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Hangar Theatre Celebrates Stories of American Life in its 38th Season

December 22, 2011

Ithaca, NY (12/05/11) – The 38th season of the Hangar Theatre has been revamped to include a thrilling line-up of plays and musicals.  With two Tony winning musicals, a favorite farce, an American classic and a one-woman magnum opus, the season is set to thrill, challenge and exhilarate.

The season takes off with Ken Ludwig’s knock-down, drag it out farce, Lend Me A Tenor (June 21-July 7) followed by the premiere of a strikingly innovative concept of the Tony winning best musical Titanic (July 12-July 28). The sophisticated comedy Full Gallop (August 2-August 11) is next, followed by the area premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal (August 16-September 1). The final offering is a true American classic, Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful (September 13-September 22).

Peter Flynn, Artistic Director of the Hangar, states “The 2012 season is an exploration of our American life onstage: how we have come together and evolved our way of living and thinking because of national events and trends explored in these significant plays and musicals.  It is also a reinvigoration of the American story, whether a musical chronicle of one of the most noteworthy events of the twentieth century, the advent of the screwball comedy, or how we relate to our friends and family in the twenty-first century - the 2012 season takes a cohesive look at how we live as Americans.”   Details of the season are as follows:

Lend Me a Tenor
By Ken Ludwig
Set in 1934, Henry Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is awaiting the arrival of world famous, Tito Morelli, the greatest tenor, to appear for one night as Otello.  Showing up late, the star inadvertently takes a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.  Saunders , believing Tito is dead, frantically persuades his assistant Max to take the star’s place.  Max succeeds admirably, until Morelli wakes up.  With two Otellos, star-struck women, a jealous wife and a meddling bellhop – the laughs never stop. Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards.

Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the archetypal disaster of the 20th century.  The musical play Titanic examines the causes as well as the conditions and the characters involved - officers, crew and passengers - in this endlessly intriguing drama.  The show features a sweeping score with breathtaking vocals.  Winner of five Tony Awards including Best musical, Titanic is truly a night to remember.

Full Gallop
By Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson
“A celebration of excess, energy and the thrill of never looking back” – The New Yorker.  This much-admired play is based on the amazing life of Diana Vreeland, a true American style icon as well as the editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines.  Full Gallop is a one-woman tour-de-force portrait of a remarkable woman at a turning point in her life.  Fired from Vogue, Vreeland has just returned from a four-month trip to Europe and is throwing a dinner party, hoping that a wealthy friend will bankroll her next venture.  The evening unfolds into an unforgettable, fascinating and hilarious night of theatre. "Full Gallop is, as Vreeland herself might have said, divine, divine, divine!" —NY Daily News

Next to Normal
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
The acclaimed, groundbreaking musical that won the Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal makes its area premiere at the Hangar.   Called “A brave, breathtaking musical” by The New York Times, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. With a pulsing, exhilarating contemporary score, the Tony winning Next to Normal also took home the Pulitzer Prize for drama.   It is a show that – according to Rolling Stone - "pushes Broadway in new directions."

The Trip to Bountiful
By Horton Foote
The basis for the Academy award winning film, The Trip to Bountiful has been called "…the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory…" by the NY World-Telegram.   Mrs. Carrie Watts, an aging widow, living with her son and daughter-in-law in a small Houston flat, fears that her presence may be an imposition. Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind.  Written by two-time Oscar Winner Horton Foote (Tender Mercies, To Kill a Mockingbird), The Trip To Bountiful is a moving and unforgettable portrait of American life.

Regular tickets range from $18 t0 $45.  Subscriptions – offering preferred seating, lower ticket prices, and packed with added benefits - are also available.  Tickets can be purchased at: or by phone at (607) 273-8588.  The recently renovated theatre is located at 801 Taughanock Blvd.  Ithaca, NY 14850.  The Hangar business office is 171 East State Street, Suite 230 in Center Ithaca.  Ithaca, NY 14851

The Hangar Theatre is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.  Visit our website at

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