New Jersey Stage

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

George Street Playhouse Announces Two World Premiere Musicals and Tony Award Winning Play for Fall/Winter 2011/12

(New Brunswick, NJ) -– George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint announced the slate of productions for the fall and winter of the New Brunswick theatre's 2011-2012 season – its 38th.  Keeping true to its mission of producing new work, the season will begin with two world premieres – both musicals –followed by a New Jersey premiere of a recent Tony Award-winning play in early 2012.  Two additional productions for spring 2012 are still to be announced.

The fall/winter season begins with the world premiere of a new musical, It Shoulda Been You, with a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi.  Just in time for the holidays comes The Nutty Nutcracker Musical, a spoof of the holiday classic – complete with Tchaikovsky's score – with a book and lyrics by two masters of musical parody: Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Brash, and Gerard Alessandrini author of the long running hit Forbidden Broadway.  The New Jersey premiere of the critically-acclaimed and Tony Award-winning play Red begins 2012.

George Street Playhouse's 2011-2012 Season will be dedicated to the memory of playwright, director and long-time friend Arthur Laurents who passed away on May 5, 2011 at the age of 93.

"The theatre has lost an extraordinary talent and George Street Playhouse has lost a great friend," said Artistic Director David Saint.  "Arthur was so passionate about new work and so very committed to George Street, I think he would be pleased that we are dedicating this season – which will begin with the world premieres of two musicals – to his memory.

"It is a pleasure to welcome my two great friends, Tyne Daly and David Hyde Pierce, to open our season with the charmingly funny It Shoulda Been You," said Mr. Saint.  "And then for the holiday season, to premiere a brand new comedic send-up of The Nutcracker story."

Five-play, three-play and flexible admission packages are currently on sale.  Individual tickets will be available at the Box Office beginning September 6.  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick's dining and entertainment district.  For tickets and information, patrons may contact the Box Office directly at 732-246-7717 or may purchase online at  Groups of ten or more are entitled to discounted tickets contact the Group Sales office at 732-846-2895, ext. 134 or 155 for further information.

FALL/WINTER 2011/2012:

Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove
Music by Barbara Anselmi
Based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi
Directed by David Hyde Pierce

Produced in Association with Scott Landis and Michael Hanel

A musical comedy for anyone with parents.

The bride is Jewish.  The groom is Catholic.  Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride's ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle "Here Comes the Bride!"  Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets exposed – and the sister of the bride is left to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after!

We are thrilled to welcome Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce (from TV's Fraiser) to direct this exciting new musical comedy – starring Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (from TV's Cagney and Lacey and Judging Amy) as the mother of the bride.

It Shoulda Been You is slated to begin performances October 4, 2011 and run through, November 6.  Opening night is set for Friday October 14, 2011.

an original musical
Conceived and created by Gerard Alessandrini & Peter Brash
Directed by David Saint

More Talking!  More Singing! Less Dancing!

A new holiday comedy for the family from the theatre – and director -- that brought you Inspecting Carol! Young and old will enjoy this nutty send up of The Nutcracker story featuring Tchaikovsky's glorious music with a hysterical new story and lyrics by the award-winning masters of musical parody Emmy Award winner Peter Brash and Gerard Alessandrini, author of the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway.

At a chaotic dress rehearsal for the local dance company's annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet, the lead dancer has an unfortunate accident with a prop Christmas Tree -- bringing new meaning to the old adage "Break-A-Leg!"   When the pain killers kick in and visions of sugar plums begin to dance in her head, we're off for a wild adventure in Snow Globe City with a life sized Nutcracker (of course) and the Sugar Rush Fairy in hot pursuit.  A wacky, wonderful holiday comedy -- complete with magic nuts and mistletoe!

The Nutty Nutcracker Musical begins the holiday festivities November 29, 2011 and runs through January 1, 2012.  Opening night is set for December 2, 2011.

By Academy Award nominee John Logan
Directed by Anders Cato

In 1958, abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko had just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art -- a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that followed, Rothko worked feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery.  But when the assistant gains the confidence to challenge the master, Rothko must face the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.

A huge hit both in London and on Broadway, this provocative play won six Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Red begins performances in New Brunswick on January 31, 2012 and runs through February 26.  Opening night is set for February 3, 2012.

SPRING 2012 -- To Be Announced

Two more plays, scheduled for spring 2012, will be announced in the coming months.