From Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and Elvis Presley
To Jonathan Larson and Alfred Hitchcock, New Artistic Director
Eric Rosen Presents Lineup of All-Time Greats
(DENNIS, MA – January 19, 2024) – Acclaimed producer, director, and playwright Eric Rosen, in his inaugural season at the historic Cape Playhouse, has announced a five-show lineup teeming with music, mystery, comedy, and great storytelling.
A producer, director, and playwright, Mr. Rosen is known as a transformative leader and artistic innovator who creates acclaimed theater that engages audiences and embraces new communities.
“From Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and Elvis Presley to Jonathan Larson and Alfred Hitchcock, our 98th season is an extraordinary celebration of some of the most exciting voices in theater today,” said Rosen. “We have assembled an incredible roster of artists to bring Playhouse patrons an exhilarating and memorable summer experience.”
- Kicking off the season is tick, tick… BOOM!, running from June 5-15.
This semi-autobiographical rock musical—written by Jonathan Larson, the Tony Award-winning composer of Rent—explores the choices we face and what comes from holding out for your dream.
Directed by Eric Rosen
- Back by popular demand is the high-energy, Tony-nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet, running from June 19-July 6.
With a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, Million Dollar Quartet dramatizes the amazing Memphis recording session of December 4, 1956, that included rock and country music greats Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster
- The smash hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the centerpiece of the season, will run from July 10-August 3.
With a book by Douglas McGrath, this Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Grammy-award winner is the coming-of-age story about one of America’s most celebrated songwriters. Featuring hits including “So Far Away,” “One Fine Day,” “ Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up on the Roof,” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” this is a not-to-miss show making an unprecedented four-week run at the Playhouse.
Directed and Choreographed by Joyce Chittick and David Ruttura
- Waitress, the irresistible fourth musical of the season, will run from August 7-August 24.
Featuring original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson, this uplifting show about friendship, dreams, and new beginnings is a true inspiration.
Directed by Eric Rosen
- The 39 Steps, the fifth and final production of the 2024 season, will run from August 28- September 7.
A riotous take on John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 classic movie, this is a faced-paced whodunit with a cast of four playing 150 roles.
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Season subscriptions are available online at www.capeplayhouse.com
ABOUT THE CAPE PLAYHOUSE
The Cape Playhouse at The Cape Center for the Arts was founded in 1927 by Raymond Moore. His vision was to create a smart, sophisticated summer theatre with some of the world’s most noted stage and screen professionals. The realization of Moore’s dream has since been recognized by The New York Times, acknowledging the Playhouse as the “Place Where Broadway Goes to Summer.” Today, 96 years later, the theatre continues to feature world-class talent in shows produced specifically for The Cape Playhouse and is one of Cape Cod’s premier cultural assets. In addition to professional live-theatre experiences, the not-for-profit Playhouse is committed to youth programs and education. The historic theatre is situated on an expansive 22-acre campus along with the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cinema.