Close-Up: StageCenter Collection Vol. I…Get to Know the Shows!

TRW’s brand new StageCenter program is a rotating collection of musicals from our Off Broadway and Regional catalogue offered at a 50% discount! Taking advantage of this exciting new program is easy, once you’ve selected your title or titles. You may have seen some of the titles in the collection.  If not, you can enjoy the process of getting to know these super shows.

The premiere group of eleven shows selected for the StageCenter Collection offers a full menu of musicals that can take a good season and make it a GREAT season! Below is the line-up with easy click links to each StageCenter title. Once you’ve decided a title may be the right fit for you, click right to the PerusalsNOW™ store and you’ll be reading and listening to the show of your choice in seconds!

Enter the Guardsman After six months of marriage the bloom is off the rose for two famous newlyweds. “She gazes out the window and she plays Chopin,” agonizes the husband.  But then—cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and enter the Guardsman—her secret fantasy, his greatest fear. ENTER THE GUARDSMAN is an intimate musical about sex, marriage, adultery, role playing, truth-telling and keeping your performance fresh in the long run. As seen through the eyes of a theatre ghost, the action takes place in the timeless world of “back stage”. The score is evocative of turn of the century Vienna; tuneful, romantic and waltz filled, recalling a theater of wit, style, sophistication and romance. But beneath the facade the play is an exploration of marriage and the very modern dilemma of maintaining the erotic within the monogamous.Dauntless Dick Deadeye

Herbert Appleman has re-worked H.M.S PINAFORE, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta masterpiece, about two lovebirds from different backgrounds — a lowly sailor and his upper-class lass — who aren’t aware that after their birth they were mistakenly delivered by their foster mother to the wrong parents. DAUNTLESS DICK DEADEYE brings Gilbert and Sullivan to modern audiences in a brilliant new adaptation! ♦

Lawnchair ManWhen the quiet, suburban life of Jerry Gorman becomes too much to bear, he attaches four hundred helium balloons to a backyard lawnchair and takes to the sky. Jerry soars and soars…but will he ever come down? FLIGHT OF THE LAWNCHAIR MAN takes a cue from real-life headlines and delivers the funny and inspiring story of a modern day everyman who aspires to a higher existence! ♦

LUCKY DUCK‘s new TYA version is ready to go! Ugly duckling Serena runs away from her rustic barnyard to pursue herLucky Duck dreams in New Duck City. Her adventures with a bunch of zany characters, including Prince Drake, Galinda (“the most fashionable Goose in the City”) and Wolf, a talent agent and reformed meat-eater (or is he?), take her from high-fashion runways to perilous performing opportunities. Even the happy ending is not exactly by the storybook. ♦

NevermoreTake a dark and mysterious journey into the life of Edgar Allan Poe. This imaginative musical uses Poe’s poetry and short stories as its base and his shifting obsession with the women in his life as its catalyst. With hauntingly beautiful melodies, NEVERMORE breathes new life into Poe’s work and explores a twisted true-life tale that is as bizarre as his classic stories of the macabre. ♦

In This HouseIN THIS HOUSE begins as John D’Amato and his wife Annie Friedkin reunite after a long separation. At the same time Henry and Luisa Arden, an older couple, are returning to spend New Year’s Eve in the now-deserted house they built and lived in for many years. John and Annie run off an icy road into the Arden’s brick wall and end up spending the night in the house. In the course of the evening, all four share humor and heartbreak as they compare their views of marriage. Their chance encounter leaves all of them forever changed. ♦

STRIKING 12 is a perfect alternative to standard holiday fare while still being family-friendly. On New Year’s Eve, an Striking 12over-worked and under-inspired single guy who’s had enough of holiday cheer makes a resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year’s Eve, a continent away—and more than a century earlier—Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow. ♦

Romeo and BernadetteRomeo didn’t die when he drank that poison at the end of ROMEO AND JULIET. Because it wasn’t poison at all; just a sleeping potion that put him out for a few centuries. And when Romeo awakens, he finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it’s not Juliet—it’s Bernadette, the beautiful, sassy daughter of a local mobster. Romeo finds himself aligned with the rival crime family and… poor Romeo! It seems he’s got what the therapists would call, “a pattern.” But unlike Shakespeare’s account of the tale, ROMEO AND BERNADETTE barrels along with dames, dons and dizzy comedy to a happy ending, accompanied by some of the world’s most recognizable Italian melodies, famous from movies, television and many, many pizzerias. ♦

Based on Studs Terkel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, THE GOOD WAR, conceived and created by David H. Bell and Craig Carnelia, combines Terkel’s stunning text with vintage songs of the war years, to create a unique and illuminatingThe Good War snapshot of the time. Using the words of the people who were actually there, THE GOOD WAR creates a collage of the personal experiences, attitudes, fears, and joys of a vibrant and vital time in our country’s journey; a time that changed us forever. ♦

Girl in the FrameBest. Fantasy. Ever. Alex and Laney, two quirky young urbanites in love, are engaged to be married—but they can’t seem to set the date. Is it their hectic schedules? Cold feet? One night, after a pre-marital squabble, Alex finds himself staring at a brand-new picture frame. Inside is a “display photo” of a girl, beautiful and carefree, effortlessly caught mid-twirl by the camera lens… Why isn’t Alex’s life this simple and romantic, he asks? THE GIRL IN THE FRAME is fresh from a defining staged reading by the Midtown Direct Rep and ready to license! ♦

ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW JERSEY takes us back to Hoboken New Jersey, 1956, in a funny, frantic and frenzied fairy tale about what we do for love. Sweet, shy deli clerk Vinnie switches lives with Rocco, the town stud, to win the heart of the woman he loves. A farce about dames, games, foods, feuds, molls, dolls, thugs, lugs, switches, snitches, glitches and mistaken identities… and how a simple sandwich guy becomes a hero. ♦

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