Tony Award winning shows. Classic songs and timeless stories. The best of Broadway and beyond makes for another brilliant season at the Gateway Playhouse this summer.
Cats (May 16–June 2)
Based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit transports audiences into the fantastic, spellbinding realm of the Jellical Cats. Set on the evening of the Jellical Ball, the Jellicals compete for rebirth into a better life by showcasing their talents and good deeds. Webber’s magical score includes legendary favorites including “Jellical Songs for Jellical Cats,” “Mr. Mistoffelees” and the haunting “Memory.” The second longest-running production in Broadway history, this ten-time Tony Award Winner influenced a generation of musicals and continues to amaze audiences worldwide.
My Fair Lady (June 6–June 24)
This light-hearted romance from the golden age of Broadway has been called “the perfect musical” by the New York Times. The story follows London grammarian Professor Henry Higgins who wagers that he can elevate a poor, Cockney-speaking flower seller named Eliza Doolittle into upper-class Victorian society. As Higgins succeeds, Eliza becomes wise to his plot and their love is put to the test. This Tony Award Winner for Best Musical helped launch the career of Dame Julie Andrews and features songs by the legendary team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe including “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “Get Me to The Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
The Rat Pack Is Back (June 27–July 14)
What happens in Vegas… all started with the Rat Pack. Direct from Las Vegas, this spectacular show recreates one of the famous “Summit at the Sands” nights when the swingin’, ring-a-ding group known as “The Rat Pack” was creating hipster legend with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act starring Vegas’ four favorite sons: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. THE RAT PACK IS BACK features uncanny vocal recreations, unbridled humor, and is backed by “The Black Tie Affair,” a smoking hot, 12 piece orchestra that sends audiences straight back to the coolest time in history. Hits include “That’s Amore,” “My Way,” “Mr. Bojangles,” Fly me to the Moon,” My Kind of Town,” “New York, New York,”and many more. See why The Las Vegas Sun writes, “This is as close as anyone has come to capturing the feeling of the real thing,” and the Chicago Tribune raves, “Classic comic material. Excellent!”
9 to 5 ( July 18–August 4)
Grab your lunchbox, roll up your sleeves and pour yourself a cup of ambition as the music of Dolly Parton goes to work in this Long Island premiere. When the trappings of the daily grind and a greedy, abusive boss becomes unbearable, three working-class friends create an unorthodox corporate takeover—from the bottom up! Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Score, and a record 15 Drama Desk Awards, Parton’s debut as a Broadway songwriter showcases her classic anthem “9 to 5,” as well as new compositions with country, pop and Broadway influences. This new American comedy, adapted from the film of the same name, will resonate with anyone who has earned a paycheck!
Phantom (August 22–September 9)
Gateway’s most requested show returns! Adapted by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit—creators of the Tony Award-winning Nine—this thrilling version of the Gaston Leroux novel tells the story of a disfigured musical genius whose love of music leads to an infatuation with his protégée Christine and her etherial voice. Their romance quickly turns to tragedy as the townspeople angrily converge on the disfigured Phantom. The combination of fanciful sets, elaborate costumes, unexpected comedy and Yeston’s etherial music forms a show that will tempt the music lover in us all.