The shows go on: Brevard theaters announce 2020-21 seasons

Christina LaFortune
Florida Today

Following months of closures and delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brevard's theaters are back in business with announcements for their 2020-21 seasons.

Here's what's coming up for Brevard theater.

These schedules are subject to change. Please check the theaters' websites for the most up-to-date information.

Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa; 321-636-5050; cocoavillageplayhouse.com. Tickets range from $21-$29.

Broadway on Brevard Series

  • "9 to 5, The Musical," Aug. 28 - Sept. 13, 2020. The closing show of CVP's 30th season, based on the popular 1980 movie, features three unlikely friends who take control of their office and their lives.
  • "Little Women," Nov. 20 - Dec. 6, 2020. This musical based on Louisa May Alcott's classic story of the March sisters will open the theater's 31st season.
  • "Newsies," Jan. 29 - Feb. 14, 2021. Disney's musical, inspired by a true story about a newsboys strike in turn-of-the-century New York, will inspire you to fight for what's right and seize the day.
  • "1776," March 12-21, 2021. In the summer of 1776, our founding fathers were ready to declare independence... if only they could agree to do it. This classic musical follows the men who struggled to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
  • "Mamma Mia!," April 23 - May 9, 2021. ABBA's hit songs tell the story of a young woman's search for her birth father on a sunny Greek island.
Rene Little as "Doralee" in "9 to 5, The Musical," at Cocoa Village Playhouse in September 2020.

Spotlight Series

  • "Halloween Trilogy of Plays," Oct. 9-11, 2020. The Halloween show will consist of three short one-act plays inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
  • "Hot Pink: The Music of The Rolling Stones," Oct. 23-25, 2020.
  • "The Galmont Ballet: The Nutcracker," Dec. 18-20, 2020.
  • "Michael Law: Home for the Holidays," Dec. 2020. 
  • "Hot Pink: The Music of The Doors," Jan. 8-10, 2021.
  • "Hot Pink: The Music of Elton John," May 21-23, 2021.
  • "John & Jen," May 28-30. The musical will feature CVP alumni John Dudley and Hayley Vervalin.

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Henegar Center

625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne; 321-723-8698; henegar.org. Tickets range from $27-$34.

  • "Grease," Oct. 23—Nov. 8, 2020. This rollicking musical about the 1959 senior class of Rydell High will complete the Henegar's 2019-20 season, which was interrupted in March due to COVID-19.
  • "Elf, the Musical," Nov. 27—Dec. 20, 2020. This popular holiday musical follows would-be elf Buddy on his journey to New York City to discover his true identity, and help those around him remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • "Godspell," Jan. 15—31, 2021. In this musical about Jesus' life, a small group of players helps Jesus Christ tell different parables using a wide variety of music, games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing.
  • "Once on this Island," Feb. 19—March 7, 2021. In a musical Caribbean adaptation of the Little Mermaid fairy tale, Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. The gods make a bet over which is stronger, love or death?
  • "The Irish Curse," March 12—21, 2021. This comedy about how men, and society, define masculinity will be performed in the Henegar's Upstairs Blackbox Theatre.
  • "Rock of Ages," April 2—18, 2021. This musical about a small-town girl, a city boy and a rock ‘n’ roll romance on the Sunset Strip features favorite '80s rock anthems like "Don't Stop Believin'," "Here I Go Again," "I Wanna Know What Love Is" and more.
  • "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," April 23—25, 2021. This innovative, heartbreaking and wickedly funny musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.
  • "The Full Monty," May 7—23, 2021. In this heartwarming musical, six unemployed steelworkers come up with a bold and unconventional way to make some much-needed cash, after witnessing their wives go wild for a group of male strippers.

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Melbourne Civic Theatre

817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne; 321-723-6935; mymct.org. Tickets are $30.

Tynan Pruett, left, plays "Hannah Mae Bindler" and Adonna Niosi, right, plays "Maude Mix" in Melbourne Civic Theatre's production of "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking," on stage through Sept. 6, 2020.
  • "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking," July 31—Sept. 6, 2020. This two-character comedy takes place in the suburban Westchester County kitchen of Maude Mix, who is having a tough day. A new neighbor badgers her into friendship, and the two eventually join forces against their errant husbands.
  • "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," Oct. 2—Nov. 8, 2020. This comedy by Neil Simon looks at the challenges of city life on a middle-aged couple in 1970s New York. Mel and Edna struggle to maintain their dignity while surviving noisy neighbors, problem plumbing and unemployment.
  • "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," Dec. 4—24, 2020, with special performances Dec. 21, 22 and 23. In Tom Mula's four-person adaptation of the Christmas classic, Scrooge's business partner Marley has one chance to escape a hellish eternity, but it will take a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal.
  • "Educating Rita," Jan. 15—Feb. 21, 2021. Frank is a disillusioned middle-aged English tutor. Rita is a forthright young hairdresser who is eager to learn and won’t accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms in this comedy about fresh starts in life.
  • "Out of Order," March 19—April 25, 2021. Ray Cooney's screwball farce involves a married Conservative Junior Minister and his secretary attempting a clandestine tryst in a posh London hotel. The discovery of a dead body hanging out of their window leads to a tangled web of outrageous lies and hilarity.
  • "Harvey," May 21—June 27, 2021. In Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic comedy of errors, Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. The trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit.

