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The View UpStairs (Musical)

May 10 - Jun 9,2019

By Max Vernon

Regional Premiere

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Glam-rock, gospel and modern pop collide in the smash Off-Broadway hit The View UpStairs. When impulsive entrepreneur Wes buys a dilapidated building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he’s magically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church, and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs was its own kind of paradise.  As Wes meets the larger than life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.


By Max Vernon 

Directed by NCTC Founder & Artistic Director Ed Decker




"...will blow your mind...a moving, inspirational story that is perfect for the start of Pride season” - Talkin' Broadway


“...totally ‘gay-licious... engaging, entertaining’” - Theatre Eddys


“Max Vernon's highly energetic, time-traveling gay musical” - My Cultural Landscape


"Honors timeless love" - Theatrius


“...irresistibly inviting" - Bay Area Reporter


“...deliciously decadent...  brings that span of history to life” - Theatre and Such



REVIEWS from previous productions


"Fantastic" - RuPaul


“The show swells with heart” - Entertainment Weekly

“Filled with biting laughs yet deeply moving” - Richmond Times-Dispatch

The View UpStairs delivers a warm snapshot of the post-Stonewall era" - Chicago Tribune


“Latches on to the drive and pure energy of shows like Rent” - Out Magazine


"The View UpStairs could become a musical theatre staple across the country and around the world" - New York Arts Review


"...has all of the ingredients for an iconic cult phenomenon" - Edge Media


“[Max Vernon] is equal parts bohemian and Broadway” – The New Yorker


"...essential for anyone who wants to understand queer history" - Chicago Theatre Beat

"I dare you to see this show without dancing in your seats" - Times Square Chronicles




Live Music Wednesday

Join us pre-show Wednesday nights for some New Orleans-style sounds with Brian Belknap's One Man Swamp Band at 7pm.  Free with ticket purchase.

Pay-what-you-wish Previews

May 10-17 are preview performances and guests can purchase pay-what-you-wish tickets at the box office based on availability > learn more


Drinks with the artists

Join us post-show for drink specials and a chance to meet the performers on Friday, May 24, 31, and June 7th 

Opening Night

Saturday, May 18th will include a post-show celebration with bubbly and bites.

Post-show Talkbacks

Sunday, May 26: talkback with the cast and director


Rush tickets


Limited amount of Rush tickets available at Today Tix for each performance


Season Producers: Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker
Executive Producers: Norman Abramson & David Beery, Alvin Baum & Robert Holgate, David Madsen & Rick Norris, The Bob A. Ross Foundation, Andrew Smith & Brian Savard
Producers:  Andrew Leas & Juancho "Bong" Villa-Leas

Graphic Design by Klinger Creative

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