Village Theatre’s 2015-16 schedule lineup includes favorite musicals as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart” and the premiere of “My Heart Is the Drum.”
Broadway musicals scored by Stephen Schwartz, Lerner and Loewe and Elton John are scheduled for Village Theatre’s 2015-16 season, presented at the company’s Issaquah and Everett venues.
The Village will also introduce a new musical developed at Village that is set in Ghana to an African beat, and mount a production of a well-traveled comedy about a trio of Southern sisters.
“Snapshots” (Sept.10-Oct. 18 in Issaquah; Oct. 23-Nov. 15 in Everett) is an intimate musical about a marriage in transition, with songs by Stephen Schwartz culled from some of his famous earlier shows (including “Wicked” and “Godspell”). This “compilation” work, presented briefly in 2005 by the theater in its Village Originals series, is not a revue. It tells the story of empty nesters who revisit and reassess their 20-year marriage.
“My Fair Lady” (Issaquah: Nov. 5, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016; Everett: Jan. 8-31, 2016) gets the holiday slot, as Brian Yorkey stages this Broadway classic adaptation of G.B. Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” with music by Frederick Loewe, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. (The last Village staging was 15 years ago.)
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“Crimes of the Heart” (Issaquah: Jan. 21–Feb. 28, 2016; Everett: March 4-27, 2016): Kathryn Van Meter directs Beth Henley’s twisted sisterhood comedy set in Mississippi as the season’s sole nonmusical production. The play received a 1981 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
“My Heart Is the Drum” (Issaquah: March 17-April 24, 2016; Everett: April 29–May 22, 2016) is a fresh work, developed in Village’s 2014 Festival of New Musicals. Written by Jennie Redling, with music by Phillip Palmer and lyrics by Stacey Luftig, it relates the story of a determined young woman who leaves her small African village to seek a better life in the big city. Schele Williams will stage the show.
“Billy Elliot” (Issaquah: May 12-July 3; Everett: July 8-31, 2016), a Broadway-West End blockbuster based on the hit movie about a young boy who yearns to study ballet during a brutal 1980s coal-miners strike in Northern England. Village will offer the first major local production of the show. Lee Hall adapted his screenplay and wrote the lyrics for the dance-heavy musical, and pop star Elton John supplied the music. Village Artistic Director Steve Tomkins directs.
The Village reports record-breaking attendance for its extended 2014 run of “Mary Poppins,” and a current total of 19,000 subscribers, second only in the Seattle area to the 5th Avenue Theatre’s subscription rolls.
All 2015-16 shows are presented at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. in Issaquah, followed by runs at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. in Everett. Details: 425-392-2202 or villagetheatre.org.