Currently Showing from 2nd Star Productions: "Ragtime"

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, 
Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic 
capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th
 century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the 
American dream in the volatile “melting pot” of turn-of-the-
century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic
 contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences 
of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and 
despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a 
wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his 
motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime 
musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising 
interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of
 justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams 
are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical 
figures that built and shaped turn-of-the-century America, 
including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, 
Evelyn Nesbit and Henry Ford, this musical sweeps 
across the diversity of the American experience to create 
a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American
 experience: the marches, the cakewalks and - of course, the ragtime.

Directed by Nathan Bowen
Produced by Jane Wingard
Music Direction by Emily Taylor
Choreography by Anwar Thomas

2nd Star Productions will be presenting the musical at the Bowie Playhouse at Whitemarsh Park from June 1-30, 2018. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, and Sundays are 3 pm Our closing performance on Saturday June 30th is a 3 pm matinee. Tickets are available at this link.


2nd Star Proudly Announces its 2018-2019 Season!!!

Singin' in the Rain
Sept 21 - Oct 20, 2018
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed

The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" is faithfully and lovingly
 adapted for the stage. Singin' in the Rain has all the makings of a
 Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a 
love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In 
silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but,
 behind the scenes, things aren't always as they appear on the big 
screen! Meanwhile, Lina's squeaky voice might be the end of her 
career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. Filled with every memorable moment from the film and a downpour of unforgettable songs, Singin' in the Rain is a guaranteed hit!

Chess, the Musical
Feb 1-16, 2019
Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA
Lyrics by Tim Rice

This highly acclaimed musical develops the ancient and 
distinguished game of chess into a metaphor for romantic 
rivalries and East-West political intrigue. The principal pawns 
form a love triangle: the loutish American Grandmaster, the 
earnest Russian champion, and the Hungarian-American female 
chess second, who arrives at the international championships with the American but falls for the Russian. From Tyrol to Thailand the players, lovers, politicians, CIA and KGB make their moves to the pulse of this monumental rock score. Several numbers, including "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well", are international hits.

Gypsy, a Musical Fable
May 31 - June 29, 2019
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Gypsy is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for 
her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set 
all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and 
burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the 
world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and 
sophistication. The celebrated score, by Jule Styne and Stephen 
Sondheim, boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me 
Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” 
“If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “Small World,” and “Together Wherever We Go.”


2017 Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our annual silent auction such a success. With your generous support, we raised over $800 for 2nd Star Productions. A special thank you to all of the individuals and organizations that donated items, including:

Amy Jones
Annapolis Summer Garden Theater
Carole Long
Christopher Overly
Colonial Players of Annapolis
Creative Force Dance Center
Michael Mathes
Mission Escape Room
Nancy Freeman
Nate Jackson Photography

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2nd Star Productions is supported in part
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