Zach Theatre’s next season blazes ahead with new and rekindled shows

Zach Theatre‘s next season includes three new musicals, one musical revival, two new plays and the return of two holiday favorites. Add to that some family options on the Kleberg Stage.

Andrew Rannells played Hedwig in Zach Theatre’s first production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in 2002. He went on to a red-hot Broadway career. Ha Lam/American-Statesman

The list includes:

“Once” (Sept. 19-Oct. 28, The Topfer). It was quite a leap from the screen to the Broadway stage for this intimate story about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant. But it worked and the stage version won the Tony Award for Best Musical. This will be its first Austin-based staging.

“Notes from the Field” (Feb. 27-March 31, The Kleberg). There are many Anna Deveare Smiths. There’s the TV and movie actor (“Nurse Jackie,” “Blackish,” “Let Me Down Easy”), there’s the documentary playwright (“Fires in the Mirror,” “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992″) and the restless theater artist who has previously done research in Austin. She returns to Zach with a new piece about people caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline.”

“Matilda the Musical” (April 3-May 12, The Topfer). Roald Dahl charmed with his story about the spunky title character. The musical version took that heartwarmer a step further with a rousing cast of singers and dancers. Think “Annie” meets “Billy Elliot.”

“The Ballad of Klook and Vinette” (April 24-May 26, The Kleberg). This world premiere musical comes with an asterisk: Pending final approval. Not sure yet how it’s a world premiere, since it comes with rave reviews from the U.K., but we’ll report as soon as we find out.

“Fire and Air” (June 12-July 14, The Topfer). Terrence McNally is becoming something of a house playwright for Zach Theatre. Texas-born McNally has contributed quite a few plays and musicals to the company past seasons. This is his newest play, based on the history of the Ballets Russes.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (July 31-Sept. 8, The Topfer) Zach was way ahead of its time staging this punkish musical centered around a song stylist who is also the victim of a botched sex-change operation. And its previous staging starred Andrew Rannells, who went on to Broadway’s “Book of Mormon,” “Boys in the Band,” etc. (He also returned to Zach for the opening of the Topfer). Any chance of his return?

HOLIDAY

Zach Theatre’s unique retelling of ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns for the 2018-2019 season. Contributed by Kirk Tuck.

“A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 21-Dec. 20, The Topfer). A special Austin brand of good will suffuses this musical adaptation of the Dickens tale.

“The Santaland Diaries” (Dec. 5-30, The Whisenunt) Some writer at the Statesman called it: “Sardonic tonic for the holidays!”

MOODY FOUNDATION THEATER FOR FAMILIES

“Tortoise and Hare” (Sept 8-Feb. 27, The Kleberg) Allen Robertson and Damon Brown devised this musical version of the ancient fable. It runs for a long time.

“Holiday Heroes” (Nov. 29-Dec. 13) More stage love from Allen Robertson, this time in collaboration with Shuan Wainwright Branigan and Jerome Schoolar.

So how do you obtain season tickets? If you are a subscriber, the deadline to renew your seats is April 15. New subscriptions will go on sale in May. Call 512-476-0541 x1 or go to zachtheatre.org.

 


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