Now that the hot weather has come and gone and school is back in session, it’s clear that fall has arrived. And there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with the Algonquin Arts Theatre exciting Broadway shows, thanks to Manasquan Savings Bank donating $100,000. Now that’s community support!
The Algonquin Arts Theatre’s Broadway Series is kicking off with a bang: on October 24, Broadway vet Carter Calvert will take the stage in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” And with a four-year $100,000 commitment to the theatre, Manasquan Savings Bank becomes the first title sponsor of the Broadway Series. The sponsorship also makes much-needed improvements possible to the space.
“Annie Get Your Gun” runs through Sunday, November 2. Later that month, the Algonquin is bringing back its popular production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” a musical set during the final broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade in December 1942. “The 1940’s Radio Hour” opens on Saturday, November 29, and runs through Sunday, December 7.
On Saturday, January 17, Tennessee Williams’s famous play “The Glass Menagerie” hits the stage and runs through Sunday, January 25. “The Glass Menagerie” production will feature original music composed by Father Alphonse Stephenson, the conductor of the Jersey Shore’s Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. Then on February 7 and 8, Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre brings it national tour of noted playwright David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” to the Algonquin.
The series ends with two popular, Tony-winning musicals from the Great White Way: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” and “Shrek the Musical.” “South Pacific” runs from Friday, April 10, to Sunday, April 19, and “Shrek the Musical” runs from Saturday, May 9, to Sunday, May 17. The family-friendly “Shrek the Musical” will feature the Algonquin Youth Ensemble.
Tickets are now available for all six shows and can be purchased at algonquinarts.org, by phone at 732-528-9211, or the box office at 173 Main Street in Manasquan.