arts & entertainment
Beginning Wednesday, July 6th at 11am, Season, Bundle and Single tickets for Riverside Theatre’s exciting 2022-2023 Season will go on sale.
Celebrating decades of incredible performances, the 50th Anniversary Season showcases theatre classics, romantic comedies and heightened drama.
The season begins on the Stark Stage in October with the romantic comedy Butterflies Are Free followed in January by the American musical classic, Man of La Mancha. A madcap comedy, A Comedy of Tenors, takes the stage in February followed by Riverside Theatre’s most successful show ever, 42nd Street. The season ends with the country music classic, Honky Tonk Angels. The Waxlax Stage season includes the comedy Bakersfield Mist and Oleanna, a drama by award-winning playwright, David Mamet.
Season Tickets (20% savings), Bundle Tickets (10% savings) and Individual Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.
Stark Stage Shows
Butterflies are Free
By Leonard Gershe
October 25 – November 13, 2022
Don Baker, a blind young man, moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother. Jill Tanner, the freethinking young woman next door, takes a liking to him and his meticulously kept apartment. As they begin a closer relationship, Don’s mother, Mrs. Baker, enters to “help” her son navigate his new life. Butterflies are Free is a funny, touching and emotional play about the risks that go with loving someone.
Man of La Mancha
Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion, Book by Dale Wasserman
January 3-22, 2023
One of the most honored musicals of the American theater, Man of La Mancha was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th Century masterpiece, Don Quixote. Winner of five Tony Awards®, including best musical, Man of La Mancha is a powerful, funny, and heartbreaking musical celebrating the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals, and who is determined to see life “not as it is, but as it ought to be.”
A Comedy of Tenors By Ken Ludwig February 21 – March 12, 2023
Written by one of America’s most prolific playwrights, A Comedy of Tenors is an uproarious tale of romantic indiscretions and madcap situations. On the eve of the concert of the century, 1930’s Paris is all abuzz as four renown tenors are set to take the stage in a stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently a lot, when you have one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, and three girlfriends. Can producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife from causing operatic chaos?
Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin, Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
April 11-30, 2023
One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, 42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer, who comes to the big city to audition for a new Broadway musical. Unfortunately, she arrives too late. Luckily, she catches the eye of the famous director, Julian Marsh, and he casts Peggy as a chorus girl. When the star of the show breaks her ankle on opening night, Peggy is unexpectedly pushed center stage and not only saves the show, but becomes a big star. Filled with spectacular dance routines, lavish costumes, and wonderful songs, this Tony Award-winning musical will lift your spirits and have you dancing all the way home.
Honky Tonk Angels
By Ted Swindley
May 30 – June 18, 2023
Three women leading dull and thankless lives decide to cut loose from hubby, boss and daddy, and board a bus headed for Nashville to pursue their dream of becoming country singers. Romance, independence, and lots of twang and sass result in a feel-good mix of laughter, a few tears, and country pop favorites. “These Boots are Made for Walking,” “Stand by Your Man,” “Delta Dawn,” “9 to 5,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Harper Valley PTA” are just a taste of the heart-thumpin’, foot-stompin’, country classics you’ll experience on the wings of the Honky Tonk Angels.
Waxlax Stage Shows
By Stephen Sachs
January 31- February 19, 2023
Inspired by true events, this hilarious new comedy follows Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who buys a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies in from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover.
By David Mamet
March 21 – April 9, 2023
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, Oleanna explores the escalating power struggle between a haughty professor and the failing student whose charges of sexual harassment threaten his career.
Season Ticket Purchasers save 20% off single tickets when they buy all 5 shows on the Stark Stage. Season tickets start as low as $160.
Bundle Ticket Purchasers save 10% off single tickets when they buy 3 or more shows at the same time on either stage.
Single tickets start as low as $40 on the Stark Stage.
Starting Wednesday, July 6th, tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.
Riverside Theatre, America’s largest professional theatre in a small town, is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963.
Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of Florida Professional Theatre Association, the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.