Following up a season as successful as last year is always a little bit intimidating. We had an amazing year in 2010-11 starting with Evil Dead which was Falcon’s highest grossing (both monetarily and in pure gore) show in our history and ending with the the beautifully poignant musical, The Last 5 Years.
As our 2011-2012 season started to take shape, we know we had some great ideas and also some great directors on board. By the time we had all 5 productions in place, we knew we had a truly extraordinary season in front of us. So how do you follow up last year’s success? Here’s how:
We open with Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical…yes, it’s what you think. In keeping with our recent string of outrageous, unique musicals, we present the area premiere of the tongue-in-cheek parody of the classic 70’s porno film that helped define the genre. Can you really make a full length musical by following the plot of Debbie Does Dallas? Come find out and see just how hysterical these coeds can be!
In December we return once again to Bedford Falls for the 4th season of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Drama. This timeless classic has become a favorite holiday tradition for may of our fans. Join us again as we transport you to the radio studio of WFAL where you’ll see George, Mary, Clarence and all the rest of the cast come to life through the magic of live radio.
In February we have a real treat…the first local production of the Broadway and London smash hit, The 39 Steps. Patrick Barlow’s frantic comedy romp through the world of Hitchcock films is performed by only4 actors who deftly mix masterpiece with Monty Python in this 2-time Tony and Drama Desk winner.
Next we flex our dramatic muscle with the London Best Play winner, Frozen. This taut drama follows the intersection of the lives of a serial killer, the mother of one of his victims and the psychologist who seeks to explain the killer’s motives. Frozen is part of Falcon’s Fourth Wall series and will leave Cincinnati audiences talking about it for weeks afterward just as it did in London’s West End.
Finally, we wrap up our season with family fun: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Falcon continues our bi-annual Falcon Gives Back project with this delightful musical that will be produced as a fund-raiser for Project Linus. This organization makes and distributes “security blankets” to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need and Falcon is proud to be teaming up with them to help children by creating a show that has entertained children and adults for years.
So there you have it. Trying to match a season like last year has been challenging, but as I look over this amazing slate of shows I feel a sense of excitement already building for what we have in store. We hope you’ll come join us for each and every production in our 2011-2012 season and once again share with us our Passion for Performance.