The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre announced their 2019-2020 season. Get ready to laugh, cry, and meet The Penguin Project.

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    Matilda the Musical

    The 91st season kicks off with a show for the whole family, Matilda the Musical. Based on the 1988 Roald Dahl novel, Matilda follows the adventures of a precocious 5-year-old girl who loves to read, enjoys school, and has the power of telekinesis.

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    Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas, takes a revealing look at this impassioned, inspiring woman, and brings audiences face-to-face with a personality bigger than the state she governed.

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    And the World Goes Round

    And the World Goes Round is a musical revue featuring the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. From Cabaret to Chicago, join the Kalamazoo Civic in celebrating the music of Kander and Ebb.


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    The Three Musketeers

    This adaptation by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Baskerville) is based on Alexandre Dumas' tale of heroism, swashbuckling, treachery, more swashbuckling, close escapes, and above all, honor. You thought I was going to say swashbuckling.

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    You've seen the Will Ferrel movie, now see it live on stage with more music and more Buddy to love.

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    Tick Tick Boom!

    Written by Tony Award winning composer Jonathan Larson (RENT), this autobiographical musical follows the story of Jon, a composer living in New York who worries that he made a terrible decision to pursue a career in the performing arts.

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    Born Yesterday

    Judy Holiday was unforgettable in the 1950 film version of this play as Billie Dawn, the showgirl mistress of an underhanded businessman. When he hires a tutor for Billie, she soon learns just how corrupt her lover is, all while she's falling for the tutor. A classic, for sure.

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    Romance Guaranteed

    Award-winning playwright and Kalamazoo native, Art Nemitz, brings his tale of a couple meeting on a dating site to the Carver Center. What will they discover during the course of their spaghetti dinner?

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    Disney's Frozen Jr.

    Follow Elsa, Olaf, and the rest in this musical adapted for youth theatre groups from the original Disney movie. Sing along to the songs you know and love.

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    A racially motivated sex crime with fingers pointing to a wealthy businessman sets the scene for this intense David Mamet play.

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    August Osage County

    Playwright Tracy Letts' unforgettable Pulitzer and Tony Award winning story set in Oklahoma among Beverly Weston, his vices, and the vices of the cast of characters that will both shock and entertain.

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    Sunset Boulevard

    She was the darling of silent film, but as movies changed and she aged, Norma Desmond hires a young screenwriter to help her make her comeback. Violence. Insanity. Close Ups. The Kalamazoo Civic closes their main stage in the 2019-2020 season with this classic.

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    The Penguin Project: Annie Jr.

    New for the 91st season, the Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre partners with the Penguin Project in their first collaboration, Annie Jr. According to their site, The Penguin Project pair "young artists with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders" with a "dedicated group of 'peer mentors' – children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through 4 months of rehearsals and through the final performance."


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