M&D Playhouse presents the 2024 Season of Theatre
M&D is bringing the best of Broadway and beyond to the Valley. Our 2024 season is stacked with some of our favorite shows of all time. From classic comedy, to edge of your seat ghost stories. These are some of the best stories ever written for the stage, so it’s no wonder why these are some of our favorites, and we cannot wait to share them with you. So please join us in 2024. Season passes will be going on sale soon so you can take full advantage of the savings and enjoy a year’s worth of quality theatre at a discount. See you at the Playhouse!
Eddie and Dave
January 18 – January 28
by Amy Staats
A gender-bending play about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius, and Van Halen! While females embody the roles of the titular characters, they are not playing men. They’re playing petty, pampered, spoiled, solipsistic little boys who only occasionally resemble adults. An MTV VJ narrates the rise and fall and semi-resurrection of the band known as Van Halen, starting with their disastrous reunion at the MTV Music Awards 1996.
February 22 – March 10
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn
Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simple-minded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain… or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!? The cast is comprised entirely of teenagers, but the stories that come to life here are ageless, the emotions they explore timeless, the laughter and the memories they provide priceless.
The Elephant Man
April 11 – April 21
by Bernard Pomerance
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man – the victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.
POTUS: Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
May 16 – May 26
by Selina Fillinger
A riotous comedy about the women in charge of the man in charge of the free world. One four-letter word is about to rock 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When the President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the seven brilliant and beleaguered women he relies upon most risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. Selina Fillinger’s brilliant, all-female farce took Broadway by storm in a star-studded production that earned three 2022 Tony nominations.
June 20 – July 7
by Mary Chase
Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.
Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
August 8 – August 25
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, original book by Oscar Hammerstein II, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane. The new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane.
Angels In America Part I – Millenium Approaches
September 19 – September 29
by Tony Kushner
Set in New York City, the play takes place between October 1985 and February 1986. The play begins at a funeral, where an elderly rabbi eulogizes the deceased woman’s entire generation of immigrants who risked their lives to build a community in the United States. Soon after, the deceased’s grandson, Louis Ironson, learns that his lover Prior Walter, the last member of an old stock American family, has AIDS. As Prior’s illness progresses, Louis becomes unable to cope, and he abandons Prior, who is given emotional support by their friend Belize, an ex-drag queen and hospital nurse. Belize separately also deals with Louis’s self-castigating guilt and myriad excuses for leaving Prior.
Woman In Black
October 17 – November 1
by Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill
The framework of this spine tingler is unusual: a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies! The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. A classic of the genre.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
adapted and conceived by Mark Sickler and Chelsea Hupalowsky
December 3 – December 22
This original presentation will merge the art of storytelling, theater, and dance to retell this seminal story
of redemption and joy.