Department of Drama productions are held in the Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. Season subscriptions ($99) and flexible 4Packs ($60) are available through the Syracuse Stage Box Office (315.443.3275) or at www.SyracuseStage.org. Discounts available for seniors, students, and Syracuse University employees. Drama subscribers will receive vouchers redeemable for tickets to Elf The Musical.
September 20 - October 8, 2017
Adapted from the novel by Alexander Dumas
By Catherine Bush
Directed by Robert Hupp
Co-produced with the Syracuse University Department of Drama
It’s all for one and fun for all when Alexandre Dumas’ legendary tale comes to life on the stage. When a young man arrives in Paris to join the King’s musketeers, he soon finds himself caught up in political plots, romance, and of course multiple swordfights. Robert Hupp makes his Syracuse Stage directorial debut in swashbuckling style. En garde!
October 6 - 15, 2017
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams
Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman
Directed and Choreographed by Brian J. Marcum
Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Take some of the greatest songs ever written for Broadway and Hollywood, mix them with a fabulous let’s-put-on-a-show style story and the result is the joyous Gershwin celebration Crazy for You. When a stage-stuck, wealthy, Manhattan ne'er-do-well named Bobby Child finds himself in a broken down Nevada mining town, he sets his sights on rescuing a bankrupt theater and loses his heart to the beautiful and talented Polly Baker. Boy meets girl, Times Square meets tumbleweed and great music meets great dancing. Who could ask for anything more?
November 10 – 18, 2017
A new play with songs by Caridad Svich
Based on the novel by Isabel Allende
Directed by Celia Madeoy
Isabel Allende’s best-selling and critically acclaimed debut novel comes to vivid life in this powerful and poetic stage adaptation. In an unnamed South American country, a young woman endures a grueling imprisonment for unspecified political reasons. Her name is Alba and she is the youngest of three generations of women from the Trueba family. In her isolation and fear, she bears witness to dream-like memories of a family history shaped by the volatile patriarch, Esteban. She wonders what the lives of her mother and grandmother can offer her now and asks how her plight can change the hard and harsh Esteban.
November 29 – January 7, 2018
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics from the MGM Motion Picture Score
By Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
With Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Book Adaptation by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay
Directed by Donna Drake
Choreography by 2 Ring Circus
Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Co-produced with Syracuse Stage
The Syracuse University Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage team up with New York’s 2 Ring Circus to create a dazzlingly acrobatic take on The Wizard of Oz. This stage adaptation contains all your favorite characters and songs from the Oscar winning movie score, including Over the Rainbow, We’re Off to See the Wizard (Follow the Yellow Brick Road), and more. The cirque-like feats of 2 Ring Circus make it an Oz—and a holiday family treat—like you’ve never seen before. Great songs and L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters make this musical a classic.
February 23 – March 4, 2018
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Rob Bundy
“The comedy has three female roles, six male roles, four acts, a view of a lake, much conversation about literature . . . and five tons of love.” So wrote Anton Chekhov to a friend about The Seagull, the 1895 play that established his reputation as a playwright and catapulted the famed Moscow Art Theatre to prominence. It’s all quite simple: Medvedenko loves Masha who loves Konstantin who loves Nina who loves Trigorin who’s involved with Arkadina. Meanwhile, Paulina is married to Shamreyev, but she pines for Dr. Dorn. What could go wrong? “So much love! Oh, that bewitching lake!”
March 30 – April 8, 2018
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Katherine McGerr
Paula Vogel is a master of finding humor in life’s dark corners. The Baltimore Waltz, written as a kind of theatrical eulogy to her beloved brother who died of AIDS in 1988, is a satiric and at times whacky comedy that charts a tale of a schoolteacher named Anna who takes a wild, lust-filled, last grab at life trip abroad after contracting a (fictional) fatal malady. As she indulges in food and romance, her brother Carl embarks on an absurd pursuit for a possible cure inspired by the classic film, The Third Man. Reality and fantasy intermingle in this daringly comedic and ultimately heart-stirring play about love, loss, and coping with grief.
May 4 - 12, 2018
Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith
In 1982, a space alien invaded Off-Off-Broadway and, in a quest for world domination, quickly spawned iterations Off-Broadway, in London’s West End, on film, on Broadway, on tours throughout America, in countries around the world and, most insidiously, in high schools and community theaters everywhere. Born of a low budget 1960s science fiction movie, the carnivorous plant-like alien named Audrey II arrived in a vehicle called Little Shop of Horrors and came armed with an infectious 50s/60s pop-inflected musical score and a delightfully quirky love story. Horticulture never seemed so dangerous or so much fun. Warning: don’t feed the plants.