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September 10, 2019

Hilarious and Heartwarming, Kinky Boots to Open at Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit, Maine Join us in High-heeled heaven!! The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots hits the Ogunquit Playhouse stage September 18 through October 27. Featuring a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein and a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, the Ogunquit Playhouse production is staged by Nathan Peck, and stars Graham Scott Fleming as Charlie Price, and Kyle Taylor Parker as Lola, with Tony-nominated Scenic Design by David Rockwell and Tony-nominated Costume Design is by Gregg Barnes.

The hit musical is based on the 2005 Miramax film written by Geoff Dean and Tim Firth, and tells the heartwarming story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola. As it turns out, Lola is the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discover that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. This joyous show is sure to have audiences dancing in the aisle and discovering, sometimes, the best way to fit in... is to stand out!

Tickets are on sale now. Preview performances start at $36 and economy seats start at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511

Leading the cast as Charlie Price is Graham Scott Fleming. He portrayed Charlie at the Muny in St. Louis earlier this year, and was nominated for a Dora Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Charlie Price in the Canadian production of Kinky Boots. On Broadway he performed in Miss Saigon, and at Papermill Playhouse in My Very Own British Invasion. In addition to Kinky Boots, Mr. Fleming starred in the Canadian premieres of Ghost and Jukebox Hero.

Kyle Taylor Parker returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as the fabulous diva, Lola. Last season he performed in the Ogunquit production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe that transferred to New York City, and he continued to perform in the production through its Off-Broadway run. Mr. Parker was in the original Broadway cast, as well as the National Tour of Kinky Boots for which he won an IRNE Award for Best Visiting Actor for his performance. In addition, he performed in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway and the National Tour of In the Heights. He was recently featured in NBC’s smash hit Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. At regional theatres he has performed in Dreamgirls, Hair, and the world premiere of My Very Own British Invasion.

The Ogunquit Playhouse production of Kinky Boots features Joe Coots as Don, Maggie McDowell as Lauren, Ashley North as Nicola, and John Scherer as George. Joe Coots performed in the Ogunquit Playhouse productions of The Full Monty, Crazy for You, and South Pacific. His most recent theater credits include the world premiere of Human Error and the First National Tour of Kinky Boots. Maggie McDowell returns to Ogunquit Playhouse after performing as Marty in 2014’s Grease. She has performed in Kinky Boots on Broadway, in the First National Tour, and at The Muny earlier this year. On Broadway she performed in Disaster!, and Off Broadway in The Marvelous Wonderettes, and Pinklacious. Ashley North joins the cast after recently performing in the National Tour of Kinky Boots. Her many regional theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair, and Les Miserables. John Scherer returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse stage where he last appeared in 2001’s 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor. On Broadway he has performed in Lovemusik, By Jeeves, and Sunset Boulevard. His Off-Broadway shows include Olympus On My Mind, Dames At Sea, and Preppies.

The cast also includes Meryn Beckett, Lindsay Braverman, Peter Ermides, Taylor Galvin, Danny Grumich, Arnold Harper II, Chris Kane, Hayley Lampart, Ian Laudano, Julia Malone, Rebecca Mason-Wygal, Mitchell Matyas, Andrew Norlen, Jacob Paulson, Michael Prescott McClure, Robert Pendilla, Devin Price, and Sam Rohloff.

Helming the Playhouse production of Kinky Boots as Director and Choreographer is Nathan Peck. He was the Dance Captain for the entire Broadway run of Kinky Boots, during which he coached Wayne Brady, Brendon Urie, Todrick Hall, Tiki Barber, and Mark Ballas, among others. He recently choreographed the PBS special Live from Lincoln Center: Stars in Concert starring Annaleigh Ashford. Mr. Peck was the dance/movement consultant on the Brodway productions of You Can’t Take It With You, Sylvia, and Our Mother’s Brief Affair. He also choreographed Broadway Bares XXVIII for BC Beat, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Ridgefield Playhouse, and served as the Director of Soul Sessions starring Kyle Taylor Parker at Greenroom 42 in NYC. As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, La Cage aux Folles, Taboo, The Boy From Oz, and Dance of the Vampires. Michael Milkanin joins the creative team as Associate Director and Choreographer. Mr. Milkanin was the Dance Captain and Swing for the Broadway production and National Tours of Kinky Boots. Additionally he has performed at regional theatres in Beauty and the Beast at Papermill Playhouse, Paint Your Wagon at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, and The Little Mermaid at the Muny.

Music Director and Conductor of Kinky Boots is Andrew Bourgoin, returning to the Playhouse after working on the 2018 production of Elf the Musical. On Broadway he worked on Aladdin and Mean Girls, and was the touring keyboard for The Little Mermaid, and Something Rotten!. Arrangements and Orchestrations for Kinky Boots are by Stephen Oremus.

Lighting Design for Kinky Boots is by Richard Latta. Mr. Latta is the resident lighting designer for Ogunquit Playhouse and recently was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on the 2018 production of An American in Paris. Kevin Heard joins the creative team as Sound Designer. Mr. Heard won an IRNE Award for Best Sound Design for his work on the 2017 production of Ragtime. Wig Designer for Kinky Boots is by John Marquette. Casting for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Kinky Boots is by Anthony C. Daniel. Production Stage Manager is Daniel Everett.

The Ogunquit Playhouse season will stretch to the holidays once again with the the timeless classic, Annie produced for The Music Hall stage in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 27 through December 22.


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August 27, 2019

Menopause The Musical® to Open at Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit, ME – It’s time to grab your best gal pals and head to Ogunquit Playhouse for the hilarious musical comedy Menopause The Musical®, on stage September 4 through September 14. A raucous celebration of womanhood created by Jeanie Linders and inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® applauds women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” The show is produced by special license from GFour Productions, the producers of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®, now in its 18th year, and 14th as the longest-running musical in Las Vegas history. The director of the Ogunquit Playhouse production is Tony Award®-winner Seth Greenleaf. This joyful parody of 25 re-lyricized classic hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s features chart-toppers including “I Heard it Through the Grapevine that You No Longer See 39,” and the disco favorite “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake!”

Joining the cast of the Ogunquit Playhouse production are Anise Ritchie as Professional Woman, Kathy St. George as Soap Star, Melanie Souza as Earth Mother and Roberta B. Wall as Iowa Housewife. They will be joined by television star Cindy Williams as Hostess.

Anise Ritchie has been with Menopause The Musical® for over 10 years starting in San Francisco and is now touring around the U.S. with the show. She has also performed in many regional theatres throughout the U.S. in such shows as A Little Night Music, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Big Fish, Smokey Joe's Café, Showboat, and Little Shop of Horrors. Kathy St. George appeared on Broadway in two productions of Fiddler on the Roof including the Tony Award®-winning revival. Her many Off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, 9 to 5 the Musical, Peter Pan, The Divine Sister, Once, and Gypsy. Melanie Souza recently performed in the National Tour of Menopause The Musical®. She has also performed in many regional theatre productions including In the Heights, Bikinis, Mamma Mia!, Breaking Up is Hard to Do and Sister Act. Roberta B. Wall was part of the original Broadway cast of Sister Act, and Leap of Faith. Her First National Tours include Sister Act, and Beauty and the Beast as Mrs. Potts. Ms. Wall has been performing in Menopause The Musical® since 2003 in cities across the country as both Iowa Housewife and Earth Mother.

Joining the cast as Hostess is Cindy Williams who is most recognized for her role as “Shirley Feeney” in the TV comedy series Laverne and Shirley. She landed her first television roles on Room 222, Nanny and the Professor and Love, American Style.  Her many guest-starring roles include Law And Order: SVU, Seventh Heaven and 8 Simple Rules, The Odd Couple for CBS, A Dream Of Christmas for Hallmark Channel and Sam And Cat for Nickelodeon. Cindy’s stage credits include, the National Tour of Grease playing Miss Lynch, the National Tour of Deathtrap with Elliot Gould, The Female Odd Couple with Jo Anne Worley, Steel Magnolias as Ouiser Boudreaux. She made her Broadway debut in the role of Mrs. Tottendale in the award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone in 2007. Her many films include GAS-S-S-S with Talia Shire and Ben Vereen, Travels With My Aunt with Maggie Smith, directed by George Cukor, and The Conversation with Gene Hackman, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and American Graffiti co-starring with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford, directed by George Lucas.

