Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 2022 Season

GLENS FALLS – Adirondack Theatre Festival announced its 28th season. The season includes exclusive first looks at new drafts of cutting-edge titles that have generated major buzz throughout American theater.  

ATF Producing Artistic Director Miriam Weisfeld

“Our season represents a reinvestment in the festival’s core strengths,” said Miriam Weisfeld,  who as producing artistic director is presenting her first ATF season. “Audiences can expect a  diverse range of groundbreaking artists as we nurture new work traveling from Glens Falls to  the world.” 

The summer season at the Charles R. Wood Theater includes: 

• An exclusive look at a new draft of Mystic Pizza musical that Broadway World says “beautifully places mostly tunes from the 1980s by such well-known artists as John  Mellencamp, Van Morrison, Melissa Etheridge and others around an engaging true-to-life  story and characters that matter.” Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. 

• ATF is presenting an “athletic” new adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s much beloved The Hobbit. • In 1834, 16-year-old Afong Moy sailed into New York Harbor and was put on display for a  paying public who were mesmerized by her graceful tea ritual and shocked by her tiny  bound feet. The Chinese Lady shares her impressions of a young country struggling to define  itself as Moy travels from the Oval Office to a circus tent in this incredible true  story. Shannon Tyo, star of the Public Theater’s recent sold-out run, directs. • Last Stop on Market Street has been described as a “hip-hoppin’, heart-thumpin’, toe tappin’ musical joy ride.” This concert presentation of new all-ages musical features songs  by legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier, co-writer of many Motown hits including  “Heatwave” and “Where Did Our Love Go,” and his son Paris Ray Dozier, and book by Cheryl  L. West, author of the upcoming Broadway shows Jar the Floor and Shout, Sister, Shout! The  Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 

Subscriptions are $155 for adults and $95 for youth age 18 and younger are available by phone  (518-480-4878) or in person from noon to 5 p.m. Tues,-Sat. at the Charles R. Wood Theater Box  Office at 207 Glen St., or through atfestival.org

The 2022 Adirondack Theatre Festival season 

The Chinese Lady

June 15 – 26  

“Extraordinary.” (The New York Times) 

Fresh from a sold-out run at NYC’s Public Theater, this show is quickly becoming one of the  most widely produced plays in America. In a little-known true episode from the 19th century, a  fourteen-year-old girl is brought from China to New York Harbor and put on display as the first  Chinese woman in America. Her surreal journey takes her from Andrew Jackson’s Oval Office to  P.T. Barnum’s circus tent to the harsh reality of the Chinese Exclusion Act. This haunting portrait  allows us to gaze into a hidden past, as the past gazes back at us.  

The Hobbit 

July 6 – 17  

“Magical.” (The Star Tribune) 

An athletic new adaptation of one of the best-selling fantasy books of all time. Bilbo Baggins  lives a complacent life until the Dwarfs, robbed of their riches and displaced from their  homeland, call on him to be their ally. Five virtuosic actors transform into goblins, spiders,  wolves, elves, eagles, and more in a battle against the forces of greed and corruption. A  theatrical tour-de-force for lovers of great storytelling.  

Last Stop on Market Street 

July 28 – 31  

“Marvelous.” (The Sun-Times) 

A concert presentation for all ages based on an award-winning picture book about a bond  between grandparent and grandchild, this new musical features a script by Cheryl L. West,  author of two upcoming Broadway shows, and songs by the father-son team of Paris Ray Dozier  and Lamont Dozier, co-writer of iconic Motown songs including Stop in the Name of Love, Heat  Wave, Come See About Me, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, and more. An irresistible  musical experience and a heartwarming lesson in service to others.  

Mystic Pizza 

August 5 – 7  

“Brilliant.” (Broadway World) 

A concert presentation based on the beloved 1980’s movie starring Julia Roberts, this new  musical features a treasure trove of hit songs by Melissa Etheridge, John Cougar Mellencamp,  Debbie Gibson, Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison and more. Adirondack Theatre Festival was proud  to host a developmental retreat for this show last winter. Now ATF audiences can be the first to  hear the new draft in a concert presentation before the show travels the country.  Mystic Pizza is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. (www.concordtheatricals.com

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