West Springfield’s Majestic Theater has finalized its plans to re-open following a temporary closing in response to the COVID pandemic, as well as the line up for its 24th season of performances at the 230-seat venue.
In March 2020, the theater closed halfway through the six-week run of The Pitch, a contemporary drama by Pioneer Valley-based writer Stan Freeman.
When the Majestic opens its doors on August 7, 2021, it will present the final three weeks of the show, enabling ticket holders who missed the play due to the shutdown to see the show.
Following The Pitch, the Majestic will launch its new season with The Marvelous Wonderettes – Dream On, a sequel to The Marvelous Wonderettes, a successful musical produced at the Majestic in 2019.
The sequel follows the singing quartet as they gather at Springfield High School in 1969, then again in 1978, serving up classic pop and rock hits of the era. Don’t Dress for Dinner is next, written by Marc Camoletti as a sequel to his play, Boeing-Boeing, which was staged at the Majestic two years ago.
The comedy follows Bernard’s plans for a romantic evening with his mistress that go hilariously astray.
An annual favorite, Home for the Holidays, will be presented in December. The collection of live performances of holiday tunes delivered by popular Majestic performers typically sells out soon after tickets become available.
The newest work from the Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton, Betty and the Patch, makes its debut as the first show of 2022.
The contemporary comedy/drama is set at The Patch, a destination restaurant with a reputation of having food that’s good and plentiful, with the privacy that makes it ideal for intimate get-togethers.
The Patch has been run by Betty Borelli for years, but a recent kitchen fire has forced a shutdown. Determined to reopen, Betty has recruited her daughter Cristina, a successful attorney, to come home and help. But that’s not the only reason. Betty has had recent health issues and she wants Cristina and chef Bobo Henderson to ensure the restaurant’s future.
There are family secrets as well that need to be finally revealed, and recent visits from past friends have added to the urgency.
Will Cristina stay?
Will Bobo finally let Cristina know he’s in love with her?
And just who is Cristina’s father?
Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit follows. While researching material for a new novel, Charlies engages Madame Arcati, a spiritual medium of dubious talent, to conduct a séance in his home. Unfortunately, the spirit of Charles’ first wife is summoned, and the disruptive spirit has no plans to leave.
During the run of Blithe Spirit, the Majestic will present a trio of St. Patrick-themed performances that were canceled during the beginning of the pandemic.
Bo Fitz & Yank Celt Band, as well as Craig Eastman, will offer musical performance, while Father Misgivings is a one-man that centers around Irish Priest Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings, played and created by David Kane, who through his stories and one-liners talks about growing up Catholic - covering everything from marriage counseling and birth control to bazaars.
People holding tickets to the original show dates in 2020 will be able to use those tickets to see the shows.
Ending the Majestic’s 24th season is 9 to 5, based on the 1980 movie of the same name, and featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.
It centers on the downtrodden working lives of three women, Violet, Judy, and Doralee. They all work at Consolidated Industries, which is presided over by the sexist, lecherous, and pompous Franklin Hart. The ladies bond through their plans to seek revenge in this comedic classic.
Eaton noted, “Our audience members have been very supportive throughout the pandemic by expressing how much they miss coming to the Majestic, and we sure have missed them in return. We’ve got a terrific season lined up for them, and our performers, crew members and staff can’t wait to welcome them back.”
The Majestic Theater’s box office opened on June 28 to allow the staff time to handle subscriptions for the upcoming season of shows. All box office staff, performers, and production staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
At this time, visitors to the box office are required to wear masks while in the building.
People holding tickets to 2020 postponed performances of The Pitch and 9 to 5 who opted to see the plays at a later date will be issued make-good tickets during the newly-scheduled runs for each show.
People interested in subscribing to the season’s package of The Marvelous Wonderettes – Dream On, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Betty & The Patch, Blithe Spirit and 9 to 5 should visit or call the box office at (413) 747-7797.
Single ticket sales to the plays, Home for the Holidays and the St. Patrick’s performances will be available after mid-August.
24TH SEASON – MAJESTIC THEATER
The Pitch: August 7 – August 29, 2021
The Marvelous Wonderettes – Dream On: September 9 – October 17, 2021
Don’t Dress for Dinner – October 28 – December 5, 2021
Home for the Holidays – December 9 – December 22, 2021
Betty & The Patch: January 6 – February 13, 2022
Blithe Spirit – February 24 – April 3, 2022
Bo Fitz & Yank Celt Band – March 14, 2022
Father Misgivings – March 14
Craig Eastman – March 21
9 to 5: April 14 – May 29