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2024 Mainstage Productions

Season 52: “The Last Five Years,” written and composed by Jason Robert Brown; “Big Fish,” book by John August, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa; “Detroit ’67,” by Dominique Morriseau; “Dragon Pack Snack Attack,” music and adaptation by Erik Durham, orchestrations by Alex Thompson; “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry

The Last Five Years

Written and Composed by Jason Robert Brown

A powerful and intimate musical that chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, over the course of five years. The story captures the highs and lows of their love affair and the complexities of ambition, success, and heartbreak with a score that will leave audiences in awe. Mtishows.com 

The Last Five Years is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. mtishows.com

Knickerbocker Theatre | 86 E. 8th Street 

  • June 13, 14, 15 – 7:30 p.m.
  • June 18, 20, 21, 22 – 7:30 p.m.
  • June 25, 26 – 7:30 p.m.

View The Last Five Years digital program

Big Fish

Book by John August, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish follows Edward Bloom, a salesman with unbelievable tales that captivate all. As his son Will prepares for fatherhood, he seeks truth in his father's legendary stories. This is a musical with heart, humor, and a story bigger than life itself. 

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August. Big Fish Small Cast is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. theatricalrights.com

DeWitt Main Theatre | 141 E. 12th Street

  • June 28, 29 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 5 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 6 – 2 p.m.
  • July 10, 11 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 19, 20 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 22, 23, 27 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 30, 31 August 3 – 7:30 p.m.

View the Big Fish digital program

Detroit ’67

By Dominique Morriseau 

In 1967 Detroit, amidst the vibrant Motown music scene, siblings Chelle and Lank transform their basement into a thriving after-hours club to make ends meet. However, when a mysterious woman disrupts their lives, tensions rise, igniting conflicts over both family affairs and the backdrop of the ’67 riots that engulf their city. 

Detroit ’67 is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. concordtheatricals.com

DeWitt Main Theatre | 141 E. 12th Street

  • July 12, 13 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 17, 18 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 24, 25, 26 – 7:30 p.m.
  • August 1, 2 – 7:30 p.m.

View the Detroit ’67 digital program

Dragon Pack Snack Attack

A Theatre for Young Audiences Performance

Music and Adaptation by Erik Durham, Orchestrations by Alex Thompson 

A crowd favorite returns! In the Middle Ages, Hobart the dragon and his buddies grow weary of the usual antics so they fly off to explore new places. When the dragons leave the tropics and discover Burger Hut, it’s a full-fledged, ferociously fearsome fast-food festival. A musical the whole family can enjoy! hsrt.bandcamp.com 

A children’s musical adapted from the book, Dragon Pack Snack Attack, by Joel Schoon-Tanis and Jeff Grooters.

Bultman Student Center Outdoor Amphitheater | 141 E. 12th Street 

In the event of inclement weather, please come to the lobby of the DeWitt Main Theatre and you will be directed to the event’s alternate indoor location.

  • June 21, 22 – 10:30 a.m.
  • June 24 – 10:30 a.m.
  • July 1, 6 – 10:30 a.m.
  • July 3, 5 – 2 p.m.
  • July 11, 13 – 10:30 a.m.
  • July 16, 17, 19, 20 – 10:30 a.m.
  • July 23, 25, 27 – 10:30 a.m.

View the Dragon Pack Snack Attack digital program

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

By Joe Landry 

In this timeless American holiday favorite, experience the enchantment of a live 1940s radio broadcast retelling the story of George Bailey's struggle one Christmas Eve, portrayed by an ensemble embodying both the characters and sounds of the original film.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service imprint. dramatists.com

Knickerbocker Theatre | 86 E. 8th Street 

The Holiday Tradition Continues — Opening December 2024!


Acting Intern Showcase

Presented by Hope Repertory Theatre Summer Interns

We are very proud of our young theatre artists who are part of the Hope Rep 52 Summer Season. Come see them present an evening of songs and monologues and catch the next rising star of Hope Repertory Theatre. 

Knickerbocker Theatre | 86 E. 8th Street 

  • July 29 – 7:30 p.m.

By Margot Connolly

Hope Repertory Theatre in partnership with the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium present a workshop reading of Havurah, a new interfaith play by Margot Connolly. 

Havurah (loosely translated to “circle of friends”) explores interfaith tensions on a college campus after a shooting incident at a local synagogue. When does activism harm more than heal, and how do we partner well with those who are hurting as we seek to create “a circle of friends?”

Jack H. Miller Recital Hall | 221 Columbia Avenue

  • August 3 – 2 p.m.