Showboat Majestic: 2008 Season
Always Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley
May 7 – May 25, 2008
Always Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Patsy on the "Arthur Godfrey Show" in 1957, Louise became an avid fan. So when the great Patsy Cline gave a show in Houston, the two women met and struck up a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. As seen through Louise’s eyes, the show offers old fans and new ones a chance to see the American original and dazzling star that was Patsy Cline. All the great songs are featured too, including: I Fall To Pieces, Crazy, Walking After Midnight, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Stupid Cupid and many, many more. Directed by Leslie Jo Bissett
Go-Go Beach by John Wimbs, Michael Shaieb, Brent Lord
June 4 – June 22, 2008
It's the biggest beach weekend of the summer, with a surfing race, a dance contest, and the annual luau! Surfer Woody's carefree California life is set - he’s with the cutest beach girl, a great bunch of moon-dogging friends, and to top it all - he has never wiped out! But when his old surfing pal comes back from the “flower power” scene in San Francisco, Woody begins to question his beach-boy world. Things get worse when he falls for a runaway teen star! Can Woody keep surfing and discover the meaning of life? Fluffy and funny, this show has great songs reminiscent of the 1960’s beach party movies, including Go-Go Beach, A Boy and A Girl, It’s All About Love. And it’s all as wholesome as a glass of Vitamin D Milk! Frankie and Annette – eat your heart out! Directed by Mike Fielder
Cheaper By The Dozen
July 9 – July 27, 2008
From the book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Dramatized by Christopher Sergel.
What if you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency? What if he decides to apply his maniacal organizational methods to you and the rest of your big, unmanageable, riotous family? The results would be embarrassing, upsetting, unsettling and extremely funny! Come join the family as they negotiate a world of bobbed hair, be-bopping boyfriends and boisterous antics – despite Dad’s best efforts to halt the progress of time. A hilarious, endearing and ultimately touching family play, Cheaper by the Dozen is a classic! Directed by Gina Kleesattel.
Pete ‘N’ Keely
August 6 – August 24, 2008
Book by James Hindman Music by Patrick Brady. Lyrics by Mark Waldrop, Patrick Brady and others.
Staged as a live taping of a 1968 television special that reunites a divorced singing duo, this kitschy spoof had New York critics singing its praises! As Pete and Keely stroll down memory lane (with eye popping costumes and devilish repartee) reprising songs from their days of stardom, they take "unscripted" swipes at each other that dredge up hilarious moments from their turbulent past. This musical features unforgettable renditions of the era's popular favorites such as This Could Be the Start of Something Big, Fever, Besame Mucho, That’s All, as well as great new songs in the spirit of the times! Directed by Dan Doerger.
Special 85th Anniversary Season Closer!
September 10 – September 28, 2008
Music by Jerome Kern, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Based on the novel by Edna Ferber
One of America’s landmark musicals, SHOW BOAT premiered in 1927, four years after the Showboat Majestic was first launched! This epic show spans 40 years in the lives of three generations of showboat folk - Captain Andy Hawks, his daughter and showboat leading lady Magnolia and her gambler husband turned leading man Gaylord Ravenal. The iconic American music features such great songs as Cotton Blossom, Make Believe, Life Upon the Wicked Stage and the anthem, Old Man River. Come along on a sweeping, romantic journey set aboard (and performed aboard) a real showboat! What could be a more perfect ending to the Majestic’s 85th Anniversary year? Directed by Denny Reed.