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Bright Star

Wednesday Apr 1, 2020
Category/Venue: Dock Street Theater

Show runs Apr 01 – 26, 2020

CHARLESTON STAGE
In Residence at the Historic Dock Street Theater
Presents: Bright Star
Music, Book & Story by Steven Martin
Music, Lyrics & Story by Edie Brickell
Direction by Julian Wiles
Musical Direction by Sam Henderson
Choreography by Cara Dolan

The brand new Blue Ridge Mountain, blue grass Broadway musical! From the comic mind of Steve Martin and the musical genius of Edie Brickell comes one of the brightest new musicals in many a year. Set in Asheville, this moving musical, with its Tony and Grammy nominated blue grass score, lit up Broadway in 2016 and has been delighting audiences all across America ever since. Charleston Stage is excited to give this great new musical its Charleston premiere.





MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Friday Apr 3, 2020
Category/Venue: Foot Light Players

Show runs Fri Apr 3 – Sun Apr 19

Footlight Players
At the Queen Street Playhouse
Presents: MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Winner of 16 Best Musical Awards

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.





THE AVETT BROTHERS

Friday Apr 3, 2020
Category/Venue: North Charleston Performing Arts Center / Coliseum

The North Charleston
Performing Arts Center Presents:

An Evening With
THE AVETT BROTHERS
With Special Guest:
Wilder Woods


Show Starts: 7:30 PM | Doors Open: 6:30 PM





ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

Sunday Apr 12, 2020
Category/Venue: The Gaillard Center

The Charleston Gaillard Center presents:
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
Show Starts: 7:30 PM | Doors Open: 6:30 PM

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!”and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you.





PHILHARMONIX

Tuesday Apr 14, 2020
Category/Venue: The Gaillard Center

The Charleston Gaillard Center presents
PHILHARMONIX
Show Starts: 7:30 PM | Doors Open: 6:30 PM

Philharmonix brings together three members of the Vienna Philharmonic, two Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists and an improvising and singing violinist for a deliciously headycocktail of classical, jazz, klezmer, Latin.. and yes, good old fun. With their signature blend of the “highest philharmonic quality and unrestrained joy of music-making” (Kurier, Austria), Philharmonix are synonymous with entertainment.

Classical music is not supposed to be fun, right? And yet, every Philharmonix concert is a living, grooving, finger-snapping testament to the contrary. Surprise! Classical music at its most refined can be a jolly good time for everyone. This unique ensemble’s sophisticated sense of humor allows them to move seamlessly from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again, taking the audience along for a madcap roller-coaster ride.





FAIRVIEW

Thursday Apr 16, 2020
Category/Venue: Pure Theatre

Show runs Thur Apr 16 – Sat May 09

Pure Theater
134 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC
Presents: FAIRVIEW
by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed Sharon Graci
WINNER OF THE 2019 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA
& THE 2018–2019 SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE

At the Frasier household, preparations for Grandma’s birthday party are underway. Beverly is holding on to her sanity by a thread to make sure this party is perfect, but her sister can’t be bothered to help, her husband doesn’t seem to listen, her brother is MIA, her daughter is a teenager, and maybe nothing is what it seems in the first place...! Fairview is a searing examination of families, drama, family dramas, and the insidiousness of white supremacy.





The Book of Will

Friday Apr 17, 2020
Category/Venue: Threshold Repertory Theatre

Show runs Fri Apr 17 – Sun May 03

Threshold Repertory Theatre
84 Society Street, Charleston, SC
Presents: The Book of Will

Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above. Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a diverse cast of women who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.





CHARLESTON AND THE NEW WORLD

Friday Apr 17, 2020
Category/Venue: The Gaillard Center

Two Shows: Fri Apr 17 AND Sat April 18

The Charleston Gaillard Center Presents:
CHARLESTON AND THE NEW WORLD

There is perhaps no better way to describe our 2019-2020 season than “an embarrassment of riches.” Dvořák’s New World Symphony hardly needs an introduction. Among the most popular symphonies of all time, From the New World debuted to “thunderous applause” at Carnegie Hall in 1893, with immediate encores around the world. Dvořák wrote this masterpiece after studying Native American and African American spirituals in the United States, and became heavily involved in promoting the success of African American musicians and composers. He fervently believed that the future of American composition lay in the roots of spirituals and folk music, saying, “They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them.”