COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.: The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has announced their 2019-20 season, featuring Broadway favorites, kid-friendly pieces, and additional special attractions.
The mainstage season will kick off with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Sept. 26-Oct. 20), based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens. It tells the story of a 15-year-old boy whose brain is wired differently and feels driven to uncover the murderer of his neighbor’s dog.
Up next is The Sound of Music, (Dec.12, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020) by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. A nun leaves her abbey behind and finds herself as the governess of a widowed naval captain’s seven children.
Following is The Bridges of Madison County (Feb. 13-Mar. 1, 2020), based on the novel by Robert James Waller, with book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. A married woman is visited by a lost photographer at her Iowa home, leading to an expeditious love affair.
After that is Silent Sky (Apr. 2-19, 2020), by Lauren Gunderson, about the factual life events of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt.
The mainstage season will close with In the Heights (May 28-Jun. 21, 2020), with a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, about the evolving lives of family and friends in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
The Family and Studio series will open with Busytown: the Musical (Sept. 14-Oct. 13) based on the book by Richard Scarry, adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling, with music by Michael Koerner. Huckle Cat takes the audience on a tour of his town and introduces them to the citizens who keep Busytown busy.
Next up is Tiny Beautiful Things (Nov.8-Dec. 1), based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, about a struggling writer who takes on an unpaid advice columnist gig.
Following is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Mar. 6-Apr. 5, 2020) based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo and adapted for the stage by Dwayne Hartford. An immobile toy rabbit made of China finds himself on the bottom of the sea; though he has no control in his passing through different hands, the lessons he learns are invaluable.
Lonely Planet (June 26-July 19, 2020) by Steven Dietz, will be next. Jody, a map store manager, finds the courage to leave his shop to take an AIDS test thanks to his supportive friend, Carl.
The theatre’s first special attraction will be a staged concert of Carrie the Musical (Oct. 25-27), based on the novel by Stephen King, book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore, and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. A bullied teenager discovers a power she’s not afraid to use.
The other special offering will be Men on Boats (Apr. 24-May 3, 2020), by Jaclyn Backhaus, a 21st-century version of the 19th-century story of a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College strives to innovate and educate through their varied productions.