It’s the height of summer in Ogunquit, which means we’re right in the thick of the onstage marvels the venerable Ogunquit Playhouse has schemed up for its 2017 season! We gave an overview of the Playhouse’s schedule earlier here at the Colonial Inn blog, in which we profiled the first two shows of the summer: Mamma Mia! and Bullets Over Broadway (which just wrapped up July 20th).
So what’s on tap next during this very special 85th anniversary season of the Ogunquit Playhouse, one of the Northeast’s most esteemed regional theaters?
Well, beginning August 2nd we’ve got the rousing musical Ragtime, based on E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel profiling the trials and travails of characters from three very different segments of American society at the turn of the last century. The original production earned a quartet of Tony Awards (Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations) as well as five Drama Desk Awards in 1998.
Ragtime bows out on August 26th, followed up from August 30th through September 30th by the very special world premiere of Heartbreak Hotel. This original telling of Elvis Presley’s breakout years comes from the same team that created the smash hit Million Dollar Quartet, which enjoyed hugely popular runs at the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2015 and 2016. As with that production (which chronicled the near-mythic recording session between Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis), Heartbreak Hotel comes jampacked with iconic rock-n-roll hits: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right, Mama,” and the namesake chart-topper, among many others.
From Here to Eternity
The Ogunquit Playhouse regular season will culminate October 4th through the 29th with From Here to Eternity, a brand-new musical based on the same James Jones novel that spawned the classic 1953 film. The Playhouse’s presentation of From Here to Eternity is part of the musical’s North American premiere run.
Book a Stay at the Colonial Inn Today & Enjoy the Ogunquit Playhouse’s 2017 Season
As a guest at the Colonial Inn, you’re in easy reach of the Ogunquit Playhouse. Make it an unforgettable Ogunquit double-header with unsurpassed accommodations at our historic hotel and some world-class musical theater!