‘Fiddlehead’ ups the pace at the Strand

“Ease on Down the Road” … “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” … “Written in the Stars” are just a few of the hit musical songs that will be echoing through the mirrored halls of the Strand over the next year as the Fiddlehead Theatre Company (FTC) presents three Broadway blockbusters as part of its upcoming second season as the Resident Theatre Company at the city-owned former movie palace.

Mayor Martin J. Wash affirmed the city of Boston’s continued partnership with FTC. “Fiddlehead Theatre Company is a valued partner and leader in the revitalization work being done in Uphams Corner,” said Walsh. “By staging high-profile Broadway-quality theater, forging neighborhood partnerships, and offering free educational outreach to neighborhood youth, the company’s investment in the community will have long term and lasting effects.”

Named after the fantastical fiddlehead fern found in fairy tales and symbolic of imagination, FTC is no stranger to Dorchester. Its first two productions at the Strand – “Ragtime” (2012) and “A Little Princess” (2013) – were critical and public relations successes, if not quite what producers had hoped for at the box office.

Originally, FTC had announced Tim Rice and Elton John’s “AIDA” for a spring 2014 run, which would have made it one of the first productions to take advantage of the multi-million dollar technical infrastructure upgrade that had the Strand shuttered for part of the winter. But the multi-Tony Award-winning musical, which updates the story from Verdi’s opera, has been bumped to October 17-26 of this year. Said FTC’s Producing Director Meg Fofonoff to the Reporter: “We felt the fall would just be much better timing for the show and it was the perfect opener for our first full season at the Strand.”

Patrons of FTC’s “Princess” will recognize familiar faces in the October show. Equity actor Jared Troilo, who played Captain Crewe last season, will be back as the pharaoh. Dot firefighter Dwayne Devonish Day will again form part of the hard-working ensemble.

“AIDA,” a collaboration with Aids Action Committee, will be followed by two other Tony Award winners: “The Wiz” (February 13-22, 2015) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” (April 24-May 3, 2015).  Featuring professional casts and live orchestras, Fiddlehead’s upcoming three-show season will also include special visits by Broadway talent and talk-backs by industry legends.  Fiddlehead,which has already presented “School House Rock Live, Jr.” and “Fame Jr.” with young Dot talent will continue forging new partnerships with neighborhood groups, including the Boys & Girls’ Clubs of Dorchester.
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Single adult tickets for each 2014-2015 show are $25-$45.  Group rate tickets are available. Special rates for Dorchester residents. Free tickets for Boston Public School Students (limited availability). To purchase tickets for Fiddlehead’s 2014-2015 season, or for more information about community partnerships and educational programming, visit fiddleheadtheatre.com, call 617-229-6494, or visit the Strand box office.

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