Playhouse’s “killer of a comedy,” COMING ATTRACTIONS, opens Friday, October 26

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — What do you get when you put Miss America, a down-on-his-luck talent agent and a petty thief together?  A killer of a comedy with song and dance, of course!  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s iconic and award-winning Hi-Desert Playhouse, which recently garnered top honors with an outstanding 8 regional awards for theatrical excellence from the Desert Theatre League, will open its new season with the comedy-thriller, COMING ATTRACTIONS.  Perfect for the Halloween season, the frightful new comedy opens Friday, October 26th, at 7:30 pm, and plays through All Hallows’ Eve, October 31, at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater.

An Oscar and Golden Globe award winner, Ted Tally’s award-winning play features music and lyrics by Jack Feldman (Newsies, The Lion King), and lyrics by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Bruce Sussman.  In a play that Time Magazine delightfully proclaims “fizzles with pixilated laughter”, and a critic from New York Magazine claims “I don’t often burst into gales of laughter in the theatre; here, I found myself rocking with guffaws,” theater patrons get to follow “Halloween Killer” Lonnie Wayne Burke as he climbs the ladder of reality TV stardom to his “electrifying” finale!  COMING ATTRACTIONS won an Outer Critics Circle Award and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee.  This modern day Faust – Mephisto tale leads Lonny to TV appearances, lucrative book deals, and commercial endorsements.  Tally’s outlandish musical farce takes dead aim at corporate media, an all-too-gullible public, and a turnstile court system.  With a dazzling, chilling finale “live from Death Row,” Tally’s highly prophetic satire seems more relevant today then when it first appeared on the New York stage in 1982.

Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Howard Shangraw, with musical direction by Nelms McKelvain, COMING ATTRACTIONS stars the brilliant and award-winning cast of Andrew Accardi, Ben Bees, William Hart, Haley Kooyman, Michael Lombardo, Jericho McWilliams, and Hannah Osgood in an hilarious evening of live theater that should not be missed!

COMING ATTRACTIONS plays October 26, 27, 30, and 31 at 7:30 pm and a Sunday matinee on October 28 at 2:30 pm.  The play is rated PG 13.  Doors open one half-hour prior to each performance.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Hi-Desert Playhouse, visit, call 760.366.3777, email, or visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person weekdays from 1-5 pm at 61231 CA-62 in Joshua Tree.  The Hi-Desert Playhouse is a program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.



With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at:


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!