Palo Alto Players 88th Season
September 8 - 23, 2018 (preview September 7)
Book by David Henry Hwang
Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins
Based on the story, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the Disney film, Tarzan
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. Based on Disney's unforgettable animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, TARZAN® features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins and a book by TONY Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. Swinging excitement and hits like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be In My Heart" as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds" make TARZAN® an unforgettable experience for all ages.
“You are going to be amazed!” - NY Magazine
ALL THE WAY
November 3 - 18, 2018 (preview November 2)
By Robert Schenkkan
1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents, and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid, 2014 Tony Award-winning dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war. As we enter our own midterm elections and explore the political battles waged before us, ALL THE WAY reflects the power of one person and one vote to transform our country.
“Action-packed, jaw-dropping drama.” - Variety
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
January 19 - February 3, 2019 (preview January 18)
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He is overdue in finishing his latest play—a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. He finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where no women are permitted. Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with on stage dramas. Will and Viola’s passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire Shakespeare’s masterpiece—the most romantic tragedy ever written. Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is a warm and witty romance filled with music and farcical characters.
“Riotously enjoyable. You will fall in love!” - The Sunday Times
FLOWER DRUM SONG
April 27 - May 12, 2019 (preview April 26)
Music by Rodgers, Richard
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by David Henry Hwang
Based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields and the novel by C.Y. Lee
'To create something new, we must first love what is old,' claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera tradition creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry sure to delight our Bay Area audience.
“Daring, vibrant, and charming!” – NBC News
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
June 15 - 30, 2019 (preview June 14)
By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
with songs by Grant Olding
It’s London in the swinging 60’s, and recently canned (and desperately hungry) Francis Henshall finds himself newly employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a fee from his fiancee's gangster father. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, herself in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother's killer) who, in turn, becomes our hero's other 'guvnor.' Fighting a mounting sense of confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. But with the distractions of a pneumatic bookkeeper, a self-important actor, and select members of the criminal fraternity (not to mention his own mammoth appetite) to contend with, how long can he keep them apart? ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS is a hilarious, music-infused farce, and one of the best received comedies in modern theater.
“One of the most hilarious shows I have ever seen in theater.” - Daily Telegraph