Riverside Theater is deemed “America’s Largest Small Town Professional Theater”. Riverside Theater provides quality shows, musicals, dramas and comedies. They offer concerts in the circle before the shows on weekends, and food and drinks outside and in (but you can’t bring the drinks in the actual theater). Riverside Theater has two stages; Stark Stage and Waxlax Stage provides different experiences for patrons. Stark Stage is the more traditional/professional stadium seating with a balcony; while Waxlax Stage is smaller stage with tables and individual seating arrangements (sometimes the stage is in the middle of the floor).
The Theater provides professional plays and musicals from November to April. The children’s theater are all year round, with the majority being during summer. It is located next to the Vero Beach Museum of Art, with a short drive away from Ocean Drive and Miracle Mile’s bustling restaurants and storefronts. Riverside Theater also hosts a comedy club, Howl at the Moon, and other events all year round. Click the links for information regarding them.
Following is their up coming professional theater shows for the 2018-2019 season. Please visit their site for more information: https://www.riversidetheatre.com/
PROFESSIONAL THEATRE ON THE STARK STAGE
“A rock n’, toes tap n’ musical revue”
Smokey Joe’s Café (October 23 – November 11, 2018)
Music & Lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
One of Broadway’s longest-running hits, Smokey Joe’s Café is the rockin’ revue that will have your hands clappin’ and your toes tappin’ listening to the classics “Jailhouse Rock, ”Stand By Me,” “Yakety Yak,”“Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many, many more. A celebration of legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Café is a fun-filled night of Rock n’ Roll that will have you singing and dancing all the way home.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Mel and Linda Teetz
“She seduced a nation”
Evita (January 8 – 27, 2019)
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Evita is the passionate, exhilarating story of Eva Perón who used her charisma and charms to rise from her penniless origins to political power as the first lady of Argentina at the age of 27. Acclaimed and adored as a champion of the poor, her glamour, power and greed ended with her heart-breaking death at an early age. With an electrifying score of pop, jazz and Latin influences, Evita is filled with unforgettable Broadway numbers including its grand anthem, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Bobbie Olsen
“It’s never too late for…”
The Last Romance (February 5 – 24, 2019)
By Joe DiPietro
Love can make anyone feel young again, even an elderly widower. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk. Instantly smitten by an elegant, mature woman, Carol, he turns on the charm hoping for a second chance at love. Defying Carol’s reticence, Ralph embarks on a journey to regain the happiness that seemed all but lost. The Last Romance is a heart-warming comedy about finding love at any age.
“The perfect musical”
My Fair Lady (March 12 – 31, 2019)
Music by Frederick Loewe, Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner,
Book by Alan Jay Lerner
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion
One of the most successful and award-winning musicals in Broadway history, My Fair Lady is an endearing tale that charms audiences with its warmth and vivid characters. Professor Henry Higgins loves language and Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle desires to speak like a lady. Embarking on a social experiment, sparks fly in the most unexpected places in this clash of cultures. With witty dialogue and jubilant songs including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” My Fair Lady is frequently called, “the perfect musical.”
PRESENTING SPONSORS: Bill & Laura Frick
“So much fun it should be illegal”
Legally Blonde, The Musical (April 16 – May 5, 2019)
Music & Lyrics by Nell Benjamin & Laurence O’Keefe,
Book by Heather Hach, Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown A Co-Production with the Walnut Street Theatre
Fabulously fun and filled with flashy song-and-dance numbers, Legally Blonde follows the exploits of effervescent sorority girl Elle Woods and her plans to follow her Ivy League ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, she charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she ends up teaching the intellectual elite a thing or two by winning a difficult case with her unique expertise and cheery outlook. Along the way, Elle quickly realizes her potential and finds true love. This award-winning comedy is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the subsequent hit film starring Reese Witherspoon.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: The O’Haire Group-Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
PROFESSIONAL THEATRE ON THE WAXLAX STAGE
A contemporary showcase for new or Off-Broadway shows, productions on the Waxlax Stage are modern, thought-provoking, and an intimate and compelling experience at Riverside. Second Stage productions are potent examples of the power of theatre to engage an audience through the combination of great scripts and masterful acting. The Waxlax Stage can seat up to 250.
“One family is about to face the music”
Next To Normal (January 22 – February 10)
Music by Tom Kitt,
Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Winner of three Tony Awards® and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this contemporary musical tells the story of a seemingly normal suburban household – Dad’s an architect, Mom’s a diligent housewife, and the kids are bright, wise-cracking teens. Yet, their lives are anything but normal due to Mom’s mental illness. An emotionally powerful production, Next to Normal takes audiences into the hearts and minds of each character and presents one family’s story with love, sympathy and compassion.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Chris and Winnie Mortenson
PRE-SEASON TICKET PRICE: $60
(REG. $75 AFTER JUNE 4, 2018)
“Mysterious and Imaginative”
Play By Michael Hollinger
Novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra continues to take dictation. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey’s jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Wooley’s legacy now that she cannot have his love, or might she truly possess a gift the world cannot understand?