For 2018-2019, Ford’s Theatre has opted for a season of magic and optimism in which the corrupt are smited, the stingy are enlightened, wrongs are righted and children are delighted.
The season begins with Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, in which a crooked metals dealer goes to Washington to bribe his way into a bonanza: scrap metal from post-war Europe sent to him tariff-free. His über-naive girlfriend, though, is holding him back socially, and so he engages an idealistic newspaper reporter to educate her. She gets more of an education than he had in mind, though. Edward Gero plays a role which Paul Douglas originated in 1946, and which Ed Asner and Jim Belushi have also played on Broadway, and Kimberly Gilbert assumes the role originally played by Judy Holliday. Aaron Posner directs this classic, which will run from September 21 to October 21, 2018.
Next comes A Christmas Carol, an annual Ford’s treat. Craig Wallace once again plays the imperious Scrooge, who reconciles with Christmas when…ah, you know what happens. Michael Baron will again direct A Christmas Carol, which Ford’s promises will be “music-infused.” From November 15 to December 30 of this year.
Ford’s starts out the New Year with the classic courtroom drama, Twelve Angry Men. Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom drama takes you into the middle of a jury room, where racial prejudice, inattention, unjustified assumptions, and the desire to get to the ball game threaten to make a hash of justice and send a young man to the electric chair until one juror, dogged and logical, attempts to turn things around. Broadway director Sheldon Epps will helm this production, which will run from January 18 to February 19, 2019.
Finally, when your kids are almost at an age where they’ll be dating and driving your car, they will probably be delighted by Into the Woods, the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim mashup that seems like Hans Christian Anderson meets Luigi Pirandello. A gaggle of fairy-tale characters pursue their cosmic destinies in collaboration and in conflict with each other, with startling results. (Halfway through, they overthrow the narrator). Peter Flynn, who directed Ford’s Ragtime, will be at the helm; choreography will be by Michael Bobbitt. Into the Woods will run from March 18 to May 18 of next year.
Season tickets for Ford’s Theatre are not yet available.