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Half Moon Theatre Announces its 10th Anniversary Season for 2016–17

Featuring Cul-de-Sac, A Christmas Carol, a 10th Anniversary Celebration, and a Sizzling Cabaret Series at the CIA

Poughkeepsie, NY – Half Moon Theatre celebrates its 10th Anniversary Season in 2016–17 by showcasing sensational artists in acclaimed plays, musicals and cabarets that will bring the excitement of Broadway to the Hudson Valley.

A highlight of this milestone season will be the spring 2017 regional premiere of Cul-de-Sac, a new comedy by the acclaimed American playwright John Cariani. Mr. Cariani is also a Tony-nominated actor, having recently starred in Broadway’s Something Rotten and starring in the new off-Broadway musical The Band’s Visit with Tony Shalhoub this fall. His previous plays, Love/Sick and Almost, Maine, were major successes for Half Moon Theatre.

“We are longtime fans of John Cariani’s work. He is one of the most intelligent and insightful voices in today’s theater, and this is an amazing opportunity for Half Moon to premiere Cul-de-Sac,” said Molly Renfroe Katz, one of the company’s founders and Half Moon’s executive director. “Our tenth season brings together extraordinary artists with programing for both visitors and our loyal Hudson Valley audiences. We are so proud of our accomplishments and we hope people to come out and celebrate the power of the performing arts with us.”

Half Moon’s 2016–17 season also features tarot readings by rock-star psychic Pattie Canova; a sizzling cabaret series that features Hudson Valley artists, New York City’s hot young talents, as well as veteran Broadway stars like Mary Testa and Michael Starobin; the family holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol; and a powerful re-telling of the Anne Frank story: Yours, Anne.

Founded in 2006, Half Moon Theatre is the only professional theater company in the Hudson Valley that produces a traditional season of plays and musicals from September to June. All of Half Moon’s 2016–17 productions will be presented in the Marriott Pavilion on the campus of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Mainstage productions are in a state-of-the-art 800-seat theater, while cabaret shows are in a more intimate venue one floor below. Half Moon ticket buyers get priority access to the CIA’s legendary restaurants.

2016–17 Half Moon Theatre Season Overview

10th Anniversary Celebration: We're Over the Moon!
Special event: Saturday, October 22

Half Moon Theatre kicks off its milestone season with a 10th Anniversary Celebration: a night of stellar Broadway entertainment featuring two-time Tony Award-nominee Laura Osnes, Broadway’s sparkling “Cinderella,” and emceed by Seth Rudetsky, “The Mayor of Broadway” and popular Sirius XM host. All proceeds support Half Moon’s performances and arts education programs, serving 15,000 youth and adults annually.

Pattie Canova: Tarot Tales & Psychic Glimpses
Three shows: Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29

Tarot Tales & Psychic Glimpses features spiritual counselor Pattie Canova, hailed by national media as the “Rock Star of Insight.” Includes meal prepared by the renowned chefs of the CIA. Seating is strictly limited.

Cabaret at the CIA: Mary Testa & Michael Starobin
Two shows: Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19

Broadway sensations Mary Testa and Michael Starobin bring their soulful, electrifying NYC cabaret to the Hudson Valley. This powerhouse duo earns rave reviews for “brass-knuckled” and “fiercely intelligent” interpretations of American standards (Stephen Holden, The New York Times).

A Christmas Carol, original adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel
Multiple shows: December 3–18

This new adaptation of a classic holiday favorite is humorous, touching and fast-paced—perfect for the entire family! Enjoy pre-theater dining at one of the CIA’s award-winning restaurants for an unforgettable family holiday memory. Student matinees are available for school groups.

Cabaret at the CIA: Denise Summerford & The Cover Project
Two shows: Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14

The Cover Project features Drama Desk Award-winner and Broadway veteran Denise Summerford with a fierce band of live musicians. Join Denise for a dynamic reimagining of unforgettable songs from the 1950s and ’60s as well as jazz, Broadway and blues.

Cabaret at the CIA: Valentine’s Day Celebration
Multiple shows: February 10–12

Half Moon Theatre’s Broadway performers host a tribute to love and romance—for a special Valentine’s Day celebration to remember.

Yours, Anne: Book by Enid Futterman, Music by Michael Cohen
Multiple shows: March 25–April 2

This hauntingly powerful re-telling of Anne Frank’s story features a moving, lyrical score and includes talks and panels on the resonance of this story today. Student matinees are available for school groups.

Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:

Executive Director Molly Renfroe Katz (right, with scissors) and Managing Director Kristy Grimes cut the ribbon on Half Moon Theatre’s 10th anniversary season surrounded by theater company supporters. For the third consecutive year, The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY serves as Half Moon’s home stage. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Kristy Grimes
Managing Director

Sara Capozzoli
Public Relations Director

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