When the spring theatre season ground to a halt with the stay-at-home order last March, stages went dark and seats stayed empty nationwide.
Now that some time has passed, the Birmingham theatre scene plans for a come-back this fall with changes in place, of course. Check out the upcoming seasons and ways your safety will be a top priority in our local theaters.
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The season kicks back into gear on September 17th with “Love, Linda,” starring Birmingham’s beloved Jan Hunter. A musical set in the roaring twenties, “Love, Linda” tells the story of Cole Porter’s wife and features many of his hits. The season will continue with “The Fantastiks” on October 15th, followed by the children’s production (STARS programming) of “Frozen Jr.” on Nov. 12.
2021 will headline with “1776,” a musical comedy about our nation’s bid for independence starting Jan 21st. STARS will bring another children’s show, “James and the Giant Peach,” on March 5th, followed by Tennessee Williams’s drama “The Glass Menagerie,” on March 18.
The season finishes with two more musicals, “Company,” set to begin April 15th and “Million Dollar Quartet” beginning on June 10th. The final show of the 2020-2021 season will be another STARS production, “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” on July 29th.
No season tickets will be offered this season. CDC measures will be implemented, including temperature checks, hand sanitizers on-site, and smaller audiences to allow for social distancing.
Call the box office at (205) 251-1206 to reserve your seats!
Groups of 10 or more receive $5 off each ticket, and student tickets are only $20 each with a student ID.
Red Mountain Theatre Company’s season comes back to life with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” opening on Oct. 2nd at the Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Cabaret Theatre. This is a family-friendly musical and performances are sensory-friendly for patrons sensitive to sound and/or lighting.
Opening on February 5th, the next show will be Broadway’s “Bright Star,” a musical set in the American South in the twenties and forties. This powerful show features a Grammy-nominated score punctuated by bluegrass instrumentals, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. “Bright Star” will also be presented in the RMTC Cabaret Theatre.
RMTC’s 2020-2021 season tops off with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” presented next summer in the Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre. This show is a refreshingly modern take on the classic “Cinderella,” filled with humor, romance, and clever twists paired with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original score. More details to come.
No information has been posted regarding RMTC’s plans for reopening under new CDC guidelines. Check back when it’s closer to showtime to read about possible procedural changes. You can reach the box office at (205) 324-2424.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 30% discount.
The Birmingham Children’s Theatre hits the road this season, bringing great shows on tour to area schools. Opening for the fall season is a Wee Folks Tour of two separate shows, “The Gingerbread Boy,” and “Cinderella.” Both recommended for ages two through eight, these fifty-minute shows open September 14th.
Overlapping with the opening Wee Folks Tours is a Mainstage Tour, “School House Rock, Live!” This show is recommended for ages 6+ and lasts ninety minutes. This rollicking musical opens on tour in schools on September 28th.
Spring shows include “Jack and the Beanstalk,” opening Jan. 19th, “Miss Fancy: Elephant Queen of the Zoo,” opening Feb 5th, “The Sword in the Stone,” opening March 9th, and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” also opening March 9th.
TNT made a big announcement on July, 27. Following the shut-down in March, the decision was made to vacate their long-standing space at the Pepper Place Complex and suspend plans for next season until things are safe. They are standing strong and have been working behind the scenes to complete the move. Keep your eye on their website to find out WHERE and WHEN they’ll be bringing back some terrific theater at a new location!
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