The director for the Ogunquit production of Menopause The Musical® is Seth Greenleaf. He won the Tony Award® for his work on the 50th anniversary production of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television, his many credits include producing 9 to 5 the Musical on Broadway with Dolly Parton, co-financing the Tony Award® and Olivier Award-winning musicals The Book Of Mormon and Matilda The Musical, and directing the award-winning documentary F(L)AG Football. He currently has The Play That Goes Wrong and The Book Of Mormon running on Broadway; Tina The Musical, Bitter Wheat and SIX running in London; and Fiddler On The Roof and The Play That Goes Wrong on National Tour in the U.S. Three of his productions are currently Broadway bound: The Inheritance begins previews September 27, Tina The Musical begins previews October 12, and SIX begins previews February 13, 2020.

Music Supervisor for the show is Alan J. Plado. As conductor, his credits include the Broadway National Tours of Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde, Elf The Musical, Memphis, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. His work Off-Broadway includes We’re Still Hot, Just A Matter Of Time, Shooting Star, and The Last Word. He has worked in many regional theaters including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, Phoenix Theater, and Milwaukee Rep. Alan has been with Menopause The Musical® since 2004, and internationally was the music director/arranger for the show on the West End at the Shaw Theater and in Dublin, Ireland.

Creating additional scenic elements for the Ogunquit production is Nate Bertone. He is a New York City based theatrical storyteller and works primarily as a Director/Designer and writer. His recent design work for regional theatres across the country include the Arizona Broadway Theatre productions of Titanic and The Addams Family; North Shore Music Theatre’s Shrek and Sister Act;  Engeman Theatre NY’s Gypsy, Once, Elf, and Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He has been the Associate Designer with Tony®-winner Beowulf Boritt for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Murder on the Orient Express, Superhero at Second Stage, 20th Century Blues at Signature Theatre, Crazy for You at Lincoln Center, and on Freestyle Love Supreme and A Bronx Tale on Broadway.

Lighting Design for Menopause The Musical® is by Richard Latta. Mr. Latta is the resident lighting designer for Ogunquit Playhouse and recently was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on the 2018 production of An American in Paris. Matt Kraus joins the creative team as Sound Designer. Matt’s work on Broadway includes Liza’s at the Palace…, My Love Letter to Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony. Off-Broadway his design work includes Caucasian Chalk Circle, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Forbidden Broadway, and Forever Dusty. Ogunquit Playhouse Production Stage Manager is Emma Power.

Individual tickets are on sale now. Preview performances start at $36 and economy seats start at $51 each. For tickets visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse season continues with the Tony Award®-winning, smash hit musical Kinky Boots, September 18 through October 27. The family musical, Annie featuring Sally Struthers runs through the holiday season November 27 through December 22 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


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August 23, 2019

Senior Citizens from Southern Maine Take Part in an Afternoon at Ogunquit Playhouse Thanks to the Tramuto Foundation

Ogunquit, Maine – The first program created by the Ogunquit Playhouse, as part of the Tramuto Foundation and Ogunquit Playhouse Human Rights Partnership, took place on Thursday, August 22nd at the legendary theater. Thanks to the $300,000 endowment awarded by the Tramuto Foundation, which will generate income each year for new projects, Ogunquit Playhouse joined forces with the Wells Ogunquit Senior Center at Moody and the Silver Sneakers group from the Institute for Integrative Aging at St. Joseph’s College and offered deeply discounted tickets to the matinee of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Social isolation is a growing concern among aging adults, and because of physical disabilities or cultural circumstances many are unable to attend theatre performances. This event was part of the ongoing effort to help alleviate senior loneliness and eliminate barriers that prevent senior citizens from participating in the performing arts.

One hundred senior citizens took part in the event. The lively group enjoyed lunch under the event tent and then took in the show at the Playhouse. Afterward they participated in a question and answer discussion with actors and staff about the show. Each of the attendees received a copy of the book by Agatha Christie, on which the show is based, and have been invited to come back together later this year to re-connect and discuss the differences between the play and the book.

The Maine-based Tramuto Foundation and Ogunquit Playhouse partnership allows the venerable theater to deliver innovative experiences for many years to come to individuals who currently face physical, emotional and cultural barriers that traditionally prevent this population from enjoying the live theatre experience.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse

The Ogunquit Playhouse produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May through October. A 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, the Ogunquit Playhouse is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine. For more information, visit Ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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August 1, 2019

Agatha Christie’s Masterpiece, Murder on the Orient Express Opens at Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit, Maine – All aboard! The Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce the first non-musical production at the theatre in over 12 years, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, on stage August 14 through August 31. This suspenseful play takes audiences on a delightful journey along with a train full of suspects, and each one with an alibi! There are twists and turns aplenty in this intrigue-filled story, newly adapted for the stage from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece by two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig. This beloved mystery unfolds in a fresh new way that takes audiences on a thrilling ride, and is complete with a professional New York and Broadway-based cast and featuring Tony-nominee Anita Gillette as Princess Dragomiroff and Steven Rattazzi as the mustachioed sleuth, Hercule Poirot. This lavish production is directed by Shaun Kerrison and includes an original set designed by Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt and stunning costumes designed by Tony Award-winner William Ivey Long.

“I am very excited to produce my first play here at the Ogunquit Playhouse. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and we have carefully chosen one of her most thrilling murder mysteries, that has been newly adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig. It will be seen in Ogunquit for one of the first times anywhere, live on our stage. We are delighted to share this new play with our audiences,” stated Bradford Kenney, Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director.

This beloved mystery also features Ruth Gotschall as Helen Hubbard, Christopher Gurr as Monsieur Bouc, Kate Loprest as Countess Andrenyi, Stephen James Anthony as Hector MacQueen, Andrew Dits as Colonel Arbuthnot and Samuel Ratchett, Patricia Noonan as Mary Debenham, Olev Aleksander as Head Waiter and Michel the Conductor, and Anna Tempte as Greta Ohlsson. 

Don’t miss the show BroadwayWorld called “enthralling!” Tickets are on sale now with preview performances starting at just $36, and economy seating at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, subscriber, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

Steven Rattazzi leads the cast as Agatha Christie’s famous and long-running characters, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. He has performed in Indecent on Broadway, and Off-Broadway in numerous productions including Henry V with Liev Schrieber, The Black Crook, Galileo, The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, Stunning, Dinner Party, Painted Snake on a Painted Chair, and McGurk, among others. In regional theatres his credits include Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood, Indecent, Lempicka, David Greenspan’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Seder, The School for Wives, and Marie Antoinette. He can be seen in the film The Family and has been the voice actor behind the character Dr. Orpheus on Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers for seven seasons. 

Tony-nominee Anita Gillette returns to the Playhouse to portray Princess Dragomiroff. Perhaps best known for her performance as Mona the mistress in the film Moonstruck or for her portrayal as Tina Fey’s mother in NBC’s 30 Rock, Ms. Gillette has had an illustrious career on stage and screen, with more than fourteen Broadway shows to her credit, including Chapter Two which earned her a Tony Nomination for Best Actress in a Play and a LA Drama Critics Award, as well as the Off-Broadway production of The Big Meal for which she was nominated for a Lortel Award. She has performed at the Playhouse numerous times, starting in 1976 with Sabrina Fair, followed by Chapter Two in 1980, The Inkwell in 1982, Steel Magnolias in 1990, How the Other Half Lives in 1994, and Alone Together in 1998. She has had major roles in such films as Shall We Dance, Boys on the Side, Larger Than Life, The Guru, She’s the One, The Great New Wonderful, and Undertow, among many others. Her television career began in 1963 with her appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, she was a foil for Johnny Carson for over 50 episodes of The Tonight Show, and appeared on almost every major game show including Pyramid, Password, Matchgame, To Tell The Truth, What’s My Line, and many more. Recently she has appeared on the silver screen with recurring roles in CSI and Law & Order SVU, and in guest appearances on Modern Family, Blue Bloods, Elementry, Cold Case, Sex & The City, Frasier, Law & Order, and Mad About You

