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Familiar Apr 27 - May 27, 2018  
Seattle Repertory Theatre Familiar
In wintry Minnesota, the Chinyaramwira family is getting ready for the marriage of their eldest daughter. But when the bride wants to observe a traditional Zimbabwean custom for her wedding, deep-seated tensions arise. Adding fuel to the flames, unexpected family guests turn up revealing uninvited secrets. Written by Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira (Eclipsed), Familiar focuses on the messy, hilarious, spirited dynamic of a modern first-generation Zimbabwean American family, revealing the layers of complexities rooted in the search for a sense of belonging. This year alone, Gurira's work as an actress has shone brightly on the small screen (The Walking Dead) and in Hollywood (Black Panther). Now Seattle Rep - Bagley Wright Theatre shines a spotlight on her skill as a playwright with this fiercely funny play.
Shakespeare in Love May 2 - Jun 3, 2018  
The Playhouse at Seattle Center Shakespeare in Love
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block, at least until he finds his muse: Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay will drive you crazy with cross references to Shakespearean lit. Enjoy Shakespeare in Love at Seattle Center's Cornish Playhouse.
Aida May 5 - May 19, 2018  
McCaw Hall Aida
With sets inspired by the work of acclaimed graffiti artist RETNA, Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, the grandest of grand operas, strikes a brilliant balance between spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy. The stirring opera tells the tragic tale of a love triangle in which a captured princess' love for rival military leader Radames is doomed when he's chosen to be the future groom of his own king's daughter. Featuring choreography by contemporary dance leader Jessica Lang, this stunning Seattle Opera production (directed by Francesca Zambello) takes the stage of McCaw Hall.
Love Never Dies May 8 - May 13, 2018  
The Paramount Theatre Love Never Dies
This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score.
Allegory May 11 - May 13, 2018  
Seattle Center Allegory
Allegory combines a thoughtfully cultivated group of storytellers from all cultural backgrounds, beliefs and professions. Sharing some of their most intimate and personal journeys through life, love, relationships, trauma and tragedy, this collection of provocative and riveting stories will take you on an emotional roller coaster through unimaginable pain, heartache, soul-searching. Witness these moving stories at Center Theatre at Seattle Center.
My Fair Lady May 18 - Jun 10, 2018  
Tacoma Musical Playhouse My Fair Lady
This witty battle of the sexes pits snobby London linguist Henry Higgins against Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, as he attempts to turn her into a well-spoken society woman. But his feisty pupil gives him much more than he bargained for. With a score full of instantly recognizable Lerner & Loewe songs like "The Rain in Spain," "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder My Fair Lady became a huge Broadway hit and, in 1964, was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. See what's been deemed the "perfect musical" at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
Gutenberg! The Musical May 18 - May 20, 2018  
Wade James Theatre Gutenberg! The Musical
Directed by Shileah Corey, produced by Ted Jaquith and starring Coulson Bingham and Ryan Floresca, the hilarious musical spoof Gutenberg! The Musical! is coming to the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. Local theatre favorites star as two aspiring playwrights performing a staged reading of their new passion project for potential producers: a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. In this side-splitting comedy, writers Bud Davenport and Doug Simon sing all the songs and play all of the parts in this crass historical epic. The show was nominated for a 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, as well as a 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.
Les Miserables Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2018  
The Paramount Theatre Les Miserables
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.
The Aliens Jun 29 - Jul 29, 2018  
12th Ave Arts The Aliens
Two 30-something dropouts hang out by the dumpster in back of a Vermont coffee shop in the quietly beautiful comedy The Aliens. As the burnouts meditate on music and philosophy, 'shrooms and Bukowski, a teenage employee tells them to hit the road. But instead of leaving, they decide to teach him everything they know. Playing at 12th Avenue Arts courtesy of Seattle's ReAct Theatre, this Obie-winning off-Broadway hit by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker is a thoughtful and humorous look at friendship in a small town, featuring deft wordplay hailed as "gentle and extraordinarily beautiful" by The New York Times.
The Phantom of the Opera Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2018  
The Paramount Theatre The Phantom of the Opera
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera comes to a city near you as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before."