2017 Season

BRILLIANT”, “BREATHTAKING”, “INGENIOUS” – Those are just a few of the ways critics have described the shows in our upcoming season!

The summer of 2017 will bring three plays, three musicals, four Playhouse premieres, and an AWARD-WINNING season packed full of TONY, Olivier and Drama Desk masterpieces.

Season tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.

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By Yasmina Reza
June 13-24, 2017
Winner of the TONY Award for Best Play, Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play.

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It’s about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. This critically acclaimed comedy earned the Tony award for Best Play and has gone on to receive rave reviews across the world.

Playhouse Premiere

THE FOREIGNERThe Foreigner Cape Playhouse

By Larry Shue
June 27-July 8, 2017

Winner of two Obie Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production.

A sidesplitting and heart-warming comedy brimming with misunderstanding and mischief, THE FOREIGNER may be one of the funniest American plays ever written. Based on what the NY Post describes as a “devilishly clever idea“, the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. “I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another.” —The New Yorker. “…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…” —Village Voice.

Cape Playhouse 1985


Spelling Bee Cape Playhouse LogoMusic & Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
July 11-22, 2016

Winner of two TONY Awards and three Drama Desk awards including Best Musical.

An eclectic group of six adolescents, all played by adults, vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is one of the funniest musicals ever written.

Cape Playhouse Premiere


redBy John Logan
July 25- August 5, 2017

Winner of the TONY award for Best Play and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

“What do you see?” Famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his young assistant, Ken, the loaded question. What’s art? And who gets to decide anyway? It’s 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He and Ken work feverishly in his New York studio—until Ken begins to realize his answers to those fundamental questions about art are very different than his mentor’s. Winner of six Tony Awards, this sizzling drama is one of the most intellectually riveting shows to recently hit Broadway.

Cape Playhouse Premiere

GYPSYGypsy Cape Playhouse Logo

Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
August 8-19, 2017

Winner of six TONY Awards, four Olivier Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards

Regarded by many as one of the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success…while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with artful humor, heart, and sophistication. The celebrated score, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” and “Together Wherever We Go.”

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Murder for Two Cape Playhouse LogoBook and Music by Joe Kinosian. Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair.
August 22-September 2, 2017

Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award Nominations 

MURDER FOR TWO, the perfect comedic blend of music, mayhem and murder, comes to us from a smash hit off-Broadway run. In this hilarious show, two performers play thirteen roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. The New York Times calls it “INGENIOUS!  A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.”  You won’t want to miss this killer musical comedy!

Cape Playhouse and Cape Cod Premiere