Ruth Gotschall makes her Playhouse debut as Helen Hubbard. On Broadway she has performed in Mary Poppins, The Music Man, Laughing Room Only, Cabaret, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas among others. At regional theatres she has portrayed Aunt Eller in Pittsburgh CLO’s Oklahoma!, Maggie in Bucks County Playhouse’s 42nd Street, and Mrs. Tottendale in Goodspeed Opera House’s The Drowsy Chaperone. She has starred in several films including Disney’s Annie. Joining the cast as Monsieur Bouc is Christopher Gurr. He has performed in numerous Broadway productions including CATS, Kinky Boots, Amazing Grace, Tuck Everlasting, All the Way with Bryan Cranston, and the upcoming Cyrano with Peter Dinklage, as well as in the National Tours of Memphis and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Kate Loprest makes her mainstage Playhouse debut as Countess Andrenyi after performing in both Ogunquit Playhouse productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. She has performed on Broadway in First Date, Hairspray, Xanadu, Wonderland, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She portrayed Glinda in the National Tour of Wicked, and as Nellie in the First National Tour of Little House on the Prarie. Portraying Hector MacQueen is Stephen James Anthony, who has performed on Broadway in Skylight and War Horse, and Off-Broadway in Behind The Sheet and The Grand Manner. At regional theatres The Guard, Barefood in the Park, Peter & the Starcatcher, Nicholas Nickleby, Fiddler on the Roof, and Arcadia. On television he’s starred in The Loudest Voice, Blue Bloods, Billions, and Gotham.

Portraying Colonel Arbuthnot and Samuel Ratchett in Murder on the Orient Express is Andrew Dits. His theatre credits include Pasadena Playhouse’s God Looked Away starring Al Pacino, The Complex’s BLOOD starring Glenne Headley, and Pacific Resident Theatre’s The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, among many others. Mr. Dits work on the screen includes Oliver Stone’s film, Snowden, the television series Telenova, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, and The Middle, and is a series regular on the Bounce TV sitcom, My Crazy Roommate. Patricia Noonan joins the cast as Mary Debenham. Her numerous theatre roles include Elizabeth Bennet in Signature Theatre’s Pride & Prejudice, Roundabout Theatre’s Death Takes a Holiday, City Center Encores’ Annie Get Your Gun, Girl Crazy, and Merrily We Roll Along, and Lincoln Center Live’s production of Carousel. She is the writer of the musicals Sweetwater, Learning How to Drown, and Masterpiece. Olev Aleksander portrays Head Waiter/Michel the Conductor in the Playhouse production of Murder on the Orient Express. At regional theatres he has performed in Good Television, Beyond Therapy, Twelfth Night, and Mister Roberts, and in New York productions of Macbeth (of the Oppressed) and Henry IV Part 1. In film he has performed in The Fifth Horseman, which was nominated for a Student Emmy for Best Drama and Fatherland, and has done voiceover work for the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Rounding out the cast as Greta Ohlsson is Anna Tempte in her Ogunquit Playhouse debut. She is the co-founder of The Department of Fools, a New York based commedia dell’Arte theater company, and a member of Primitive Grace Theatre Company. 

Shaun Kerrison returns from England to direct Murder on the Orient Express for the Ogunquit Playhouse after last directing the epic production The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2016. He has directed many Ogunquit productions, receiving many IRNE and BroadwayWorld nominations for Best Director. Mr. Kerrison was in Ogunquit in 2014 to direct Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical and The Witches of Eastwick and in 2012 he directed the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific. He also directed the U.S. regional premiere of Sunset Boulevard at the Ogunquit Playhouse starring Stephanie Powers, as well as Les Miserables and My Fair Lady for the Ogunquit stage. On Broadway, Mr. Kerrison was the Resident Director of Mary Poppins and was the Associate Director for the Broadway revival of Les Miserables and he redirected the National Theatres production of My Fair Lady for its 50th Anniversary U.S. National Tour. He recently reunited with conductor John Wilson to direct Kiss Me Kate for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Scenic design for Murder on the Orient Express is by Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt, who last designed the set for 2017’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe. His many Broadway credits include Act One (Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Nomination), Therese Raquin (Tony Nomination), Come From Away, Meteor Shower, A Bronx Tale, Prince Of Broadway, Sunday in the Park with George, Hand To God, On The Town, Sondheim On Sondheim, Rock Of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, and The Two And Only. Off-Broadway he has designed 100 shows including The Last Five Years, Sleepwalk With Me, and Miss Julie. He has also designed for The NYC Ballet, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and around the world in England, Russia, China, Australia, and Japan. In 2007 he received the OBIE Award for sustained excellence.

Costume designer for Murder on the Orient Express is by six-time Tony Award winner, William Ivey Long. Mr. Long has designed costumes for over 70 Broadway productions and has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards. He most recently designed costumes for the Broadway productions of Tootsie: The Musical and Beetlejuice: The Musical, as well as FOX’s A Christmas Story, Live!, The Prince of Broadway for legendary director Hal Prince, and the revised stage musical Young Frankenstein in London’s West End for Mel Brooks, as well as for the original Broadway production in 2009. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on FOX’s Grease: Live!, and designed the re-imagination of The Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Laverne Cox and Tim Curry. 

Lighting Design for Murder on the Orient Express is by Richard Latta. Mr. Latta is the resident lighting designer for Ogunquit Playhouse and recently was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on the 2018 production of An American in Paris. Kevin Heard joins the creative team as Sound Designer, returning to the Playhouse for his 19th Ogunquit production. Mr. Heard won an IRNE Award for Best Sound Design for his work on the 2017 production of Ragtime. Projection Design is by Jason Lee Courson who last designed projection for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of ELF The Musical. On Broadway he designed projections for Ruben and Clay’s Christmas Show and Off-Broadway for NEWSical: We Distort You Decide. Wig/Hair & Makeup Designer for Murder on the Orient Express is Emilia Martin, who designed 2017’s An American in Paris and Oklahoma!. Casting Director for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Murder on the Orient Express is Anthony C. Daniel, with additional casting by Michael Cassara, CSA and Ogunquit Playhouse Production Stage Manager is Karen Parlato.

The Ogunquit Playhouse’s season continues with the hilarious Menopause the Musical, featuring Cindy Williams, star of TV’s “Laverne and Shirley,” for two weeks only September 4 through September 14; and the Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical Kinky Boots on stage September 18 through October 27. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the timeless classic, Annie in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 27 through December 22.


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July 9, 2019

Raw and Powerful Jazz Musical Cabaret to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit, Maine Come to the Cabaret, your table’s waiting! Decadent nightlife meets dangerous times at Berlin’s alluring Kit Kat Klub in the iconic Broadway musical Cabaret, on stage July 17 through August 10. Set in the cabaret underworld on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, the Ogunquit production is based on the searing Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall musical recently revived on Broadway and is staged by BT McNicholl, who directed the Playhouse production of Cabaret back in 2006. This unforgettable musical stars stage and screen actors Randy Harrison as the Emcee and Kate Shindle as Sally Bowles. The Ogunquit production also features Billy Harrigan Tighe as Cliff Bradshaw, Mariette Hartley as Fraulein Schneider, John Rubinstein as Herr Schultz, Noah Plomgren as Ernst Ludwig, and Katrina Yaukey as Fraulein Kost. The Ogunquit production features the Broadway set based on the original design by Robert Brill and the Broadway costumes by William Ivey Long.

Cabaret tells the story of Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, who falls in love with cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Their romance sizzles amid the back room culture of the cabaret and the tumultuous atmosphere of pre-Nazi Germany. Cabaret is a raw and powerful jazz musical that explores the dark life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. The show has had numerous Broadway and London revivals, features a book by Joe Masteroff and is the winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score for John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb’s (lyrics) compelling musical numbers which include, “Willkommen,” “Money,” “Tomorrow Belongs To Me,” “Maybe This Time” and “Cabaret.”

Starring as the cabaret’s master of ceremonies is Randy Harrison. He returns to this role after his standout performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2016 National Touring production. Mr. Harrison’s recent roles include Prior in Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 at Berkeley Repertory Theater and George in Guthrie Theater’s Sunday in the Park with George. In New York, he has appeared on Broadway in Wicked and Off-Broadway in Harbor, Edward the Second, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Singing Forest. Mr. Harrison’s television credits include Queer as Folk, Mr. Robot, and Bang Bang You’re Dead.

