Uptown Players opens its latest production, The View UpStairs, tomorrow, but we already know what we can see there a year from now. The queer theater troupe just announced the line-up for is 2019-20 season, which as usually includes four mainstage productions (this time three musicals and one play), a faboo fundraiser plus a bonus show.
The season kicks off with Nuncrackers A-Men!, from Nunsense author Dan Goggin, in a cross-dressingly irreverent musical. Directed by Dennis Canright. Dec, 6–15.
The fundraising review Broadway Our Way, where men sing songs written for women and vice versa, returns to the Kalita in January with returning favorite performers and a preview of the 2020 shows. Directed by B.J. Cleveland and Jeremy Dumont. Jan. 16–19.
Uptown then snags the regional native premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, about a young budding lesbian who realizes her dad, who runs a funeral home, is secretly gay. Directed by Cheryl Denson. April 10–26.
For the first time since its controversial run in 1992, Six Degrees of Separation returns to the Kalita (this time, we assume, with the full frontal male nudity intact… though the actor may or may not be intact, he hasn’t been cast). A brilliant comedy of manners in the age of Reagan. Directed by Marianne Galloway. May 29–June 7.
Andi Allen comes back as a director for the the regional premiere of the recent Broadway musical Head Over Heels from writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q, Can You Ever Forgive Me?). July 10–26.
Finally, the company closes its season with a world premiere stage show: Del Shores’ theatrical adaptation of his film A Very Sordid Wedding. Shores himself will direct. Aug. 21–30.
Tickets available here. All performances will take place at the Kalita.
— Arnold Wayne Jones