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Stumptown Stages announces new season


Stumptown Stages, under the artistic direction of Lake Oswego resident Kirk Mouser, has announced its 2013-14 season. The theater group specializes in musical theater.

The season opening production will be “9 to 5: The Musical” running from Oct. 24 to Nov. 10 with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick.

Based on the 1980 hit movie of the same name, three female co-workers pushed to the limits by their boss concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do — even in a man’s world. This is a story of friendship and revenge.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” returns Nov. 22 through Dec. 22. Music and lyrics are by Portland talents Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg and Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss with book by Janet Mouser. The musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Corey Brunish with choreography by Valarie Grudier Edwards. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is a holiday favorite for all ages. An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

“Aida” runs Feb. 20 through March 9, 2014, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang. This show is directed by Mouser with choreography by Valarie Grudier Edwards. “Aida” is a contemporary musical take on the classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together they set an example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” closes out the season with a run scheduled for May 8 through 25, 2014. With music by Fats Waller, the musical was conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr. and features Johnson-Weiss. The musical soul of 1930s Harlem lives on in this revue that is still considered one of Broadway’s best. The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the golden age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano plays and swing. Althought not quite a biography, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” evokes the humor and energy of this American original.

For subscriptions call 503-381-8686 or visit stumptownstages.com.