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2023/24 Season Announcement

September 8th - June 2nd

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

RENT
Music, Lyrics & Book by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Steve Bell

Sept 9 - Oct 14, 2023

One of the most impactful shows in the history of musical theater comes to the BCP stage. “...this contemporary answer to “La Boheme” rushes forward on an electric current of emotion that is anything but morbid. The styles include not only electric rock but salsa, Motown, be-bop and reggae, with a firm nod to Stephen Sondheim and even a passing one to Burt Bacharach. When the whole ensemble stands at the edge of the stage, singing fervently about the ways of measuring borrowed time (in ‘Seasons of Love’), the heart both breaks and soars.” (NY TIMES). Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Musical, Book and Score of 1996, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Book, Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations. Ran for over 12 years and 5,100 performances. Please note that this production contains strong language and mature thematic material involving drugs, HIV/AIDS and a broad spectrum of sexuality.

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Master Class
Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Alan Demovsky

Oct 28 - Nov 18, 2023

Master Class is the character study of a great diva and a woman whose multi-faceted personality—wit, strength, ego but also vulnerability—make this play appealing to anyone with an interest in human nature and in how a special gift and the lack of love can shape a person. In this case the “special gift” is (Maria) Callas’ exceptional operatic voice and her ability to feel the music she’s performing – but ‘opera’ is by no means what defines the play.” (LONDON THEATRE). Winner of both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards Best Play of 1996!

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A Christmas Carol
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Mike Ockrent & Lynn Ahrens
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Directed by Larry Landsman

Dec 2 - Dec 17, 2023

This timeless holiday story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, features music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies) and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime: The Musical, Seussical, Once on This Island). “It’s a nonstop cornucopia of crowd-pleasing, showstopping numbers as well as several rich and introspective ballads. Probably just about everyone knows how A Christmas Carol ends, but the popularity of Dickens’ tale proves that it never gets old.” (TALKIN’ BROADWAY). This is NOT a typical BCP holiday family show...it is a full-scale, large-cast holiday musical spectacular presented in a single act of 90 minutes! Please note that the performance calendar and ticket prices are different from our family shows of the past. Recommended for kids aged 5 and up.

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Pride and Prejudice
Written by Kate Hamill
Directed by Carol Fisher

Feb 3 - 24, 2024

“A woman elevating her own life, liberty and pursuit of happiness above the wishes of her family and the men who desire her? That’s not simple or cynical. In 1813, it is a revolutionary choice.” (NY TIMES). Kate Hamill, one of the most-produced playwrights in America over the past half-decade, has created “A comically charming (in all the right places) condensation of the book. As it is written, this two-hour trifle has a giddy sense of chaos, while attempting to maintain the upper crust veneer of British society types vying for social position and attempting to secure lucrative marriages for all the eligible daughters.” (DC THEATRE SCENE). It’s hard to imagine that an interpretation of a 225-year-old book “breathes fresh life into these characters in a way that makes them feel contemporary and relatable while retaining the plot, setting and dialog of the Jane Austen original.” (BROADWAY WORLD) __________________________________________________________

The Fantasticks
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics and Book by Tom Jones
Directed by Ray Yucis

Mar 9 - Apr 6, 2024

This allegorical story, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud, is the world’s longest-running musical, having run Off-Broadway for 42 years and 17,162 performances, with hundreds of thousands more presented around the world. “It’s hard to imagine a musical theater world without the iconic, simple but lovely, musical THE FANTASTICKS. Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s “little musical that could” has touched hearts and audiences for the last 62 years. It has evolved and changed over that time but has never lost its core appeal—a beautiful, poetic, and highly theatrical tale of the power and depth of love —gained, lost and found again.” (BROADWAY WORLD). Go ahead and ‘Try to Remember’ the first time you saw this magical musical!

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Alyson Cohn

April 20 – May 11, 2024

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. “A singular theater piece that commands enormous admiration for the thought that has gone into its every word, gesture, and technical effect ... a tremendously exciting demonstration of the power of theater. It makes us want to reconsider the world around us, without missing a single one of its infinite details.” (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER). Winner of five Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and seven Olivier Awards, including Best Play for all three!

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SECOND STAGES

Adaptation
Written by Elaine May
Directed by Glenn Woertz
Jan 12-14, 2024

This excruciatingly funny and truly satiric play compresses American life into the conventions of a TV game show and loads the device with softly zinging barbs as it examines and dissects the shortcomings of modern society with rare wit and inventiveness.

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You Make My Frame "Shake"!
Written by Luigi Jannuzzi
Directed by David Luke
May 31 – June 2, 2024

Twelve romances come to life at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a fast-paced series of eight comedic love plays and four comedic monologues. Award-winning playwright Jannuzzi is New Jersey-born and bred and specializes in romantic/absurdist comedy with serious themes of love, truth, and the need to rise above it all





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