The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to announce the musical of the season: “The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party”!
Ready for the summer? So are we! The summer musical opens June 1, with previews May 30 and 31, and it couldn’t come quick enough!
Reveling in rock’n’roll smash hits from the 60s and 70s, the knock-out group “The Bikinis” keeps the beat going with a night of nostalgia you won’t find anywhere else. This group is the original Jersey Girls saturated in Jersey Shore, just like the bikinis they used to wear.
BIKINIS tells the story of the hay-day years of four women when they get back together for a reunion show to save the trailer park on the shore they grew up in, oh-so-many years ago.
Featuring the hits: “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Will Survive,” this swirl of musical memories will have you foot-tapping to the tunes you didn’t know you missed so bad! THE BIKINIS, created by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, is directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell.
No need to put another dime in the jukebox, baby, just take a jaunt on down to the Hipp for a whirl of the Jersey Shore that is sure to have you humming the whole way home.
February 28-March 25, 2018
The Hippodrome Theatre presents the hilariously heartfelt Florida Premiere of “Ripcord.” A tale of two roommates who should not be in the same state, much less the same room!
Two of Gainesville’s theatre icons Nell Page and Sara Morsey take it to the limit when a simple bet escalates into a no-holds-barred epic battle. It’s the Thunderdome in the old folks home for a wild night of hilarity and hijinks at the Hipp.
Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire, has created a play of high-stakes hilarity, watch for yourself as each character tries to rip the other to bits.
“‘Ripcord’ invites the audience and anyone who experiences this story to embrace the idea of being present and joyful, because life is going to end whether you like it or not,” said director VC Heidenreich. “You get to choose if you want that peach cobbler to taste like peach cobbler or taste like paste.”
The New York Times calls RIPCORD “An expertly engineered comedy!” and Deadline calls it “vastly entertaining… a show to treasure.”
“Ripcord” is as heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, directed on the Hippodrome Mainstage by VC Heidenreich. A Florida Premiere!
Tickets at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.
This January, join us for “The Royale,” a New York Times Critics’ Pick inspired by the real-life story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion.
Determined. Brave. Fierce. Loyal. Jay “The Sport” Jackson embodies every characteristic that defines a hero. He trail-blazed across the nation, rising from poverty in the Jim Crow south to take on the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
“The Royale” brings breathtaking focus to a pivotal moment in sports history — but it is Jackson’s sheer force of will, relentlessness, and fierce belief in himself that will leave you breathless.
“The play is a stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph that keeps audience members on the edge of their seats.” – Miami Herald
Written by Marco Ramirez, “The Royale” is directed on the Hippodrome Mainstage by Ryan George & Lauren Warhol Caldwell.
Tickets on sale now at thehipp.org and 352.375.4477
On stage January 10-February 11 with 8 performances a week Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m. |Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m. | Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Content Advisory: Some adult themes and profanity.
“Ramirez avoids cliches, preferring to delve deep into his leading character’s psyche and probe such complex questions as whether breaking down barriers or smashing glass ceilings can be almost an accident, and, either way, something not worth the personal cost.” – Chicago Tribune
“[…] a well constructed drama that captures both the beautiful frenzy of boxing and the (sadly still relevant) volatile state of race relations in America.” – The Telegraph
|Jay||Bryce Michael Wood|
|Wynton||E. Stanley Richardson|
|Director||Lauren “Warhol” Caldwell|
|Stage Manager||Amber Wilkerson*|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Carley Selah|
|Production Manager/Lighting Designer||Robert P. Robins|
|Technical Director||Michael Eaddy|
|Master Electrician||Niel Bearden|
|Scenic Designer||Mihai Ciupe|
|Sound Designer||Amanda Yanes|
|Costume Designer/ Costume Shop Adviser||Jessica Kreitzer|
|Costume Shop Foreman||Jill Parzych|
|Props Designer||Tim Dygert|
|Rudi Goblen||Movement Director|