Our 2018 Season

Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway

Book by Woody Allen

Music and lyrics by Glen Kelly

Directed by Damien Lorton

February 22 – March 18, 2018

Bullets Over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. David Shayne is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work but quickly abandons that stance when his producer finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There's just one catch, however, the backer is a mobster who sees Shayne's play as a vehicle for his ditzy, talent-free girlfriend. Throw in an aging diva, a savant hit-man and a bevy of beautiful chorus girls, and this is one Broadway show that is sure to knock 'em dead.

Bullets Over Broadway is a love letter to the Golden Age of Broadway complete with showgirls, gangsters and a cast of zany characters. Based on the acclaimed 1994 Woody Allen film, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features hits from the 1920’s, including Let's Misbehave, ‘Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do and There's a New Day Comin'!

Hailed by Time Magazine as “Musical Theatre Gold!”

“[Bullets Over Broadway is a] deliciously escapist piece, which boasts showstoppers and glitzy costumes that would be right at home in a vaudeville revue...” – Robert Kahn, NBC News

Always Patsy Cline
Always Patsy Cline

Book by Ted Swindley

Music and lyrics by Patsy Cline

Directed by Damien Lorton

April 12 – May 20, 2018

Nicole Cassesso and Dee Shandera are back for their third and final turn as Patsy Cline and Louise Seger in this critically acclaimed production.

Always...Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on the "Arthur Godfrey Show" in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan. A chance meeting at Patsy’s concert started a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.

Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women spent the night chatting about their common concerns about life and family. Though they exchanged addresses, Seger never imagined their relationship would continue. Yet she received the first of many letters and phone calls from Cline shortly after. Their pen-pal correspondence provides much of the dialogue for the show.

Seger supplies the narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing her famous tunes, including Anytime, Walkin' After Midnight, I Fall To Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Crazy; all backed by a live country band.

The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans.

“Cassesso absolutely commands the stage, capturing the heart and soul of the legendary singer, showing her consummate ability to stir deep emotions within her listeners.” – Eric Marchese, OC Register

“The combination of Cassesso's illustrious voice and Shandera's down-home Texas twang is a revelation under the splendid direction of Damien Lorton...” – Tom Titus, LA Times

“Whether country music fan or not, “Always, Patsy Cline” has something for everyone, and may just give you a new appreciation for a true American idol.” – Thom deMartino, OC Tribune

Hello Dolly!
Hello Dolly!

Book by Michael Stewart

Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman

Directed by Damien Lorton

July 12 – August 5, 2018

Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is classic, American musical theater at its finest. Since its debut in 1964, the show has entertained audiences worldwide and garnered 15 Tony Awards and 3 Academy Awards, including the recent award-winning revival starring Bette Midler. Hello, Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish and features such memorable songs as Before the Parade Passes By, It Only Takes a Moment, Put on Your Sunday Clothes, and the infamous title number, Hello, Dolly!

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker and a professional meddler. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself.

"Hello, Dolly! offers classic musical theater without a hint of apology. Jerry Herman’s exuberant score is a show-tune bonanza...” – Adam Feldman, Time Out

“It’s next to impossible to avoid getting swept up in the excitement.” – Maya Stanton, Entertainment Weekly

“The show, the best musical Tony winner of 1964, is an old-school comic jewel filled with great songs. The book — based on Thornton Wilder’s play, “The Matchmaker” — then as now is as tight and bouncy as a late-19th century corset and bustle.” – Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News

The Producers
The Producers

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks

Directed by Damien Lorton

September 27 – October 21, 2018

Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks’ Tony Award winning musical The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again when he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance. Too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds, the show is a total hit! With dozens of over the top characters, show stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humor keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop.

The Holiday GEM
The Holiday GEM

Book by Nicole Cassesso and Chris Harper

November 23 – December 16, 2018

The GEM Theater

The GEM Theater
12852 Main Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714.741.9550 x221

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Ring in the holidays at The GEM Theatre with a 'fun for the whole family' holiday review! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes and a whimsical set; Santa Claus, his tap dancing elves and a cast of talented performers close out our season in true holiday fashion!

The celebration begins with a journey into the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you'll discover that anything is possible as long as you believe. Featuring well known standards and contemporary holiday classics that are sure to fill you with the spirit of the season. Enjoy favorites such as Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Baby It's Cold Outside and Sleigh Ride as you've never heard them before.

The magic continues when the second act curtain opens to reveal a breathtaking scene reminiscent of Victorian England from Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Dressed elegantly in ball gowns and top hats and tails, the cast brings to life the traditional songs of the season including Carol of the Bells, White Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear and Silent Night.

Lighthearted, fun and entertaining, The Holiday Gem dazzles from start to finish. Both brilliantly spectacular and genuinely moving The Holiday Gem is sure to create joyful memories that last a lifetime!

“With more than its share of heartfelt moments and well-earned laughs, this delightful “Gem” glows with holiday cheer. It’s wholesome without being saccharine – and highly recommended for all ages.” – Eric Marchese, OC Register

“[The Holiday Gem] hearkens back to all those great old Holiday variety specials of the 1960’s that television was overflowing with every December.” – Leo Buck, Bucking Trends

“The show offers a number of beautifully performed and choreographed musical numbers, some outstanding solo pieces, even a few touching moments of honesty from the cast” – Thom deMartino, OC Tribune

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