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A Little Hairspray Preview

Back on March 14th, Wagner had its annual Vocal Spectacular.  In addition to the amazing chorus numbers, the cast of Hairspray did a couple of songs from the upcoming production.  While the microphones and lighting aren’t yet set for the actors or the staging, the voices, the choreography, and the music are all there… with six more weeks of rehearsal to make it the incredible production that always hits the Wagner stage.

And don’t forget, tickets are on sale now for what is the
largest show we’ve ever produced at Wagner.

Just click this line to be taken to the ticket site to get your seats today!

Welcome to the Sixties!! Hairspray Opens at Wagner April 20th!

One of Broadway’s biggest fan favorite musicals, Hairspray opens at Wagner High School on April 20th for five fantastic performances.

With over 100 students, plus the orchestra and crew, our production of Hairspray features the largest cast in the 11 years of the Wagner theater program.

Performances of Hairspray will be:
Friday, April 20 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 pm
Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 pm

 

Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, March 19th.  Click here to be taken to our online ticketing site. You can also call 1-866-967-8167 to order tickets over the phone.  (Please note, that number is for our ticketing agent and not the school.)

With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name and opened on Broadway in 2002.  It ran for an amazing 2642 performances.  Its thirteen Tony nominations and eight Tony Awards make it one of the most honored musicals ever.  Hairspray took home Tony’s for Best Musical, Original Score,  Direction, Book, Performance by a Leading Actor, Performance by a Featured Actor.  In addition, it was also nominated for Best Choreography, Orchestrations, Scenic Design, and Costume Design.

About the show:

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her newly found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. Tracy faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma, and her popular, but vicious, daughter, Amber. With the help of the teenage heartthrob Link, host Corny Collins, and Motormouth Maybelle (the host of ‘Negro Day’), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission to integrate The Corny Collins Show.

 

Coming in January 2018: Our Black Box Production of Gypsy!

Wagner High School Theater is proud to present our second musical in our Performing Art Center’s Black Box Theater.  On January 11 to 14th, 2018, we will present the classic Broadway musical, Gypsy!

Tickets for the show go on sale on Monday, December 11th.  All tickets are $15.00 plus a small service/credit card fee.  Students can purchase tickets in the Falcon’s Nest with one ticket discounted to $12.00 and others at the regular price of $15.00.  Please note, there are just 160 seats in the Black Box Theater and tickets do sell quickly.  Be sure to purchase yours as soon as possible.

Performance times are:

  • Thursday, January 11th at 7:00pm
  • Friday, January 12th at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, January 13th at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, January 14th at 2:00pm

About the show:

Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc.

Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, among them Ben Brantley (“what may be the greatest of all American musicals…”)[1] and Frank Rich.[2]Rich wrote that “Gypsy is nothing if not Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.”[3] Theater critic Clive Barnes wrote that “Gypsy is one of the best of musicals…” and described Rose as “one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical.”[4]

A musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee was a project of producer David Merrick and actress Ethel Merman. Merrick had read a chapter of Lee’s memoirs in Harper’s Magazine and approached Lee to obtain the rights. Jerome Robbins was interested, and wanted Leland Hayward as co-producer; Merman also wanted Hayward to produce her next show.[5] Merrick and Hayward approached Arthur Laurents to write the book. As he relates, Laurents initially was not interested until he saw that the story was one of parents living their children’s lives. Composers Irving Berlin and Cole Porter declined the project. Finally, Robbins asked Stephen Sondheim, who agreed to do it. Sondheim had worked with Robbins and Laurents on the musical West Side Story. However, Merman did not want an unknown composer, and wanted Jule Styne to write the music. Although Sondheim initially refused to write only the lyrics, he was persuaded by Oscar Hammerstein to accept the job.[6]

The 2017-18 Met Opera HD Broadcast Schedule at Wagner High School

As another school year begins, the Wagner performing arts program is once again proud to serve as a site for the Metropolitan Opera HD Live Simulcasts.  We are happy to announce this year’s schedule of broadcasts.  Please note, that our schedule is often different from that listed on the Met Opera’s own web page.  Please use our schedule here for viewing at Wagner High School.

