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November 2009

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The Fantasticks

Book and Lyrics by
Tom Jones
Music by
Harvey Schmidt

Adventure, magic and song are in the air as the award-winning Poplar Pike Playhouse presents, The Fantasticks, the world's longest-running and most beloved musical of all time. The plot unfolds as two lovers, Matt and Luisa, yearn to be together, despite their parents' seemingly stern disapproval. The power of love and the fate of the young couple are put to the test as temptation and desire enter the picture. The only question is can their love survive as sweet September turns to frigid December. This classic musical features memorable tunes, including "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain".

Apr. - May 2009

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Curtains

Book by
Peter Stone &
Rupert Holmes

Lyrics by
Fred Ebb
Music by
John Kander

Direct from its 2008 smash Broadway run, Curtains is the fabulous new backstage "who done it" murder mystery musical comedy. When the leading lady of a Boston play is murdered during the curtain call, Lt. Frank Cioffi is called to investigate. Arriving on the scene, it becomes apparent that Lt. Cioffi harbors as much of a keen interest in performing on the stage as he does in solving the crime at hand. What unfolds becomes not only a murder mystery, but also a fun, witty and tuneful musical within a musical, sure to delight audiences of all ages. Filled with show stopping tunes and dancing galore, Curtains promises to be another PPP blockbuster hit.

December 2008

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The Beaux' Stratagem

Written by
George Farquhar


Great fun is in the offing this holiday season as romance and adventure collide head-on in the Poplar Pike Playhouse's latest production, The Beaux' Stratagem. After squandering their fortunes, young Tom Aimwell and Jack Archer seek refuge in the countryside, hoping to find two ladies of status and fortune to marry and live the easy life. The show takes some wild twists and turns when true love and a band of thieves complicate their scheming. Considered one of the great English comedies of all time, this totally new and contemporary adaptation of The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar, has been updated by Thornton Wilder (Our Town) and Ken Ludwig (Crazy for You and Lend Me A Tenor).

May 2008

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Beauty and the Beast

Book by
Linda Woolverton

Lyrics by
Howard Ashman
and Tim Rice
Music by
Alan Menken

Beauty and the Beast has charmed audiences worldwide in its many incarnations. The Tony award-winning stage version, based on the beloved and Oscar-winning Disney film, tells the story of the winsome Belle and her ferocious captor. Filled with loveable characters, beautiful tunes, and enchanting sets and costumes, this "tale as old as time" is certain to be a PPP hit.

Nov. - Dec. 2007

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Noises Off

Written by
Michael Frayn


Get ready for laughs aplenty with the Poplar Pike Playhouse’s fall production of Noises Off! The New York Times calls this Michael Frayn masterpeice, “The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy... A spectaculary funny, peerless backstage farce...”. Enter the wacky world of theatre as you travel from dress rehersal, to opening night, to the final performance with a cast that has just as much drama off stage as they do on it! Come on out and crank the laughter up with Noises Off! This is the perfect holiday treat!

May 2007

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42nd Street

Book by
Michael Stewart & Mark Brable

Lyrics by
Al Dubin
Music by
Harry Warren

42nd Street tells the story of a small-town girl with big-time aspirations. When Peggy Sawyer breaks onto Broadway as a chorus girl, she doesn’t realize just how far her knack for shuffling and solos will take her. Legendary director Julian Marsh takes a liking to Peggy and, as fate would have it, when the leading lady is unable to go on... well, you’ll have to see the rest for yourself. 42nd Street will keep audiences tapping their toes to familiar tunes like “Lullaby of Broadway” and “We’re in the Money.” With enough eccentric characters, flashy chorus lines, and twisted love triangles to keep any theatre-goer engaged, this mega-musical sensation holds the promise to be another astounding PPP smash hit!

December 2006

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Anatomy of Gray

Written by
Jim Leonard, Jr.


The award-winning author of The Diviners, And They Dance Real Slow In Jackson, and Crow and The Weasel describes his newest play as "a children's story for adults." When June's father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again; the next thing she knows, there's a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town's preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread. Set in Indiana during the late 1800s, Anatomy Of Gray deals with death, loss, love, and healing in a unique coming of age story.

May 2006

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Ragtime

Book by
Terrence McNally

Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens
Music by
Stephen Flaherty

The Poplar Pike Playhouse is set to both electrify and inspire audiences with its upcoming musical production. Ragtime is the 1998 winner of 4 Tony Awards and was named Best Musical of the Year by both the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle.  Based on the distinguished novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime is a touching and moving musical that intertwines the stories of three families who struggle to deal with changes during one of America’s most turbulent and influential times. This spellbinding production is sure to provoke and entertain audiences with its insightful message, beautiful songs, and stirring characters. With all this and more, Ragtime is destined to be one of the biggest and best shows ever at the PPP!

November 2005

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Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

Written by
Christopher Durang


Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge is a wacky seasonal tale that turns Dickens upside down and throws in generous doses of nonsense and absurdity for good measure. Add to the mix distorted portions of Oliver Twist, It’s a Wonderful Life, Gift of the Magi, and Touched by an Angel, and what you have is a giant bowl of Christmas cheer, sprinkled with a dash of “bah humbug!” With characters including the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who may or may not have a yule-tide neurological disorder; the sassy, soulful Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Still to Come; and the original “desperate housewife” Mrs. Cratchit, the only logical outcome is side-splitting laughter!"