Kate Shindle makes her Ogunquit Playhouse debut as the sultry Sally Bowles. On Broadway, she has starred in Cabaret, Wonderland, Jekyll & Hyde, and was an original cast member of Legally Blonde. Her recent credits include Rachelle Max on CBS’s The Good Fight, her performance as Billie in The Sting opposite Harry Connick, Jr. at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and as Alison in the acclaimed First National Tour of Fun Home. In film and television, she can be seen in Lucky Stiff, Capote, Elementary, Law & Order SVU, White Collar, Gossip Girl, and The Stepford Wives. Ms. Shindle is the President of Actors’ Equity Association and President of the Theatre Authority.  

Star of the stage, screen, and television Mariette Hartley joins the cast as Fraulein Schneider, revisiting the role she first portrayed on Broadway in the 2003 revival of Cabaret. Her first film was Sam Peckinpah’s classic western, Ride the High Country, with Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, followed by Marnie with Sean Connery, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Marooned with Gregory Peck, directed by John Sturges, and many more. An Emmy winner and five-time nominee, her TV credits include Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Love, and in recent years includes recurring roles on FOX’s hit 911 and Law & Order SVU. Her numerous Broadway credits include Trojan Women, for which she received a Drama-Logue Award and Enchanted April for which she received an Ovation nomination. Starring opposite Ms. Hartley is Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein as Herr Schultz. Mr. Rubinstein originated the title role in Bob Fosse’s Pippin and won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his performance in Children of a Lesser God. His other Broadway appearances include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ragtime, Hurlyburly, M. Butterfly, The Cain Mutiny, Getting Away with Murder and the Diane Paulus Pippin revival. He won the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Actor for his performance in Elmer Rice’s Counsellor-at-Law Off-Broadway. Mr. Rubinstein has recorded over 200 audiobooks, starred in over 300 television episodes and miniseries, and his film credits include Hello, I Must Be Going, 21 Grams, Red Dragon, The Boys from Brazil, Someone to Watch Over Me, Daniel, The Car, and Getting Straights.

Joining the cast as Cliff Bradshaw is Billy Harrigan Tighe. He performed on Broadway in Pippin, Off-Broadway in Sweeney Todd, and the West End as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. Mr. Tighe has been in numerous National Tours including Finding Neverland as JM Barrie, The Book of Mormon as Elder Price, Wicked, La Cage Aux Folles, and Dirty Dancing. Noah Plomgren makes his Playhouse debut as Ernst Ludwig. Mr. Plomgren has performed in the National Tours of Finding Neverland and Hair, and Regionally in From Here to Eternity, Treasure Island, Guys and Dolls, and Lend Me a Tenor among others. Portraying Fraulein Kost is Katrina Yaukey. Her numerous Broadway performances include Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, productions of Cabaret in 2014 and 1998, Billy Elliot, Warhorse, and Company, as well as the National Tours of Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Victor/Victoria.

Performing in the ensemble as Kit Kat Klub Girls and Boys are Joel D. Bauman as Hans, Ryan Denardo as Victor, Margaret Dudasik as Texas, Staci Jo Johnston as Lulu, Joey Khoury as Bobby, Tommy McDowell as Herman, Kari Nelson as Rosie, Laura Sheehy as Frenchie and Jenna Zito Clark as Helga.

Returning to Ogunquit to direct the Playhouse production of Cabaret is BT McNicholl. He has helmed many shows for the Playhouse including Cabaret in 2006, Fiddler on the Roof, (2008), La Cage Aux Folles, (2007), the Moss Hart Award-winning West Side Story (2013), the award-winning regional premiere of Billy Elliot (2014), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2016). Serving on the creative team of twelve Broadway shows, he has associated with directors Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, Stephen Daldry, and the legendary Mike Nichols, among others. His international productions and National Tours include Spamalot and The Producers. Mr. McNicholl is a BMI Award-winning songwriter and wrote the lyrics for The It Girl, published by Samuel French. He is currently the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles.

Choreographer for Cabaret is Andrea Leigh, who performed in the 2006 Ogunquit Playhouse production of Cabaret. She has served as Choreographer and Assistant Choreographer on numerous productions of Cabaret, including at the John Engeman Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and on the National Tour. Additionally, she has performed in the National Tours of Phantom, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, and Cabaret, and at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Foothills Theatre, John Engeman Theatre. She has danced with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Buffalo City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Hartford Ballet.

Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Music Director of Cabaret is Bruce Barnes. Mr. Barnes was last at the Playhouse in 2006’s Cabaret and 1993’s Nunsense II. On Broadway he has worked on the productions of CATS, Peter Pan, and Cabaret, as well as Off-Broadway on Peter and the Wolf, Everything the Traffic Will Allow, and Class Mothers of ’68, and the National Tours of Cinderella, Peter Pan, Camelot, Happy Days, Jesus Christ Superstar, CATS, and Kiss Me, Kate. His work can be seen on television on HBO’s Cathouse the Musical, and he has served as accompanist for Patti LuPone, Penny Fuller, Dee Hoty, Ruthie Henshall, Beverly Sills, Billy Porter, and Eartha Kitt.  

The original Broadway scenic designs are by Robert Brill, whose Broadway credits include the Tony-nominated Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, the Tony-nominated Assassins, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys, and Dolls, as well as the set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, among many others. Original costume designs are by six-time Tony Award winner, William Ivey Long. He most recently designed costumes for the Broadway productions of Tootsie: The Musical and Beetlejuice: The Musical, as well as FOX’s A Christmas Story, Live!, The Prince of Broadway for legendary director Hal Prince, and the revised stage musical Young Frankenstein in London’s West End for Mel Brooks, as well as for the original Broadway production in 2009. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on FOX’s Grease: Live!, and designed the re-imagination of The Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Laverne Cox and Tim Curry. Mr. Long has designed costumes for over 70 Broadway productions and has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards.

Lighting Design for Cabaret is by Richard Latta. Mr. Latta is the resident lighting designer for Ogunquit Playhouse and recently was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on the 2018 production of An American in Paris. Kevin Heard joins the creative team for Cabaret as Sound Designer, returning to the Playhouse for his 18th Ogunquit production. Mr. Heard won an IRNE Award for Best Sound Design for his work on the 2017 production of Ragtime. Wig/Hair & Makeup Designer for Cabaret is Roxanne De Luna. Her previous creations were seen in the recent Ogunquit Playhouse productions of 42nd Street and Elf the Musical. Casting for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Cabaret is by Anthony C. Daniel. Associate Director and Production Stage Manager is Robert V. Thurber.


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June 7, 2019

Tap Dancing Extravaganza, 42nd Street to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit, Maine Come and meet those dancing feet! The ultimate tap-dancing, show-biz musical sensation, 42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make magical musical theatre hits the Ogunquit Playhouse stage June 19 through July 13. The Ogunquit production is staged by Tony Award-nominee Randy Skinner, the creator of the Broadway revival and recent West End production of 42nd Street. The tap-dancing extravaganza stars Broadway’s Rachel York as Dorothy Brock, Steve Blanchard as Julian Marsh, Jessica Wockenfuss as Peggy Sawyer, Con O’Shea-Creal as Billy Lawlor, and features Emmy-Award-Winner Sally Struthers as Maggie Jones. The Ogunquit production of 42nd Street also features the Lawrence Olivier-nominated and Tony-nominated costumes by Roger Kirk along with Douglas Schmidt’s Tony-nominated sets.

The delightful and dazzling show tells the story of aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer who leaves her small town for the big city and soon lands her first job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. Mayhem and mirth ensue when just before opening night the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? The musical 42nd Street is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes with book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. The score by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics), is chock-full of Broadway standards, including “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Dames,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle off to Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.”

Tickets are on sale now. Preview performances start at $36 and economy seats start at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511

Rachel York returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Dorothy Brock, the quintessential Broadway diva. Ms. York last dazzled Playhouse audiences as the Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot. She was most recently seen on Broadway in the musical Head Over Heels, and is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Dame Julie Andrews, and for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS TV movie, Lucy. Ms. York has stunned audiences of the stage, screen, and concert halls across the country through her numerous National Tours, regional theatre appearances, concert performances, and TV guest-starring roles.

