White Plains PAC has just announced its 2012-13 season, which will include three mainstage productions: “August: Osage County” and “The Color Purple” (in New York regional premieres) and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
The 410-seat venue, next to the multiplex in the City Center mall in downtown White Plains, will also present two “semi-staged” “spotlight” musicals, rock operas with the orchestra front and center: “The Who’s Tommy” and “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”
“The mainstage focus is on familiar, award-winning Broadway titles; that if you missed or really enjoyed them recently on Broadway, you can now see them in White Plains,” a press release noted. “Spotlight productions,” a new series at WPPAC this season, will do just that; shine a “spotlight” on the music and lyrics of a well-known musical, where that was the key factor in the production’s success.”
First up is Tracy Letts’ 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County,” about the roiling relationships in a dysfunctional Oklahoma family. It will run Oct. 5-14, directed by WPPAC artistic director Jeremy Quinn.
In February, it’s “The Color Purple,” from Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a woman’s journey through pain to find love and hope. It runs Feb. 1-24, directed by Quinn, with musical direction by Stephen Ferri.
In April, it’s Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a comedy of manners and false identities, playing April 5-14, 2013.
The semi-staged Spotlight productions will put the music and lyrics of two enduring rock operas on display.
“The Who’s Tommy,” directed and choreographed by Greg Baccarini, plays Dec. 7-8 and 27-30.
“Hair,” with a yet-to-be-named creative team, will run May 3-12.
Tickets for all five shows can be purchased in a block, for $132.50. Tickets for “Osage” and “Earnest” are $25 and $35. Tickets for “The Color Purple” are $30 and $40. For the spotlight shows, tickets are $25 and $30.
Tickets are on sale now at www.wppac.com or by calling 914-328-1600.