Theater League schedule includes ‘Color Purple,’ ‘Legally Blonde’Written by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Theater League’s 2010-11 season at the Stranahan Theater seeks to mix recent Broadway productions with musical revivals.
“One of our roles in Toledo is not only to present the most current productions, but also the classics by professional touring companies,” said Mark Edelman, Theater League president. “We love [the season’s] diversity — the old and new and special.”
Eight productions are scheduled to come to the Stranahan this season, with additional productions under discussion, Edelman said.
“A Chorus Line” is scheduled for Oct. 28 to Oct. 31; “Rain” Jan. 18 and Jan. 19; “Fiddler on the Roof” Feb. 3 to Feb 6; “Riverdance” Feb. 15 and Feb. 16; “The Color Purple” March 10 to March 13; “Cirque Dreams Illumination” April 7 to April 10; “Stomp” April 26 and April 27; and “Legally Blonde” May 5 to May 8.
Ward Whiting, executive director of Stranahan Theater, said he meets with Theater League to review what is available and they come to a mutual agreement about what to present.
“They are all very good shows. We’re coming off of a recession, during which some tours actually canceled. We’re trying to get our theater back into the schedule of all the shows going on this year,” Whiting said.
“The Color Purple” and “Legally Blonde” are two new Broadway productions this season, Edelman said.
“‘Legally Blonde,’ because it was taped live for MTV, has created a whole new audience,” he said.
Season ticket prices are influenced by which shows come to the area, Whiting said. This season allows season ticket holders to see five productions.
“We’re trying to keep the season tickets at a reasonable level. We try to be very sensitive to what Toledo can afford,” Whiting said.
The popularity of “Wicked” stimulated interest in season ticket sales this year, Whiting said.
Whiting and Edelman said the organizations are now looking to the next season, 2011-12, which could include productions of “Jersey Boys” and “Mary Poppins.”
To purchase individual or season tickets, visit www.stranahantheater.com.