Unexpected Productions brings back its holiday favorite, A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol. Based on audience suggestions, the improvisers of Unexpected Productions bend and twist Charles Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions -- and each show is different. Where does Scrooge work? What ails Tiny Tim? Does Scrooge even get reformed? It's all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride. A holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985, it's the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends or family.
On New Year's Day 1835, Hans Christian Andersen wrote to a friend: "I am now starting on some 'fairy tales for children.' I am going to win over future generations, you may want to know" (he was a couple centuries too early to add a #humblebrag). One of the crown jewels among Andersen's tales was The Princess and the Pea, which now comes to life in this rollicking musical adaptation at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Hitch a ride on this rollicking, song-filled road to happily-ever-after that centers around Winnifred, just an ordinary, high-spirited girl who wants to escape her childhood home: a swamp. Driven by true love, she swims the castle moat to be with the young Prince Dauntless the Drab. But before they can marry, the prince's overprotective mother concocts a secret test that the young princess must pass before she'll allow them to wed involving a stack of 20 mattresses and one single, teeny-tiny pea.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast brings its enchanting tale and Academy Award-winning score to the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. Based on the beloved 1991 animated film, this acclaimed musical tells the story of Belle, an intelligent young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who's really a young prince under the spell of a witch's curse. Time is running out, and if the Beast doesn't learn his lesson soon, he and his entire household will be doomed for all eternity. The love story is filled with colorful characters, delightful sets and costumes, and show-stopping musical numbers.
With gorgeous new sets and costumes by famed author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), Pacific Northwest Ballet's exciting production of The Nutcracker brings a world of joy and color to the stage at Seattle's McCaw Hall with George Balanchine's original choreography, the PNB orchestra playing the cherished Tchaikovsky score and dozens of dazzling dancers. This iconic version of the popular holiday ballet tells the timeless story of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker soldier as a gift and has a magical dream that her toy comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
The West Coast premiere of the recent Broadway hit Holiday Inn brims with joyous music and plenty of holiday cheer. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning 1942 film starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, Holiday Inn follows the story of a song-and-dance man who decides to leave show business and settle down in his Connecticut farmhouse. When he meets a talented school teacher named Linda, the two transform the farmhouse into a fancy inn offering guests show-stopping holiday performances. But when Jim's best friend visits from Hollywood and tries to steal Linda away as his new dance partner, the fate of the inn hangs in the balance. This new musical stage adaptation features lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 beloved Irving Berlin songs. Enjoy this heartwarming holiday treat, sure to put your whole family in the best of spirits, when it comes to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
Experience the whimsy of Howl's Moving Castle live in a new pop-indie-rock musical with a Sondheim flair. This dramatic adaptation is a mix of the original novel, new material and the Book-It Repertory Theatre's flavor. At the helm of this adventure is a dynamic heroine who irks a witch the wrong way and is transformed into an old woman (and you thought your office drama was bad). Unlikely friends and surprising inner strength bring the heart to this eclectic fantasy for a modern audience. Spark your imagination and remember your belief in magic at this coming-of-age fairy tale at Seattle's Center Theatre.
The only holiday moment more magical than watching A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV is watching it live on stage in this Broadway Center production. Join good ol' Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang at the Pantages Theater for this fun, festive show that's a nostalgic trip for some and a holiday treat for all. Eric Schaeffer's acclaimed adaptation centers around everyone's favorite football-whiffing kid who, alarmed by the commercialism he sees all around him, tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. 50 years later, families still come together to watch this classic, which features all the beloved characters and plenty of your favorite Christmas tunes.
Twist of the Magi starts with O'Henry's classic short story, Gift of the Magi, then sets it in an authentic 1940s radio station as a live, on-air broadcast. Add in a slew of disgruntled actors, their reticent stage manager, a frantic sound effects technician, a wacky female musical trio, a delinquent (and inebriated) Shakespearean prima donna, a jealous Italian femme fatale and a host of other broadcasting eccentrics, and this classic tale of holiday love and generosity becomes a series of comic twists and turns. Laugh along as O'Henry's heroine trades her beautiful hair to buy a Christmas gift for her devoted young husband. Then, tortured by seller's remorse, embarks on a series of zany adventures in an attempt to recover the lost locks. Enjoy Twist of the Magi at The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.
We all dread the cursed pre-Christmas airport shuffle, the fear of not being able to make it home in time to see loved ones. Well, you probably haven't seen the worst of the terminals till you watch The Flight Before Christmas, which involves some delays, of course -- but also a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake and plenty of other madness at The Bathhouse Theater in Seattle. Amidst the chaos, though, you have to be a little late to truly appreciate what you're rushing towards.
It's a hard-knock life out there. You know it, Jay Z knows it and most of all, Annie knows it. But this little redhead never gives up, and her optimism leads the way to a happy ending. Let Annie inspire you this holiday season, 'cause no matter what happens, the sun will come up tomorrow, and this feel-good musical will lift your spirits and give you life. Join Seattle Musical Theatre, the adorable Annie and her even more adorable dog for a show filled with great songs (like "Tomorrow," "It's the Hard Knock Life" and "Easy Street"), memorable characters and a story that will melt your heart.
The scene is French Guiana -- Christmas Day, 1910 -- where the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Three amiable convicts are employed as roofers at Ducotels General Store. On the way from France is an evil-minded cousin and his cold-blooded nephew, who jilted the Ducotels' daughter for an heiress. The three convicts are passionate believers in true justice, and decide it's their job to take the visitors on. Possessing every criminal art and penal grace, they set matters right in this captivating and comedic holiday treasure. Enjoy this feel-good alternative to traditional holiday fare, when My Three Angels comes to the stage of the Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville.
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to grin when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and many more classics. The Cat in the Hat links the stories of a young boy who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, Horton and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this colorful family fave at the Tacoma Little Theatre.
The live show is based on eOne's top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity.
Elf is an original musical that brings to life the heartwarming and hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly believes he's really one of Santa's elves. Featuring an all-star creative team led by director Sam Scalamoni (Beauty and the Beast), choreographer Conner Gallagher (Beauty and the Beast), Tony-winning book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and the Tony-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), Elf is the one present everyone wants this holiday season.
Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) is excited to announce the return of Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show, playing this December at Kenyon Hall. Based the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, playwright Joe Landry's take on It's a Wonderful Life, comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast as the ensemble of characters bring the town of Bedford Falls to the stage. You will feel the magic as we return to the fateful Christmas Eve when George Bailey contemplates ending his life before he realizes the difference he makes in the lives of others. No man is a failure who has friends.
Christmas was never this naughty! A Drag Queen Christmas stars contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race, plus there's a Q&A during the show to ask the queens questions. Hosted by Thorgy Thorn on the violin, you'll see holiday performances by Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Latrice Royale, Chi Chi DeVayne, Roxxxy Andrews, Alyssa Edwards and Pearl, at Seattle's Moore Theatre.
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century."
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
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.
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.
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."