The season kicks off with the musical "1776." Scheduled for September, the musical visits the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The musical debuted on
"I love the show. I think it's really smart, and I want to go back and do it again," White said.
A new musical written by
"They go around town trying to figure out how to afford food and what good food is," White explained.
Another well-known play picked by Cardinal for next season is "Brighton Beach Memoirs."
The Neil Simon play is semi-autobiographical. It follows Eugene, a teenage boy dealing with many things including puberty and his relationship with his family.
"Of the Neil Simons, this one is extraordinarily funny, but it's really serious," White said.
This year's holiday musical is "Shrek The Musical," slated to hit the stage in December and January. The season will also end with a musical with "Hairspray" slated for June.
"Shrek The Musical" is based on the 2001 film and follows an ogre who befriends a donkey. The two set off to rescue
"Hairspray" is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. The story is set in 1962 with
Back by popular demand, Cardinal will stage "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie."
Based on the book by
And Cardinal will once again rely on an interesting one-woman play to keep things fresh. "Grounded" is slated for February, and it will be a premiere for the Midwest. Winner of the 2012 Smith Prize and 2013 Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the play is the story of a female fighter pilot. The pilot, who is never named, enjoys flying and the camaraderie she feels with fellow pilots. But when she is grounded due to pregnancy, her career changes. With a family, she spends her days flying drones in
"That's a Midwest premiere, and we've very excited about that," White said.
This year Cardinal is introducing its "Bucket List" by staging plays audience members should see before they "kick the bucket." To kick off this series, Cardinal will stage "A Streetcar Named Desire" in November.
"We haven't done a Williams yet, and I really wanted to do one," White said.
"A Streetcar Named Desire" received the Pulitizer Prize for Drama in 1948. It is the story of
For the next several years, the plan will be to offer 15 to 20 must-see shows.
"I have some design ideas," White said of the Williams play. "I've been working on this show for about 20 years in my head."
Cardinal's 2014-15 season
"The Birthday Feast"
"A Streetcar Named Desire"
"Shrek The Musical"
"Brighton Beach Memoirs"
"If You Give A Mouse a Cookie"
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