Once again, these broadcasts are live from the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.  The dates and productions are:

October 14, 2017:  The Magic Flute  (1:00pm start)

December 9, 2017:  Hansel & Gretel  (1:00pm start)

February 10, 2018:  Tosca  (1:00pm start)

March 10, 2018: Elixir of Love  (1:00pm start)

May 12, 2018: Cosi  (1:00pm start)

We look forward to see you at the broadcasts for another wonderful year of opera from the Met!

EVITA!! Tickets Are Now On Sale!

Tickets for our spring musical- Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s masterpiece, Evita- go on sale this Monday, February 20th!  

All tickets online are $15.00.  Wagner HS students can purchase tickets in the Falcons’ Nest starting on March 1st.  Furthermore, students can purchase one ticket for $12.00 in Falcons’ Nest.

We look forward to see you once again for what promises to be another spectacular Wagner Theater production with a cast of 90 and live orchestra.

There will be five performances:

  • Friday, March 24th at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, March 25th at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, March 26th at 2:00pm
  • Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, April 1st at 8:00pm (note the later start time)

To purchase tickets, just click this link:
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The main character performance dates are:

Company: A Romantic Comedy — January 12-15 in the New Black Box!

 

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Company: A Romantic Comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth was a groundbreaking musical set in New York City, winning  the 1971 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Lyrics, Best Scenic Design, and Best Direction of a Musical.   Wagner High School Theater has also staged acclaimed productions of two other Sondheim musicals, West Side Story in 2009 and Sweeney Todd in 2012.

Set in a swinging New York City in the 1970’s, Company follows the odyssey of perpetual bachelor Robert (Bobby) Harris on the occasion of his 35th birthday who has been unable, or more to the point, unwilling,  to walk down the aisle, until now.  A series of vignettes follows Bobby and his favorite five married couples, as well as his relationship with his three current girlfriends.  Bobby and his “good” friends gather to celebrate and offer varying degrees of relationship advice in a quirky and hilarious fashion which increasingly inspires Bobby to tie the knot before it’s too late, all seen through Bobby’s eyes.  Will he ever discover what he needs to find happiness?

Company will be the first musical production to be staged at Susan E. Wagner High School’s new Performing Arts Center and Black Box Theatre which opened this past September.   This dedicated Performing Arts Center is a first for any New York City public high school.

The show features Wagner High School’s Senior Theatre Majors including Joseph Gottfried as Bobby.  Company is directed by theatre teacher Diane Zerega with musical direction by chorus and music teacher Keith Waage.  Company will feature an orchestra under the direction of music teacher Paul Corn, who is also the Assistant Principal of the Performing and Visual Arts at Wagner High School.

Company includes some of Sondheim’s most recognizable songs including Getting Married Today, The Ladies Who Lunch,  Side by Side,  and Being Alive.

The performance dates are:

  • Thursday, January 12, @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, January 13 @ 3:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Saturday, January 14 @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, January 15, @ 2:00pm

Here is the cast list for Company with the performances each actor will be in.  For the parts with no days next to the names, those actors will be playing their role for all five performances.  (You can click on the Cast List graphic to see it larger.)

 

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All tickets are $15.00.  Wagner HS students can get one ticket with their ID card for $10.00 in the Falcon’s Nest starting next week.

Almost, Maine: The premiere performance for our new Black Box Theater

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Yes, we should have posted this days and days or weeks and weeks ago…but here we are:

This Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, at 7:00pm, Wagner HS Theater will be having its premiere event in our brand new Black Box Theater. We will be presenting John Cariani’s romantic comedy, Almost, Maine, a series of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

Tickets are just $10.00 and are available online- just click here!