Seattle Theatre Group’s 2013-14 season is heavy on incoming stars and local premieres, ranging from a New Orleans jazz wunderkind and an eco-theater piece, to an all-ages Broadway hit and a twisted, R-rated Christmas show.
STG, the nonprofit organization that runs the Paramount Theatre, the Moore Theatre and the Neptune, will produce and offer on subscription an eclectic array of dance, theater, music and comedy events — most of them new to local audiences.
“Peter and the Starcatcher,” the vibrant Tony Award-winning prequel to “Peter Pan,” will come to the Moore, (co-presented with Balagan Theatre) as will “The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer,” a solo theater piece with John Malkovich, and “Green Porno,” a multimedia work starring Isabella Rossellini, about the mating habits of ducks, snails and other critters.
The Neptune plans a concert by hot young New Orleans pianist and vocalist Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, and a holiday offering of movie clips and monologues by filmmaker John Waters, “A John Waters Christmas.”
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The Mark Morris Dance Group is slated to perform a Valentine weekend program of “Love Song Waltzes” and “New Love Song Waltzes,” set to music by Brahms, plus a recent piece, “Socrates,” with a score by Erik Satie at the Paramount, which also will host the Vuyani Dance Theatre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
STG executive director Josh Labelle says he is happy to be partnering with local organizations to bring in many of the acts. And he’s looking forward to expanding STG’s new partnership with Balagan Theatre Company, which will stage some trendy musicals at the Moore next season: “Carrie: The Musical” (based on the Stephen King book and movie), and “Jerry Springer: The Opera.” (The holiday show “Black Nativity” will be “on hiatus,” says LaBelle.)
Labelle also announced that STG is planning an $800,000 refurbishing of the Moore. The capital project will replace all seats in the hall, repaint the lobby and create a system to curtain off about 400 seats to create “a more intimate environment for use by some of our artists.” STG has so far raised $500,000 toward the effort.
The Paramount has announced its slate of 2013-14 touring Broadway musicals, which includes the return of “The Lion King” and a summer run of “The Book of Mormon.” STG will continue the annual Seattle traditions “More Music at the Moore,” the 16th annual “Dance This” and “Hot Java Cool Jazz.” (Additional attractions at STG’s theaters, presented by outside producers, won’t be available by subscription).
More info on subscriptions and shows: 206-812-1114 or www.stgpresents.org.
Misha Berson: firstname.lastname@example.org