Set in the locker room of a Florida high school, Dry Land examines an unlikely and touching friendship between two teen girls, one of whom has enlisted the other to help her terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Nominated for a Susan Blacksmith Prize, Ruby Rae Spiegel's Dry Land premiered in a sold-out off-Broadway run that the The New York Times called, "Tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time." See it in Seattle at the Bathhouse Theater.
In Marie, art doesn't just imitate life -- it comes to life. Inspired by the unknown dancer at the heart of Edgar Degas' work, this all-new musical paints a colorful portrait of the real-life person behind the masterpiece. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Paris Ballet Opera, where a young woman finds herself in a dangerous dance with life and art. Directed and choreographed by Susan Strom ((Crazy for You, The Scottsboro Boys), with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (the Tony-winning writers of Ragtime, Anastasia, and Once On This Island), Marie takes the stage of The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Enjoy this hilarious musical farce at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater-"Memory". Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
The worldwide hit that's so far spawned two movies and a Cher album, Mamma Mia! tells the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and, of course, the title tune. Experience all the fun and excitement of Mamma Mia! at Seattle Musical Theatre.
A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place - and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it is, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become Twelve Angry Men in this classic show at the Renton Civic Theatre.
Adapted from Rick Riordan's bestselling YA book, this "electrifying" (Newsday) pop-rock musical finds Percy Jackson in hot water at school -- again. But he's got bigger fish to fry. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life, and he seems to have angered a few of them along the way. Now, young Percy and his newfound friends must race against the hourglass to solve the mystery of Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and set things right on Mount Olympus. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief comes to The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in a production deemed "worthy of the gods" by TimeOut New York.
When "High Priestess of Soul" Nina Simone first heard about the tragic bombing deaths of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the singer-songwriter turned to her music as a means of expressing the country's agony. "Four Women" and Simone's other evocative activist anthems sang to a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. This musical includes some of Simone's most popular Civil Rights anthems, like "Mississippi Goddam," "Go Limp," and "Young, Gifted, and Black" to look at an artist and the women around her as their journey leads them down a path of discovery and healing. Written by Christina Ham and directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, Nina Simone: Four Women makes its West Coast premiere courtesy of Seattle Rep at the Bagley Wright Theatre.
If Show and Tell was as much fun as Found Objects, nobody would have left preschool. For the skilled improvisers of Improv Anonymous take the concept behind the familiar classroom activity and expand it into something exciting and altogether unpredictable. Each week, the performers will bring in an actual object from their day or request one from the audience. Then, with the audience's support, they will craft a story on the spot that explores each object. As crowd suggestions and on-stage epiphanies build into a narrative, expect to be surprised and delighted by the hidden lives of everyday objects -- and those that own them -- during Found Objects at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater.
A group of unemployed steel workers go The Full Monty in this hit Broadway musical comedy inspired by the Oscar-nominated film. In this Americanized stage adaptation written by Terrence McNally, six men decide to make some cash by putting on a striptease act. But as they aren't exactly your typical beefcakes, what they end up creating is the most unforgettable display of flesh that their blue-collar town has ever seen -- all while conquering their inner demons, improving their self-esteem and learning some important lessons about friendship. The Full Monty was nominated for a whopping 10 Tony Awards in 2001, including Best Musical, and now you can enjoy this touching, funny and crowd-pleasing show at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
Both irreverent and surprisingly sentimental, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas is the classic country-western musical comedy based on the strange-but-true story of the real-life Chicken Ranch brothel. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams, Miss Mona's cozy bordello thrives in the small town of Gilbert -- until a puritan nemesis in the guise of a crusading do-gooder focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution and tries to shut it down. Nominated for a passel of Tonys in its original '79 Broadway run and turned into a hit film starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, this latest production comes to the Seattle Music Theatre.
Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner - talking smack, passing the time and hoping that today a miracle will come. A provocative mash-up of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find. Pop culture, historical and religious references intersect in this funny and alarming meditation on manhood, race and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from reaching their full potential. Enjoy this show at Seattle's Allen Theatre at ACT.
Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete - and completely satisfying - new musical in a long time" (USA Today).
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before-get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
In this world premiere play by ACT 2018 Core Member, Yussef El Guindi, lust, jealousy and post-traumatic stress bring things between old friends to a boil. Jason is a veteran of the Iraq War who returns home to literary glory after writing an international best-seller, a heroic account of his wartime experience. His celebrity is underscored by his marriage to Madeeha, an Iraqi woman he saved in a house-to-house raid. When he reunites with old friends, Amir and Lynn, questions start to emerge about the veracity of the book and its particular patriotic American gaze. Enjoy People of the Book at Seattle's Allen Theatre at ACT.