Rochester's flagship Geva Theatre announced their season Friday, March 30.  And it seems that Central New York is in for two productions of Shakespeare's Midsummer this year. Their other shows include some of the past decade's best musicals (Next to Normal being a personal favorite) and classic plays including the beloved holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. - Lauren Smart AVENUE Q Book by Jeff WhittyMusic and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx JUNE 28 – JULY 21, 2012 Get to know the folks on Avenue Q!   Called “Sesame Street for Grownups” and the winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, Broadway and Off-Broadway’s long-running hit comes to Geva! NOTE: Contains mature language and situations. Not suitable for children.

THE TRIBUTE TO SIR ELTON JOHN & BILLY JOEL Through the Years Featuring David James and Jeffrey Allen JULY 27 – AUGUST 11, A night of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes, and true Rock ‘n Roll at its finest!

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart Directed by Mark Cuddy SEPTEMBER 11 – OCTOBER 7, 2012 A screwball comedy that pits the eccentric Sycamore family – prone to spontaneous eruptions of music, dance, poetry and fireworks – against the buttoned-up bigwigs of Wall Street and the IRS.  When Alice Sycamore agrees to marry the son of ultra-conservative parents, will true love win out?

FREUD’S LAST SESSION By Mark St. Germain Directed by Skip Greer OCTOBER 16 – NOVEMBER 11, 2012 Just weeks before his death, legendary psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud invites young writer C. S. Lewis to his London study.  This deeply touching, intellectually thrilling play laced with humor and insight was last season’s Off-Broadway smash.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL By Charles Dickens Adapted for the stage by Mark CuddyMusic and lyrics by Gregg Coffin Directed by Mark Cuddy NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 23, 2012 Join us as we celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday with Rochester’s holiday tradition!  The famous tale of redemption for the most despised man in London will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit in this critically acclaimed adaptation.

NEXT TO NORMAL Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey Directed by Scott Schwartz A co-production with the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, Atlanta JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 10, 2013 Featuring an electrifying contemporary score of more than 30 songs, this groundbreaking, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is an emotional powerhouse.  Captivating and ultimately hopeful, Next to Normal aims right for the heart with its story of a suburban family coming to terms with its past and bravely facing its future.

THE BOOK CLUB PLAY By Karen Zacarias Directed by Sean Daniels FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 24, 2013 Ana is passionate about two things in life – order and Book Club, which she hosts at her home each week. When a documentary filmmaker’s camera injects a new energy into the club meetings and a new member invades, Ana’s world goes topsy-turvy.

THE WHIPPING MAN By Matthew Lopez Directed by Tim Ocel A Co-production with Indiana Repertory Theatre APRIL 2 – APRIL 28, 2013 At the conclusion of the Civil War, a Jewish Confederate soldier returns to his family’s abandoned plantation in Virginia. Abandoned, that is, except for two of the family’s former slaves: both raised in Judaism.   Against the backdrop of a changing America, the three men negotiate their new relationship, honor their shared faith and celebrate newfound freedom during Passover.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM By William Shakespeare Directed by Mark Cuddy and Skip Greer MAY 8 – JUNE 2, 2013 A quartet of mismatched lovers and a band of bumbling rustics cross paths with the feuding fairy king and queen in a magical moonlit forest on a midsummer night.  Weaving three stories of love, magic and perception, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy has been an audience favorite for centuries.  An enchanting celebration of love, innocence and imagination for the entire family!

 2012-2013 Fielding Nextstage Season      

44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS By The Neofuturists of Chicago Directed by Sean Daniels

ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART II: PERESTROIKA By Tony Kushner Directed by David Henderson A Method Machine production

SHAKESPEARE’S R & J *Adapted and Directed by Joe Calarco NO CHILD By Nilaja Sun Performed by Reenah L. Golden

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS By Mike Daisey

BOB By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Directed by Sean Daniels An Aurora Theatre Production