Two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Sally Struthers joins the cast as Maggie Jones. Ms. Struthers is best known for her role as Gloria in the groundbreaking TV series, All in the Family as well as reprising that role in the series spin-off, Gloria. She also appeared on Fox television series 9 to 5, and in recurring roles on the CBS’s Still Standing and the CW network’s Gilmore Girls. Sally Struthers has performed many roles at Ogunquit Playhouse including Punky Olander in Grumpy Old Men the Musical, Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes, Duchess Estonia Dalworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Mama Morton in Chicago, and Paulette in Legally Blonde.

Broadway veteran, Steve Blanchard stars as the notorious Broadway director Julian Marsh. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in both the Broadway production and First National Tour. Other credits include Fred in A Christmas Carol, Lancelot in Camelot with Robert Goulet, Pulitzer in Disney’s Newsies, and Pa in Little House on the Prairie. Joining the cast as the starry-eyed chorus girl, Peggy Sawyer is Jessica Wockenfuss who also performed the role in the North Shore Music Theatre’s 2017 production. Off-Broadway, she has been seen in Hey, Look Me Over!, and Me and My Gal. Her National Tour credits include Jersey Boys, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Little Mermaid, and Monty Python's Spamalot. Con O’Shea-Creal will make his Ogunquit Playhouse debut as Billy Lawlor. His Broadway credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Side Show, and he has performed in many­­­ National Tours including Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins as Bert, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas with Randy Skinner, and Something Rotten.

The Ogunquit Playhouse production of 42nd Street includes one of the largest casts to ever hit the theatre’s stage. It features Ryan K. Bailer as Pat Denning, Cliff Bemis as Abner Dillon, Megan McLaughlin as Annie, Kilty Reidy as Bert Barry, and Jake Weinstein as Andy Lee. The ensemble includes Danielle Aliotta, Emily Applebaum, Willie Beaton II, Allison Blanchard, Quinten Patrick Busey, Brittany Cattaruzza, Alex Drost, Liz Friedmann, Patrick Heffernan, Alex John Johnson, Tommy Joscelyn, Trent Kidd, Ryan Koerber, Brianna Latrash, Lily Lewis, Elizabeth McGuire, Andrew Muylle, Melissa Schott, and Kristen Welsh.

Helming the Playhouse production of 42nd Street as Director and Choreographer is Randy Skinner. Mr. Skinner was part of the creative team with the original Broadway and West End productions. Alongside book writer and director, Mark Bramble, he also choreographed the 2001 Broadway revival, 2015 West End revival, and the 2015 National Tour of the show. His choreography of 42nd Street earned him numerous allocades and nominations including an Olivier Award nomination and a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Choreography, a Tony Award nomination for Best Choreography, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding Choreography. Additionally, Mr. Skinner has received many award nominations over his extensive career including a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nomination for Best Choreography for Dames at Sea, a Tony and Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Choreography for Lone Star Love. Award-winning director, choreographer and educator Sara Brians joins Mr. Skinner and the creative team as Associate Choreographer. She made her Broadway debut in the 2000 revival of 42nd Street.

Music Director and Conductor of 42nd Street is Jeffrey Campos who has worked on the National Tours of Bullets over BroadwayAnything GoesElfShrek, and Damn Yankees. He has worked on numerous shows at the Ogunquit Playhouse including 2018’s Oklahoma!, and 2017’s Mamma Mia! and Ragtime, for which he was nominated for an IRNE Award for Music Direction.

Original set designs by Douglas Schmidt (Tony nomination) and costume design by Roger Kirk (Lawrence Olivier and Tony nomination) for the 2001 Broadway revival and recent West End production will be showcased on the Playhouse stage. Mr. Schmidt’s scenic design work has been seen extensively on Broadway, as well as in regional theatres, American and international opera houses, arenas, theme parks and television and film in over 250 productions in the last 50 years. His many Broadway credits include the original production of Grease that went on to play a record-breaking 3,388 performances. Mr. Kirk has designed costumes for numerous Broadway and West End shows including King Kong, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The King and I, for which he won multiple prestigious awards including a Tony Award for Best Costume Design.

Lighting Design for 42nd Street is by Richard Latta. Mr. Latta is the resident lighting designer for Ogunquit Playhouse and recently was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on the 2018 production of An American in Paris. Ed Chapman joins the creative team for 42nd Street as Sound Designer. His credits include the Tony-nominated productions of Ink and Travesties, as well as several National Tours including Disney’s The Little Mermaid, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, The Producer, and Guys and Dolls. Wig Designer for 42nd Street is Roxanne De Luna. This marks her second wig design for the Ogunquit Playhouse. Her previous creations were seen in Elf the Musical on stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, in 2018. Casting for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of 42nd Street is by Anthony C. Daniel. Production Stage Manager is Karen Parlato.


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May 24, 2019

Tramuto Foundation Endows $300,000 Grant to Ogunquit Playhouse to Transform Theater Experience for Individuals with Disabilities

Groundbreaking Human Rights Partnership Will Help Reduce Barriers to the Arts and Expose New Patrons to the Playhouse’s World-Class Productions

Ogunquit, Maine – In a first-of-its kind partnership for professional regional theater in the US, the Tramuto Foundation and the Ogunquit Playhouse are teaming up to transform the theater experience by eliminating barriers that prevent participation in the performing arts.

The Maine-based Tramuto Foundation announced today that it has awarded its 2019 Bulldozer of the Year Award to the Ogunquit Playhouse, endowing a $300,000 grant to create the Tramuto Foundation and Ogunquit Playhouse Human Rights Partnership. The grant is the largest foundation award ever received by the Playhouse and will allow the venerable theater to deliver an innovative experience to individuals who currently face physical, emotional and cultural barriers that traditionally prevent this population from enjoying the live theater experience.

Three years ago, Donato Tramuto published his first book, Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Can Lead to Success in Life and Business. Now in its 7th printing, the book recounts several tragedies and hardships that Tramuto has endured, while illustrating how he overcame what he describes as ‘life’s bulldozer moments’ to become a compassionate corporate leader and philanthropist who is focused on making life better for others.

Tramuto created the Tramuto Foundation in honor of his two close friends and their young son who died when their plane struck the 2nd World Trade Tower in New York City on September 11, 2001.  Eighteen years later, the Foundation continues to provide annual scholarships for students in need and grants to non-profit organizations whose mission is focused on improving the lives of others.  

“Through our Life’s Bulldozer Moments Award, the Foundation seeks to honor the incredible work of the Ogunquit Playhouse, a revered New England art institution that helps create joy and spark passion in people of all ages and backgrounds,” Tramuto said. “The Playhouse’s ongoing work to make the world more vibrant and accessible to all individuals aligns perfectly with the mission of the Foundation. We continue to be great fans of the Playhouse and are thrilled to partner with its incredible staff and actors to deliver a unique and special experience to people across the region.”

The Partnership was announced immediately prior to the Playhouse’s production of Jersey Boys Friday evening.

“The theater is an experience like no other,” said Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director for the Playhouse. “Live performances have the ability to move people in ways that create deeper connections to themselves, to their community and to the world around them. We are so grateful to the Tramuto Foundation for this incredible partnership and are excited our work will help transform the way people of all abilities experience the magic of live theater.”

The Human Rights Partnership grant to the Ogunquit Playhouse follows ongoing Tramuto Foundation’s Human Rights grants to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the organization’s newest national initiative that Tramuto is leading, Workplace Dignity and Inclusion, where a $1 million dollar endowment was announced last December. 

The first project to be undertaken by the Tramuto Foundation and Ogunquit Playhouse Human Rights Partnership is closely aligned with Tramuto’s national focus on combatting social isolation, particularly among aging adults, who, because of physical disabilities or cultural circumstances, are normally unable to attend theater performances. Studies have shown that social isolation is a growing epidemic and carries with it health risks equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

The Playhouse will partner with the Wells Ogunquit Senior Center at Moody, the Institute for Integrative Aging at St. Joseph’s College and Playhouse volunteers to offer 100 people in need deeply discounted tickets to an August 22nd matinee of ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’  In addition to the show, the Playhouse will transport individuals to the venue, where they will be treated to a free buffet lunch and will take part in roundtable discussions with actors and staff about the show. They will also receive a copy of the book by Agatha Christie on which the show is based and will be provided with the tools to create and maintain relationships with their fellow theater patrons.

