The multi-Carbonell award winning Maltz Jupiter Theater announced its 2015/16 season on Monday, Feb 9. It includes an eclectic mix of productions from the U.S. and the UK including:

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” (October 25 – November 8), the longest running play in history with over 25,000 performances since opening in 1952.

“Billy Elliot The Musical” (December 1 – 20) tells the story of a UK mining family whose youngest son has a talent and a passion for ballet; Elton John composed the score.

“The Will Rogers Follies” (January 12 – 31), based on the life of the 20th century humorist, Will Rogers, won the 1991 Tony Awards for best musical and best score

Based on the 1977 television interviews that former U.S. President Richard Nixon gave broadcaster David Frost, Frost/Nixon (February 7 – 21) earned critical acclaim and was nominated for several awards, racking up quite a few for Frank Langella in the role of Richard Nixon.

Cole Porter wrote the music and lyrics to the last show of the season, “Kiss Me, Kate” (March 8 – 27). Based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, the play opened in 1948 and won the first Tony for Best Musical in 1949.

After each announcement an appropriately attired model appeared to later be photographed with guests in front of the season’s advertising posters.

New York based actor Christopher Sloan sang several songs from the shows. Dressed in suit and tie, he was a far cry from the costume he wore as the emcee in the Maltz’s production of Cabaret. Sloan was accompanied on the piano by North Palm Beach writer and composer, John Mercurio.

The theater hosted the event from 5 to 7 p.m. starting with wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation in the lobby followed by a formal reception on the second floor featuring a wide range of finger foods, beverages and an ice cream bar for dessert sundaes.

Producing Artistic Director Andrew Kato addressed the gathering thanking them for coming out on a very rainy night to hear the announcement of next season, titled Another Op’nin’, Another Show, from the last show of the new season, “Kiss Me Kate.”

Kato shared the fact that he’d been in New York on Sunday and managed to get a 6 a.m. flight to Florida before the onslaught of the next predicted blizzard.

He explained that the Maltz is a producing theater, which means they stage, cast, direct, costume, choreograph and promote all their offerings. “We don’t just bring in a tour group,” Kato said. “It’s all done right here.”

"Our audiences have come to expect a diverse season of plays and musicals that are always re-imagined,” he continued. “I look forward to putting together amazing artistic teams – both locally and nationally – to realize our eclectic season.”

Kato also shared that the Maltz is in the unique position of earning 60 percent of their revenue with 40 percent from other sources. “Most theaters have a 50/50 ratio,” he said.

Kato closed with additional thanks to the many people who make the theater successful and reminded everyone that in addition to the five major productions, the theater offers a large selection of other events and performances throughout the year.

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