PRESENTING OUR 2018-2019 season
It’s always exciting announcing a new season! After months of deliberation and negotiations, we codified a long wish-list into the final package of titles that will find life on our stages.
Our 2018-2019 Season represents a broad spectrum of theatrical choices from the recent to the golden age of the Broadway musical. On our Mainstage, a particular highlight of the season will be the back-to-back productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first mega-hit, EVITA, followed by one of the all-time great favorites of the musical stage, Lerner and Loewe’s, MY FAIR LADY. Adding to the Mainstage experience are the chart-topping songs from the fifties and sixties by the hit writing team of Leiber and Stoller, with their high struttin’ revue, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ. For those of you who love a good play along with the big musicals, we’ve found a little jewel about finding the spark of love near the end of life’s rainbow, in Joe DiPietro’s, THE LAST ROMANCE. And, to end the Mainstage season, we’re joining forces once again with Walnut Street Theatre to produce the jubilant Broadway musical based on the hit movie, LEGALLY BLONDE.
On the intimate Waxlax Stage, we’re mounting one of the most compelling musicals of recent years, the Pulitzer Prize winning, NEXT TO NORMAL. Critics have called NEXT TO NORMAL one of the best musicals of the 21st century, and viewing it in the confines of the WAX should be a remarkable theatrical experience. Also, in the WAX you’ll be able to engage in the fertile mind of playwright Michael Hollinger’s, GHOSTWRITER. This is a play about the meaning of truth and should have our audience debating the meaning of that very timely question long after the curtain falls.
I hope you’ll plan on joining us next season as we celebrate our 45th season here in Vero Beach. Subscribe now for the best seats in the house!
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.
"A rock n', toes tap n' musical revue"
Smokey Joe’s Café (October 23 - November 11, 2018)
Music & Lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
One of Broadway’s longest-running hits, Smokey Joe’s Café is the rockin’ revue that will have your hands clappin’ and your toes tappin’ listening to the classics “Jailhouse Rock, ”Stand By Me,” “Yakety Yak,”“Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many, many more. A celebration of legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Café is a fun-filled night of Rock n’ Roll that will have you singing and dancing all the way home.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Mel and Linda Teetz
"She seduced a nation"
Evita (January 8 - 27, 2019)
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Evita is the passionate, exhilarating story of Eva Perón who used her charisma and charms to rise from her penniless origins to political power as the first lady of Argentina at the age of 27. Acclaimed and adored as a champion of the poor, her glamour, power and greed ended with her heart-breaking death at an early age. With an electrifying score of pop, jazz and Latin influences, Evita is filled with unforgettable Broadway numbers including its grand anthem, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Bobbie Olsen
"It's never too late for..."
The Last Romance (February 5 - 24, 2019)
By Joe DiPietro
Love can make anyone feel young again, even an elderly widower. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk. Instantly smitten by an elegant, mature woman, Carol, he turns on the charm hoping for a second chance at love. Defying Carol's reticence, Ralph embarks on a journey to regain the happiness that seemed all but lost. The Last Romance is a heart-warming comedy about finding love at any age.
"The perfect musical"
My Fair Lady (March 12 - 31, 2019)
Music by Frederick Loewe, Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner,
Book by Alan Jay Lerner
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion
One of the most successful and award-winning musicals in Broadway history, My Fair Lady is an endearing tale that charms audiences with its warmth and vivid characters. Professor Henry Higgins loves language and Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle desires to speak like a lady. Embarking on a social experiment, sparks fly in the most unexpected places in this clash of cultures. With witty dialogue and jubilant songs including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” My Fair Lady is frequently called, “the perfect musical.”
PRESENTING SPONSORS: Bill & Laura Frick
"So much fun it should be illegal"
Legally Blonde, The Musical (April 16 - May 5, 2019)
Music & Lyrics by Nell Benjamin & Laurence O’Keefe,
Book by Heather Hach, Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown A Co-Production with the Walnut Street Theatre
Fabulously fun and filled with flashy song-and-dance numbers, Legally Blonde follows the exploits of effervescent sorority girl Elle Woods and her plans to follow her Ivy League ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, she charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she ends up teaching the intellectual elite a thing or two by winning a difficult case with her unique expertise and cheery outlook. Along the way, Elle quickly realizes her potential and finds true love. This award-winning comedy is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the subsequent hit film starring Reese Witherspoon.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: The O'Haire Group-Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
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.
"One family is about to face the music"
Next To Normal (January 22 - February 10)
Music by Tom Kitt,
Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Winner of three Tony Awards® and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this contemporary musical tells the story of a seemingly normal suburban household - Dad’s an architect, Mom’s a diligent housewife, and the kids are bright, wise-cracking teens. Yet, their lives are anything but normal due to Mom’s mental illness. An emotionally powerful production, Next to Normal takes audiences into the hearts and minds of each character and presents one family’s story with love, sympathy and compassion.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Chris and Winnie Mortenson
PRE-SEASON TICKET PRICE: $60
(REG. $75 AFTER JUNE 4, 2018)
"Mysterious and Imaginative"
Play By Michael Hollinger
Novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra continues to take dictation. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey’s jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Wooley’s legacy now that she cannot have his love, or might she truly possess a gift the world cannot understand?
PRE-SeasON TICKET PRICE: $44
(REG. $55 after JUNE 4, 2018)
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SEASON Tickets AVAILABLE NOW (Limited availabilIty, ACT NOW!)
SEASON TICKET BENEFITS:
Up to 25% Savings!
No fees for ticket date changes!
Pre-advance ticket discounts for Waxlax Play & Musical!
Comedy Zone & Howl at the Moon 10% discounts!
Better seating selection!
Single Tickets Available JUne 4, 2018!
Instructions in choosing season tickets:
- Download-View the Chart of Weekly Performances and Section Prices
- Choose a performance Code (Date & Time)
- Select shows
- Decide on what section (Price level A+, A, B, C, D, E)
- Select seat number(s)
IMPORTANT TICKET DATES:
RENEW SEASON TICKETS: JANUARY 2 to MARCH 14, 2018
To renew your same Seats and Performance Days/Times (“Seats”), go online and log-in to your account, call, or visit the Box Office! Your Tickets will be issued immediately.
NOTE: Even if you plan to change your seats, renew prior to March 14 so that you will have your current seats, should an acceptable change not be available.
If you do not renew your Seats prior to March 14, they will be RELEASED to the public.
NEW SEASON WAIT LIST: JANUARY 2 to MARCH 14, 2018
Purchase in advance and be placed at the top of the list for the best available seats prior to New Season Ticket sales on March 26 (wait list sales are refundable).
MAKE CHANGES: MARCH 19 to 25, 2018
This special one-week period has been added for your convenience prior to New Season Ticket sales. To change your Seats and/or Performance Days/Times, call or visit the Box Office. Requests will be accommodated upon receipt (first come; first served). Your Tickets will be issued immediately.
Again, we encourage you to renew your current seats prior to March 14, to guarantee that you have your current seats, should an acceptable change not be available.
NEW SEASON TICKETS ON SALE: MARCH 26, 2018
New Season Ticket purchasers can select Seats and Performance Days/Times based on availability. Tickets will be issued immediately.
SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE: BEGINNING JUNE 4, 2018