Tony Award-Winning Director Mary Zimmerman's The Arabian Nights at Arena Stage
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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I wanted to see this as it was playing in Chicago when I visited last, but was pretty booked and expensive. I throughly enjoyed it. M. Zimmerman's blend of storytelling with some dramatic acting out is more compelling than traidtional theatre-- one is literallly sitting on the edge of one's seat (like the king Scheherezade is entertaining). Costumes adn staging are great; music interesting. One learns a lot about the other side of the globe and other eras, but Mary Z brings in some modern and local humor and commentary, which works. I had some trouble hearing some actors during the performance, when their backs were to me (alhtough i was only in 4th row).
Quotes & Highlights
- “Enchantment… Zimmerman has a genius for building stage spectaculars from the most basic, old-fashioned materials [and] the actors transform themselves into an exhilarating panoply of expertly etched characters.” --<em>Variety</em>
- "Feast for the eyes and ears" --<em>Chicago Magazine </em>
Written and directed by Mary Zimmerman
Adapted from The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night
In association with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company
In ancient Baghdad, a courageous young girl postpones her execution by weaving magical tales for the troubled king. Genies and jesters, lovers and thieves spring to life from Scheherazade's imagination – allowing her to win the king's heart even as she secures her freedom. Tony Award-winning director and playwright Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) celebrates the wonder of storytelling and the redemptive power of love.
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