Weathervane Theatre to Present World Premiere Musical Directed by Two-Time Tony Winner Richard Maltby, Jr.

THE STORY GOES ON: THE SONGS OF MALTBY AND SHIRE will premiere at the Weathervane July 20, 2024.

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WHITEFIELD, NH—Weathervane Theatre is excited to present the world premiere musical revue THE STORY GOES ON: THE SONGS OF MALTBY AND SHIRE. Featuring the music of the legendary and award-winning songwriting team of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, the piece will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. THE STORY GOES ON: THE SONGS OF MALTBY AND SHIRE replaces the previously announced GALLERY in Weathervane’s 59th Season.


A voice of a generation, Maltby and Shire are best known for creating the most thrilling, touching, and enduring revues in theatre history—STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW and CLOSER THAN EVER. As they complete their trilogy with a new revue, Weathervane will premiere THE STORY GOES ON: THE SONGS OF MALTBY AND SHIRE, featuring the most beloved songs from the Maltby and Shire songbook as well as brand new material. Be a part of theatre history in this intimate and heartfelt revue celebrating the human spirit.


A strictly limited engagement, THE STORY GOES ON: THE SONGS OF MALTBY AND SHIRE will premiere at New Hampshire’s Weathervane Theatre on Saturday, July 20, and run through July 27. Suitable for most audiences, THE STORY GOES ON will feature selections from BIG, BABY, CLOSER THAN EVER, and STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW. Principal cast includes Broadway’s Becca Ayers (1776, MY FAIR LADY) and Robert H. Fowler (THE PRODUCERS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Julia Bogdanoff, Jorge Donoso, Shinnerrie Jackson, Marisa Kirby, Ira Kramer, and Ethan Paulini. Additional casting is to be announced at a later date.


“The opportunity to collaborate with a literal legend, I am so thrilled that Richard will do what he does best and create a brand new review with our company and for our patrons,” said Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini. “Richard and David’s work is a rich and thrilling part of the musical theatre canon, and being able to bring this to our stage will be an undeniable moment in Weathervane’s story. While I am disappointed that we are not able to present GALLERY at this time, I think this is a replacement that will prove unforgettable”.


THE STORY GOES ON features direction by Richard Maltby, Jr., and choreography by Valerie C. Wright. Deniz Cordell is the music director and supervisor. The additional creative team includes Scout Hough (lighting design), Alexander Pikiben (sound design), Rien Schlecht (set and costume design), and Billy Smith (properties design). Egypt Dixon and Reed Davis will stage manage the production.


Tickets for THE STORY GOES ON are now on sale at or at 603-837-9322. The show is part of Weathervane’s 59th rep season, which runs June 13 – October 13, 2024. Additional Season 59 titles include BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, THE WEDDING SINGER, SKELETON CREW, EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, THE FULL MONTY, CLUE, and CABARET. Season 59 tickets start at $24.



The Weathervane Theatre was founded in 1965 by Gibbs Murray and the late Tom Haas and is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini. It has presented high-quality professional productions of plays and musicals for over half a century. One of the few remaining alternating rep companies in the United States, the Weathervane is recognized as a historical institution nationwide, boasting among its alums 2021 Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley, Tally Sessions, four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn, and recent Tony Award Winner Ari’el Stachel.  

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