There are some promising and innovative productions coming up on the professional and community theater scene this season. Aside from the good standard plays that can be viewed, several new works will debut.
Lyric Opera House
Jan. 22-Feb. 17.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's skate-and-song concert about an assortment of trains that take part in a contest, all in the mind of a little boy, won seven Tony Award nominations.
"The Heliotrope Bouquet
by Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin"
Feb. 16-April 7
The new work by Eric Overmyer is a "lyrical theater poem" about Joplin and Chauvin as they create a ragtime composition. The play inaugurates Center Stage's Upstairs Theater.
Morris A. Mechanic Theatre
Feb. 19-March 17
Tommy Tune's musical version of the book that became a movie in 1932. The musical drama involves a group of people staying at the same hotel.
For tickets to shows at the Lyric or the Mechanic, visit the box offices or call 625-1400.
A new, modernized version of Voltaire's "Candide" performed by the creative Touchstone Theatre of Bethlehem, Pa., will play at the Theatre Project in February. In this production, the hopeful hero travels a more contemporary world. Special illusions and tricks and a unique physical style ranging from amusing acrobatics to bawdy slapstick. Call 752-8558 for tickets and show times.
March 14-16 and 19-23
In all probability, the most propitious and original production will be the American premiere of a new version of "Medea." Euripides' dark tale of excessive passion and revenge will be staged at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in March under the guidance of the brilliant international director, Sam McCready. Adapted by Irish poet, Brendan Kennelly, a professor at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Call 455-2476 for details.
"Forbidden Broadway," Fells Point Cabaret Theatre, Opens March 15. The Fells Point Cabaret Theatre is planning to stage the popular "Forbidden Broadway" in March for an open-end engagement. This musical satire spoofs the great old and new Broadway shows. Call 1-800-766-0028 for details.
"Ziegfeld, a Night at the Follies," Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, April 2-April 28. The mostly revue is based on the life of the legendary showman whose name was synonymous with musical revues that featured beautifully clothed beautiful women.
"Les Liaisons Dangereuses," Fells Point Corner Theatre, May 10-June 9. Fells Point Corner Theatre is mounting the Baltimore premiere of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Christopher Hampton. For ticket information and show times, call 276-7837.