Starting June 14, the professional musical theatre kicks off its 45th Anniversary season with a revival of the enduring classic Hello, Dolly!, starring Ellen Travolta as the irrepressible and meddlesome Dolly Levi, and Jack Bannon (Ellen's real-life husband) as Horace Vandergelder. The original 1964 Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! ran for 2,844 performances with Carol Channing in the title role, and swept the Tony awards, winning 10 out of 11 nominations. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, June 14 - 23.
Opening July 5 is the regional premiere of the Johnny Cash jukebox review, Ring of Fire. A multi-talented cast and onstage band bring to life the famous songs of the "Man in Black.," including "I Walk The Line," "A Boy Named Sue," "Folsom Prison Blues," and the title tune. Ring of Fire runs Thursdays through Sundays, July 5 - 15.
Then, Monty Python cultists can get their fix at Spamalot, the irreverent play that lovingly ripped-off from the hit Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Warning: this show features killer rabbits and spoofs everything from chivalry to musical theatre itself. The original 2005 Broadway production won three Tony awards, including "Best Musical." Spamalot runs Thursdays through Sundays, July 26 - August 5.
Finally, CST wraps up its summer season with another regional premiere. The boutique musical Ragtime is a poignant, historical epic that tells the tales of a Harlem musician, the matriarch of an upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York, and a Latvian Jewish immigrant. Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, the original 1998 production was nominated for 13 Tony awards, winning four. Ragtime runs Thursdays through Sundays, August 16 - 26.
Established in 1967, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre is the Inland Northwest's only professional musical theatre, and one of the premier arts entertainment attractions in the region. CST was listed in the "Top 10 Great Places to See the Lights Off Broadway" by USA Today (2005). It was recently voted "Best Arts Organization in North Idaho" by readers of The Inlander, and received the Idaho Governor's "Brightest Star" award in 2011. During its season CST employs more than 100 performers, musicians and technicians.
CST's 2012 season is sponsored in part by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Knudtsen Chevrolet, Range, Global Credit Union, Art Spirit Gallery, 95.3 KPND, KXLY Radio Group, Merrill Lynch, Garden Plaza of Post Falls, Century Publishing and The Inlander.