While the 2019/2020 theatre season is far from over, one of Palm Beach County’s professional companies has already slated its 2020/2021 season. This week, Maltz Jupiter Theatre announced next season’s fare in hopes of capturing new subscribers early. Here’s what we can expect.
I Hate Hamlet, Oct. 25-Nov. 8, 2020
Humorist and playwright Paul Rudnick’s 1991 play follows a Shakespeare-phobic TV star named Andrew Rally, who is offered a role as Hamlet in a stage production. Seeking insight, he summons the ghost of Shakespearean actor John Barrymore in a séance. The late thespian debates the young actor about women, art, success, duty and television, and even engages in a swashbuckling swordfight. By the end, Rudnick’s comedy endeavors to answer a fundamental question: To be or not to be Hamlet?
Sweet Charity, Dec. 1-20, 2020
Adapting this musical from a perhaps unlikely source—Federico Fellini’s art-house drama “Nights of Cabiria”—Neil Simon’s rousing “Sweet Charity” follows the romantic travails of a large-hearted, sexually liberated dancehall girl in New York City. Infused with Simon’s trademark urban pep, wit and sophistication, “Sweet Charity” earned nine Tony nominations upon its 1966 debut, and remains a Broadway revival favorite, most recently in 2016.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jan. 12-31, 2021
This madcap musical riffs off the 1988 Steve Martin/Michael Caine comedy about a pair of confidence men in the French Riviera competing to fleece an heiress out of her fortune. It retains some of the movie’s plot points, including the con mens’ creation of the mentally challenged “Ruprecht.” It also goes its own way, with 17 tuneful songs from Broadway to rap styles, while offering at least three indelible roles for the actors lucky enough to snag them.
Good People, Feb. 14-28, 2021
This 2011 Tony winner from astute playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has been on Maltz Jupiter Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Kato’s bucket list for some time, and for good reason: The play is imbued with a deft balance of comedy and pathos, along with an ability to capture the distinct details and rhythms of working-class life in contemporary South Boston. Its plot centers on a dollar-store cashier living paycheck-to-paycheck in Southie, who sees an economic opportunity by crashing the birthday party of her onetime high school-boyfriend, who has now become a successful doctor.
Sunset Boulevard, March 9-28, 2021
The 1950 film noir that inspired this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has a permanent place in film history, introducing the iconic characters of faded Hollywood star Norma Desmond and opportunistic screenwriter Joe Gillis. But the stage version has received its own unique acclaim, winning three Tonys in 1995. This is, to my knowledge, the South Florida regional-theatre premiere of “Sunset Boulevard,” though productions may have been staged before I arrived on the scene in the aughts. At any rate, any production of an infrequently staged Webber work is cause for celebration.
For more information on the Maltz’s season productions, as well as its one-night-only limited engagements, call 561/575-2223 or visit jupitertheatre.org.