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The MSP 2023 Season 


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Singing with the Stars 

Friday, June 2

630PM $50/person

A rollicking fund-raiser for the McLeod Summer Playhouse where amateur singers and dancers from the SIU and Southern Illinois community compete on the McLeod Stage for the coveted title of “MSP Entertainer of the Year”.  Support for your favorite act by purchasing votes.  Drinks, appetizers, desserts, and laughs included.    

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The Bridges of Madison County

Book by Marsha Norman     
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown 
Based on the novel by James Waller

June 22-25

Thursday-Saturday  730PM

Sunday 200PM

Based on the best-selling novel, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question, "What if...?" Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.  The soaring score and heartbreaking story make The Bridges of Madison County is a touching and powerful addition to our season.

The Bridges of Madison County is presented through special arrangement through Music Theater International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Based on the books by Don Freeman 'Corduroy' and 'A Pocket for Corduroy'
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser
Produced by special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences

Best enjoyed by children from 4 to 94.  

July 12-16      

Wednesday-Saturday: 10AM, Sunday:  2PM

Moe Theater

Oh no, Corduroy is a stuffed teddy bear and one of his buttons has gone missing, and he can’t go home with kindhearted Lisa without it! Join the beloved teddy bear as he takes a rollicking ride up the escalator and begins a delightfully destructive romp through every section of the department store. Will he find his button at the top of a teetering store display? Will Lisa ever get to bring him home, or will the bumbling security guard catch him first? Where, oh where, is Corduroy’s BUTTON?

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Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman 

The All Southern High School Theater Project co-produced with Artspace 304

August 3-6

Thursday-Saturday  730PM

Sunday 200PM

McLeod Theater 

To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top 40 score, and with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.