BOSTON: The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has announced the first six productions in its 2015–16 season, which includes the Peter Pan prequel Peter and the Starcatcher and the “Simpsons”-inspired Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, alongside other classic and new works. A seventh production is yet to be announced.
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical My Fair Lady (Sept. 4–Oct. 11) will open the season in a production directed by Scott Edmiston. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, the tuner follows London flower girl Eliza Doolittle as she receives a proper education from Henry Higgins.
Next up is Katori Hall’s Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Oct. 23–Nov. 21), a comic drama about seven African-American women in a Memphis beauty parlor/boarding house during World War II.
Jonathan Tolins’s Buyer & Cellar (Dec. 4–Jan 3, 2016) will follow. The popular one-man show is about an out-of-work actor who finds a job clerking in the mall underneath Barbra Streisand’s house. Courtney O’Connor will direct the production; casting has not been announced.
Next up is Sondheim on Sondheim (Jan. 15–Feb. 20, 2016), directed by Spiro Veloudos. The musical revue, conceived by James Lapine, is an intimate portrait of the famed composer. Eight Boston-based actors will fill the cast.
Anne Washburn and Michael Friedman’s play with music Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (March 4–27, 2016), a post-apocalyptic dark comedy centering on the “Cape Feare” episode of “The Simpsons,” will follow. Lyric Stage associate artistic director A. Nora Long will direct.
Peter and the Starcatcher (May 20–June 25, 2016), Rick Elice’s adaptation of the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, concludes the season in a production directed by Veloudos. The show follows young girl Molly and an orphan named Peter in their adventures on a cargo ship protecting precious stardust.