ST. LOUIS, MO.: New Line Theatre has announced its 2015–16 season, its 25th, which will feature four nontraditional musicals with daring and politically provocative themes. It will be the company’s first season in the new Marcelle Theater.
“It’s definitely mind-blowing to realize that New Line has been around for 25 years and produced 74 musicals,” said artistic director Scott Miller in a statement. “I couldn’t be prouder of this upcoming 25th season, which embodies everything New Line is about. And what a thrill to open the season this fall in our brand new blackbox theatre, created by Ken and Nancy Kranzberg specifically for us and the kind of work we do, We can’t wait for everyone to see the new space. It’s going to be such a great season!”
The season begins with Heathers (Oct. 1—24), by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, based on the 1988 black comedy film about a group of beautiful and cruel teenaged girls. Jeffrey Richard Carter will provide music direction. Miller and Mike Dowdy will direct.
Next will be American Idiot (March 3—26, 2016), with a book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, with songs from Green Day’s album “American Idiot,” and musical arrangements by Tom Kitt. The musical follows a group of young men who feel lost and disconnected after the Sept. 11th attacks. Miller and Dowdy will direct.
Following will be Atomic (June 2—25, 2016), with book and lyrics by Danny Ginges and Gregory Bonsignore, and music and lyrics by Philip Foxman. This is a new rock musical about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project. Miller and Dowdy will direct.
Next is Tell Me On a Sunday (Aug. 11—27, 2016), with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black. This one-person show is about a young woman from England and her journey to find a new life and love in America. Miller and Dowdy will direct.
Also part of the season will be 25 to Life! (Jan. 5—6, 2016), a presentation of songs from New Line’s productions from the past 25 years.