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Great Season Ahead at NKU Theatre

Fantasy by Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss and Stephen Sondheim, comedy by George Bernard Shaw, Kaufman & Hart and a swing through Buffalo for a showbiz send-up – it’s all part of the 2015-2016 main stage theater season at Northern Kentucky University.

NKU 2015-2016 stage schedule:

Moon over Buffalo, Sept. 24-Oct. 4. Corbett Theatre. George and Charlotte Hay are fading 1950s stars on the road, facing a split and – what? Frank Capra is going to come to Buffalo to see them in a matinee??? (Buffalo? A matinee?) Of course everything that could go wrong does, thanks to the lunatic vision of contemporary farceur Ken Ludwig.

The Winter’s Tale, Oct. 20-25. Stauss Studio Theatre. In Shakespeare’s haunting romance, a king goes mad, orders his infant daughter murdered and – with the help of disguises, an oracle, a pickpocket and a ravenous bear there is redemption, reconciliation and the mending of broken hearts. 

Seussical, Nov. 12-22. Corbett Theatre. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical charmer has the Cat in the Hat as guide to an epic adventure with a plot recognizable to lovers of "Horton Hears a Who!", "Horton Hatches the Egg" and "Miss Gertrude McFuzz." Filled with color and song and dance, it’s about the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community.

Once in a Lifetime, Feb. 18-28. Corbett Theatre. The legendary Broadway writing team George Kaufman and Moss Hart’s showbiz comedy, about three on-the-skids vaudeville troupers heading to Hollywood to posing as voice experts as talking films take over the screen. 

They meet all the regulars:  silent film starlets, crazed studio execs, crazy gossip columnists, desperate cigarette girls, dim-witted stage mothers…

Pygmalion, March 29-April 3. Stauss Studio Theatre. George Bernard Shaw asked what turned out to be a timeless question: Can insufferable phonetician Henry Higgins transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady – and change her life unutterably -- by giving her the gift of impeccable speech? 

Into the Woods, April 21-May 1. Corbett Theatre. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and his magic beans, Rapunzel and Baker and his wife all venture into the woods with Stephen Sondheim and discover – be careful what you wish for. In this brilliant and melodic musical happily after comes at the end of Act One. And then there’s reality. 

Ticket information will be announced soon. For more information call the NKU Fine Arts Box Office at 859-572-5464 or visit www.theatre.nku.edu.

-Staff report