Fiddlehead Theatre Company and Citi Performing Arts Center Forge Partnership with 2016-17 Season

Fiddlehead's 23rd Anniversary Season to Include PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT The Musical and CARNIVAL

Boston, MA – Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, announced today that the Boston-based professional theater company will stage two full-scale musical productions at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre for their 23rd Anniversary season, in partnership with the Citi Performing Arts Center and Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO.

Following Fiddlehead’s production of Show Boat (June 22-July 3, 2016), the company will launch its first full season at the Shubert Theatre with PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT The Musical (A Boston Premiere!) from September 30- October 9, 2016. Based on the 1994 hit film, PRISCILLA is the uproarious and fashionable tale of drag performers spreading glamour across the Australian outback on a fabulous journey of discovery. The season will bookend with CARNIVAL from May 5-14, 2017, the touching story of a young girl who enters the world of a threadbare carnival and works a little bit of magic on the puppeteers, magicians and performers who inhabit the big top.

Tickets for Fiddlehead’s 2016-2017 season at the Shubert Theatre will go on sale as of Wednesday, May 11 at 10:00 am. Tickets can be purchased at citicenter.org, by calling (866) 348-9738, or by visiting the Citi Center Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 – 6 pm.

“We are thrilled that our first full season at the Shubert Theatre is already in the planning stages for this fall,” said Meg Fofonoff, Founding Producing Artistic Director. “Fiddlehead has been producing Broadway-quality theater for over two decades in the Boston area and we look forward to bringing the audience along with us on this exciting new journey at the Shubert. We are grateful to Joe Spaulding and the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre for opening their doors to us in the heart of Boston’s theater district and for sharing in our vision to produce exceptional theater that uplifts while engaging audiences in important cultural issues.”

"Following Show Boat this June, we look forward to welcoming Fiddlehead Theatre Company back to the Shubert Theatre for their exciting 2016-17 season,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “We pride ourselves on supporting the region’s nonprofit arts community and very much look forward to this new partnership with Meg, Stacey, and the entire Fiddlehead team.”

Fiddlehead’s 23rd Anniversary Season at Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre:

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT The Musical

Boston Premiere!

September 30-October 9, 2016

Original Costumes and Direction by Stacey Stephens, Choreography by Arthur Cuadros, Produced by Meg Fofonoff

Get ready for the ride of your life! In the middle of the Australian outback, a glamorous trio of performers searching for love and friendship aboard a battered old bus end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Based on the 1994 hit film, Priscilla is a glitzy dance party with wildly outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men”,” I Will Survive”,” Hot Stuff” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” This fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Book by Stephen Elliott and Alan Scott, Based on Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

CARNIVAL

Boston Exclusive!

May 5-14, 2017

Produced by Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens

''Carnival,'' a 1961 Drama Critics' Circle Award winner, is based on the 1953 film Lili. Called a “shiny soap bubble of a musical” by Ben Brantley of the New York Times, CARNIVAL is an uplifting and heartwarming musical following the fortunes of the orphan waif Lily who stumbles into the midway of a European travelling carnival and becomes enchanted by the world-weary circus performers. Lily’s child-like innocence transforms the lives of all she touches under the big top. The lush music and orchestrations include the show’s signature theme “Love Makes the World Go Round.” Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill: Book by Michael Stewart. Based on the story by Paul Gallico and the screenplay for Lili by Helen Deutsch.

Tickets for Fiddlehead’s 2016-2017 season at the Shubert Theatre are available at citicenter.org, by calling (866) 348-9738, or by visiting the Citi Center Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 – 6 pm.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For more information, please visit citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: May 10, 2016
Contacts: Michelle Chapman | Citi Performing Arts Center | 617.532.1210 | Mchapman@citicenter.org

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