May 2005

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Written by
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by
Tim Rice


It's going to be a Technicolor May at the PPP! Get ready to "Go, Go, Go, Joseph" at the Poplar Pike Playhouse as we present one of the most highly rated musicals of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! The first musical penned by the creative team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Joseph retells the familiar story of Jacob’s favorite son who, in the face of adversity, rises to power in the land of Egypt. Full of rollicking tunes, beautiful voices and lavish sets & costumes, Joseph is the perfect musical for the entire family! When first produced at the PPP in 1983, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened to rave reviews and proved to be a major crowd pleaser. Twenty plus years later, we are delighted to bring this huge mega-hit back to our stage and thrill audiences once again! Get your tickets early! This one is sure to be a sell-out!

December 2004

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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

by John Bishop

This fall, the Poplar Pike Playhouse will present The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. The play, written by John Bishop, stages a wacky whodunit mystery for all ages. The show opens December 2nd and runs through December 11th.

When ten theatre types gather together to audition for a new Broadway musical, a blizzard traps them in a luxorious mansion. The one hitch, there is a killer on the loose in the house just waiting to put a little twist in the limelight! With sliding panels, secret passages, and a German maid who apparently has more lives than one, accusing fingers point in all directions in this comedy of murder, mayhem and madness!

May 2004

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Seussical


Music by
Stephen Flaherty

Book by
Lynn Ahrens &
Stephen Flaherty


Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens


The Poplar Pike Playhouse will once again lead the way when it presents the Memphis and Mid-South area premiere of Seussical the Musical. Overflowing with color and energy, Seussical brings the beloved characters of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s books to life on stage.

November 2003

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Brave Navigator

by David Valdez Greenwood

This fall, the Poplar Pike Playhouse will present the Memphis area premiere of Brave Navigator. The play, written by David Valdes Greenwood, is inspired by the events of the infamous Lindbergh kidnapping. The show opens November 6th and runs through November 22nd.

It was known as "The Crime of the Century" -- a tale of kidnapping, murder, trial, and punishment that shocked and captivated the U.S. public in the early 1930's. Brave Navigator is an imaginative and speculative work of fiction that asks the thought-provoking question, "What really happened to the Lindbergh baby?" By daring to take liberties with the historical record, David Valdes Greenwood's brilliant play touches on deeper questions about loyalty, courage, deception, and love.

May 2003

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Show Boat

Book & Lyrics by
Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by
Jerome Kern

Audiences at the PPP are able to both travel along the Mississippi River and experience the fast life of roaring 20's era Chicago with one of the most legendary and revered musicals of all time, Show Boat.

Upon its 1927 premiere, Show Boat revolutionized musical theatre by combining beautiful melodies, dancing and a lavish period production with a serious storyline and characters. The blend of Jerome Kern's music and Oscar Hammerstein II's lyrics in classic tunes such as "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "Make Believe", and "Ol' Man River" bring musical magic to the Poplar Pike Playhouse stage.

December 2003

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Crow and Weasel

Adapted for the stage by
Jim Leonard Jr.

Story by
Barry Lopez


Set in a mythical time when the world was still new, Crow and Weasel is a play rich with implications for the way we live. Born out of an ancient Inuit legend, this coming of age story takes the audience on a journey filled with music, dance, and fantasy. It is a play for the entire family.

May 2002

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Crazy for You

Music & Lyrics by
George & Ira Gershwin

Book by
Ken Ludwig

Crazy For You, billed as the "new" Gershwin musical, has a little bit of something for everyone. The witty script, written by Ken Ludwig, takes audiences through rejection, mistaken identities, and even throws in a love story along the way. Famous show tunes included are "Someone To Watch Over Me," "I've Got Rhythm," and "Can't Be Bothered Now."

November 2001

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Lend Me a Tenor

by Ken Ludwig


Doors will slam, tempers will flare, and heads may roll, but laughter and love will prevail. Ken Ludwig's hysterical farce Lend Me a Tenor is a quirky comedy that takes the audience through a day in the life of an opera gone wrong.

May 2001

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Children of Eden

Music & Lyrics by
Stephen Schwartz

Book by
John Caird


This exciting new musical, from the creators of Godspell, Pippin, and Les Miserables, is about parents, children, and their search for understanding. Children of Eden is based on the first nine chapters of the Book of Genesis, from Adam and Eve to Noah and the Great Flood. This spellbinding production will exhilarate audiences, tempting all to see it again and again.

December 2000

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The Imaginary Invalid

Written by
Jean-Baptiste Moliere

Adaptation by
Milles Malleson


Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid is a truly "classic" comedy. This outrageous look at the medical profession pokes fun at both self-righteous doctors and their gullible clientele.

May 2000

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South Pacific

Lyrics by
Oscar Hammerstein II

Music by
Richard Rodgers


South Pacific, the classic Pulitzer Prize winning drama and Tony Award winning musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, is one of the most enduring and beloved American theatre masterpieces of all time. Set in an island paradise during World War II, the play paints a portrait of two parallel love stories threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

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