With his Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet enjoying runs in New York , Chicago and on tour, Eric Schaeffer, Signature’s Artistic Director, will have a chance to savor the Shirlington Village hangouts a bit more, as he takes on directorial responsibilities for three out of four major musicals being re-created for Signature’s intimate stage.
“Signature is known for two things – inventing new works and reinventing others.” he’s said. ” The 2012/13 season takes us back to our ‘garage roots’ as we will re-invent some of the great musicals and terrific plays in our intimate theater settings. It’s an experience that can’t be found anywhere else and it will be a joy to rediscover these milestone shows in the American theater.”
The Schaeffer-directed musicals are The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hello Dolly! (a co-production with Ford’s Theatre) and Company. Matthew Gardiner will direct Dreamgirls.
Those who appreciated Gardiner’s taut direction for Really Really will be happy to know he is directing Christopher Shinn’s Dying City for Signature’s Arc theatre which opens little more than a month ahead of Dreamgirls.
Joe Calarco returns to Signature to direct his award winning adaptation Shakespeare’s R & J and director Aaron Posner makes his Signature debut with Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart.
A concert version of Matt Connor’s new musical Crossing and a series of five cabaret performances round out the offerings.