This season, the Bigfork Summer Playhouse repertory theatre offers a fantastic series of shows to suit every taste. Our spring and early summer will be The Marvelous Wonderettes. During repertory season, we feature four rotating shows – stay four days and see four plays! Our repertory season features Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mamma Mia, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Drowsy Chaperone. In the late summer and early fall, we bring the musical extravaganza – Hits From the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. (v 5.0.1)
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The Marvelous Wonderettes is a musical comedy which uses pop songs from the ’50s and ’60s as a vehicle to tell its story, pays homage to the high school Songleader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom as a last minute replacement, Springfield High Songleaders, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony.
The songs they sing during the course of the musical include: Lollipop, Dream Lover, Stupid Cupid, Lipstick on Your Collar, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, It’s My Party, It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) and more.
Repertory Season Shows
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Al Kasha
& Joel Hirschhorn
Book by Lawrence Kasha &
Set in the rough-and-tumble backwoods of Oregon in the 1850s, where every man still took for himself, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a delightful story about creating civilization in the wilderness. When Milly married handsome backwoodsman, Adam, she had no idea she would be responsible for taking care of his six younger brothers as well. Milly quickly whips her rowdy brothers-in-law into shape, and show them how they can court and win beautiful mates of their own. When Adam convinces his brothers to kidnap the girls they like the way the sabine women were kidnapped, however, Milly’s plans go dreadfully awry. Bursting with boisterous energy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers features daredevil dancing, rambunctious fun, and heartfelt romance.
with a score including the soaring “Wonderful, Wonderful Day,” the hilarious “Bless Her Beautiful Hide,” and the totally absurd “Sobbin’ Women” and more.
Music, Lyrics & Book by
Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.
Songs include: Thank You for the Music, Mamma Mia!, Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, The Name of the Game and more.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes alive in the musical retelling. Joseph — the favorite son of Jacob — is blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph endures a series of adventures which challenge him to his core. Soon he finds himself belonging to Potiphar, whose wife makes advances toward Joseph and ultimately land him behind bars. However, news of Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams sparks the interest of the hilariously Elvis-like Pharaoh. Soon, Joseph is out of jail and well on his way to second-in-command. Eventually Joseph’s brothers find themselves unknowingly groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed. As they fail to even recognise him, Joseph tests their integrity. He ultimately reveals himself and the brothers are reconciled. A truly timeless Old Testament tale, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to a multitude of musical genres, spanning from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock and roll.
Songs include: Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons, Joseph’s Coat, Joseph’s Dreams, One More Angel in Heaven, Close Every Door, Go, Go, Go Joseph, Pharaoh’s Story, Song of the King, Those Canaan Days and more.
Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
When wealthy widow Mrs. Tottenham hosts the wedding of the year, she gets a lot more than a write-up in the society pages: Janet Van de Graaff, glittering starlet of Feldzieg’s Follies, is leaving the stage for love, a turn of events which horrifies the angry and anxious Mr. Feldzieg, whose chief investor has sent two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs to make sure he stops the wedding. Hiring Aldolpho, a Latin lover more vain than virile, to seduce the bride, is unsuccessful, as Janet’s chaperone, a drunken diva, gets herself mistaken for the bride and seduced in Janet’s place. It is left to eager best man, George,to quite by accident break up the happy pair, when he sends groom Robert Martin out to the garden, blindfolded, and in roller skates. Such are the antics of The Drowsy Chaperone, the fictitious 1928 musical comedy. This magical piece of meta-theatre and playful, heartfelt parody of the 1920s musical comedy features a chirpy jazz age score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and a lively, clever book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, both of were Tony winners in 2006. The score boasts such tunes as the scenery-chomping “Show Off”, the sizzling and silly “I Am Aldolpho”, the double-entendre laden “Toledo Surprise”, and “As We Stumble Along”, that rousing anthem to optimistic alcoholism…….so what better way to spend an evening in Bigfork Montana?
songs include: Cold Feets, Show Off, As We Stumble Along, I Am Aldolpho, Accident Waiting To Happen, Message From A Nightingale, Bride’s Lament, I Do, I Do In The Sky and more.
Benefit Revue July 30 (7:00) One Night Only!
Bringing back the popular Benefit Revue, an evening of song and dance “from shows we’d like to do, from shows we’ve done in the past and from shows we promise we’ll never do,” in July. All proceeds go toward the BSP scholarship fund. A Champagne reception follows the performance. Come ‘meet the company’ while supporting education in the Arts.
Hits From the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s
August 31 &
September 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 (7:30)
The 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s were 3 decades of some of the finest Rock and Roll music! Enjoy an evening of staged hits from artists like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, The Ciffons, The Beach Boys, Elton John, The Big Bopper and many more as the Bigfork Summer Playhouse brings you the Hits of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s live onstage! (different than last summer’s lineup)