On January 1, Grand Lake’s Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre announced their 2019 summer show lineup and, as always, there is something for everyone.
On June 7th, the season opens with Sister Act. Based on the 1992 movie, Deloris Van Cartier sees her boyfriend and his crew shoot someone he believes “squealed” on them. Deloris heads to the police station and tells them what she saw and they put her into a witness protection program at a convent, where they are certain he’ll never find her. Used to smoking and drinking, Deloris faces challenges with her new surroundings, but as a singer, she finds her place leading the choir. The choir gains popularity, bringing unwanted attention to the nontraditional choir and hilarity ensues.
On June 14th, the musical comedy Disaster! Opens. A parody of 1970’s disaster movies, the show is set in 1979 Manhattan during the opening night of the Barracuda, the first floating casino and discotheque in New York City. The characters gather to gamble and dance, unaware of the building’s lack of safety measures which lead to catastrophe. The show features 39 songs from the era, including I will survive, 25 or 6 to 4, Hot Stuff and I’m still standing.
On June 28th, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens. The Stephen Sondheim musical tells the story of Todd, a barber and serial killer who, with the help of the widow, Mrs. Lovett, dispose of the bodies by turning them into meat pies. “This is a stunning, epic musical thriller and the plot will shock you to the core”, said artistic director, Michael Querio. The show does feature theatrical violence and is not intended for younger viewers.
On August 30th, Rocky Mountain Rep opens the fall show, Always… Patsy Cline. More than a tribute to the legendary singer who died tragically at age 30, it is the story of Cline’s friendship with a fan, Louise Seger, who met Cline at a Texas honky-tonk in 1961 and corresponded with her until her untimely death. Inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were always signed “Love always… Patsy Cline”, the show features 27 Patsy Cline hits including Crazy, I fall to pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking after Midnight.
Tickets for the 2019 productions go on sale March 15th. For more information, visit rockymountainrep.com.