Playhouse on the Square and its sister theater Circuit Playhouse continue their new seasons with leadoff shows that run into September.
The first Circuit Playhouse show of the 2015-2016 season is the hit comedy “Buyer and Cellar.” The one-man show explores the world of Alex More, a struggling L.A. actor who accepts a job working in Barbra Streisand’s basement. Hilarity ensues when, one day, Barbara herself comes downstairs to play. This outrageous, smart, and award winning comedy examines the cult of celebrity in such a way that The New Yorker raves that it is “so delightful that you wish it were true.”
Resident Playhouse on the Square Company Member, Jordan Nichols, will be playing the role of More. Jordan’s recent Playhouse on the Square performance credits include Link (“Hairspray”), Bert (“Mary Poppins”), and Marius (“Les Miserables”). Jordan has also performed in the 25th anniversary tour of “Les Miserables” as well as in the off-Broadway cast of “The Fantasticks.” “Buyer and Cellar” is directed by former Memphian and guest artist Anne Scarbrough. During her time in Memphis, Anne taught acting at Hutchison School and performed in numerous Playhouse on the Square productions.
Buyer and Cellar runs through September 6th. Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 S. Cooper St. For more information or to make reservations, please call (901) 726 – 4656or purchase tickets online at playhouseonthesquare.org.
Playhouse’s 47th season begins with the regional premiere of “Billy Elliot the Musical.” Set in a northern English town amidst the turbulent 1984 miners’ strike, the show, based on a hit film, is the inspiring tale of one boy’s journey as he exchanges his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. Featuring music by Elton John, The New York Times declares that Billy Elliot the Musical “isn’t a dance show; it’s about why people need dance.”
Taking on the title role of Billy Elliot is thirteen-year-old Memphian, Benjamin Cheng (“Les Miserables,” “Peter Pan”). Playing the role of his father is Playhouse on the Square Resident Company Member Michael Detroit (“Seminar,” “The Fantasticks”). Resident Company Member Kim Sanders (“Kiss Me, Kate,” “The Rocky Horror Show”) is dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson. Associate Company Member Dane Van Brocklin plays Tony and Seth Judice is Michael. Both Dane and Seth are making their Playhouse on the Square debuts.
Billy Elliot the Musical runs through September 6th. Playhouse on the Square is located at 66 S. Cooper St. For more information or to make reservations, please call (901) 726 – 4656 or purchase tickets online at playhouseonthesquare.org.