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Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Launches 2014 Season

Posted on the 05 June 2014 by Hendrik Pape @soundcheckblg
Finger Lakes Musical Theatre festival

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

AUBURN, N.Y. – The musicals are coming! Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival launches another highly anticipated season of “Broadway in the Finger Lakes,” with a variety of regional premieres, Broadway classics, off-the-wall comedies, and the next generation of musical theater at three different theaters.

The season opens on May 29 with “Menopause The Musical” at MGR Downtown at the Auburn Public Theater in Auburn, New York. This hilarious musical is great for a ladies’ night out and has kept millions of women laughing and celebrating the change.

Menopause the Musical

Earth Mother (Becca McCoy), front, Iowa Housewife (Teri Adams), left, Soap Star (Cherie Price), right, and Professional Woman (Fredena J. Williams), back, star in Menopause the Musical

“Menopause The Musical” is the first of a seven-show, 200-plus performance season and one of many productions opening in rapid succession for an exciting start to the season. It is presented by special agreement with GFour Productions, by special license from owner Jeanie Linders’ Company, with book and lyrics by Jeanie Linders.

Mary Poppins (Elizabeth Earley)

Mary Poppins (Elizabeth Earley) explains that she is “Practically Perfect” to Jane Banks (Shannon Beel) and Michael Banks (Séamus Gailor)

The season continues as “Mary Poppins – the stage adaptation of the Disney classic – flies into town June 4 and departs July 2 at the Festival’s flagship location, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park. “Mary Poppins” will feature a host of MGR alums, including Elizabeth Earley as Mary, Patrick Oliver Jones as Mr. Banks and Lucy Horton as Mrs. Banks, as well as a stellar cast and artistic team with members from the original Broadway cast.

The fun continues with the athletic comedy “Damn Yankees” (July 9-30), the zany antics of three sailors let loose in New York City in “On the Town” (Aug. 6-27), the heart and wit of one of America’s legends in the spectacular “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3-24) and the regional premiere of those wild and wacky Minnesotans in “The Church Basement Ladies in the Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1-18).


The PiTCH at Theater Mack

June also marks the opening of “The PiTCH,” the Festival’s new works series that showcases 10 new musicals in their earliest stages of development, now in its third season. This series invites the audience to participate in the creative process, welcoming audience feedback during and after performance.  Kicking off the season is “Sunset City,” a hilarious musical comedy about the feisty seniors of the Sunset City retirement community who must fight to save their home from foreclosure. The PiTCH will run for 10 weeks, featuring a new musical in development each week at the Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. Visit FingerLakesMTF.com for details.

Tickets are now available including: single-show tickets; Merry-Go-Round Playhouse subscriptions, which include one ticket to the first four shows at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; and Flex Passes, which allow for flexibility in selecting up to seven musicals at any of the three theaters. Group rates and an “early bird/night owl special” are also available. Visit www.FingerLakesMTF.com/tickets or call 1-800-457-8897 for more information.

2014 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Schedule 

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at Emerson Park

6877 East Lake Road, Auburn, New York. 13021

  • “Mary Poppins” (June 4 to July 2)
  • “Damn Yankees” (July 9 to July 30)
  • “On the Town” (Aug. 6 to  Aug. 27)
  • “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3 to Sept. 24)
  • “The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1 to Oct. 18) 

MGR Downtown at Auburn Public Theater

8 Exchange St. at Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 13021

  • “Menopause The Musical” (May 29 to Aug. 9)

Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum

203 Genesee St., Auburn, New York 13021

  • “THE PiTCH” (June 19 to Aug. 30) 

About Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival:

Four hours from New York City and situated between Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is the largest producing musical theater organization in New York state — outside of New York City. The Festival is headquartered in the town of Auburn, New York – set in the picturesque Finger Lakes wine region of Central New York. The Festival provides top-notch entertainment to more than 60,000 patrons each summer and is routinely recognized by industry press and maintains a high regard in the professional theater community for its artistry and execution. For more information about the festival or to purchase tickets, please visit FingerLakesMTF.com. Find Finger Lakes Music Theatre on Facebook or follow FingerLakesMTF on Twitter.

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