The Winter Park Playhouse will pay tribute to George and Ira Gershwin, the Andrews Sisters and the music of Neil Sedaka during its 2013-14 season. The theater's slate of musical comedies will also feature the well-known off-Broadway shows "Forever Plaid," "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and "Forbidden Broadway."
Tickets for the seven-show series, which begins in June, go on sale April 2. Here's the lineup:
• 8 Track: The Sounds of the 70's: June 21-30 and July 11-20. Four performers celebrate the music of the era of bellbottoms in a revue of hits by the Carpenters, Patti Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band and others.
• Forever Plaid: Aug. 2-24. In the 1950s, four young male singers headed toward their first big concert are killed in a car crash. But a miracle lets them posthumously perform the show that never was. The soundtrack is actual 1950s guy-group hits, including "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Heart and Soul" and "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing."
• I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: Sept. 13-Oct. 5. A series of vignettes casts dating, romance and marriage in a self-knowingly comic light. With more than 5,000 performances in its original 12-year run, "I Love You…" is the second longest-running off-Broadway show (behind "The Fantasticks.") Proving love and its foibles are universal, the show has been translated into a dozen languages, including Mandarin Chinese, and staged all over the world.
• Crazy for Gershwin!: Nov. 15-24 and Dec. 5-14. Playhouse artistic director Roy Alan conceived this salute to America's beloved composing team the Gershwin brothers. A song-and-dance compilation, "Crazy for Gershwin!" will feature favorites such as "Embraceable You," "I've Got a Crush on You," "I Got Rhythm" and "Someone to Watch Over Me."
• Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Jan. 24-Feb. 15, 2014. Set in a Catskills resort in 1960, this comic story tells of two friends from Brooklyn in search of romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 songs by Neil Sedaka, including "Where the Boys Are," "Love Will Keep Us Together," and the chart-topping title song.
• Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters: March 7-29, 2014. Follow the famous trio — LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews — from their early days on the road through their rise as recording stars and USO entertainers. The score features more than 20 hit songs such as "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
• Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits: April 25-May 17, 2014. Broadway's greatest musical legends and shows get lampooned in this satire. Expect parodies of "The Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables" and the like.
For more information, call 407-645-0145 or go to winterparkplayhouse.org. The Winter Park Playhouse is at 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun