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Our 2016-17 Season


Upcoming in our 2016-17 Season:


Youth Cast, Ages 9-15
February 10 - 19, 2017
Adapted from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Book by William F. Brown
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Smalls

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music. Adapted into a film version featuring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross and recently performed on NBC Live, this timeless tale of Dorothy's adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, modern musical that is entertaining and delightful for the whole family. Known as The Super Soul Musical, The Wiz is a fantasy for today; mysterious, opulent and fanciful, a groundbreaking Broadway show that brought Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road!


Intergenerational Cast, Ages 7+
May 5 - 21, 2017
Original Music & Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs & Additional Music & Lyrics by
George Stiles & Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!! At last! This imaginative convergence of the classic film musical and the sophisticated children's books by P. L. Travers comes to the Near West stage! A new script by Julian Fellows (Downton AbbeyGosford Park) weaves together tales of a strict and magical nanny who comes in the nick of time to an estranged family in 1910 London, England. So let's sip a Spoonful of Sugar, Fly a Kite and Step in Time through a series of unforgettable events that forever change how the Banks family, and we too, prioritize our lives. Will Mary fly on Near West's new stage? Chim Chim Cher-ee... come and see!


Summer Teen/Young Adult Cast, Ages 16-25
July 21 - August 6, 2017
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King

Who could guess that a Stephen King novel could, would or should become a musical? Well, Carrie's back from the grave and she's singing, too! Smothered by her religiously demented mother, tortured at school and struggling with her emerging sexuality, Carrie just wants to be a normal kid... but she's far from normal. With her coming of age, she's discovering paranormal powers. She can move things! Windows break, people fall, knives fly, and the blood pours! It all builds to prom night, a vicious prank, and an act of vengeance that leaves no one but the dead to tell what happened. A classic morality tale: what goes around, comes around... redemption is not guaranteed!

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Previously in our 2016-17 Season:


Intergenerational Cast, Ages 7+
November 18 - December 11, 2016
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Before Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ SuperstarEvita, and Phantom of the Opera, there was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, still one of the top 5 most performed musicals in the world. Joseph is father's favorite. Joseph is a gifted psychic. His eleven brothers are very, VERY JEALOUS! It's all here: favoritism, betrayal, attempted murder, fame, famine... and forgiveness. This rock show is turbo-driven family entertainment. Get your tickets early for Near West Theatre's 2016 HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA - it's sure to sell out!


Youth Cast, Ages 9-15
September 16 - 25, 2016
Book & Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollmann

In the wake of a catastrophic drought, mega-corporation Urine Good Company has passed laws forbidding private restrooms and requiring payment for the usage of public ones, so as to conserve water. Those who do not pay for "The Privilege to Pee" are sent to a mysteriously ominous place known only as Urinetown. For twenty years the poor have been oppressed by ridiculous prices, until one day a young Public Amenity Attendant leads an uprising of the poor against the tyranny of their oppressors. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown is a show brimming with wickedly modern wit, and a sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter!

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