Our Current Performance Season


CHESS (New UK Version)

September 7-16, 2018

Music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on an Idea by Tim Rice
Directed by Mark Briner
Musical Direction by R. Christopher Rose & Stephanie Cvach
Choreographed by Bambi Johnson

Fresh from its acclaimed run at the Kennedy Center, Tidewater Players is ecstatic to announce the Maryland Premiere of the new revised London version of CHESS. With music by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, the creative half of international pop music legends ABBA, and lyrics by Tim Rice, renowned for his award winning work with Andrew Lloyd Webber (Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Supertar, Evita) and Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), this iconic score with an all new book in concert version is based on the cold war era world chess championships of the 80s between reigning Russian champion Boris Spassky and upcoming American bad boy Bobby Fisher. The story of two world class rivals, the political factors of the day that drive them, and the woman that comes between them, CHESS features sweeping power ballads like “Someone Else’s Story”, “Nobody’s Side”, and “I Know Him So Well” (popularized by Whitney and Cissy Houston), as well as upbeat pop numbers like the quintessential “One Night In Bangkok”, the last song from a Broadway musical cast album to top the Billboard Charts. Andersson, Ulvaeus, and Rice weave a fascinating fusion of pop/rock, neoclassical, and European folk music into one of the most glorious singers’ scores ever composed.

Tidewater Players presents A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story

November 16 – December 2, 2018

Book by Joseph Robinette.
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean ShepherdLeigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd.
Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment.

Directed by Laurie Starkey
Musical Direction by Stephanie Cvach
Choreographed by Amanda Poxon

Just in time for the holidays, Tidewater Players is thrilled to provide the area premiere of this family musical based on the classic movie that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas with Music and Lyrics by Academy, Tony, and Grammy Award winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land). Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Featuring all the iconic scenes from the movie—Ralphie’s friend’s tongue on the flagpole, his brother’s ridiculously impractical snowsuit, the bullies, the bunny suit, and the iconic leg lamp award, as well as many others—this delightful holiday treasure for the whole family will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and touch and entertain those who are experiencing it for the first time.

Heathers the MusicalHeathers

February 22 – March 3, 2019

Music, Lyrics, & Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Based on the motion picture Heathers, distributed by New World Pictures and written by Daniel Walters

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers, the original Mean Girls. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, banishes her from the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass, but J.D. has other plans for that bullet…

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”) and Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde). Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal musical based on the original greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, ferocious comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers, although conceived during the excess of the 80s, still rings true in today’s youth culture. So, are you in, or are you out?




May 4-19, 2019
(Opening date changed to Saturday, May 4)

Music, & Lyrics by David Yazbek                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Directed by Laurie Starkey
Musical Direction by Chris Rose
Choreographed by Elise Starkey

We are pleased to announce the final show of our 2018-2019 season, the musical version of the 1997 British film THE FULL MONTY, with music by David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit) and book by Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!). Reset in Buffalo, NY, when a steel town announces job layoffs, a scrappy former employee comes up with a novel way to cope with realities of lost wages as well as feelings of lost manhood.

THE FULL MONTY contains adult language, adult situations, and brief nudity.