‘Touchtones’ premieres at Arden Theatre

Arden Theatre Company continues their 30th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere musical TOUCHTONES, with story by Michael Hollinger and Robert Maggio, book and lyrics by Hollinger and music by Maggio. Emmanuelle Delpech directs on the Arden’s Arcadia Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. Performances are October 19 – December 3, 2017

TOUCHTONES is a brand new musical comedy about love, sex and the fantasy at the other end of the line. It’s 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin take a vow of chastity until they are married, but when Christine finds out Justin has been calling TOUCHTONES, she decides to harbor a few secrets of her own.

TOUCHTONES is written by the local team of playwright Michael Hollinger (story, book and lyrics,) and musician and composer Robert Maggio (story and music.) The Arden has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with Hollinger that has yielded nine world premieres including Under the Skin; Opus; Ghost-Writer; Tooth and Claw; Red Herring; Tiny Island; Incorruptible and An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf. TOUCHTONES is the first of Hollinger’s musicals the Arden will produce.

Arden Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen says, “How fitting it is for the Arden to produce a Hollinger work during our 30th Anniversary Season. Michael is a treasured Arden collaborator and – outside of Sondheim – is the most produced playwright in Arden history.”

He adds, “The Arden is also a long-time producer of new works and audacious musicals, and so we are especially thrilled to produce our first Hollinger musical and to work for the first time with local composer Robert Maggio.”

Post-show discussions will be held following performances on Thursday, November 2 at 7pm, Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30pm, Sunday, November 12 at 2pm, Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30pm, and Sunday, November 26 at 2pm.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8pm and Saturday, Nov.18 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215-922.1122.

Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org or walk-up at the box office, 40 N. 2nd Street

$37-$52 for adults depending on the performance chosen

Group discounts available for 15+

Student Rush tickets – 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)

 

 

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