'Guys and Dolls,' 'Beauty and the Beast' on tap at Naperville's BrightSide Theatre

Updated 6/24/2016 4:44 PM

Naperville's BrightSide Theatre on Friday announced its sixth season will consist of Broadway favorites from the past and present.

The 2016-2017 season begins Nov. 11 with the stage adaptation of the animated Disney film "Beauty and the Beast." Based on the 18th century fairy tale, the story focuses on a young woman who manages to tame the beast who holds her father captive. Artistic director Jeffrey Cass helms the family-friendly production.


That's followed by Ken Ludwig's backstage comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" (March 10-26, 2017). Set during the 1950s, it's about fading Broadway stars working at a second-tier theater who believe they'll get a second chance at fame courtesy of Hollywood director Frank Capra, who is rumored to attend a matinee. Aaron Henrickson directs.

The season concludes with Frank Loesser's "Guys and Dolls" (June 9-25, 2017), adapted from Damon Runyon's stories by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. Set during the 1940s, it centers on charismatic gambler Sky Masterson's efforts to get a date with the straight-laced Sarah Brown to win a bet with Nathan Detroit, who's got his own romantic problems with longtime fiancee Adelaide. Cass directs.

Performances take place at the theater at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Ave., Naperville. Season subscription available. Single tickets, starting at $20, go on sale Aug. 1. (630) 447-8497 or brightsidetheatre.com.

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