Florida Repertory Theatre announces 2023-2024 season
Season 26 offers nine shows featuring hilarious and heartfelt comedies, electrifying dramas, a regional premiere, and three iconic musicals in the theater’s two unique performance venues
Florida Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its 26th Season in the Historic Arcade and ArtStage Studio Theatres. The 2023-2024 Season opens to previews in the ArtStage Studio on Sept. 19, and the nine-show season runs through May 19, 2024.
Subscriptions are on sale now to renewing patrons and to new subscribers, and packages start as low as $234 for six shows. Packages are available for 9, 8, 7, and 6 shows, and offer the biggest savings over single ticket prices – which increase when they go on sale in July 2023.
“All of us at Florida Rep wish to thank the loyal patrons and supporters who came out to the theater this season – especially considering the impact of Hurricane Ian. As we all continue on the path to recovery, we are thankful to begin preparations for our 26th season,” said producing artistic director Greg Longenhagen. “Our 2023-2024 season will be full of joyful laughter, electrifying drama, and beautiful, iconic music and we truly look forward to sharing it with you.”
Florida Rep’s 26th Season kicks off on Sept. 19 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre with Beguiled Again featuring music by Richard Rogers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, conceived by J. Barry Lewis, Lynnette Barkley, and Craig D. Ames, with musical arrangements by Craig D. Ames. This glamorous, romantic, and nostalgic salute to America’s most beloved songwriting team, Rogers and Hart, features over 50 songs including Bewitched, My Funny Valentine, and many more.
The Historic Arcade Theatre opens Oct. 27 with The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez. When a down-and-out Elvis impersonator’s gig at a seedy, Florida bar is about to be replaced by a second-rate drag show, “the King” gets a make-over by some fabulous new friends and steals the show in this big-hearted and music-filled comedy.
The season continues in December in the Historic Arcade Theatre with A Sherlock Carol, a regional premiere by Mark Shanahan. The worlds of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collide in this inventive holiday whodunnit full of intrigue, suspense and a good helping of holiday cheer.
The surrealistic fantasy, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall opens Dec. 15 in the ArtStage Studio. This gripping and electrifying drama imagines a chance encounter between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a mysterious stranger on the night before he is assassinated.
Florida Rep kicks off 2024 in the Historic Arcade with Beehive: the 60s Musical created by Larry Gallagher. This non-stop, energetic celebration of the powerful female voices of the 1960s features chart toppers from Diana Ross & The Supremes, Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and more.
The modern American classic and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn opens Feb 2 in the ArtStage Studio. This touching, heart-wrenching story follows two nursing home residents as they reflect on the highs and lows of their lives while playing game after game of gin.
On Feb 16, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors opens in the Historic Arcade Theatre. This madcap comedy full of mistaken identities and bedroom hijinks is set in 1930s Paris where the concert of the century is about to take place… as long as the producer can keep his stars in line.
In March, “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik is presented by a company of actor-musicians in the Historic Arcade Theatre. The musical features many of Williams hits like Hey, Good Lookin’, Move it on Over, and follows the influential singer-songwriter’s rise from humble beginnings, through career triumphs, and tragic death at age 29.
Florida Rep’s season closes in the ArtStage Studio with an explosive masterpiece by David Mamet. Oleanna, opening April 19, is filled with electrifying dialog, blazing emotion, and an ending that will leave audiences talking for weeks. The riveting drama follows a college professor and his female student who become embroiled in an escalating war of words that transforms a serene college campus into a battleground for justice.
Subscription packages for 9, 8, 7, and 6 shows are on sale now and give patrons the option to lock into seats or the flexibility to reserve as the season progresses for as low as $234.
The popular Flex Pass offers the greatest flexibility and allows pass holders to lock into $58 tickets for the season after the minimum purchase of six tickets. Preview Subscriptions sell out quickly for most plays, so the theater recommends acting swiftly to lock into those seats and savings while supplies last. Premium Subscriptions start at $342 (for six shows) and offer the biggest savings on premium seats.
Single tickets go on sale July 10 and start at $65/$61 for regular performances and $43/$39 for previews. Single Tickets for “Beehive” and “Lost Highway” start at $69/$63. Single tickets are priced dynamically and the value increases with demand. The theater recommends the Flex Pass for single ticket buyers who want to lock into lower prices for the whole season – and the only way to lock into lower prices for Arcade musicals is to subscribe with any package.
Continuing for the 2023-2024 season, all evening performances in both venues start at 7 p.m., with the exception of Opening Nights (1st Fridays) which begin at the later 8 p.m. curtain time. Popular matinee performances on Wednesday (Arcade), Thursday (ArtStage), and selected Fridays (Arcade), Saturdays, and Sunday begin at 2 p.m. Florida Rep’s free parking opens two hours before every performance.
To read more about the 26th Season and to download a subscription order form, visit FloridaRep.org. To renew or become a new subscriber over the phone, please call the box office at 239-332-4488. Box office hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.; Sunday two-hours before curtain.
Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with free parking in the Fort Myers River District. Visit Florida Rep online at FloridaRep.org, and by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Florida Rep’s current season is playing now through May 21. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash plays through April 23 in the Historic Arcade Theatre, and Lobby Hero plays April 18 – May 21 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. Tickets and information are available through the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053.
Source: Florida Repertory Theatre