Our magnificent 2017-2018 season
Riverside Theatre strives to create engaging and entertaining productions for our ever-increasing and supportive patrons. On our campus there are theatrical opportunities designed to appeal to a broad range of ages and mindsets. Right here in Vero Beach, you can experience the very best works of Broadway and Off-Broadway in a state of the art venue that is comfortable, intimate and easily accessible.
The work you see on our stages is created by some of the theatre industry's finest artists. Supported by our talented resident staff, our creative teams bring their own special voice to the work we bring to you each season. From an artistic standpoint, we are not interested in replicating a particular show that you may have seen on the Great White Way. Rather, we challenge ourselves to find a new light to familiar works. If you saw our production of Les Misérables, for example, you'll understand our artistic sensibilities.
We are pleased to present these show choices for our next season. They are more than just titles to us. They are the artistic challenges that we eagerly engage. Join us, won't you, and be a part of the Riverside experience.
Allen D. Cornell
Producing Artistic Director/CEO
PROFESSIONAL THEATRE ON THE STARK STAGE
Riverside Theatre produces large musical productions and plays on The Stark main stage. It has a seating capacity of 692.
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HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY (OCTOBER 24 – NOVEMBER 12, 2017)
An award-winning tribute to one of the great innovators of American popular music. Follow Williams' rise from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, audiences are treated to indelible songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," and "Hey, Good Lookin'" and many more. David Lutken and a talented cast of performer/musicians, discover the show Rolling Stonecalls, "exhilarating" and The New York Times says is, "smart, sweet, and poignant."
by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik
Presenting Sponsor: Ted & Dawn Michael
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (JANUARY 2 – 21, 2018)
This Tony Award-winning musical takes audiences back to December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins together in what became one of the most memorable nights in music. Based around that historical event, the musical recounts how these legends ended up in the same room at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest impromptu rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.
Music by Various Artists
Lyrics by Various Artists
Book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott
Presenting Sponsor: John & Marilyn McConnell
LOMBARDI (JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 18, 2018)
One of the greatest sports legends of all time, Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi, is the basis for this exhilarating new play. One of the most inspirational personalities of our time, Lombardi’s ambition and passions are on display as well as his ability to influence people to achieve what they never thought possible.
Play by Eric Simonson
Presenting Sponsor: The O'Haire Group-Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
GYPSY (MARCH 6 – 25, 2018)
Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, Gypsy follows indomitable stage mother Mama Rose as she chases vicarious success and stardom through her daughters on the vaudeville circuit. When younger daughter, June, elopes, Rose turns her attention to her older, less talented daughter, Louise, who eventually becomes the acclaimed burlesque stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee.
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Presenting Sponsor: Bobbie Olsen
MAMMA MIA (APRIL 10 – 29, 2018)
The smash Broadway and international hit tells the amusing tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads! On the eve of the daughter’s wedding on a Greek island paradise, her quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
Music by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Presenting Sponsor: Dave Horner
PROFESSIONAL THEATRE ON THE WAXLAX STAGE
A contemporary showcase for new or Off-Broadway shows, productions on the Waxlax Stage are modern, thought-provoking, and an intimate and compelling experience at Riverside. Second Stage productions are potent examples of the power of theatre to engage an audience through the combination of great scripts and masterful acting. The Waxlax Stage can seat up to 250.
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (JANUARY 16 – FEBRUARY 4, 2018)
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens and was the first musical where the audience determined the ending. This hilarious and interactive mystery musical tries to solve the murder of the young and charming Edwin Drood. Was it a romantic rival? The purveyor of opium and vice? The newly-arrived twins from the east? The audience chooses the dastardly villain in this tuneful tale of intrigue.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Based on The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Presenting Sponsor: Dick & Rosemary Haverland; Dick & Stephanie Solar; Gail Williams
PRE-SEASON TICKET PRICE: $60
(REG. $75 AFTER JUNE 1, 2017)
BUYER & CELLAR (MARCH 20 – APRIL 8, 2018)
Struggling actor Alex More is excited about his new job, even though it’s in a Malibu basement. You see, the basement belongs to beloved superstar, Barbra Streisand, who happens to have a shopping mall in her cellar. When Babs comes downstairs to play one day, a real bonding takes place, but will that friendship transfer out of the cellar? Buyer and Cellar is a laugh-out-loud story about one of the oddest of odd jobs.
Play By Jonathan Tolins
Presenting Sponsors: Ray & Sonia McGowan; Bill & Judy Schneebeck