The Village Theatre announces its 2009-10 season, which includes "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Lost in Yonkers" and the world-premiere Village Original, "The Gypsy King." The Seattle-area Village Theatre stages its shows in Issaquah and Everett.

During Village Theatre’s next mainstage season, the Issaquah-based company will transport patrons to 1904 St. Louis, 1940s Yonkers and Times Square circa the 1930s.

The 2009-10 lineup of mostly musicals, which will run at the Village in Issaquah and move on to Everett Performing Arts Center, also features the world premiere of a show the company helped to develop (“The Gypsy King”), and the local debut of another contemporary musical (“Chasing Nicolette”).

The upcoming Village Theatre schedule:

“Chasing Nicolette”: Issaquah: Sept. 16-Oct. 25. Everett: Oct. 30-Nov. 22. Created by Broadway veterans David Friedman and Peter Kellogg, this recently crafted show is based on a 13th-century folk tale about a kidnapped princess, a forbidden Christian-Muslim romance and a comic servant. And the dialogue is in iambic pentameter, no less.

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“Meet Me in St. Louis”: Issaquah: Nov. 11-Jan 3, 2010. Everett: Jan. 8-31. The nostalgic musical about a St. Louis family during the 1904 World’s Fair, adapted from the classic Judy Garland film of the same title, with a score boasting such standards as “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

“Lost in Yonkers”: Issaquah: Jan. 20-Feb. 28. Everett: March 5-28. Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning autobiographical play considers two young boys who are packed off to live in the tense household of a terrifying grandmother, a thuggish uncle and a sweet but fuzzy-brained aunt.

“The Gypsy King”: Issaquah: March 17-April 25. Everett: April 30-May 23. Seattle stage and Warner Bros.-animated film veteran Randy Rogel wrote and composed this world-premiere musical comedy set in some fictional kingdom or another, about “a father-son acting duo whose unfortunate run-in with the royal guard causes quite the royal ruckus.”

“42nd Street”: Issaquah: May 12-July 3. Everett: July 9- Aug. 1. This long-running, retro Broadway musical, based on those glittering Busby Berkeley movie musicals of the 1930s, is a tap-fest with big dance numbers set to such rousing tunes as “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway.”

Ticket information: Village Theatre Mainstage subscriptions, on sale now, are priced from $75 to $235 (Issaquah) and $65-$205 (Everett). Single tickets for the Issaquah season go on sale in August (range: $19-$59) and in September for Everett (ranging from $17 to $52). More information and ticket orders: Village Theatre Box Office at 425-392-2202 (Issaquah) or 425-257-8600 (Everett), and online at

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