice charges."
— "Ain't Misbehavin'," with music by Fats Waller and various lyricists, conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby: Oct. 16-19.
This musical features the famous Fats Waller song in the title and will be presented in a more intimate setting, CUTC says, and the location will be announced later.
For more information, visit http://www.cutc.org.