Palo Alto Players 87th Season
THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the high voltage Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the phenomenal true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night of musical magic. Come inside the famed Sun Records recording studio for a night of rockabilly ruckus that explodes off the stage, featuring 21 timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Fever,” and “Hound Dog.”
“Great balls of fire! Jaw-dropping and hugely enjoyable!” — Chicago Tribune
Musical Based on the Play by James M. Barrie
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Mark Charlap
Additional Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Just in time for the holidays! Fly along with that mischievous sprite to the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning, but watch out for the loony lost boys, precocious pirates, and a carnivorous crocodile along the way. One of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, PETER PAN has more than a sprinkling of Tinker Bell’s fairy dust to muster its magic, with unforgettable songs including “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I Gotta Crow.” Our annual family offering will surely “hook” all those who truly believe!
“The perfect show for everybody!” - New York Theatre Guide
by Moisés Kaufman
and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
When Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in 1998, the residents of Laramie reacted to the anti-gay hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment, and sorrow. Their reactions were recorded by Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project, and masterfully spun into a piece of theatre as important today as it is relevant. THE LARAMIE PROJECT portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew’s death had on the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence. Join us as we revisit Matthew’s story on the 20th anniversary of his death.
“A pioneering work and a powerful stage event.” - Time Magazine
Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp
We’re going back to a sexier time - The Reagan Era - and the party has been raging hard in Hollywood. Aqua net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one ofthe Sunset Strip’s last legendary rock venues. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and perspiring janitor) Drew, a boy from South Detroit, longs to become the next Bon Jovi. He gets his chance, but not before falling for a small town girl, Sherrie. But all good times must come to an end…or must they? One of the longest running shows in recent Broadway history, the Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES features 28 eyebrow-scorching hits from Journey, Styx, Poison, and many other monster bands of the 80’s.
“A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical… I never would have guessed that wine coolers could age this well!” – New York Times
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
A noted radio personality and egotistical tyrant, Sheridan Whiteside, slips and falls on the steps of the Stanley family residence. He’s forced to spend several weeks of recuperation, wreaking havoc and mischief on the lives of everyone he comes in contact with. Join the Stanleys as ex-convicts are invited to meals, transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill, penguins take residence in the library, an octopus moves into the cellar, 10,000 cockroaches take over the kitchen… and then there’s the mysterious mummy case. We’re thrilled to welcome back our friends from the Gunn High School community and local star Jim Shelby as Sheridan to present this great American classic on the Lucie Stern stage!
“As fresh a send-up as an SNL sketch and an even more inspired plot!” - Entertainment Weekly