2015-2016 Productions

Calendar (2015-2016 Productions)

Program descriptions and ticket information are available on the Peak Performances Web page for the productions listed below:

Fall 2015 Spring 2016


Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

  • Fri    Oct 16 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Oct 17 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun  Oct 18 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wed Oct 21 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu  Oct 22 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri    Oct 23 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Oct 24 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Book by Larry L. King & Peter Masterson | Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall

Based on a story by Larry L. King

Directed by Joe Joyce | Musical Directed & Conducted by Eddie Guttman

Based on a true story, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a tale of small town vice and statewide political sidestepping that recounts the demise of the infamous Chicken Ranch in Texas. Governors, senators, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy brothel until a crusading television reporter tries to close it down. Mature content.

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Pride and Prejudice

  • Thu Nov 12 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Nov 13 - 1:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Nov 14 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Nov 14 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre

Journey to an era before tweets and texts when romance blossomed on dance floors and garden paths, in passionate conversation and heartfelt correspondence. Rebellious spitfire Lizzie Bennet meets her match in handsome, arrogant Mr. Darcy. In this breezy adaptation of Austen’s beloved classic, both are humbled by their growing attraction and ultimately, by unexpected love.

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Works-A-Foot 2015

  • Thu Nov 19 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Nov 20 - 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Nov 21 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Nov 22 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

This must-see event features dance works by guest artists and MSU dance faculty. One highlight among many: Larry Keigwin’s Exit Like An Animal, a piece that Siobhan Burke of The New York Times called “a theatrical flirtation with fashion and night life.”   

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Triumph of Love 

  • Thu Dec 10 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Dec 11 - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sat  Dec 12 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Dec 13 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

Book by James Magruder | Music by Jeffrey Stock | Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Based on the play by Marivaux

Directed by Mark Hardy | Musical Directed and Conducted by Gregory J. Dlugos

Triumph Of Love is a tongue-in-cheek musical adaptation of the classic Marivaux comedy of the same name. Full of delicious deception and cross-dressing disguises, this charming chamber musical reveals the beauty, absurdities and bittersweet nature of love. 


Meet Triumph of Love translator and book writer James Macgruder

Friday, Dec. 11, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at L. Howard Fox Theatre

The author of Triumph of Love James Macgruder comes for an open discussion and Q&A.  Learn more about how the author's translated book brings life to the original play by Marviaux.

Triumph of Love Translator and Book Writer James Magruder flier


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Sing for Your Supper 

  • Feb 4, 5, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Feb 7 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Leshowitz Recital Hall

A Celebration of RODGERS AND HART

From their first hit song in 1925 through their final show-stopper in 1943, the prolific team of Rodgers & Hart was continually redefining the musical theatre with its wit, freshness and intelligence. The brief narration highlights the Rodgers & Hart story, but it's the songs that explain their success. Perhaps master tunesmith Irving Berlin summed it up best: 'Tuneful and tasty, schmaltzy and smart-music by Rodgers, lyrics by Hart.'


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The Producers

  • Fri    Feb 26 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Feb 27 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun  Feb 28 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wed Mar 2 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu  Mar 3 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri    Mar 4 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Mar 5 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre

Based on the 1968 Film

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan | Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Directed by Clay James | Music Directed by Meg Zervoulis and Conducted by Gregory J. Dlugos

Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock convinces accountant Leo Bloom to help him produce the guaranteed flop Springtime for Hitler, so they can run off with the money. Nothing can go wrong with a show that’s doomed to fail…can it? This laugh-out-loud spectacle may be the funniest musical of all time!

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99 Ways to F*%k a Swan

  • Thu Mar 17 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Mar 18 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Mar 19 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Mar 20 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

By Kim Rosenstock | Directed by Jesse Jou
Dave is a lonely guy with a broken heart. Fiona is a creative writing instructor in a complicated relationship. When Dave writes a fantastical story about strange romantic obsessions, they begin a relationship that might help them both. Inspired by the myth of Leda and the Swan, 99 Ways… is a hilarious, provocative, and moving comedy. Mature content. 

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The Lost Ones

  • Tue  Mar 22 7:30 p.m.
  • Wed Mar 23 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu  Mar 24 7:30 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium 

An evening of short plays by Samuel Beckett.  Directed by Mercedes Murphy.
eHJoePLAYOHIO IMPROMTUNOT IfootfallsCome & GO (shorts by Samuel Beckett). The Lost Ones is a study in "word-storming" in the name of theatricality. This performance flexes its muscles as it dances between the poles of wit and venom. It is a love note to the inescapable stillness of an unrecoverable lost one.

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Dance Works 2016

  • Thu Mar 31 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Apr 1 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Apr 2 2:00 p.m.
  • Sun Apr 3 2:00 p.m. 

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre 

The majestic Panorama, choreographed by dance legend Martha Graham in 1935, headlines Danceworks 2016. This concert also features Colleen Ann by Seattle-based pioneer Pat Graney, a 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award Recipient. Resident choreographers Nancy Lushington, Christian von Howard, and Earl Mosley also contribute to this exciting evening of dance.

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The Drunken City

  • Thu Apr 21 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Apr 22 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Apr 23 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Apr 24 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

By Adam Bock | Directed by Debbie Saivetz

On an epic bar crawl, three 20-something brides-to-be begin to question their future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. A wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in the city that never sleeps.

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Dance Collage 2016

  • Wed Apr 27 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu  Apr 28 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri    Apr 29 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Apr 30 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun  May 1 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Montclair State dance majors strut their innovative choreographic stuff in this student concert directed by Maxine Steinman and Kathleen Kelley. The work is fresh, the dancing is hot, so don’t miss the choreographic debuts of these talented young dancers!   

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