2018 Chanticleers’ Theatre Show Season

Dial M for Murder

A Thriller by Frederick Knott
Directed by Katina Letheule
February 2 – February 25, 2018

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn’t baffle the husband: He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens.


 
Little Women,  The Broadway Musical

Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
With book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Directed by John Baiocchi and Todd Aragon
April 6 –  May 6, 2018

“Little Women, The Broadway Musical,” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo longs to publish a novel. Meg longs for a fiancé. Beth  longs for a piano. Amy longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating musical filled with glorious song, dance and a few tears. Author Louisa May Alcott’s classic story celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.


 

Crimes of the Heart

By Elizabeth Becker “Beth” Henley
Directed by Edward Nattenberg
July 27 – Aug 19, 2018

Three eccentric sisters in Hazlehurst, Mississippi are having what Babe, the youngest sister, calls a “bad day.” She is out on bail, having just shot her husband. The middle sister, Meg, a would-be singing star, has retreated from Hollywood by way of a psychiatric ward and Lenny, the eldest sister, is facing her 30th birthday with no romantic prospects. Past resentments bubble to the surface and each sister must come to terms with her own “crimes of the heart.” Touching and tragic, Crimes of the Heart is a darkly comic family feud of epic proportions.

 



Don’t Dress for Dinner

By Marc Camoletti
Directed by Randy Anger
Oct 19 – Nov 11, 2018

Don’t Dress for Dinner is a frenetic case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. When Jacqueline decides to visit her mother for a few days, her husband Bernard sees an opportunity for a cozy weekend with his mistress. He invites his friend Robert along as his alibi, and hires a Cordon Bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights. But when Jacqueline realizes Robert is coming for a visit everything changes! One impossible situation leads to another as the hapless friend Robert finds himself the target of both amorous attention and wrathful vengeance, while Bernard tries desperately to salvage a scrap of illicit bliss from the wreckage of the weekend. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.