COMING SOON

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND - THE MUSICAL
January 11 - March 9, 2019


Based on the iconic 60’s TV comedy, seven castaways, shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, build huts and begin to explore their surroundings.  They discover strange hieroglyphics in a spooky cave, which speak of an ancient legend.  The weather gets rough, Gilligan foils the best-laid of the castaway’s rescue plans, romance develops, and the castaways have an out-of-this-world encounter!  It’s fun, wacky, and entertaining.
 
Originally created by legendary producer Sherwood Schwartz, Gilligan’s Island began as a television series that spawned three TV movies, two cartoon series, and a reality show. 
 
Airing for three seasons on CBS, from 1964 to 1967, Gilligan’s Island ran for 98 episodes.  An audience favorite during its run, the show only grew in popularity in the 70’s and 80’s through syndication.  As for the characters themselves, they have become fixtures in America’s entertainment culture.  To this day, Bob Denver is still best known for playing the part of the clumsy first-mate, Gilligan.  And who could ever forget Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer as the loveable, yet eccentric Howells?  Not to mention Alan Hale as Skipper, Tina Louise as Ginger, Dawn Wells as Mary Ann, or Russell Johnson as the Professor.    
 
In the early 90’s, Schwartz, along with his son, Lloyd, developed Gilligan’s Island for the stage.  Following try-out productions in Los Angeles and Chicago, the show went on a national tour before a planned Off-Broadway arrival.
 
Following the success of WOB’s production of Happy Days – The Musical in 2017, the theatre’s producers thought Gilligan’s Island would be a fun addition to the 25th Anniversary Season.  It’s a show with a lot of laughs that will no doubt help to chase the winter blues away at the beginning of the year.
 
Music & Lyrics by Hope and Laurence Juber
Book by Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd J. Schwartz
Based on the television series Gilligan's Island created by Sherwood Schwartz
Show Rating: G


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