The Theatre at the Center is proud to offer four Chicagoland premiers this 2014 show season as well as one world premiere. The excitement begins February 20th through March 30th with the Chicagoland premiere of Ring of Fire. From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune are performed by a multi-talented cast who paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a footstompin', crowd-pleasin' salute to a uniquely American legend!
Next up is the Chicagoland premiere of Miracle on South Division Street which runs from May 1st through June 1st. From the author of Over the Tavern, this warm and funny comedy introduces the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown children have kept a shrine since the day in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! As Clara waits for the Pope to give “the miracle” his seal of approval, daughter Ruth unveils her plan to star in a one-woman show so the “whole world will know!” Expect the unexpected as long buried family secrets are revealed.
July 10th through August 10th, the world premiere of The Beverly Hillbillies the Musical kicks off as Granny, Jed, Jethro, Elly May, Mr. Drysdale and Jane Hathaway—all your favorites from the beloved 60's TV comedy—are back, and this time they're singin'! When oil is discovered on Jed Clampett's Ozark land, he becomes an overnight millionaire and the whole clan moves to Beverly Hills. See this uproarious world premiere musical before anyone else. Who knows? What starts in Munster could just end up on Broadway!
The Chicagoland premiere Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown runs from September 11th through October 19th. Set in a madcap Madrid, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is based on Pedro Almodóvar's film of the same name. Lane and Yazbek, the team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, took Almodóvar's tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat. Both touching and hilarious, it’s a story about women and the men who pursue them with songs that will make you laugh aloud while igniting your sense of romance.
Finally, from November 13th through December 14th, the Chicagoland premiere A Christmas Memory hits the stage, based on Truman Capote’s touching memoir of his childhood. This new musical is set in a small southern town in the 1930's and chronicles a young boy's friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies, and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. It's a festive tale whose songs celebrate the simple pleasures of country life, friendship and the joy of giving during the Christmas season.