Village Theatre’s 2013-14 season will include several musicals you may know from related movie versions, along with a popular comic play and the world premiere of a new show, “The Tutor.”
Each show will run in Issaquah at the Village Theatre, followed by a stand in Everett at the Everett Performing Arts Center:
“Xanadu” (Issaquah: Sept. 12-Oct. 20, 2013; Everett: Oct. 25-Nov. 17, 2013). This deliriously cheesy cult Broadway musical by Douglas Carter Beane, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar is based on a Hollywood film that starred a disco-era Olivia Newton-John as a roller-skating goddess and spawned several hit pop songs. Village will be mounting the first local professional production of the show.
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“Les Misérables” (Issaquah: Nov. 7, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014; Everett: Jan. 10-Feb. 2, 2014). This sweeping musical saga of love and revolution, adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer, is hotter than ever due to the current film version. In fact, it’s so hot that Seattle’s Balagan Theatre will also be staging it this fall. (The Village production will be full-scale and more scenically elaborate, compared to Balagan’s chamber-sized rendition.)
“The Foreigner” (Issaquah: Jan. 23-March 2, 2014; Everett: March 7-30, 2014). To fill its single nonmusical slot, the Village is going with Larry Shue’s often-produced farce about a tourist visiting the South who pretends he’s foreign, which allows him to both foil a heinous plot and get the girl.
“The Tutor” (Issaquah: March 20-April 27, 2014; Everett: May 2-25, 2014). An aspiring New York novelist tutors rich kids and seeks inspiration for the book he’s writing in this new musical comedy by composer Andrew Gerle and author-lyricist Maryrose Wood, which will have its world premiere at the Village. The show had a workshop at the theater in 2005, and was the recipient of several Richard Rodgers Awards for musicals in development.
“Funny Girl” (Issaquah: May 15-July 6, 2014; Everett: July 11-Aug. 3, 2014). Loosely based on the life of singer-comedienne Fanny Brice, a Broadway and radio star of yesteryear, this famed Jule Styne-Bob Merrill-Isobel Lennart bio-musical launched the superstardom of Barbra Streisand, and her smash-hit rendition of the score’s best known tune, “People.” (Note: A Broadway revival recently fell through, and the show hasn’t been staged in the Seattle area in a long time.)
Village Theatre announced it will institute a new midweek matinee subscriber series next season, and earlier curtain times (7:30 p.m.) for Wednesday and Thursday night shows. During the current 2012-13 season, the company says it increased sales of subscriptions to a total of 18,400.
Info and tickets: www.villagetheatre.org, or by phone: 425-392-2202 (Issaquah); 425-257-8600 (Everett).
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