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Feb. / Mar. 2014

Hairspray!

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Hairspray

Book by
Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Music by
Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by
Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally lands a spot, Tracy must learn to balance her new-found stardom with her deep desire for doing what’s right. Hairspray not only defines a generation, but provides a deeper meaning. That combination makes it one of the best musicals to ever grace the Broadway stage.

November 2013

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Fools

A Comic Fable by
Neil Simon

Set in a small Ukrainian village, this wacky comedy begins with the arrival of an ambitious, young school teacher named Leon Tolchinsky. Leon arrives to tutor the local physician's daughter, but he soon discovers that these nutty townsfolk have been placed under a curse that plagues them with stupidity. Each new character he encounters is more clueless and absurd than the next. When Leon finally meets Sophia, the doctor's daughter, he immediately falls in love and learns that she is the key to the curse. If he can only enlighten her, not only will he get Sophia, but also free the rest of the village. But if Leon fails, he will become a victim of the curse himself!

Feb. / Mar. 2013

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The Wiz

Book by
William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics
by Charlie Smalls
From the Story
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum

The Wiz, a dazzling musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is a magical journey and beloved story of courage, brains, heart and home that will delight the entire family. The show retains all the timeless and familiar movie characters while adding its own twist on each one. The Wiz is sheer entertainment, complete with a sassy and funky musical score second to none. When it originally premiered on the Broadway stage, The New York Post said, “The Wiz radiates so much energy you can hardly stay in your seat!”

Nov. / Dec. 2012

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The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild

Written by
Paul Zindel

In this madcap, chaotic comedy, eccentric movie-obsessed Mildred Wild will do anything to escape the reality of her daily life. Pitted against her sugar addicted husband, his intrusive sister, their oddball landlord and the neighborhood butcher boy, Mildred drifts off into magical and mysterious fantasies lifted right out of scenes from her favorite films.
With only days away from a wrecking crew tearing down their apartment, Mildred must save her marriage, ace her Hollywood screen test and escape the grasp of King Kong! Don’t miss this delightful show with enough laughs for the whole family.

Feb. / Mar. 2012

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Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim
Book by
James Lapine

The Poplar Pike Playhouse presents Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award winning musical Into the Woods. Based on the well-known fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Into the Woods leads the audience on a fantastical journey. When a Baker and his wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, meeting up with a cast of well known characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (of beanstalk fame).

Nov. / Dec. 2011

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Changing Minds

Music by
Bret Simmons
Book and Lyrics by
David Howard

Germantown High School, in association with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, presents the world premiere of a new musical, Changing Minds. The show features a pop-musical score that revolves around the always-complicated lives of high school seniors. A mysterious spell causes the school’s most popular boy and studious girl to swap bodies and minds. Now they are both forced to navigate prom season and graduation from a whole new realm.

Feb. / Mar. 2011

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The Secret Garden

Music by
Lucy Simon
Book and Lyrics by
Marsha Norman

A timeless tale turned Broadway hit, The Secret Garden is set to make its highly anticipated return to the Poplar Pike Playhouse. This award winning musical, first seen on the Playhouse stage in 1995, recounts the sentimental tale of Mary Lennox, a young orphan girl sent to live on a mysterious English estate.

Nov. / Dec. 2010

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The Farnsworth Invention

Written by
Aaron Sorkin

Corporate espionage, patents-pending and a testament of love take the stage this fall when the award-winning Poplar Pike Playhouse presents the Memphis-area premier of The Farnsworth Invention. Fresh off its Broadway run, this captivating tale is penned by Aaron Sorkin, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning writer of The West Wing, A Few Good Men and the new hit film The Social Network.

Feb. / March 2010

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Parade

Music and Lyrics by
Jason Robert Brown
Book by
Alfred Uhry

Parade recounts the true life story of Leo Frank and his wife Lucille, whose love for her husband leads her to fight to save his life. This inspiring and riveting musical, conceived by Hal Prince (Phantom of the Opera) and written by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), won multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards in 1999 including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Orchestration, Best Actor and Best Actress.