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Surfside Playhouse

301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach; 321-783-3127; surfsideplayers.com. Tickets range from $22-$25.

"Brad Colt," played by Chris Tsocanos, expresses frustration at a 55-year-old murder case in the interactive comedy "The Pirate's Eye" at Surfside Playhouse in September 2020.
  • "The Pirate's Eye," Sept. 11-20, 20. A Surfside murder mystery comedy with music.
  • "A Gentleman and a Scoundrel," Nov. 6-15, 2020. An underpaid worker hires himself in disguise as his own assistant to increase his income. His sweetheart falls for his phony self and he becomes his own rival.
  • "Santa Jaws," Dec. 11-20, 2020. 
  • "Bus Stop," Jan. 8-21, 2021. William Inge's comedy takes place in the middle of a snowstorm, when travelers are stranded overnight in a roadside diner. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse, has been kidnapped by a confident cowboy with marriage on his mind.
  • "Communicating Doors," March 5-20, 2021. In this intricate time traveling comic thriller, a London sex specialist from the future stumbles into a murder plot that sends her, compliments of a unique set of hotel doors, traveling back in time.
  • "The Edwards Twins: A Traveling Act" March 27-28, 2021. Twin brothers Anthony and Eddie Edwards perform celebrity impressions including Sonny & Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones and many more.
  • "Up, the Man in the Flying Chair" April 23-May 2, 2021. This dramatic comedy follows a failed inventor whose greatest moment of glory was a flight on a lawn chair festooned with helium balloons, and who dreams of inventing something wonderful once more.
  • "Dracula Fractured," June 11-20,2021. The never-dead, the half-dead and the undead swirl together to make a bloody cocktail that if you dare to drink, will leave you gasping for breath.

Titusville Playhouse

301 Julia Street, Titusville; 321-268-1125; titusvilleplayhouse.com. Tickets range from $27-$34.

Jordyn Linkous starred as "Hedwig" in a special outdoor production of the fourth-wall-smashing musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at Titusville Playhouse in October 2020.

"Bright Star," Aug. 7—30, 2020. The final musical of Titusville Playhouse's 2019-20 season tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s.

  • "Beehive," Sept. 4—27, 2020. This musical celebration of the female voices of the '60s features hits like "My Boyfriend's Back," "Be My Baby" and "Son of a Preacher Man." The show opens Titusville Playhouse's 2020-21 season.
  • "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Oct. 2—4, 2020. Jordyn Linkous will star as Hedwig in a special outdoor production of the fourth-wall-smashing musical.
  • "Evil Dead the Musical," Oct. 9—18, 2020. All the elements of the cult classic films "The Evil Dead," "Evil Dead 2" and "Army of Darkness" are combined in an outdoor, site-specific musical production that is more cheesy and funny than scary.
  • "The Rocky Horror Show," Oct. 23—31, 2020. This live staging of the musical that inspired the 1975 classic cult film follows Brad and Janet as they seek shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night.
  • "Annie," Nov. 13—Dec. 6, 2020. Lovable little orphan Annie and her faithful mutt Sandy find a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks in 1930s New York.
  • "A Tuna Christmas," Dec. 11—20, 2020. Titusville Playhouse favorites Patrick Ryan Sullivan and Steven Heron reprise their roles in the comedy about the quaint characters of Tuna, Texas.
  • "Ghost, the Musical" Jan. 15—Feb. 7, 2021. Adapted from the hit movie, this musical follows young couple Sam and Molly whose bond of love transcends the boundaries of life after Sam's untimely death.
  • "The Wild Party," Feb. 19—March 14, 2021. This steamy prohibition tale based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem is about a party to end all parties with a slew of guests living on the edge.
  • "Nunsense A-MEN," March 19—April 11, 2021. The nuns from the classic musical will be played by Titusville Playhouse favorites Steven J. Heron, Niko Stamos, Jonathan Willis, Jordyn Linkous and Luke Atkison.
  • "Big Fish," April 23—May 15, 2021. Traveling salesman Edward Bloom's larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him, but his son is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales.
  • "BKLYN the Musical," May 28—June, 2021. This story within a story involves a troupe of street performers sharing the tale of a young girl who comes to the U.S. to find the father she never knew.

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