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‘Sister Act,’ ‘Mamma Mia!’ mix with old favorites in New Theatre’s next season

“Laverne & Shirley” stars Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka, who starred in the New Theatre’s “Beau Jest,” will return for “Barefoot in the Park.”
“Laverne & Shirley” stars Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka, who starred in the New Theatre’s “Beau Jest,” will return for “Barefoot in the Park.” tljungblad@kcstar.com

For its next season, the New Theatre Restaurant will present some old favorites and two musicals it has never tackled before: “Sister Act” and “Mamma Mia!”

The season begins with a crowd-pleaser, “Driving Miss Daisy,” Sept. 27-Nov. 26. Guest star Michael Learned of “The Waltons” will reprise the title role she played at the theater in 2004, and Charlie Robinson of “Night Court” will play her patient driver, Hoke.

Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”), who starred two years ago in the theater’s “You Can’t Take It With You,” returns for “Funny Money” (Nov. 29-Feb. 11, 2018), by British playwright and New Theatre perennial Ray Cooney. William Christopher of “M*A*S*H” played the role — a mild-mannered accountant who accidentally brings home a briefcase containing thousands of dollars — there in 2005.

“Laverne & Shirley” veterans Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka, who starred in the theater’s production of “Beau Jest” last year, will return for the Neil Simon romance “Barefoot in the Park” (Feb. 14-April 22, 2018), last presented at the theater in 2004.

And then come two musicals, both based on popular movies, that have never set foot on the New Theatre stage:

“Sister Act,” April 26-July 8, 2018, is the story of a disco diva who witnesses a murder and goes undercover in a convent.

And “Mamma Mia!,” the frothy musical of ABBA tunes, was presented at Starlight Theatre last weekend in what was said to be the final tour of the Broadway show. Expect a more intimate production at the New Theatre July 12 to Sept. 23, 2018.

See newtheatre.com or call 913-649-7469.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc

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