January 19, 2010

Theatre Hopkins announces productions for 2010 season

Theatre Hopkins, celebrating its 88th season, has announced that it will present two musicals in 2010 at the Swirnow Theater on the Homewood campus. Opening in February will be Follies: Concert Version and in June, the Maryland premiere of The Glorious Ones.

The concert version of Follies, featuring Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award–winning score, with book by James Goldman, will open Friday, Feb. 12, running weekends through Sunday, Feb. 28. Directed and choreographed by Todd Pearthree, the company portrays a host of players who have assembled to bid adieu to the ruin of a vaudeville theater.

The cast includes Jeff Burch, Patty Colman, and Nancy Asendorf and Amy Pierson, who, as mother and daughter, led the cast of last season’s The Light in the Piazza.

Opening Friday, June 11, will be the area premiere of a new high-spirited musical, The Glorious Ones, created by the Tony Award–winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose book and music were honored for Ragtime. Adapted from a novel by Francine Prose, the story is based on a real-life actor, played by Edward J. Peters, whose small commedia dell’arte troupe tours the village squares of Europe during Italy’s Renaissance.

Also in the cast are Tom Burns, Lauren Spencer-Harris and Shannon Wollman; the director/choreographer is Todd Pearthree. The Glorious Ones will run four weekends through Sunday, July 4.

For ticket information, go to www.jhu .edu/~theatre.