A group of amateur actors hilariously tries to stage a musical adaptation of Chekhov's "The Seagull."
From the book writer of Wicked and the composer of Children's Letters to God comes this rollicking, emotion-filled, "slice of life" – about love, fame and the perils of community theatre. Birds of Paradise, a hidden gem of a show, is Winnie Holzman's earliest Off-Broadway work and offers a glimpse into the wit and insight of one of the industry's most clever authors.
The Harbor Island Players is an amateur theatre group whose lives are turned upside down when a down-on-his-luck professional actor offers to direct and star in one of their productions: a musical version of Chekhov's The Seagull. As they rehearse, their egos and passions start to mirror the characters that they play. The approach of opening night drives everyone into a fever pitch until a sudden plot twist makes them all reevaluate their choices, both onstage and in life.
Birds of Paradise is self-aware, yet heartfelt, with a tuneful, memorable score and characters whose eccentricities and secret yearnings will delight and surprise the audience. A true ensemble piece, this musical is a perfect choice for groups that are looking to showcase their best talent.