The Wedding Singer ● East of Eden ● [title of show] ● The Wolves
Fallen Angels ● Singin’ in the Rain
Plus a Special 30th Anniversary Community Production of Amour and a “by-kids-for-kids” production of Shrek The Musical
Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann announces NextStop Theatre Company’s sixth professional season of theatre in the Dulles Corridor. From a 30th Anniversary Celebration summer production to a wildly imaginative new interpretation of one of the most iconic movie musicals ever written, our 2018/19 Season at NextStop continues to bring diverse, ambitious, and accessible theatre to the region.
To celebrate 30 years of gathering for great live theatre in Herndon, NextStop produced a special production, reuniting directors, designers, performing artists, and technicians from the organization’s past. NextStop proudly presented a special community production event: Amour, a beautiful French musical fable about a man who walked right through the walls that confined him.
Kicking off the main stage season in September is the hit musical, The Wedding Singer. Based on the hilarious film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, this is a big-singing, big-dancing, big hair tribute to the 1980’s, directed by Producing Artistic Director, Evan Hoffmann. This nostalgic 80’s musical will appeal to fans of NextStop’s 2016 Helen Hayes award-winning production of Catch Me If You Can.
In the fall comes John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. This beautiful new adaptation of Steinbeck’s iconic novel asks if it is possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course. East of Eden resets the story of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel in California at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the intertwining stories of two families. It is an American epic, grand in scope yet deeply personal.
NextStop’s popular holiday tradition continues throughout December with Shrek the Musical. This is the beloved the story of Shrek the ogre, who unwittingly sets off on a hero’s journey through a fairytale kingdom. A cast of nearly thirty local children will join a team of NextStop’s professional actors, directors, and designers to put on a live adventure, perfect for the whole family. This is a NextStop Community Outreach Production.
Ringing in the New Year is the spoof musical comedy [title of show]. This is a musical about four friends writing a musical about four friends writing a musical. Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, but the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends, Susan and Heidi. Follow four friends on their hilarious journey through the perilous gauntlet of creative self-expression.
The next production will be a ground-breaking event for our community as NextStop presents The Wolves, a challenging Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Sarah DeLappe about the lives of suburban high school girls.
The play offers a heartfelt and piercingly honest look at young women today through the lens of their daily soccer warm-ups. For NextStop’s production, the company will undergo an extensive casting search to hire local teenage actresses in their professional theatre debuts.
Next March new Managing Director Abigail Fine will direct the timeless farce Fallen Angels by Noel Coward. Coward’s smash hit comedy follows the rivalry between two housewives awaiting the arrival of their exotic former lover. Depicting female sexual desire and frustration in a humorous manner, the first performances in 1925 outraged critics and was labeled “shocking and obscene.”
Closing out the season is the golden age musical, Singin’ in the Rain. From Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann, comes a wildly inventive re-imagining of an American mega-musical as no one has seen it before. When the projector at a screening of the iconic film goes up in smoke, a handful of super-fans save the day… after all, in theatre, the show must ALWAYS go on.
“These shows range from the truly epic to the deeply intimate,” said Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann. “But each one is certain to bring our beloved community a unique and personal experience, filled with the kind of joy and fulfillment that you can only find in live theatre.”
NextStop offers flexible subscription options for the 2018/19 season. Season packages are now on sale. Package prices begin at $119. Benefits of subscribing include first choice of seats, savings over individual ticket prices, and fee-waived ticket exchanges. Season subscriptions are available by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111 or by visiting www.nextstoptheatre.org/2018-2019-package-menu/ (Express packages no longer available).
The Wedding Singer
September 13 – October 14, 2018
80’s Rock Musical
Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music by Matthew Sklar Lyrics by Chad Beguelin Written by Tim Herlihy
John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
October 25 – November 18, 2018
Adapted by Frank Galati
Shrek The Musical
December 1 – 22, 2018
Community Outreach Family Musical
Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig, Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Originally produced on Broadway by Dreamworks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions
[Title of Show]
January 3 -27, 2019
Spoof Musical Comedy
Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen Book by Hunter Bell
February 7 – 24, 2019
Bold New Dramatic Comedy
By Sarah DeLappe
March 14 – April 7, 2019
By Noel Coward
Singin’ in the Rain
May 23 – June 23, 2019
Golden Age Musical
Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green Songs by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed
269 Sunset Park Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170
NextStop is supported in part by generous grants from The Arts Council of Fairfax County, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia—Seeley Fund, The Council for the Arts of Herndon, The Nelson J. & Katherine Friant Post Foundation, The Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust, The Town of Herndon, and The Virginia Commission for the Arts
Tickets are now available to season package holders. Season packages are available at www.nextstoptheatre.org/packages and OvationTix: 866-811-4111 (Express packages no longer available).
NextStop Theatre is accessible to persons with disabilities. Wheelchair accessible seating may be purchased online or by calling the box office.
AMOUR is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022. THE WEDDING SINGER is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com. EAST OF EDEN is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. [TITLE OF SHOW] is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com. THE WOLVES is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. FALLEN ANGELS is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com Shrek The Musical – TYA Version is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com