From 'Gypsy' to 'Marilyn,' Stoneham Theatre promises eventful season
Seasons come and seasons go, but the powers that be at Stoneham Theatre believe the 2007-08 lineup will be one for the ages.
But getting to this point certainly didn’t happen overnight.
Artistic Director Weylin Symes has spent countless hours over the past year, combing the Internet, reading scripts and attending shows throughout the country — all in an effort to bring the best of the best to Stoneham. He said while it was a lot of work, it was well worth it to present this diverse roster of productions to the audience. (See full schedule, below.)
“One of our major goals in the theater is to do a wide range,” said Symes. “We want to bring something different with every show. We like to spice up our schedule a bit.”
“Gypsy,” an American musical about a wildly determined stage mother that tries desperately to make her daughters into famous vaudeville performers, will kick off the 2007-08 season on Sept. 13.
“We’re working on the show already,” said Symes, adding “Gypsy” is one of the theater’s bigger shows. “It’s a great big, old fashioned musical.”
Stoneham Theatre will follow up “Gypsy’s” run with the New England premiere of “Marilyn: Forever Blonde,” a show that chronicles the life and career of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
Symes said the great thing about this production is that all of the lines featured were taken directly from Monroe herself, through diaries, memories and interviews. He said although “Forever Blonde” isn’t set to take the stage for a couple months, he’s already heard from several Monroe fans that plan to attend each of the performances at Stoneham Theatre.
“We’re excited to bring it to Boston for the first time,” said Symes. “They’re things she actually said. It makes for an interesting experience to sit through.”