2014 Summer Season

SOUTH-PACIFICRodgers and Hammerstein’s
South Pacific
June 11 – 15

“Bali Hai will call you!”  After an absence of almost two decades, MTWichita is thrilled to bring this exciting, melodic and groundbreaking musical play back to our stage. The 2008 Lincoln Center revival won 7 Tony Awards, showing once again how timeless, important and purely entertaining this unique musical has proven to be. Rich characters and a compelling story are propelled by one of the best scores  ever written, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “A Wonderful Guy,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Honey Bun,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “Carefully Taught.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
Tales of the South Pacific
by James A. Michener

Rated PG for some mature themes
2 hr. 45 min.

 

WEST-SIDE-STORYWest Side Story
June 25 – 29

Jerome Robbins’ breathtaking dances are only one thrilling component of this electrifying show. This contemporary re-telling of “Romeo and Juliet” also features the pulsing, Latin-flavored score of Leonard Bernstein, the incisive lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, and the brilliant script by Arthur Laurents, combining forces in one of the most dynamic shows ever created. The great songs include “Tonight,” “Maria,” America,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Cool,” “I Feel Pretty,” Gee, Officer Krupke!,” and “Somewhere.”

WEST SIDE STORY
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Rated PG for some mature themes
2 hr. 20 min

JOSEPH-2013Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
July 9 – 13

This joyful, high-energy romp is a perfect theatrical experience for the whole family. Gleefully based on the Old Testament tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors, this supremely popular musical is the brainchild of two young British men, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who launched their phenomenal careers with this delightful show. Catchy songs include “Any Dream Will Do,” “Go-Go-Go Joseph,” “A Pharaoh’s Story,” “One More Angel,” “Benjamin Calypso,” and “Close Every Door.”

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew  Lloyd Webber

Rated G
2 hrs.

CATCH-ME-IF-YOU-CANCatch Me If You Can
July 23 – 27

Frank Abagnale Jr., con man extraordinaire, successfully passed himself off as a Pan Am pilot, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, and cashed more than $2.5 million in bad checks, all before he turned 21. After crossing over to the right side of the law, he wrote a best-selling autobiography, which became a smash hit motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. And now, in this brand new Broadway musical, Frank Abagnale’s story becomes a thrilling theatrical event, filled with terrifically tuneful songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who gave us Hairspray and Smash. We’re very proud to host this Regional Premiere.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – THE MUSICAL
Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman                                            

Rated PG-13 for adult themes and innuendos
2 hr. 30 min.

42ND-STREET42nd Street
August 6 – 10

“Come and meet those dancing feet!”  Broadway’s liveliest tap-dance extravaganza triumphantly returns to Music Theatre of Wichita, bringing all its lively humor, gorgeous costumes, and exhilarating dance numbers. 42nd Street is the ultimate in spectacular feel-good entertainment, featuring an unprecedented array of magnificent songs:  “The Lullaby of Broadway,” “Young and Healthy,” “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me,” “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” ”Go Into Your Dance,” “About a Quarter to Nine,” and the hypnotic title tune.

42ND STREET
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Choreography by Gower Champion
Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick
The use of all songs is by Warner Bros., the owner of music publishers’ rights

Rated G
2 hr. 20 min.