Later this year, the group will be invited to come back together to re-connect and discuss the differences between the play and the book. The follow-up meeting is intended to help facilitate lasting friendships and a love of the arts.

In addition to the engagement project, the Human Rights Partnership will focus on making the theater and live performances more inclusive of people with disabilities. For example, the Playhouse will emphasize storytelling that illustrates individuals who have overcome adversity.

Through the years, Artistic Director Kenney envisions producing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances on the main stage, casting differently-abled actors, producing autism-sensory friendly performances and using auto description for visually impaired attendees. The Tramuto Foundation and the Ogunquit Playhouse have a history of working together to empower individuals and expose them to the joy of the arts. In 2016, the Foundation gave the Playhouse a $50,000 grant to provide tuition assistance for underprivileged children seeking to attend the popular summer theatre program, which provides weeklong theatrical training to youth of all ages and culminates in a production performed on the Playhouse’s main stage.

The Tramuto Foundation also previously funded the purchase of state of the art assisted listening devices for the Playhouse’s patrons.   

About the Tramuto Foundation

In 2001, Donato Tramuto created the Tramuto Foundation in honor of his two close friends and their young son who died when their plane struck the 2nd World Trade Tower in New York City on September 11th.  Nearly 18 years later, the Foundation continues to provide annual scholarships for students in need and grants to non-profit organizations whose mission is focused on improving the lives of others. For more information on the Tramuto Foundation, visit: www.tramutofoundation.org.  Donato’s book, Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Can Lead to Success in Life and Business is available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse

The Ogunquit Playhouse produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May through October. A 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, the Ogunquit Playhouse is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine. For more information, visit Ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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May 21, 2019

See Jersey Boys at the Ogunquit Playhouse and Help Rotary International Eradicate Polio

Ogunquit, ME — The Ogunquit Playhouse is once again partnering with Rotary International to continue in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide by 2020. The annual Rotary Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 for the evening performance of the smash hit Jersey Boys, which is returning to the Ogunquit stage by popular demand. The public is invited to join the fight by purchasing a ticket to the multi-Tony Award-winning musical that performed to sold-out houses during its run in 2018. A portion of every ticket purchased for that evening’s performance will be donated to Rotary International. Over the past eight years the Ogunquit Playhouse has contributed over $12,000 towards this cause through Rotary Night ticket proceeds.

The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and governments around the world.

“We are so close to eradicating polio. In 2018, cases were found only in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.”, said Toni Joerres, President of York Rotary. “For less than $1, a child can be vaccinated for life. Rotary has raised funds to immunize over 2.5 billion children to date and continues to make certain that the polio vaccine is available wherever and whenever the threat of polio still exists. Thanks to the Gates Foundation, every Rotary dollar raised is matched 2 for 1. By attending this special show, you can help achieve a polio-free world. The York Rotary Club is extremely grateful to the Ogunquit Playhouse for their long support of this project.”    

Individual tickets are on sale now and start at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse 2019 season kicks off with Jersey Boys May 15 through June 15. The cast that BroadwayWorld exclaimed to be “the closest you’ll ever get to having seen Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,” also returns to the Ogunquit stage - Jonathan Mousset (Frankie Valli), Matt Magnusson (Tommy DeVito), Andy Christopher (Bob Gaudio), and Matthew Amira (Nick Massi).

Jersey Boys takes audiences on an exhilarating journey with the electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these hometown boys from Jersey all the way to the top of the charts: “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn,” “My Eyes Adored You,” and many more.

The Ogunquit Playhouse 2019 season continues with the ultimate tap-dancing, show-biz musical sensation, 42nd Street on stage June 19 through July 13 and featuring Emmy Award-winner Sally Struthers. Decadent nightlife meets dangerous times at Berlin’s alluring Kit Kat Klub in Cabaret, on stage July 17 through August 10. The exotic Orient Express hurtles down the tracks… to a murder! Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express hits the stage August 14 through August 31 with a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one. Closing out the season is a Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical that will run from September 18 through October 27, to be announced on May 13.


May 13, 2019

Final Shows Announced! Six-Time Tony Award-winning Smash Hit Kinky Boots and the Hilarious Menopause the Musical Set to Close the Ogunquit Playhouse 2019 Season!

Ogunquit, ME - High-heeled heaven! The Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce the regional premiere of the smash hit Kinky Boots, on stage September 18 through October 27. Hailed by Hollywood News as “The freshest, most fabulous feel-good musical of the decade,” Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein. This delightful show is sure to have audiences dancing in the aisle and discovering, sometimes, the best way to fit in... is to stand out!  

Menopause the Musical hits the stage for a special two week run September 4 through September 14. The hilarious musical comedy joins the season line up for a raucous celebration of womanhood. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause the Musical applauds women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived The Change. Grab your best gal-pal or your best guy for this hilarious and joyful parody of 25 re-lyricized classic hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The 90 minute show features chart-toppers including “I Heard it Through the Grapevine that You No Longer See 39,” and the disco favorite “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake!”

Individual tickets are on sale now. Preview performances start at $36 and economy seats start at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, season ticket holder, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511

The Ogunquit Playhouse is one of the first regional theatres in the U.S. to produce Kinky Boots for its stage. The story is based on the popular film of the same name and revolves around Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola. As it turns out, Lola is the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discover that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Menopause the Musical broke Box Office records at the Ogunquit Playhouse back in 2006, with sold-out performances that extended its season for the first time into the fall! It is currently the longest running scripted musical in Las Vegas history, with over 5000 performances during the last 13 years. Since its first performance in Orlando, Florida, Menopause the Musical has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life after 40 and the challenges that result from the mental, physical, and spiritual freedom of the post-WWII baby boomer generation.

 On stage for two weeks only, this joyful musical parody details the meeting of four women at a lingerie sale in Bloomingdale’s fighting over a black lace bra, with nothing in common but memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, chocolate binges, wrinkles, plastic surgery, hormones, not enough sex, too much sex, and much, much more.

The Ogunquit Playhouse season kicks off with the return of the multi-Tony Award-winning, international sensation, Jersey Boys! The hit show is back by popular demand May 15 through June 15. Then, come and meet those dancing feet! The ultimate tap-dancing, show-biz musical sensation, 42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make magical musical theatre, on stage June 19 through July 13 and featuring Emmy Award-winner Sally Struthers. Decadent nightlife meets dangerous times at Berlin’s alluring Kit Kat Klub in Cabaret, on stage July 17 through August 10. The exotic Orient Express hurtles down the tracks… to a murder! Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express hits the stage August 14 through August 31 with a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one. The beloved musical Annie will be produced for The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire just in time for the holidays November 27 to December 22. Tickets for Annie are available through The Music Hall online www.themusichall.org or by calling 603-436-2400 Monday through Saturday, noon to 6PM.


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May 2, 2019

Ogunquit Playhouse Season Opens with the Multi-Tony Award-Winning Musical Jersey Boys, Back by Popular Demand! 

Ogunquit, ME — The Ogunquit Playhouse 2019 season kicks off with Jersey Boys! The multi-Tony Award-winning, international sensation that performed to sold-out houses during its run in 2018, is back by popular demand May 15 through June 15. The cast that BroadwayWorld exclaimed to be “the closest you’ll ever get to having seen Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,” also returns to the Ogunquit stage - Jonathan Mousset (Frankie Valli), Matt Magnusson (Tommy DeVito), Andy Christopher (Bob Gaudio), and Matthew Amira (Nick Massi).

Follow the incredible story of four guys bound by one dream, who worked their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Jersey Boys takes audiences on an exhilarating journey with the electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these hometown boys from Jersey all the way to the top of the charts: “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn,” “My Eyes Adored You,” and many more. If you missed it last year, don’t miss your chance to see this blockbuster show – you’re sure to leave exclaiming, “Oh, What a Night!”

