2008-2009

ROOMS, a rock romanceRooms

World Premiere
July 25 – September 7, 2008

Book by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon
Music and Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Music Direction/ Arrangements by Jesse Vargas
Choreography by Matt Williams

Rooms centers on songwriting partners Monica Miller and Ian Wallace, who meet in Glasgow, Scotland in 1977.  Monica is a middle class Jewish girl interested in the bright lights of Broadway while Ian is a working-class rock-and-roll Catholic boy.  Nevertheless, opposites attract and the two form an instant bond.  Their music takes them from Glasgow to London to New York.  Though Monica longs to see every room in the world, Ian is happy with four walls, a window, his music and a scotch.  This rock romance explores their musical journey around the world and through time.

** Helen Hayes nomination
** Helen Hayes Award - Natascia Diaz, Oustanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical

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Pearl Bailey...By RequestPearlBailey_Roz


World Premiere
October 16 – November 9, 2008

Book by Roz White and Thomas W. Jones II
Music Arrangements by William Knowles
Directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap
Music Direction by Marvin Ford
Starring Roz White with special guest, William Hubbard


In this new tribute, actor/ singer Roz White, accompanied by a four piece band, becomes Pearl Bailey as the audience is transported to a late 1940's night spot and is set to witness the musical magic Ms. Bailey made her claim to fame!  Anecdotes, monologues and "Pearlie Mae's" infectious, sultry tone are merged with ballads, standards and swing numbers.  Expect to enjoy a fulfilling evening of entertainment, as Roz White captures Pearl Bailey's ability to create brilliantly candid pictures with a song!  

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Isn't It Romantic?Romantic_Cast

November 20 - December 21, 2008
Written and Directed by David Koch
Music Direction and Arrangements by William Knowles

MetroStage favorite Jimi Ray Malary returns to MetroStage after past hit shows Ellington:
The Life and Music of The Duke and Nat King Cole: King of Cool.  This tribute features
the songs that epitomize romance from three of popular music’s most prolific and
enduring song writing teams: Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart and George & Ira Gershwin.

Direct from the Stackner Cabaret at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Mr. Malary will be
joined by Lori Williams (another MetroStage favorite featured in All Night Strut in 2005.)

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Cool Papa's PartyCPP_Johnnie&CoolPapa

World Premiere
February 5 – March 15, 2009

Book and Lyrics by Thomas W. Jones II
Original Music by William Knowles
Directed by Thomas W. Jones II

Music Direction by William Knowles
Choreographed by Maurice HInes

A 20th century music odyssey through the eyes of the "last great American hipster."  Cool Papa's life stands on the world stage as a testament to the traveler, the survivor, the conqueror.  A life defined by artistry, underscored by excellence and distinguished always by style.  Live from the Las Vegas stage against a backdrop of politics and race, Cool Papa's Party chronicles the mythic dance of the world's greatest entertainer.

** Helen Hayes nomination
** Helen Hayes Award - Maurice Hines, Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production
** Helen Hayes Award - William Knowles, Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production

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HEROESHeroes_CastWithMap

April 23 - May 31, 2009
By Gerald Sibleyras
Translated by Tom Stoppard
Directed by John Vreeke


"Waiting for Godot" meets "Art"

Set in 1959, three WWI soldiers in a Parisian veterans' home pass the time with tales that are achingly funny and piercingly sad.  With his rapier wit and dazzling use of language, Tom Stoppard offers a brilliant new translation that mixes comic curmudgeonry, camaraderie and nostalgia.

A smash hit when it premiered in Paris, Heroes received four Molier nomination.
The London production won the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

** Helen Hayes Award - The Canadian Embassy Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play

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