The Firehouse Theatre revealed an exciting new season for 2019 featuring one play and seven musicals. The public announcement was made at a rollicking circus-themed Gala, held at Brookhaven Country Club in October, and the season officially began January 17.  Season tickets range from $170 – $200 with additional discounts for students and seniors.

In 2015 The Firehouse Theatre produced their first show and is now an award-winning live theatre in Farmers Branch. They received the Best Performance Venue Under 500 Seats award presented by Broadway World in 2017 and 2018, and brought home 14 Column Awards last year.

 “I don’t know if any DFW theater has had as much growth – in terms of audience/subscribers and budget size – than The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch,” says Mark Lowry with Theater Jones.

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams to be directed by Scott Tatum. (Rated PG)

Showtimes:  January 17 – January 27, 2019

In a production that explores segregated St, Louis, Missouri and the vibrant lives of former Southerners navigating a new reality, The Firehouse portrays one of the most famous “memory plays” of the modern theatre. Tom works in a shoe warehouse to support his family since his father left the family without any apparent reason. He hates his job and seeks to run away from the responsibility through alcohol, cigarettes, and going to movies. At his mother’s urging, Tom brings his friend Jim, to dinner as a potential suitor for his shy sister, Laura. She shows him her glass menagerie collection containing her favorite unicorn, but while dancing with her, Jim happens to knock over the unicorn and breaks off the horn, making it a normal horse. After Jim confesses that he has a fiancée, a seriously hurt Laura offers him the broken unicorn as a souvenir. A tale of broken of dreams and altered realities.

The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson to be directed by Derek Whitener.  Music directed by Bethany Lorentzen and choreography by Mark Tam Quach and Mindy Neuendorff. (Rated G)

Showtimes:  February 14 – March 3, 2019

With the past success of The Drowsy Chaperone, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, “This romantic spoof of 1920s musical comedies, set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, tells the story of Polly, an English heiress who is longing for only one thing: a boy friend. Her father, convinced that any boy who isn’t wealthy will court her strictly for her money, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony (the messenger boy with whom she’s fallen in love) that she is no rich girl. This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg, as love proceeds to find its way charmingly through nearly every member of the cast to bring them all to a happy ending. Filled to the brim with tongue-in-cheek moments that both parents and grandparents will love!” – Source: MTI Shows

Once On This Island by Lynn Arenas with music by Stephen Flaherty, directed by Marilyn Setu.  Assisted directed by Mark Tam Quach, music directed by Cherish Robinson and choreography by Christian Houston.   (Rated PG)

Showtimes: March 28 – April 14, 2019

“Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, this highly original Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, celebrates storytelling with a rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island and falls in love. Unbeknownst to her, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, with the stakes set high – Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, she is shunned because of her lowly status. Although her determination and capacity to love is not enough to win Daniel’s heart and she pays the ultimate price, the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and tall that it breaks the wall that separates the societies, ultimately uniting them.” – Source: MTI Shows

Bright Star by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell.  Directed by Tyler Jeffrey Adams, music direction by Mark Mullino, and choreography by Kelly McCain.  (Rated PG-13)

Showtimes:  May 23 – June 9, 2019

“Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.” Source: Theatrical Rights Worldwide

Mamma Mia! by ABBA with music and lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, book by Catherine Johnson.  Directed by Bruce R. Coleman, music direction by Pam McClain, and choreography by Kelly McCain.  (Rated PG-13)

Showtimes:  July 17 – August 11, 2019

“ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, a trip down the aisle and ABBA’s music all result in a magical show promising fun for all.” – source: MTI Shows

CATS by Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Derk Whitener, music direction by Mark Mullino, and choreography by Christinia Kudlicki Hoth. (Rated G)

Showtimes:  September 5 – September 22, 2019

The Firehouse production team will create an entirely new vision of, “One of the world’s best-known and meow-velous musicals! Set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground, Cats is alive with purr-fect felines including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Skimbleshanks and Grizabella. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and additional material written by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, the all-singing, all-dancing Tony-winning musical spectacular has been translated into 16 languages and presented in theatres, tents, an engine shed, and school gymnasiums across the world.” – Source: The Musical Company

Side Show by Bill Russell and Henry Krieger, directed by Linda Leonard and music directed by Isaac Leaverton. (Rated PG-13)

Showtimes:  October 24 – November 10, 2019

“Based on the true story of Conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks. Nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, the show features songs including “Very Well Connected”, “All in the Mind”, and “The Great Wedding Show”, and delves deep into the twins’ backstory, including their relationship with Harry Houdini and a proposed separation surgery – complex situations involving honesty, sophistication and truth.” – source: Samuel French

The Wizard of Oz: The Holiday Family Concert by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arien and E. Y. Harburg, background music by Herbert Stothart, dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard, and orchestration by Larry Wilcox. (Rated G)

Showtimes:  December 5 – December 22, 2019

Join The Firehouse Theatre during the holiday season for a magical concert of the story we all know and love featuring Dorothy, Toto, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Miss Gulch, and Professor Marvel around the Kansas farm. With dreams of escaping her mundane life, the cyclone hits and Dorothy and Toto are transported “Over the Rainbow,” to the Land of Oz. In Oz we meet Glinda, the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the West, and three new friends, The Scarecrow, The Tinman, and The Lion. Along the way towards the Emerald City, our friends encounter a haunted forest, jitterbugs, and flying monkeys. In the end, we are reminded “There’s No Place Like Home,” especially during the holidays.

The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 and you can also find them on Facebook. Contact the Box Office for additional questions at 972-620-3747 or for more information.

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