This spring at Ford’s Theatre, visitors can see a classic American musical directed and choreographed by Tony-nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge. Set across the sweeping landscape of the American southwest, 110 in the Shade tells the story of a formidable young woman named Lizzie whose 1950s town is suffering a terrible drought. When a charming stranger named Starbuck swaggers into town, he vows to end the region’s drought and awakens Lizzie to the promise she holds within.
“There’s so much I love about this musical and this story,” explains Marcia Milgrom Dodge. “As the play opens, we see the thirsty townspeople lining up to receive their water ration for the day. This lack of water makes people a little squirrely, a little desperate, and it sets the stage for what unfolds when Starbuck comes to town promising to solve all problems.”
“The score evokes a genuine, sweeping Americana sound,” Dodge continues. “At times it’s majestic like Aaron Copland, and then turns to heartfelt melodies like Lizzie’s song Simple Little Things. For me, the show has a message that we should hold on to our dreams. Though we can’t live entirely in them, we can’t live a hopeful life without them.”
110 in the Shade is based on the classic play The Rainmaker and features a lively score from the creators of The Fantasticks. It plays at Ford’s Theatre from March 11 to May 14, 2016.
The site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre is a working theatre, museum and national historic site, dedicated to Lincoln’s legacy and his love of the performing arts. Here, you can see live theatre in a historic space like no other and learn about the life and legacy of our 16th President. Prior to performances and during intermission, patrons can visit the Ford’s Theatre Museum, which highlights Lincoln’s major achievements as president and showcases a rich collection of artifacts and exhibits that bring the legacy of Lincoln to life.
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