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PNB opens mixed repertory program, Musketeers exits Seattle Rep early
by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

It's a busy weekend for Seattle stage and entertainment fans. Pacific Northwest Ballet opened its latest mixed repertory program, New Works, last night. The four-work program continues through next weekend, ending November 16. Look for a full report in next week's Bits&Bytes here at SGN.

The Seattle Repertory's lackluster production of The Three Musketeers ends this Sunday, a week earlier than scheduled. But that's not the whole story. "We scheduled two extra weeks for Musketeers a year ago, and the show played its full subscription run and one extra week. Single ticket sales were strong," a Rep spokesperson told Bits&Bytes, "but not strong enough to justify two extra weeks." The show received decidedly mixed reviews but "audiences loved it."

The sprawling production of All The King's Men ends it lengthy run at Intiman Theatre with performances through Saturday. The final production in Intiman's first five-year American Cycle series, the stage version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren is definitely worth a look. Outstanding performances carry the awkward adaptation and make for a rewarding evening in this very historical political year. Check it out.

Tickets for Seattle Opera's three stagings of the world-famous Wagner Ring Cycle go on sale this week. The four-part work is traditionally presented over six nights, giving the cast time off between the most challenging productions. The three August cycles run August 9-14, 17-18 and 25-30. Visitors from all over the world are expected. The last Ring productions sold out months and months before the series started. Seattle Opera expects the same for this revival "even with the economic concerns the nation and the world is facing."

"Ring-heads" traditionally seek out the rare performances and plan years ahead of time. Be forewarned. Check with SO at (206) 676-5519 for details.

Seattle Opera's next production, Bizet's exotic The Pearl Fishers, is an audience pleaser in every respect. The January 10-24 production is already selling tickets "faster than expected." Many of the eight performances will find near capacity crowds. Check with SO at (206) 389-7676 or (800) 426-1619 for out-of-area opera fans. Tickets start at just $25.

Music lovers seeking the unusual will find that Sunday afternoon's 4:30 p.m., Music For Ud And Lute: The First 600 Years, takes the "rare event of the week" slot for Emerald City entertainment fans.

Munir Nurettin Beken, on the ud, and August Denhard, on the lute, present a program that blends the traditions of nearly 600 years of Middle Eastern and European music. The concert offers selections from 13-Century medieval and Renaissance dance music, Ottoman court music, Elizabethan ballads, Arabic folk tunes, Italian Renaissance polyphony and contemporary compositions. Talk about cultural diversity....

The concert is at The Music Center Of The Northwest, 901 N. 96th St. Information at (206) 200-3394. Check it out.

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