Individual tickets are on sale now. Preview performances start at $36 and economy seats start at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511

Starring as Frankie Valli, lead vocalist of The Four Seasons is Jonathan Mousset. His phenomenal performance, falsetto, and range was described as astounding by the Portland Press Herald last season. Mr. Mousset has performed in many regional theatres across the U.S. in such shows as Newsies, In the Heights, and Godspell. He has also performed in concerts at New York City venues including 54 Below, the Times Center, and the Town Hall. Matt Magnusson returns to play charming bad-boy Tommy DeVito, the lead guitar player of The Four Seasons, who serves as the show’s primary narrator and founding member of the band. Mr. Magnusson has numerous regional theatre credits including Grease, Spring Awakening, American Idiot, and Ring of Fire.

Reprising his role from last season as Bob Gaudio, the sensible and poised songwriter behind The Four Seasons is Andy Christopher. He has performed as Buddy Holly in the National Tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and in many regional theatres across the U.S. including Bucks County Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre, The Muny, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Great Lakes CFA, Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Casa Mañana, and the Ogunquit Playhouse where he got his start in 2012. Matthew Amira also returns to the Playhouse after his highly regarded portrayal of The Four Seasons bassist Nick Massi. Mr. Amira also performed at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. His many regional theatre credits include Madame Defarge, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific among others.

Joining the ensemble of Jersey Boys is Joel D. Bauman, Neal Benari, Andrew Berlin, Will Boyajian, Kris Coleman, Caroline Iliff, Tommy Martinez, Colin Campbell McAdoo, Hillary Porter, Bailey Purvis, John Snow, and Doug Storm. 

The Ogunquit Playhouse production will once again be helmed by Award-winning director, writer and producer Holly-Anne Palmer. Ms. Palmer is the lead Producer and Creative Director of the global hits Wine Lovers the Musical, PROHIBITION, and Holiday Happy Hour. She has numerous Broadway credits including Jersey Boys, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Bring It On: The Musical, Dracula, Walking With Dinosaurs, and Cover Girls. Her many Off-Broadway and regional credits include the 25th Anniversary Production of Steel Magnolias at Le Petit Theatre, Gentleman’s Wish and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? at Barrow Group, Platforms at TASC, Autophobia at Ars Nova, Inventing Avi Aviv at Abingdon Theatre, Oklahoma! for the Reagle Players, and for the Ogunquit Playhouse 2009 production of All Shook Up starring Sally Struthers.

Jacob Yates joins the creative team as Music Director for Jersey Boys. He most recently appeared on Broadway as the Associate Conductor/Cellist for Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken’s Christmas Show at the Imperial Theater but has also been heard in the orchestra pits of Wicked, Les Misérables, and Spring Awakening. In New York City Jacob can often be seen performing at 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, and Off-Broadway. 

Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Jersey Boys Choreographer is Gerry McIntyre. He also  choreographed the Ogunquit production of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert in 2016, as well as 9 to 5 in 2012. In addition, Mr. McIntyre was the Director/Choreographer for the Ogunquit Production of Chicago in 2010. Off-Broadway he has worked on many productions including Hallelujah Baby!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Once On This Island, and the National Tour of Dreamgirls. Mr. McIntyre is the choreographer of the hit Off-Broadway show, Spamilton.

Scenic Design for Jersey Boys is by Adam Koch. His previous set designs for the Ogunquit Playhouse include Jersey Boys, 2017’s Mamma Mia! and Heartbreak Hotel and 2015’s Sister Act and Saturday Night Fever. Mr. Koch was nominated for Best Scenic Design by the IRNE Awards for the 2016 Ogunquit Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has worked for numerous regional theatres including Signature Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Portland Stage, among many others. 

Joining the Jersey Boys creative team as Costume Designer is Tristan Raines. His costume design credits include New York Pops Christmas Concert at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and 2016, Would You Still Love Me If, Stalking the Bogeyman, and Bare at New World Stages, Moving Light at New York Theatre Ballet, and Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, for both New World Stages and the National Tour. He has also created costume designs for The MUNY productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Singing in the Rain, and Meet Me in St. Louis. Wig/Hair and Makeup Design for Jersey Boys is by Leah Loukas. Ms. Loukas has designed for numerous Broadway productions including Escape to Margaritaville, Time and the Conways, Marvin’s Room, American Idiot, On the Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. She has created wig designs for both Off-Broadway and regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Muny and NYC’s Signature Theatre.

Sound Designer for Jersey Boys is Kevin Heard, returning for his sixth season at the Ogunquit Playhouse, after designing for Oklahoma!, An American in Paris, Grumpy Old Men the Musical, and Jersey Boys last season, and Mamma Mia! and Ragtime in 2017. Mr. Heard recently received an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for his Sound Design on Ragtime. Mr. Heard has been Associate Sound Designer for All the Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, and Sylvia, on Broadway, as well as for the international tours of Fun Home, Kinky Boots, and Matilda. Lighting design for Jersey Boys is by Ogunquit Playhouse Resident Lighting Designer, Richard Latta. Mr. Latta has created the lighting design for dozens of Ogunquit productions, including most recently, Grumpy Old Men the Musical, An American in Paris, Oklahoma!, Mamma Mia!, Bullets Over Broadway, Ragtime, Heartbreak Hotel, From Here to Eternity, Anything Goes, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for which he received an IRNE Award nomination for Best Lighting Design. Casting for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Jersey Boys is by Anthony C. Daniel.


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April 17, 2019

Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camps Open for Enrollment - Offering Training for Aspiring Thespians Ages 5 to 18

The Ogunquit Playhouse Children's Theatre Camps are open for enrollment and filling up fast! Register your aspiring thespian today for either the Rising Stars Camp for children ages 5 to 8, Center Stage Camp for children ages 8 to 10, or the Junior Players Camp for ages 10 to 18. These programs offer theatrical training in a supportive and nurturing environment, and no prior training or skill level is required to participate. Each camp session concludes with a staged production in front of an audience.

Rising Stars Theatre Camp introduces the youngest students to the theatre arts through fun and educational games with instruction for children ages 5 to 8. The directors bring performing arts to life for youngsters new to theatre by teaching basic staging, music and choreography with an emphasis on group performance. Students are encouraged to grow at their own pace with no pressure in a supportive and nurturing environment. Speaking roles are available and students may choose to audition for larger roles if they wish. Students attend camp Monday through Friday from 9:00am to noon, with a performance for family members and friends on Friday afternoon in the rehearsal space located behind the Playhouse. There is currently space available for all camps: Cinderella, July 1 - 5; Goin’ Buggy!, July 29 - August 2.

Center Stage Theatre Camp is designed for children ages 8 to 10. This exciting program is the perfect step up from the Rising Stars for campers to continue to explore and develop vocal, movement and acting skills. The culminating production will provide a more challenging, yet developmentally appropriate, theatrical experience. It will incorporate a higher level of individual responsibility, perfect for the young performer who enjoys being center stage! Students attend camp Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with a full-length performance for family members and friends on Friday afternoon in the rehearsal space located behind the Playhouse. Space is still available for both camps: Disney’s Aristocats, Kids, July 8 - 12; A Year with Frog and Toad, Kids, August 12 - 16.

Junior Players Theatre Camp is for students from ages 10 to 18, although ages for specific camps may vary. The Junior Players camp will identify, strengthen and enhance each student’s performance skills, self-esteem and self-expression. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform before a live audience. Students attend camp Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Each of the sessions culminates in a fully staged production on the Playhouse’s main stage! Registrations are now being accepted for Disney’s Cinderella, Kids, for ages 10 to 15, camp session: June 24 - 30 (1 week) with performances on Saturday, June 29 at 10AM and Sunday, June 30 at 10AM; Disney’s Frozen, Jr., for ages 13 to 18, camp session: July 15 – August 4 (3 weeks) with performances on Saturday, July 27 and August 3 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, July 28 and August 4 at 10AM; Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, Jr., for ages 10 to 15, camp session: August 12 - 25 (2 weeks) with performances on Saturday, August 24 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, August 25 at 10AM. Tickets are on sale now for each of the Junior Player performances.  

