February 15 - February 24, 2019
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Orchestration by Don Walker
Whenever they cheer, we're incensed
Whatever they're for, we're against!
Written by Stephen Sondheim, Anyone Can Whistle is an absurdist social satire about insanity and conformity (among a dozen other things!). This legendary cult show is a wacky, intelligent, highly unconventional musical which tells the story of a corrupt mayoress who fakes a miracle to revitalize her bankrupt town and the ill-fated romance between the rational nurse and the easy-going doctor who is determined to enjoy the chaos that it brings. Anyone Can Whistle delivers a poignant message about the importance of the individual in a conformist society – but not before aiming its still-relevant barbs at government, religion, science and anything else that stands in its way!
Winter Youth Production, ages 9–15
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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