By Bill Hirschman
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, with its reputation as a quintessential mainstream house, will mix up its 2013-2014 season with titles dating back decades and the hottest play on Broadway last year: Dial M For Murder, Annie, A Chorus Line, The King and I and Other Desert Cities plus a benefit concert by Brian Stokes Mitchell.
The subscription season includes:
Oct. 27–Nov. 10: Dial M For Murder, Frederick Knott’s 1952 classic thriller about a tennis pro who blackmails an Army buddy to murder his wife — and then struggles to cover up his efforts from a plodding but insightful police detective. The meticulously plotted play was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s film starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.
Dec. 3–22: Annie is a downbeat operetta about an ungrateful little brat and her flea-bitten mongrel who heartlessly soak a hard-working billionaire for everything he’s worth, making his life miserable not to mention that of the altruistic mistress of the orphanage who nurtured her in her formative years.
Jan. 14–Feb. 2: A Chorus Line – If you have to ask, you haven’t been paying attention for the past 38 years.
Feb. 6-March 2: Other Desert Cities is a stunning play by Jon Robin Baitz that was one of the most acclaimed evenings in New York in the past season – first done at Lincoln Center and then transferred to Broadway. It focuses on the Christmas Eve reunion of a patrician family in Palm Springs, California. The festivities turn ugly as the daughter asks her parents’ blessing to publish a memoir reviving the family’s darkest hour when their son was involved in a fatal bombing during a Vietnam War protest.
March 18-April 6: The King And I provides the Maltz, known for its lush production values, with an opportunity to pull out all the stops for this classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
A special event will be the Jan. 5 benefit concert for the Maltz Jupiter theatre and the Actors’ Fund charity featuring Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell. Tickets will be $100.
Other limited schedule events include:
Youth Artists’ Chair presents Hamlet –Aug. 24
Emerging Artist Series presents Through the Looking Glass – Nov. 15-16
A contemporary retelling of the children’s classic
Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band Holiday Concert –Dec. 23
Capitol Steps – New Year’s Eve
Cirque Zuma Zuma –January 2
Let’s Hang On – A Tribute to Franki Valli and The Four Seasons – January 3
Masters of Motown – Jan. 20
Swingin’ –Jan. 26
Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis – January 27
Spencers Theatre of Illusion – Feb. 4
Charlie Thomas’ The Drifters – Feb. 7
Glenn Leonard’s Temptations Revue –Feb. 8
Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire –March 7
Yesterday, Beatles – March 8
Season subscriptions are currently on sale. Single play and musical tickets go on sale Aug. 26. Single tickets for special productions, special engagements and limited engagements go on sale May 6. For more information call (561) 575-2223 or visit jupitertheatre.org/