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Douglas Carter Beane pens and directs new book for Rodgers & Hart's BABES IN ARMS as part of Forestburgh Playhouse's 75th Season
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:20 am EDT 05/19/21

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
FORESTBURGH PLAYHOUSE
DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY SEASON
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THE DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY REVUE
Celebrating 75 Years of Forestburgh Playhouse
July 6 - 11

In Rep: The Heavenly Musical Comedy ALTAR BOYZ
and The 60s Salute to the Girl Groups BEEHIVE
July 13 - 25

The Award-Winning Kander & Ebb Revue:
THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND
July 27 - August 8

The Peanuts Classic for the Whole Family
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
August 10 - 15

One Man's Adventures in Barbra Streisand's Basement
BUYER & CELLAR
August 17 - 22

A New Version of RODGERS & HART'S
BABES IN ARMS
Featuring Book and Direction by
DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE
August 24 - September 5

(Forestburgh, NY - May 2021) – Celebrating its 75th Anniversary as "The Miracle of the Forest," Forestburgh Playhouse, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Franklin Trapp, proudly announces its Diamond Anniversary Season of musicals and plays, along with a summer series of exciting, safe outdoor concerts in compliance with local social distancing measures.

Last summer, Forestburgh prepared a safe, socially distanced Forestburgh Under the Stars concert series and will use those practices for the 2021 season. All audience members will be required to wear masks until further notice. Forestburgh's safety policies are available on the company's website at https://www.fbplayhouse.org/policies.

"After such a challenging year, it is thrilling to announce our Diamond Anniversary Season! This summer is only possible thanks to the immense support of our patrons and friends," said Producing Artistic Director Franklin Trapp. "For decades, our nickname has been 'The Miracle of the Forest' and that nickname holds true. Once again, our campus will be filled with artists and patrons and live theatre. It is with gratitude and excitement that we announce such an exciting, safe and innovative season of theatre."

THE DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY REVUE
Celebrating 75 Years of Forestburgh Playhouse
July 6 - 11
Directed by Chaz Wolcott
Playhouse Mainstage
If these Barn walls could talk! For 75 years, talented artists have been creating fabulous theatre memories for Playhouse Patrons. It's time to celebrate the joy and zest of musical theatre in the Forestburgh Playhouse. In this originally conceived musical revue, audienced will be treated to some of the best songs and dances from Playhouse history. Our Resident Company will perform the hits of the Playhouse just for you! With amazing vocals and dazzling choreography, we will celebrate the legacy of the Forestburgh Playhouse together!

In Rep: The Heavenly Musical Comedy ALTAR BOYZ
and The 60s Salute to the Girl Groups BEEHIVE

ALTAR BOYZ
July 13 - 25
Directed by Chaz Wolcott
Playhouse Mainstage
Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national "Raise the Praise" tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham! With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz delight their audience. Performing a full set of music, the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. In the end, they deliver a message of unity: "there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice."

BEEHIVE
July 13-25
Directed by Valerie Wright
Tavern Stage
Beehive celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960's with such timeless hits as "My Boyfriend's Back," "Be My Baby," "Son of Preacher Man," "Me and Bobby McGee" and so much more! Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, Beehive takes audiences down memory lane--you will be singing along and tapping your toes to this iconic music the entire time!

The Award-Winning Kander & Ebb Revue
THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND
July 27 - August 8
Directed by Anthony C. Daniel
Playhouse Mainstage
Enter the world of distinguished and celebrated writing team Kander and Ebb. The World Goes 'Round is a stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony Award-winning team, with the original production winning three Drama Desk Awards.
Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this show title is a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. With hit songs from Chicago, Cabaret and more, The World Goes 'Round is a musical theatre treat for all audiences!

The Peanuts Classic for the Whole Family
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
August 10 - 15
Directed by Banji Aborisade
Playhouse Mainstage
Happiness is great musical theatre! With charm, wit, and heart, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes is filled with fun, comedy and lots of heart. Prepare to be utterly charmed and fall in love again with Charlie Brown and his friends!

