Past Seasons

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A New Play by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

February 22 - March 3

This enchanting new play, developed at New York’s renowned Public Theater and performed in Cuba, asks the question— is it more dangerous to follow our desires, or to bury them? Reiderico sneaks out of his house and spends his nights in the garden conspiring with a boy who lives at the bottom of a well, testing stormy waters between reality and the surreal.

 Pirates show 

‌Music by Arthur Sullivan
Book and Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert

April 19 - 28

Not your Grandmother’s Pirates of Penzance... immerse yourself in this 21st Century fun house combo platter of Gilbert and Sullivan meets Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Conceived in the same spirit as G&S’s satire of Victorian England, this fresh take on the original retains the brilliance of the music, the splash of it’s story, while updating it’s moving targets. Jump in and enjoy the swim!

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by William Shakespeare

 November 9 - 18

History’s most famous star crossed lovers play out their ill-fated tale by William Shakespeare set in the backdrop of Italy’s Verona. Packed with epic sword fights and compelling soliloquies, Romeo & Juliet is sure to transport the audience back to the Globe during the English renaissance.


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‌Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson

 October 5 - 14

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden) and a timeless book by Roger O. Hirson, Pippin tells the fable of a young prince on a quest to find true happiness and fulfillment. Through Prince Pippin’s encounters with fantastical characters that he meets along the way, we discover whether he will find his corner of the sky.


Music & Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind

September 29-October 8

This Pulitzer Prize-winning political satire is as relevant today as ever in this enthralling election season. Join fictional candidate John P. Wintergreen on the campaign trail in this engaging musical as he runs for president, promising to marry the winner of a beauty pageant if he wins the election. Ultimately, love gets in the political way of a campaign for presidency; will it be true love or the oval office?


Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Caird

November 10-19

Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt musical. From musical theatre greats Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) and John Caird (Les Misérables) comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!


Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser 
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

April 13 - 23

Frank Loesser’s celebrated 1950 musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway returns to the Ring Theatre. Guys and Dolls takes us from Times Square to the cafes of Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Student playwrights, actors, producers and stage managers pair with faculty directors at 10pm on Friday night to present 6 never-before-seen short plays, fully staged and memorized, at 8pm on Saturday night. With imagination as the destination, powered only by creativity, intense passion and waves of anxiety, more than 50 UM Department of Theatre Arts' students come together for this enthralling special event. Don’t miss the mayhem, flotsam and jetsam when this theatrical storm hits our stage. One night only!


Tennessee’s Treasures by Tennessee Williams

September 23- October 3

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams penned many of his theatrical works while residing in the cultural riches of Coconut Grove and Key West. Join us for a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating the diverse tapestry of selections from Mr. Williams’ collection of short plays that are all rooted in the beauty that is the human experience.


Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 
Book by Julius J. Epstein

November 11 - 21

A status-obsessed Brooklynite ultimately learns the incredible value of love in this little known Sondheim gem, set in the landscape of 1929 New York. Based on a play by the two brothers responsible for the classic film Casablanca, Saturday Night features a fetching, tuneful Broadway-style score that hints at Sondheim’s triumphs to come while staying firmly rooted in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition.


By William Shakespeare

February 17 - 27

Love, religion, circumstance and justice collide in As You Like It, one of the Bard’s most famous and provocative comedies. The Forest of Arden serves as a refuge for exiles, mistaken identities and the quest to uphold love at first sight. Shakespeare put it best with penning the line from this masterpiece–“All the world’s a stage.”


Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by  Rebecca Feldman , Additional Material by  Jay Reiss

September 24- October 4

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never 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. Ages 13+.


Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

April 15 – 26

The first of many masterpiece musicals by the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! tells the love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurie, a winsome farm girl, at the turn of the century. This cheerful musical is sure to have audiences humming long after they leave the theater.

By Clare Boothe Luce

February 18 – 28

This all-female classic comedy offers sharp commentary on the lives, relationships, and power struggles of Manhattan socialites in the 1930s. Filled with gossip, loud personalities, and witty comedy, this play by Clare Boothe Luce is sure to entertain.


Book & Lyrics by Moisés Kaufman, Directed by Moisés Kaufman, Music Adaptation by Arturo O’Farrill

Co-production with Tectonic Theatre Project

November 12 – 23

Adapted from the Original Bizet opera, this Afro Cuban Carmen sets the action in Cuba, in 1958, right before the revolution where the cigar maker Carmen falls in love with Batista’s officer José. The story spins love and confusion into the lives of two perplexing individuals that attract nothing but trouble. In this innovative adaptation, Afro Cuban Jazz legend Arturo O’Farrill adapts Bizet’s much loved score into the rhythms and tunes of the Caribean island. and uses Moises Kaufman’s Libretto to weave the story.
Find out what happens when the classical sounds of George Bizet get infused with an Afro-Cuban twist in this co-production between UM and New York's premier theatre company, Tectonic Theater Project.


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

By Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker

Co-production with the Arsht Center

October 9 – 26

Winner of five Tony Awards, Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcheris the innovative and imaginative play with music, based on the best-selling novel by Miami-based Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. In this high-flying adventure, thirteen actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters – plus most of the scenery and furniture – in an exhilarating journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?


Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

February 23-March 4

An angsty, rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials of tribulations of growing up, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical, winner of 8 Tony Awards and recently revived on Broadway, is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock & roll.


Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

April 13-22

When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including “Best Book” and “Best Original Score”), The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.


The University of Miami‘s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
The Myrna and Sheldon Palley New Musical Development Fund
A Staged Reading of the New Musical‌

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Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Brielle
Directed by Michael Bush

April 25, 26, 27 @ 8pm

Jonathan Brielle and students from the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts
“Stories I never told my mother.”

Can a twice-divorced, successful songwriter find true love and happiness? A performing monkey from his Las Vegas extravaganza decides to show him the way in this mad-clap, hard swinging musical.

Free Reading of a New Musical!
Open to the public

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