ADDISON, TEXAS: WaterTower Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2020-21 season, including a Mel Brooks musical, a world premiere musical, two Tony-winning plays, a holiday circus production, the U.S. premiere of a solo show, and a concert to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary.
The season will kick off with the newly updated West End version of Young Frankenstein (Oct. 22-Nov. 18), with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. The musical reimagining of Brooks’s film will be directed by Cheryl Denson, with music direction by Adam C. Wright and choreography by Kellie Carroll.
For those craving more in a similar vein, WaterTower will also present the U.S. premiere of AMP: The Electrifying Story of Mary Shelley (Oct. 22-25), written and performed by Jody Christopherson. The solo work is based on the creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the birth of modern feminism. Isaac Byrne will direct.
Cirque Holidays (Dec. 10-20), a co-production with Lone Star Circus, will feature circus acts from around the world and a heartwarming story aimed at audiences of all ages.
Up next will be the regional premiere of Simon Stephens’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Feb. 4-21, 2021). The play follows a young man with an extraordinary brain as he seeks to solve the mystery of who murdered a neighborhood dog. Emily Scott Banks will direct.
The season will continue with WaterTower’s 25th anniversary concert (March 4-21), which will look back at the theatre’s productions over the past two decades.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (April 22-May 9) will follow, directed by Phyllis Cicero.
The season will close with Goin’ Hollywood, a world premiere musical by Stephen Cole and David Krane. The time-traveling musical follows a 21st-century writing duo who find themselves transported to 1949 and the Golden Age of the movie musical.
WaterTower Theatre, founded in 1996, strives to develop new talent and encourage the growth of the Dallas/Fort Worth artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists.