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Newsies

The toast of Broadway for over two years, Newsies is based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. Day in and day out a young group of scrappy and spirited newsboys carry the banner, hoping for a major headline so they can sell enough “papes” to survive the harrowing streets of New York City… until they become the headline! Publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst have unfairly raised the distribution prices of the newspapers and rabble-rouser Jack Kelly isn’t going to take it! He pulls together, and fearlessly leads, an ardent band of newsies to strike, taking on some of the most powerful names in New York, and standing up against corporate power and greed. Written by the same musical team that created the popular movie musical, this Broadway hit leaped into the hearts of millions with a rousing score, high-energy dance numbers, and ultimately an inspiring story about Seizing the Day!

Disney’s Newsies

Music by Alan Menken
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Lyrics by Jack Feldman

A music legend and pioneer in Country music, Patsy Cline’s unique stylings remain as relevant and popular today as they were over five decades ago. The original cross-over sensation, topping the Country and Pop Charts, Cline paved the way for artists such as, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, and Carrie Underwood. Always… Patsy Cline is based on a touching true story affectionately told through letters written between Patsy and her biggest fan turned confidant, Louise Segar. A genuine bond of friendship, which began over a cup of coffee, lasted until Cline’s untimely death in 1963. Told through downhome country humor, heartache and celebration, Always… Patsy Cline takes audiences through the ups and downs, from her breakthrough on live radio, to her rise to fame at the Grand Ole Opry. Featuring 27 unforgettable hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Sweet Dreams,” this musical memory book is a glorious tribute to the one-of-a-kind sound of Patsy Cline!

Always… Patsy Cline

Written and Originally Directed by Ted Swindley
Based on a True Story

In The Heights is the first hit creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton! A universal story of dreaming big, loving large, and finding a place to call home, In The Heights’ heart is located in a small corner of New York’s Washington Heights. In the extreme heat of mid-summer, the close-knit community prepares to celebrate the 4th of July, dreaming of a better place and “getting out.” Usnavi’s bodega, Daniela’s hair salon, and the Rosario family’s taxi service are at the center of bringing the neighborhood together and forming a family, and they are now on the brink of being closed for good, changing their lives forever. An unexpected chain of events, including a blackout, a winning lottery ticket, with romantic tension, leads the group to discoveries about each other, about themselves, and about the place they call home. With a Tony Award for “Best Score,” and “Best Musical,” and a Grammy Award for “Best Cast Album,” In The Heights will find a comfortable home in Lancaster.

In the Heights

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

“There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and that cannot be any more true than with the Fulton’s production of Annie Get Your Gun. This production will mark the celebrated return of Two Ring Circus (having appeared in the 2015 production of The Wizard of Oz). Prepare to be dazzled as the Fulton is transformed into a big top for the travelling Wild West Show and audiences are surrounded by the action. Annie Get Your Gun is based on the real-life story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show… including multiple appearances right here at the Fulton! Set to the brilliant score from Irving Berlin, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show arrives in Cincinnati, Ohio and the show’s womanizing star, Frank Butler, challenges anyone willing to go against him to a shooting match. The Town’s feisty country girl, Annie Oakley accepts his challenge and proves to be the perfect shot. Recruited into the Wild West show, she quickly falls for its star, but will he be able to accept her rising stardom? For over 70 years, this Broadway classic has made audiences rediscover their love of the Broadway Musical.

Annie Get Your Gun

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields

A timeless family favorite. Experience the enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast LIVE on the Fulton stage for the first time! This revered fairy-tale promises to be one of the largest of the season, in the grand tradition of the Fulton’s The Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, and Elf, with expansive sets, beautifully crafted costumes, a large chorus with a robust sound, and more! This “tale as old as time,” reminds us to look beyond one’s exterior and find the beauty from within. Belle finds herself in the middle of a daring and magical adventure, attempting to rescue her beloved father from a terrible beast and offering herself in exchange for his freedom. She soon discovers that she is not the only prisoner held in the beast’s extraordinary castle. All of the fanciful characters, such as a talking tightly wound clock (the butler), adorable tea cup (a young boy), kindhearted candelabra (maître d’), are trapped in this spellbound form until the beast, who is actually a young prince, can learn to love and have his love returned. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, with all the cheerful songs we know and love, including “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and of course “Beauty and the Beast.” Whether you’ve seen the film or the stage version of this show, you will discover new heart, hope and personal connection when you experience Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Fulton Theatre.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton

The musical the world fell in love with, Billy Elliot: The Musical received 10 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and was named the “Best Musical of the Decade,” by Time Magazine. This triumphant and dance-filled sensation takes place during the mid-1980s coal miners’ strike in North England. Motherless, 11 year-old, Billy trades in his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and discovers a hidden and extraordinary gift. A talent that he keeps from his father and brother as the strike begins to escalate and becomes all-encompassing for his family.  Against all odds and, at first, the disdain of his family, Billy becomes an inspiration not only to his family, but to the entire town. A deeply touching story of heart, humor, and passion told through the musical mastery of Sir Elton John, Billy Elliot: The Musical is “Electric, passionate, and exhilarating.” – David Cote, Time Out New York

Billy Elliot: The Musical

Music by Elton John
book and Lyrics by Lee Hall

Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film

A five-time Tony® nominated play and finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Other Desert Cities centers itself on a family with differing political views and a long held family secret. It’s Christmas Eve in Palm Springs. Novelist Brooke Wyeth is back home after a six-year absence. But the reunion is about to become complicated when Brooke announces she is writing a tell-all memoir that will expose the most painful chapter of the family’s history which could destroy all that the family holds dear. Pairing his writing of intense tragedy with sharp wit, “Mr. Baitz makes sure our sympathies keep shifting among the members of the wounded family portrayed here. Every one of them emerges as selfish, loving, cruel, compassionate, irritating, charming and just possibly heroic.” —NY Times.

Other Desert Cities

By Jon Robin Baitz
Originally Produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, NYC, 2010.

2015/2016 Season Co-Sponsor                                   Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series Sponsor

Fulton Bank                                                                Lancaster County Community Foundation

Stories of police misconduct fill the airwaves, in scripted drama, reality television and nightly news stories. A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond between two men in blue, tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, but when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. The result is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of public service among criminal lowlifes.

A Steady Rain

By Keith Huff

2015/2016 Season Co-Sponsor                             Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series Sponsor

Fulton Bank                                                            Lancaster County Community Foundation

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an
unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.

Shrek the Musical

2015/2016 Season Co-Sponsor                                 Family Series Sponsors

Fulton Bank                                                      The Hershey Company

A recipe for a very colorful musical: Start with the Andrews Sisters-inspired trio Ruby, Marigold and
Periwinkle; mix in the evil Queen Magenta; add Sienna the talking owl; then blend the muddled
monarch King Lapis with an allergy-prone Prince Hunter and a particularly peculiar Princess Amber. Top it all off with a fire breathing dragon and you have a musical retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale teeming with shattered stereotypes, broken rules and quests aplenty.

Sleeping Beauty

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark

2015/2016 Season Co-Sponsor                            Family Series Sponsor

Fulton Bank                                               The Hershey Company