In the Heights Will Open Walnut Street's 2013-14 Season; Other Desert Cities, Elf and More Planned
By Kenneth Jones
Walnut Street Theatre's 2013-14 mainstage season in Philadelphia will include new productions of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, plus Arsenic and Old Lace, Other Desert Cities, Elf and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Walnut Street Theatre will launch its 31st season as a not-for-profit resident theatre Sept. 3-Oct. 20 with the Tony-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated In the Heights, about the passions and hopes of the denizens of a Latino neighborhood in Manhattan. The show has music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who won the Tony for Best Score) and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes (herself a Tony nominee for Heights, and a Pulitzer Prize winner for her play Water By the Spoonful).
WST — the State Theatre of Pennsylvania and one of the most-subscribed theatre companies in the world, with 55,000 subscribers — announced the coming programming on Jan. 2. Directors, casts and designers were not revealed. Its second-stage season will be announced later.
Here's the WST mainstage season at a glance:
In the Heights (Sept. 3-Oct. 20, opening Sept. 11).
Elf (Nov. 5-Jan. 5, 2014, opening Nov. 13): The holiday musical by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin based on the movie about a human raised at the North Pole from infancy who treks into humanity to find his father.
Other Desert Cities (Jan. 14-March 2, 2014, opening Jan. 22): Jon Robin Baitz's scathing family drama about Palm Springs-based, Reaganite Republican seniors shaken by a family secret stirred up by their apparently unbalanced daughter.
Arsenic and Old Lace (March 11-April 27, 2014, opening March 19): Joseph Kesselring's 1941 dark comedy about two little old ladies knocking off local gentlemen, much to the mortification of their drama-critic nephew.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (May 13-July 13, 2014, opening My 21, 2014): The musical comedy satire, with songs by Frank Loesser, about ambition and workplace politics in a major American corporation.
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