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South Bay Musical Theatre Presents


2016-2017 SEASON


SBMT is excited to announce our 2016-2017 season, featuring three mainstage musical productions and three limited-run concert events. Season tickets go on sale in early April, and tickets to individual shows go on sale June 13, 2016.

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City of Angels

September 17 to October 8, 2016. Book by Larry Gelbart. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by David Zippel.

City of Angels

City of Angels is a hilariously creative combination of film noire detective story and an all-too-real writer’s battle for his integrity, both set to Cy Coleman’s sparklingly jazzy score. A 1940s novelist named Stine is excited to bring his Ray Chandleresque detective hero (Stone) to the silver screen, but isn’t expecting the constant script changes that the studio wants him to make. As he writes each scene, it comes to life on stage, and as detective Stone struggles to solve the crime in the film’s black-and-white world, Stine struggles to stave off the meddling Hollywood bosses in his full-color reality. Eventually the script compromises get to be too much for detective Stone—who literally steps off the movie screen to confront his author. And that’s when things get even more interesting! Come see why this fast-paced hit swept the Tony Awards to win Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score.



January 28 to February 18, 2017. Book by Peter Stone. Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards.


It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence…if only the founding fathers can agree to do it! This seminal event blazes to vivid life in the most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men and women behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, witty, charming, and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. Follow feisty John Adams as he struggles to push the Continental Congress down the path to independence, with colorful characters like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, and Abigail Adams pitching in for the cause. Featuring a funny, insightful, and compelling story along with a striking score, 1776 is a triumphant celebration of the American spirit.


My Fair Lady

May 20 to June 10, 2017. Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture “Pygmalion.”

My Fair Lady

Eliza Doolittle is a poor, cockney flower girl who dreams of a better life. Professor Henry Higgins is the brilliant but crotchety linguist who claims he can teach anyone to speak properly and thereby mix with high society. So begins one of the greatest musical love stories ever to grace the Broadway stage. Follow Eliza’s trials and triumphs as she struggles to turn herself into a “regular lady” under Higgins’ strict tutelage, and ends up having as much of an impact on him as he does on her. Lerner and Loewe’s score is packed with so many hits that it’s difficult to select the highlights: "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Get Me to the Church on Time," and "I’ve Gown Accustomed to Her Face." Join us for this crowd-pleasing classic, and you’re sure to fall in love with My Fair Lady all over again.




Always...Patsy Cline

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Written and Created by Ted Swindley. TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY.

Always...Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer, but a touching, humorous, and insightful tale about an unlikely friendship between the star and her biggest fan. The show is based on a true story about Cline's relationship with a devotee from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the singer in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her untimely death. The musical play, complete with down-home country humor, genuine emotion, and even some audience participation, includes dozens of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as “Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams," and "Walking After Midnight." Don’t miss this captivating gem of a show, which has received glowing praise from audiences across America.


Broadway by the Decade: The Musicals of the 1980s

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Musical Direction and Accompaniment by Brad Handshy. ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY.

Broadway by the Decade

South Bay Musical Theatre is excited to present The Musicals of the 1980s as the sixth outing in our one-night-only Broadway by the Decade concert series. The 1980s were a decade of new American-made Broadway shows like “Nine," “Dreamgirls," "La Cage aux Folles," "Into the Woods," and "Sunday in the Park with George," as well as musical spectacles/pop operas from abroad like "Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables." The concert will be brimming with familiar songs from shows of the ’80s, as well as some “undiscovered gems” that just might become your new favorites. With musical direction by Brad Handshy, the concert is performed by many of SBMT’s best-loved vocalists, and includes over two dozen outstanding songs that highlight the bounty of Broadway musicals of the 1980s.



May 28, 2017 and June 3, 2017. Book by Richard Nelson. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.


The creators of Chess are giants of rock music and rock musicals, and Time Magazine called their collaboration on this dynamic show “one of the best rock scores ever produced.” Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, human competition, power politics, and international intrigue. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and the Hungarian-American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies pulse to a monumental score that includes "One Night in Bangkok" and "Heaven Help My Heart." Presented in concert with orchestra.



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