You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - December 1989
Written by Clark Gesner
Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown follows in the grand tradition of Annie and Lil’ Abner by bringing ink pen newsprint characters to life. Playhouse audiences took a delightful trip into the comic strip world of their favorite "Peanuts" characters. The play gives new insights into the lives of Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Patty, Snoopy, and Charlie Brown.
No, No, Nanette - March 1989
Book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel
Lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach
In this play Jimmy Smith, a Bible salesman, befriends three ill-reputed ladies who are more than willing to keep Jimmy from being depressed.
On the Verge - November 1988
by Eric Overmyer
Eric Overmyer’s On the Verge tells the story of three 19th century lady explorers who leave their mundane, Victorian lives behind to embark on a safari in the jungles of Africa. The three women adventurers encounter many bizarre artifacts and characters on the safari that lead them through time and space.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - March 1988
by Rupert Holmes
The Poplar Pike Playhouse was the first theatre in the Mid-South to present The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Audiences delighted in being able to actually help solve the mystery as they voted each night on "who-done-it". Their solution determined the end of the play. Drood was the 1986 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Orchestration.
And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson - November 1987
by Jim Leonard, Jr.
And They Dance Real Slow In Jackson is a powerful, haunting memory play by one of the American theater's most impressive writers. The play offers a vivid and deeply affecting account of the agonies inflicted on a young crippled girl growing up in a small Indiana town.
Man of La Mancha - March 1987
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darlon
Book by Dale Wasserman
This classic musical is the charming and gallant reincarnation of the Don Quixote legend. The imaginative storyline creates a highly theatrical experience. "The Impossible Dream" is one of many beautiful tunes that complement the equally poetic script.
The Foreigner - November 1986
by Larry Shue
The Foreigner is the story about Charlie Baker, a pathologically shy young Englishman who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. He travels with his friend to a fishing lodge in Georgia, U.S.A. Not wishing to converse with the loud southerners, Charlie feigns that he speaks no English.
Celebration '86 - May 1986
Written and Directed by E.F. Bluestein
Celebration '86 is an original show featuring highlights from Poplar Pike Playhouse musicals of 1976-1985. The show features guest appearances by alumni from past PPP productions. Included on the "starlist" are Allison Hall, Jim Coffman, Anne Early, Dan McCleary, Jenny Conley, Jon Koski, and Susan Marshall.
Monday After the Miracle - November 1985
by William Gibson
This stirring drama, written by William Gibson, is the sequel to the critically acclaimed story of Helen Keller’s life, The Miracle Worker. The action of the play takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, seventeen years after the events of The Miracle Worker. The Poplar Pike Playhouse was the first theatre to present Monday after the Miracle in the Memphis area.
On the 20th Century - May 1985
Book and Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Music by Cy Coleman
Whether performed with elaborate scenery or on a simple scale, this brilliantly comic musical appeals to audiences everywhere. In this play, a flamboyant theatre producer, a tempestuous star, and a host of totally outrageous fellow passengers tap dance their way through one wacky situation after another on a chaotic and hilarious train ride from Chicago to New York City.
Greater Tuna - December 1984
by Jason Willims, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
This hilarious small-town comedy stars the citizens of Tuna, Texas. There are twenty wild characters in this show, all played by only two actors! Greater Tuna proves to be a tour-de-force of quick-change artistry, both of costumes and of comic characterizations.
Shenandoah - December 1984
Book by James Lee Barret, Peter Udell and Phillip Rose
Music by Gary Geld
Lyrics by Peter Udell
This dramatic and powerful saga revolves around a strong-willed Virginia farmer who tries to keep his family neutral during the Civil War. Their story is a heart-warming and heart-rending portrayal of the upheaval that left wounds on the land and people.
The Diviners - October 1983
by Jim Leonard, Jr.
The Diviners is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930's.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - March 1983
by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, tells the story of a young man named Joseph living in the land of Canaan. While the rest of his brothers are forced to wear sheepskin, he struts around in a fabulous rainbow-colored coat, a gift from his adoring father.
Star Spangled Girl - December 1982
by Neil Simon
This Neil Simon play is a fast moving, hilarious comedy. It tells the story of two earnest young men struggling to put out a "protest" magazine, and the all-American girl who moves next door and manages to send both of them into a romantic tail-spin.
The Wiz - May 1982
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Based on the book by William F. Brown
The Wiz is a musical version of The Wizard of Oz,with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz have been set to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music.
A Day in the Courtroom A Nite in the Lighthouse - March 1982
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
A Day in the Courtroom A Nite in the Lighthouse featured two separate one act plays: Trial by Jury and Black Comedy. Trial by Jury is a short and humorous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Black Comedy, written by Peter Shaffer, reverses light and dark so that the actors and audience see different things at different times.
To Kil a Mockingbird - November 1981
Book by Harper Lee
Play by Christopher Sergel
Based on the novel by Harper Lee, this dramatization by Christopher Sergel focuses on Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town. She ends up experiencing dramatic events which will affect the rest of her life. The play deals with racism and standing up for what one believes is right.
West Side Story - May 1981
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
This modern day version of Romeo and Juliet is played against the stark reality of New York City gang life. The now famous Bernstein-Sondheim score, along with Arthur Laurent’s dramatic script, combines all of the elements of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, to create one of the most moving and poetic Broadway musicals of all time. An interesting side light to the production at the Playhouse was the inclusion of several Memphis area actors. In order to give an air of reality to the show, all of the adult roles were played by adults.
The Fantasticks - October 1980
Lyrics and Book by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world. The story is very simple, a playful variation of the Romeo and Juliet theme, but the style of the show is quite sophisticated. Melodic, humorous, at times sentimental, it manages to be both simple and complex at the same time.
Hello Dolly! - May 1980
Book by Michael Steward
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
In this beloved Broadway musical Dolly Levi, a New York-based matchmaker and widow has found herself in love with a "half-a-millionaire" Yonkers merchant named Horace Vandergelder. She proceeds to weave a web of romantic complications involving him, his two clerks, a pretty milliner, and her assistant.
Pippin - March 1980
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Pippin is a musical about a young man who takes the audience on an unpredictable and crazy journey through war, politics, and love as he searches for "complete fulfillment."