Even as they're putting the final touches on tonight's gala opening of Les Misérables, Actors' Playhouse execs Barbara Stein and David Arisco have found time to turn their attention to next season. The headline: They'll follow up their ambitious regional production of the Claude-Michel Schonberg/Alain Boublil musical with the team's other major hit, Miss Saigon.
"We think the 2009-2010 season has something for everyone, with new work direct from New York, a world premiere play by a local playwright, to new and refreshing musicals, and one internationally acclaimed Broadway musical," says Arisco, the theater's artistic director.
Roger Bean's The Marvelous Wonderettes, an Off-Broadway musical about a fictional girl group of the 1950s and '60s, opens the season in the fall. Another Night Before Christmasby Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto, the creators of this summer's still-to-come Married ALIVE!, brings the story of a lonely social worker and a homeless man (who claims to be Santa) to the theater in December.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a comic soap opera of a show set in a Florida "mobile home community," plays Actors' in January-February. Miss Saigon, a retelling of Madama Butterflyset during the tumultuous waning days of the Vietnam War, follows in March-April 2010. And Davie playwright Michael McKeever, whose play Dangerous is now having its world premiere at Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company (and who has a second world premiere work, Lewd and Lascivious, set to premiere at GableStage Aug. 15-Sept. 13), will see the premiere of his play Unreasonable Doubt, an intense script about vengeance, at Actors' in May-June 2010.
Subscriptions to the new season, which will also include a summer production, range from $174 for preview performances to $432 for opening nights, which include gala parties. Students pay $102 for a subscription purchased along with an adult subscription. For information, call 305-444-9293 or visit the theater's web site.