Friday, May 1, 2015

FAC's new season: Big names and lots of premieres

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:01 PM

As part of May’s First Friday, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center announced it’s 2015-2016 museum and theater schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes from the press releases.

The theater schedule, main stage theater:

Putting It Together: A Musical Review
Sept. 10-27

The Colorado premiere of this Stephen Sondheim play that showcases all things, well, Sondheim. “Featuring nearly 30 Sondheim songs from at least a dozen of his shows (including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company and Follies), this one-of-a-kind compilation celebrates Sondheim's incomparable career in musical theatre.”

Wait Until Dark
Oct. 15 through Nov. 1

Another Colorado premiere, in which two thieves attempt to break into an apartment outfitted with a mysterious but to-die-for prize. “Frederick Knott’s play inspired a film of the same name and multiple Broadway productions, earning Tony and Academy Award nominations for many of the actors involved — including the film’s star, Audrey Hepburn.”

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Dec. 10, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016

“The musical you have been dreaming of!” This adaptation of the famous film fits the FAC’s current trend of lavish, family hits during the holiday season.

“Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander.”

Driving Miss Daisy
Feb. 4-21, 2016

A production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Alfred Uhry about a decades-long friendship between a white woman and a black man set in Atlanta shortly before the Civil Rights movement.

Peter and the Starcatcher
March 31 through April 17, 2016

A production of this play by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker that won five Tony Awards. “A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?”

9 to 5: The Musical
May 19 through June 12, 2016

Dolly Parton wrote the music and lyrics to this award-winning play based on the titular film, which follows three fed-up women who try and get back at their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical” boss. What they end up doing is so much more. A regional premiere.

Second Stage

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play!
Oct. 8-18

A family affair that’s also a Colorado premiere. Based on the best selling children’s books.

Love, Loss & What I Wore
Nov. 12-22

Sound familiar? Due to the success of last season’s sell-out show (read our preview here, and review here), the FAC is staging it all over again with the entire cast returning for this much-loved Nora and Delia Ephron play.

Buyer and Cellar
Jan. 14-24, 2016

The Colorado premiere of this one-man absurdist comedy about an underemployed actor in Los Angeles who ends up working in Barbra Streisand’s basement. Per the New Yorker: "A fantasy so delightful you wish it were true."

Ivy & Bean: The Musical
April 27 through May 10, 2016

Another family play based on a best selling children’s book series, which follows the unexpected friendship that grows between two different second graders.

The museum:

El Mac: Aerosol Exalted
Oct. 3, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016

A solo show from this internationally renowned graffiti artist (aka Miles MacGregor) known for his large scale works. “Graffiti art is a natural progression for the FAC, following in the artistic traditions of mural art that extend back to our inception as an institution.”

René Magritte/Springs Surreal
Oct. 24, 2015 through Feb. 7, 2016

Not only a rare chance to see Magritte regionally (in this case, the focal point will be three Magrittes on loan from a private collector), but a juried art show from locals living and working in the Pikes Peak region. (Click here for submission details.)

Don Coen: The Migrant Series
Jan. 23 through May 15, 2016

A series of 15 large-scale realistic portraits of migrant farm workers from Colorado artist Coen. Painted between 1992 and 2012, Coen aims to raise awareness of their plight and express gratitude for their hard work.

FAC Legacy Series: Frank Mechau
March 5 through May 15, 2016

What started with Birger Sandzén and Charles Bunnell will continue with Mechau, a Colorado artist with deep ties to the FAC: He taught at the FAC School from 1937-1938 and painted the lovely horses mural in the courtyard, a true fresco.

A Reservoir of Occurrences: Stephen Batura
June 24 thorugh Sept. 25, 2016

Another solo show highlighting a Colorado artist, Batura paints based on the photographs of little-known Denver photographer Charle Lillybridge, who was active in the early 1900s. “His limited-palette paintings reflect the black-and-white source photographs, yet Batura alters the original images in order to economize the compositions and to reflect his painterly hand.”

All New Women
June 11 through Sept. 18, 2016

The blockbuster of the year, this innovative exhibit pairs the portraiture of John Singer Sargent with the self-portraits of Cindy Sherman, a contemporary artist whose Society Portraits, which will be on display, are a series of photographs depicting herself as “a number of aging women of means.”

“This exhibition matches Sargent’s paintings with Sherman’s photographs, and together they make curious visual statements about trailblazing women who forged new paths for the next generations.”

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