Golden Anniversary season at The Gallery Players of Park Slope

The Gallery Players of Park Slope announce their 2016 - 2017 50th Anniversary Season!

Golden Anniversary season at The Gallery Players of Park Slope

Park Slope

The Gallery Players of Park Slope announce their 2016 - 2017 50th Anniversary Season!

Leading off the Golden Anniversary season is GYPSY, a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents. Set in the 1920's, it features some of broadway's most endearing show tunes.

The season continues with 6 Time TONY AWARD Nominee in 2008, THE 39 STEPS. A FEW GOOD MEN brings the trial of two marines to the stage in Brooklyn in December. Marry Me Little is a charming and bittersweet musical revue featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a fresh approach to the  50-year-old 1967 classic. In March, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a 1959 play by Tennessee Williams, tells the story of a gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, who returns to his home town. RAGTIME is a sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America telling the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. And the 50th Anniversary Season concludes with the 20th Anniversary of the BLACK BOX NEW PLAY FESTIVAL.

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The Gallery Players (TGP) has provided Brooklyn audiences with quality theater since 1967. Located in Park Slope but beloved on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Gallery Players is dedicated to producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals as well as premiering new works. Recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review’s 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Innovative Theater (IT) awards for outstanding musical for Urinetown, Yank, and Like You Like It. The Gallery Players’ season comprises three plays and three musicals, covering a remarkably wide range of dramatic and comedic styles. The season finale is the annual Black Box New Play Festival, which gives world premier performances of works by playwrights.

TGP resides in a 99-seat theater in Park Slope, Brooklyn. TGP’ s reputation, critical acclaim, and popularity among audiences and artists puts it in an enviable position among its volunteer-only and Off-Off Broadway comparables.

GYPSY
September 17 - October 9, 2016

The ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother.  Join Rose, June and Louise on their trip across the United States during the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. This is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business.

Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics include Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You'll Never Get Away from Me, If Momma Was Married, Everything's Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get a Gimmick, and Together Wherever We Go.

THE 39 STEPS
October 29 - November 13, 2016

Winner!  2007 Laurence Olivier Award - Best New Comedy
6 Time TONY AWARD Nominee in 2008!
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit. This award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!  A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy.  When he takes her home, she is murdered.  A nationwide manhunt for him pursues that climaxes in a death-defying finale!  The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

A FEW GOOD MEN
December 3 - December 18, 2016

This Broadway hit, about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay, sizzles on stage.  The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened.  Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

MARRY ME A LITTLE
January 26 - February 18, 2017 (special schedule)

Marry Me A Little is a charming and bittersweet musical revue featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim. This show breathes new theatrical life and meaning into a collection of trunk songs that were culled from the final productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and A Little Night Music. A must see for Sondheim aficionados. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they're just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams.  It's a smart, funny sophisticated and moving evening, and a fascinating look at "the songs that got away."

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN
January 28 - February 19, 2017 (Special Schedule)

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) is a fresh approach to the  50-year-old 1967 classic. Sally  Brown  joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.  Two new songs, Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy,  have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, such as My Blanket and Me, The Kite, The Baseball Game, Little Known Facts, Suppertime, and Happiness.

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
March 11 - March 26, 2017

As New York Newsday describes: "Its two central characters are the Princess, an aging motion picture actress in flight from her latest screen disaster, and Chance Wayne, a young hustler whom she has picked up.  Taking advantage of her drunkenness and his youth and good looks, he manages to lure her to the Southern town of his birth in order to see a young girl with whom he had an affair and whom he still loves.  Word of his arrival spreads through the small town.  The young girl's father is interested in Chance's return.  What Chance does not know is that he has infected the girl and her father and his son and toadies have lain in wait for Chance's return to seek their revenge. Chance's plan to use the Princess to promote a motion picture career for himself and his girl fall afoul and the avengers are about to close in.

"Despite the acrid nature of its material, Sweet Bird of Youth is Mr. Williams in a relaxed mood as a writer ... Sweet Bird of Youth is one of his finest dramas." - NY Times.

"Once again a bolt of thunder has been hurled by the Jovian playwright, Tennessee Williams, and the theatre reverberates to its roar. - NY Newsday

RAGTIME
April 22 - May 14, 2017

This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream.  Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is a winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.

 At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing ... and anything is possible.  Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together - that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician - united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future.  Together they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems.  A truly unique and powerful portrait of America.

20TH ANNUAL BLACK BOX NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
June 1 - June 25, 2017

For 19 years, Gallery has been dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights by developing and premiering their new plays.  Each year, previously unproduced one-acts and full length plays are selected, each playwright is paired with a professional director and actors, and the workshopping process begins.  Driven by the playwright, the purpose of this collaboration is to hone the craft by polishing the play.  The Festival runs four weeks, with a different program each week.

The Gallery Players of Park Slope announce their 2016 - 2017 50th Anniversary Season!
The Gallery Players of Park Slope announce their 2016 - 2017 50th Anniversary Season!

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