One Man's Adventures in Barbra Streisand's Basement
BUYER & CELLAR
August 17 - 22
The Tavern Stage
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar (Barbra Streisand!). One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

A New Version of RODGERS & HART'S
BABES IN ARMS
Featuring Book and Direction by
DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE
August 24 - September 5
Playhouse Mainstage
Rodgers & Hart's Babes in Arms, with a fresh, witty and relevant script by acclaimed playwright, Douglas Carter Beane, is the quintessential 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show' musical, boasting one of the greatest scores ever written. With delightful production, numbers and classic Broadway tunes, Babes in Arms tells the story of a plucky group of young artists that want to produce and perform a musical...in a barn! What could be better for the Forestburgh Playhouse! A marvelous way to end our 75th Anniversary Mainstage Season!

Season Subscriptions available from $250 - $285. Single tickets are $45.

FORESTBURGH UNDER THE STARS Concert Series

The previously announced Forestburgh Under the Stars kicks off with Broadway and Playhouse alum Morgan James on June 4, Broadway songstress Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot) on June 5, Grammy winner and Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley (Broadway's Jagged Little Pill) a Live in Concert Benefit for Forestburgh will on June 11, Drama Desk nominee Karen Mason (Broadway's Mamma Mia!) on June 12, popular music duo The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) with special guest Tamika Lawrence on June 18, Kyle Taylor Parker (Broadway's Kinky Boots) on June 19, Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Broadway's Hello, Dolly!) & Graham Rowat (Broadway's Mamma Mia!) on June 25, Playhouse favorite Nicholas Rodriguez (Broadway: Disney's Tarzan) accompanied by Mark Hartman on July 2, and Kathryn Allison (Broadway: Company) on July 3.

Tent seating and lawn seating will be available. Picnic baskets and refreshing cocktails are available for pre-order and an outdoor bar will be open during the events.

Forestburgh audiences in the garden will be comfortable seated in socially distanced locations under the tent or in lawn seating. All attendees will be able to relax and enjoy the magic of live entertainment and share the experience of a lifetime responsibly and safely.

Tickets for Forestburgh Under the Stars concerts with reserved seating are $75. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth Stanley Live in Concert Benefit tickets are $150 and $125 at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets: Event selection (centerstageticketing.com)

All ticket-holders will receive guidelines and protocols prior to arrival and will be seated in comfortable, socially distanced locations. COVID vaccination required.

Most events will start at 7:30PM and last one hour, without intermission. Restrooms will be available for usage during the performance. A restroom attendant will be present to ensure adherence to safety protocols.

All ticket-holders will receive guidelines and protocols prior to arrival and will be seated in comfortable, socially distanced locations. COVID vaccination required.

For more information and to purchase tickets to these outdoor delights—go to www.fbplayhouse.org or check out the events posted on the Forestburgh Playhouse Facebook Page!

Major sponsors of Forestburgh's 75th Season are Do Good Spirits, Forkin' Good Nuts and Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association.

ABOUT THE FORESTBURGH PLAYHOUSE

The Forestburgh Playhouse is the oldest, continuously running, professional summer theatre in New York State. Located in the Sullivan Catskills, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by John Grahame and Alexander Maissel. FBP's mission is to present high-quality, professional theatre, including musicals, plays, cabarets and theatre for young audiences; to provide arts education programming for local youth; to develop and launch the careers of young artists; and to foster the development of new works through an annual new works festival. FBP attracts over 30,000 patrons each summer and was one of the first venues in the U.S. in 2020 to return to live performance with its Under the Stars concert series featuring notable performers such as Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley, Tony Nominee Kate Baldwin, Nicholas Rodriguez, Morgan James, Kyle Taylor Parker and more. This year, the Playhouse is proud to celebrate its 75th Anniversary.

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