Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Upcoming: Chess, the musical, SummerStock Austin opening at Austin Playhouse facility, July 6 - 22

Austin Playhouse TX

Announcing a new musical for the 2011 -2012 Season!

Chess, musical, Tim Rice, Austin Playhouse, TX

music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (formerly of ABBA), book and lyrics by Tim Rice (lyricist for Evita)

July 6 - 22

Austin Playhouse temporary facility, 1801 1/2 Simond Street (click for map)

Dear friends,

We recently received permission from the city to stay in our temporary facility a little longer to finish out our season. At the same time we are delighted to announce that we've signed on to take over from Zilker Productions as the sponsor of SummerStock Austin.

SummerStock Austin is an incredible program for high school and college performers that provides continued theatre education for all students of the greater Austin area, no matter the economic situation of the participant. One of the productions SummerStock has planned this year is the Austin Premiere of the Tim Rice (Evita) musica, Chess. It's a powerful show and we've decided to close out our season with a co-production of Chess with SummerStock.

We feel this is an incredible opportunity to celebrate this new collaboration and close out our season with an amazing musical! We still believe that Man of La Mancha is the perfect production to open our new theatre. We are moving it from the closing production of our 2011 - 2012 Season to the opening production of our 2012 - 2013 Season.

So, Chess will run for three weeks this Summer at our temporary facility and then transfer to the Long Center with an expanded chorus for its two-week SummerStock run. Subscribers may make reservations for Chess now. Single tickets will go on sale in June. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 476-0084.

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