OGUNQUIT — The Ogunquit Playhouse announces its 2016 lineup, which includes two regional premieres, two beloved classics, one international sensation and the return of the smash hit, “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The season once again extends longer than ever, opening one week earlier on May 18 and running to Nov. 6, a week later than in past years, bringing the season to a record 25 weeks of non-stop entertainment. Shows include “Let it Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles,” “Anything Goes,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” The season will stretch to the holidays once again with a show in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H., to be announced at a later date.

“As we continue to push our season out farther each year, we are also very proud to continue to mount some of the newest titles and freshest shows from Broadway and London, as well as creating all new productions of two of the most beloved stage classics,” said Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney. “We are particularly proud to have been selected as one of the first regional theaters in the country to produce the brand-new musical ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ We will be mounting this epic musical that our audiences will be among the first in the nation to see.”

Season tickets are on sale, starting at $215 for a five-show pass or $129 for a three-show Super Saver package. Individual tickets are now on sale exclusively for Ogunquit Playhouse members. Public single-ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, starting at $47 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

Opening the Ogunquit Playhouse season is the international musical sensation “Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles,” rocking the stage from May 18 to June 11. The show is jam-packed with more than 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits, including “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You” and “Drive My Car,” as well as global mega-hits “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Come Together” and, of course, “Let It Be.”

Next up is “Anything Goes,” on stage June 15 to July 9. This splendid musical comedy was the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. When the SS American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as three unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love. Topping off the fun is Cole Porter’s first-class score that includes some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

The brand-new musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” premieres in New England July 13 to Aug. 6. This epic and emotionally charged retelling of the famous Victor Hugo love story of the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda, the scorned bell-ringer, Quasimodo and the dashing Captain Phoebus set in 15th-century Paris, has been created by two masters of stage and screen, composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Newsies,” “Aladdin”) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell,” “Pippin”).

The next production is the regional premiere of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” on stage from Aug. 10 to Sept. 3. This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, based on the Oscar-winning film, follows the journey of three performers who hop aboard a battered old bus and take their show to the Australian Outback. It features hit songs from Tina Turner, Cindi Lauper, Madonna and many other pop stars, such as “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Like a Prayer,” “Material Girl,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “True Colors,” and “I Love The Nightlife.”

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” hits the stage from Sept. 7 to Oct. 1. This big, brawling, rollicking show is set in 1850s Oregon Territory and tells the story of Adam Pontipee and his backwoods brothers’ unusual pursuit of brides. When Adam goes to town to get a wife, he miraculously convinces Milly to marry him that same day, and she immediately starts reforming her six rowdy brothers-in-law. This show includes a combination of daredevil dancing and songs “Goin’ Courtin'” and “Wonderful, Wonderful Day.”

“Million Dollar Quartet,” the best-selling show in the history of the Playhouse, hits the stage from Oct. 5 to Nov. 6 with the 2015 cast to once again rock out the season. This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical was inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. “Million Dollar Quartet” features timeless hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Hound Dog.”

Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH), and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse). For a complete list of showtimes, pricing and more information about the season, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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