Berkeley Playhouse has announced its 14th main season of musical productions which will begin this fall.
The 2022/23 season begins in September with In the Heights, the Tony Award-winning musical from the creator of Hamilton. November opens with Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical based on the beloved children’s book. Next up in February is Fun Home, a refreshingly honest and entirely original musical adapted from the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. May opens with Becoming Robin Hood, an adventurous and hilarious new musical created by local artists. The season wraps up in July with the YouthStage Spotlight Show production of Disney’s Newsies, the jubilant story of fighting for what’s right, based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899.
“Season 22/23 is packed with humorous, fun and empowering stories, with a common theme of perseverance through thick and thin,” said Executive Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley. “These shows are sure to entertain and inspire.”
THE 2022/23 SEASON AT A GLANCE
In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda
September 9, 2022 – October 16, 2022
(Press evening: September 10)
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
From the musical theater sensation behind Hamilton comes this high-spirited Tony and Grammy Award-winning story full of salsa, soul, hip-hop and R&B beats.
Usnavi de la Vega, owner of a small bodega in New York’s Washington Heights, introduces us to a dynamic group of neighbors and friends chasing their dreams and struggling against the pressures of modern society. Set over three scorching summer days, this panoramic snapshot of a vibrant community on the brink of change is a production not to be missed.
Matilda the musical by Roald Dahl
November 4, 2022 – December 23, 2022
(Press evening: November 5)
book by dennis kelly
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book Mathilde by Roald Dahl
This Tony and Olivier award-winning musical based on the beloved children’s book is a gripping tale that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of one girl who dreams of a better life.
Matilda is a young girl living in England in the late 1980s. She has an incredible mind, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers, but is constantly underestimated by her family and bullied by the cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Matilda finds hope in her teacher Miss Honey, who appreciates the child’s extraordinary personality. Will Matilda find the courage to stand up to her enemies, changing her life and the lives of her students for the better?
February 24, 2023 – April 2, 2023
(Press evening: February 25)
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Adapted from the groundbreaking graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is a refreshing, honest, and entirely original musical about seeing your parents through adult eyes.
When her father suddenly dies, graphic novelist Alison delves deep into her past to tell the story of the unstable, brilliant, and one-of-a-kind man whose temper and secrets have defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming and unanswered questions about her father’s hidden desires.
Become Robin Hood
May 26, 2023 – July 2, 2023
(Press evening: May 27)
Book by Laura Marlin
Music and lyrics by Phil Gorman
This adventurous and hilarious new musical created by local artists explores a twist on the classic Robin Hood story. In this musical version, a few citizens of Nottingham mistakenly take on the identity of a heroic outlaw as each embarks on high-stakes journeys.
We meet Wren, a powerhouse with big plans but no audience; Phoebe, Wren’s best friend who thinks to follow her until the end; and Cooper, who yearns to be good at one thing, but just can’t figure out what it is. Sherwood Forest brings mystery and intrigue as accidents beget legends, friendships become entangled and personal dreams come true.
Spotlight YouthStage: Disney Newsies
July 14 – July 23, 2023
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Berkeley Playhouse’s YouthStage Spotlight Show is performed by talented young actors in an enhanced version of its YouthStage lineup.
Enjoy the day with this jubilant story about the fight for what’s right, based on the real newsboys’ strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, the charming leader of a group of young newsboys, brings together journalists from all over New York City to strike together in protest against rising distribution prices and unfair conditions.
This award-winning musical from the composer who brought you Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act and the writer behind Kinky Boots is a must see show for the whole family!
ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE
Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through thriving educational programming, a professional stage season, community outreach and a commitment to community development. new family musicals. In support of this mission, Berkeley Playhouse maintains and enhances the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion and empowerment is central to the work of this organization.