THEATER: Tony-winning ‘Parade’ headed to BRT


THEATER: Tony-winning ‘Parade’ headed to BRT

By AMY STUMPFLToday we start a three-part series on upcoming fall theater productions. We kick it off with a look at Williamson County’s original and longest-running professional theatre company, The Boiler Room Theatre.

First of a three-part series
As we head into the dog days of summer, it’s hard to imagine that autumn will ever arrive. But local theatre companies already are hard at work, preparing for a busy season. Local audiences certainly will have plenty of choices – including everything from star-studded musicals and searing dramas to uplifting holiday classics.

Today we start a three-part series on upcoming fall productions. We kick it off with a look at Williamson County’s original and longest-running professional theatre company, The Boiler Room Theatre. Boiler Room will continue its highly successful 2012 season with the Southern-fried classic “Steel Magnolias” opening Aug.17.

On October 5, BRT will present “Parade,” a rarely produced musical that follows the tragic, true story of a Jewish man wrongly accused of murder in 1913 Georgia.

“This is one of those shows that I feel BRT was created to do,” says Artistic Director Jamey Green. “It’s not performed very often, but the score is by one of musical theatre’s most creative and brilliant composer/lyricists, Jason Robert Brown, who won the Tony for best score. It’s strong stuff – racism, mob mentality, hypocrisy all are explored – but we’re very excited to bring this one to folks.”

On October 26, BRT will invite audiences to do the “Time Warp” once again with the cult favorite “The Rocky Horror Show.”

“This was hugely popular and quite acclaimed when we did it last year,” Green says. “There were many requests to bring it back, so we are – with nearly the entire cast intact.”

Finally, BRT will offer a double holiday billing of “A Year With Frog and Toad” opening November 24, and “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” opening November 30.

“‘Frog and Toad’ is a great show for the entire family,” Green says. “It’s based on the children’s book, but it’s so clever and the score is jazzy and fun, so adults also love it.”

Meanwhile, “Mrs Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” puts a funny – and decidedly irreverent spin – on Dicken’s perennial holiday story.

“The idea with these shows is to give folks two quite different options,” Green says. “It should be a fun, if at times challenging, ride this second half of the season.”

For complete line-up and ticket information, visit boilerroomtheatre.com or call 794-7744.

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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