"Underground," a musical inspired by the discography of legendary singer-songwriter Ben Folds, was recently performed at the Coronado Playhouse. The Playhouse just announced their line-up for the 2024 season. Photo courtesy of Coronado Playhouse.

Coronado Playhouse has announced a Season 79, featuring a diverse assortment of main shows, including a free classic production, big musicals, new and exciting plays, and special events throughout the year, organizers said.

And Coronado Playhouse will continue last seasons’ addition of Saturday matinees.

“The Saturday matinees have been successful for the Playhouse,” said Barron Henzel, former board president. “They have given our patrons more choices, as our Sunday matinees almost always sell out.”

Simplified pricing of $27

“We are also offering simplified pricing for the new season,” he said. “All performances are $27. We offer shows Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. We work hard to keep ticket prices accessible while maintaining the highest quality we can. A big thank you to all our members and donors who help us in this endeavor.”

Meanwhile, the free Classic Series will continue for the 28th year, bringing audiences a quintessential Shakespeare show that will appeal to the entire family, he said.

Current season ticket holders can renew by visiting https://www.coronadoplayhouse.org/2024-season/ or by contacting the box office at (619) 435-4856‬ or boxoffice@coronadoplayhouse.com.

New subscribers can purchase their season beginning Sept. 1. And single tickets will be available on Oct. 1.

The 2024 season line-up

“All Bark, No Bite:” Jan. 12-Feb. 4

“All Bark, No Bite” is a romantic comedy about relationships, and is built upon a clever conceit that is skillfully revealed in the opening minutes. This witty bite holds the audience for the rest of the show in this sweet and heartfelt play.

This comedic farce has legs. Lots of them.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream:” March 8-30

Set in a wooded fairy land under the light of the moon, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a much-adored comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595 or 1596, and is one of his most popular and widely performed plays.

“Tuck Everlasting:” April 26-May 19

Based on the best-selling children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, “Tuck Everlasting” features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen.

Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence. She gets more than she could have imagined when she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family.

“Nine, the Musical:” June 21-July 14

Celebrated but impetuous film director Guido Contini, succumbing to the pressures of filming his latest film epic, suffers a midlife crisis which blocks his creative impulses and entangles him in a web of romantic difficulties in early-1960s Venice.

One by one, women from his past and present – including his mother, his wife, his mistress, and his leading lady – haunt, instruct, scold, seduce and encourage him until this Casanova finally learns to grow up.

“Nine” is based on the 1963 autobiographical film 8½ by Federico Fellini. It is a musical with extraordinarily powerful music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and an inventive book by Arthur Kopit.

“Exit, Pursued by a Bear:” Aug. 16-Sept. 8

Subtitled as “A Revenge Comedy,” Gunderson delivers nothing less, as the fast paced action screams towards Kyle’s fate. As the laughs roll, Gunderson cleverly confronts the issue of domestic abuse but at the same time walks the fine line between painful tragedy and unseemly comedy by examining multiple perspectives of those involved, each flawed, contradictory, and human.

“Exit, Pursued by a Bear” is the first of three plays in the author’s “Shakespeare Cycle”, a series of contemporary comedies based on Shakespeare’s plays. Other plays in the series include “Toil and Trouble” and “The Taming.”

“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street:” Oct. 11-Nov. 3

The infamous Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.

“Sweeney Todd” features some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece is sure to both thrill and delight audiences. It is based on the 1970 play “Sweeney Todd” by Christopher Bond. The character of Sweeney Todd first appeared in a Victorian penny dreadful titled “The String of Pearls.”

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