For more information, to register for camp or to purchase tickets visit: www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.  For additional information about Children’s Theatre Camps please contact Mark Ford at 207.646.2402, ext. 261 (voicemail only) or mford@ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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April 9, 2019

The Ogunquit Playhouse Receives Three IRNE Awards for 2018’s An American in Paris

Ogunquit, Maine – The Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to have received three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards at the April 9th ceremony held in Brookline, Massachusetts for the critically acclaimed 2018 production of An American in Paris. The Playhouse received twelve IRNE Award nominations overall, winning in the Large Theatre category for Best Actress in a Musical for Julie Eicher, for her performance as Lise, and Best Director and Best Choreography for Jeffry Denman. Both Ms. Eicher and Mr. Denman attended the ceremony to receive their awards. 

“We are honored by the IRNE committee’s continued recognition of the Ogunquit Playhouse productions and are truly grateful to receive these accolades for An American in Paris. To have been given the opportunity to create an all new-design for this beautiful musical was a blessing, and to have this show recognized alongside our New England peers and industry such leaders as A.R.T., North Shore Music Theatre and the Emerson Colonial Theatre among others is truly an honor. We are elated for Jeffry Denman and Julie Eicher for their well-deserved awards, and of course for our entire team, who helped to make this production possible,” stated Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney.

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of Theater Mirror in 1997. The IRNE Award ceremony is New England’s largest theater arts recognition program, recognizing the work of playwrights, designers, actors, choreographers and directors among large, mid-size, small and fringe theater companies throughout the previous year. 


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February 28, 2019

The Ogunquit Playhouse is Honored to Receive Twelve IRNE Award Nominations

Ogunquit, Maine –The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to receive twelve Independent Reviewers of New England Award (IRNE) nominations in the large theatre category. Eleven of those nominations are for its 2018 production of An American in Paris and include Best Musical and Best Ensemble. Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Hal Linden has been nominated as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his work in the 2018 U.S. premiere of Grumpy Old Men the Musical. The IRNE Awards honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies in Boston and New England.

“We are honored to be recognized alongside all of the nominees selected by the IRNE Awards nominating committee this year. We are extremely proud of our production of An American in Paris and the exceptional creative team and wonderful cast and crew members, led by Jeffry Denman who brilliantly directed and choreographed the magnificent Gershwin musical for our stage. We were so blessed to have had the great Hal Linden on our stage last summer for the U.S. premiere of Grumpy Old Men the Musical. I am thrilled to extend heart-felt congratulations to all our nominees for this great honor,” stated Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

The Ogunquit Playhouse production of An American in Paris’s eleven IRNE nominations are for Best Musical, Best Ensemble, Best Direction and Best Choreography (Jeffry Denman), Best Music Direction (David Lamoureux), Best Set Design (David L. Arsenault), Best Lighting (Richard Latta), Best Actor in a Musical (Clyde Alves), Best Actress in a Musical (Julie Eicher), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Greenbaum), and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Joanna Glushak). For the U.S. premiere of Grumpy Old Men the Musical, Hal Linden has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of Theater Mirror in 1997. The IRNE Award ceremony is New England’s largest theater arts recognition program, recognizing the work of playwrights, designers, actors, choreographers and directors among large, mid-size and fringe theater companies throughout the previous year. The IRNE Awards recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston and New England theatre community. The IRNE Award ceremony will take place on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 pm (doors at 7 p.m.), at the Ballroom of The Inn at Brookline in Brookline, MA, just outside Kenmore Square. All are invited, the event is free and open to the public.

The legendary Ogunquit Playhouse 2019 lineup includes the multi-Tony Award-winning, international sensation Jersey Boys; the quintessential tap dancing extravaganza 42nd Street; the iconic and powerful jazz musical Cabaret; and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Closing out the season is a Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical which will be announced in May.

Season ticket subscription packages are on sale now. Individual tickets are on sale exclusively for Ogunquit Playhouse members the week of Monday, March 4. Individual public ticket sales begin Monday, March 11 with prices starting at $36.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May through October. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) and Twitter (@OgunquitPH) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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2019 Season!

Jersey Boys! – May 15 thru Jun 15

42nd Street – Jun 19 thru Jul  13

Cabaret – Jul 17 thru Aug 10

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express – Aug 14 thru Aug 31

A Hilarious Musical Comedy TBA – Sep 4 thru Sep 14

Tony Award-Winning, Smash Hit Musical TBA – Sep 18 thru Oct 27


February 25, 2019

Sensational Season Slated for the Ogunquit Playhouse – the Return of Jersey Boys, a Tap Dancing Extravaganza, Murder… and More!

Ogunquit, ME – The legendary Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce a sensational lineup of shows for audiences in 2019. For the first time in over a decade the Playhouse will stage a non-musical play in addition to five musicals, including the return of the multi-Tony Award-winning, international sensation Jersey Boys; the quintessential tap dancing extravaganza 42nd Street; and the iconic and powerful jazz musical Cabaret. The play that will ignite the stage with murder and mystery is the beloved Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Closing out the season is a hilarious musical comedy that will be announced soon and a Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical which will be announced in May.

“As we head into our 87th season, we are delighted to present an exciting lineup of musicals for our audiences,” stated Bradford Kenney, Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director. “I am very excited to produce my first play here at the Playhouse. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and we have carefully chosen one of her most thrilling murder mysteries, a brand new play adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig. It will be seen here for one of the first times anywhere, live on our stage this summer.”

Season ticket subscription packages are on sale now and the only way to guarantee the best seats for the best price to these exciting shows! Prices start at only $250 for a five-show package and $150 for a three-show package. Gift certificates are also on sale online and through the Box Office. Individual tickets are on sale exclusively for Ogunquit Playhouse members the week of Monday, March 4. Individual public ticket sales begin Monday, March 11 with prices starting at $36.

It’s just too good to be true! The season kicks off with the return of the multi-Tony Award-winning, international sensation that performed to sold-out houses during its run at the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2018, Jersey Boys! The hit show is back by popular demand May 15 through June 15. Returning to the Playhouse stage as The Four Seasons are Jonathan Mousset (Frankie Valli), Matt Magnusson (Tommy DeVito), Andy Christopher (Bob Gaudio), and Matthew Amira (Nick Massi). Follow the incredible story of four guys bound by one dream, who worked their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Jersey Boys takes audiences on an exhilarating journey with the electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these hometown boys from Jersey all the way to the top of the charts: “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn,” “My Eyes Adored You,” and many more. Don’t miss your chance to see this blockbuster show – you’re sure to leave exclaiming, “Oh, What a Night!!”

Come and meet those dancing feet! The ultimate tap-dancing, show-biz musical sensation, 42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make magical musical theatre, on stage June 19 through July 13 and featuring Emmy Award-winner Sally Struthers. The Ogunquit production will be staged by Randy Skinner, the creator of the Broadway revival and recent West End smash hit. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city and soon lands her first job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. Mayhem and mirth ensue when just before opening night the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? The score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Dames,” “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.” Be sure to shuffle off to Ogunquit for this delightful and dazzling musical!

Decadent nightlife meets dangerous times at Berlin’s alluring Kit Kat Klub in Cabaret, on stage July 17 through August 10. The Ogunquit production is based on the searing Sam Mendez musical recently revived on Broadway and is set in the cabaret underworld on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power. This unforgettable musical tells the story of Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, who falls in love with cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Their romance sizzles amid the back room culture of the cabaret and the tumultuous atmosphere of pre-Nazi Germany. Cabaret is a raw and powerful jazz musical that explores the dark life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. The show has had numerous Broadway and London revivals and is the winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score for Kander and Ebb’s compelling musical numbers which include, “Willkommen,” “Money,” “Tomorrow Belongs To Me,” “Maybe This Time” and “Cabaret.” Come to the Cabaret, your table’s waiting!

All aboard! The exotic Orient Express is hurtling down the tracks… to a murder! Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express hits the stage August 14 through August 31 with a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one. It’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold on to your passport! Newly adapted for the stage from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece by two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig, the beloved mystery unfolds in a fresh and thrilling way. This exciting play will take audiences on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express! Don’t go off the rails – hop on board today!

Closing out the season is a hilarious musical comedy on stage from September 4 through September 14 that will be announced soon and a Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical that will run from September 18 through October 27, which will be announced in May. Stay tuned - you won’t want to miss them!

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May through October. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May through October. A 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, the Ogunquit Playhouse is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine.

Contact Info:

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing, Communications
and Patron Services
207.646.2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org