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This Year, We’re Presenting a Lineup of 6 Incredible NextStop Shows Plus a 30th Anniversary Community Celebration Production

August 3 – 26, 2018

30th Anniversary Event:

Musical Love Story

Music by Michel Legrand
Libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert
Adapted from Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé
English adaptation by Jeremy Sams

Throughout August, NextStop celebrates our 30th anniversary with a volunteer production of a beautiful French fable about a man who walked right through the walls that confined him.

In 1988, our company was founded as the Elden Street Players, with the vision of being a new kind of community theatre that focused on bold artistic choices and a higher standard of excellence. To celebrate 30 years of gathering for great live theatre in Herndon, NextStop presents this special community production event. Amour welcomes back some of our greatest artistic collaborators to mount a beautiful, unique, and little known Broadway chamber musical about a lovelorn Frenchman who learns he has the ability to walk through walls. Amour is a volunteer community outreach production.

September 13 – October 14, 2018

80’s Rock Musical

Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
Music by Matthew Sklar

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Written by Tim Herlihy

Based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, this is a big-singing,
big-dancing, big hair tribute to the 1980’s!

It’s 1985 and rock star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. That is, until his fiancée leaves him at the altar. This nostalgic 80’s musical will transport audiences back to the decade when our company was born. 

The Wedding Singer contains adult language and situations that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

October 25 – November 18, 2018

Classic Drama

John Steinbeck’s

Adapted by Frank Galati

A beautiful new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s iconic novel asks if it is possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.

East of Eden resets the story of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the intertwining stories of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons. It is an American epic: grand in scope yet deeply personal.

January 3 – January 27, 2019

Spoof Musical Comedy

Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell

A musical about four friends writing a musical about four friends writing a musical.

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, but the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends, Susan and Heidi. Follow four friends on their hilarious journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression.

[title of show] features adult language and topics

February 7 – February 24, 2019

Bold New Dramatic Comedy

By Sarah DeLappe

A challenging Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about the lives of suburban high school girls. The play takes you inside a world inhabited by girls at their daily soccer warm-ups.

“The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play by Sarah DeLappe.” – The New York Times. For NextStop’s production, we will hold an extensive casting search to hire local aspiring teenage actresses in their professional theatre debuts.

The Wolves contains adult language and themes that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

March 14 – April 7, 2019

Timeless Farce

Noel Coward’s
By Noel Coward

Noel Coward’s smash hit comedy about the rivalry between two housewives awaiting the arrival of their exotic former lover. 

Julia’s and Jane’s husbands go out of town for a golf trip the same weekend Maurice is coming to visit—both ladies had their last fling before marriage with the suave Maurice. Dramatizing female sexual desire and frustration, the first performances in 1925 outraged critics and was labeled “shocking and obscene.”

And the Spectacular Season Finale:

May 23 – June 23, 2019

Golden Age Musical

Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed

From Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann comes a wildly inventive re-imagining of an American mega-musical as no one has seen it before.

Singin’ in the Rain has all the magic and glamour of the greatest movie musical ever made. So, when the projector at a super-fan screening of the Film goes up in smoke, the hosts save the day… after all, in theatre, the show must ALWAYS go on.

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