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posted Friday, August 12, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 33
Seattle's 2016-2017 musical theatre season
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Seattle's 2016-2017 musical theatre season

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

The new musical theatre season was announced last March! Here are The Village Theatre's, The 5th Avenue Theatre's and Seattle Theatre Group's Broadway at the Paramount's line-ups for the upcoming season, and they are not to be missed. Several theatres offer package deals that are more than worth looking into, but no matter which (or all) you decide on attending, you won't be disappointed.

THE VILLAGE THEATRE
Issaquah and Everett

Pump Boys and Dinettes - Issaquah (September 15-October 23) Everett (October 28-November 20)

Enjoy a group of Good Ol' Boys, playing music at a local diner. Nominated for Best Musical of 1982.

Singing in the Rain - Issaquah (November 10-December 31) Everett (January 6-29)

What a glorious feeling! Why not be happy again?

The 39 Steps - Issaquah (January 19-February 26) Everett (March 3-26)

A hysterical take on Hitchcock's masterpiece. Nominated Best Play for 2008.

A Proper Place - Issaquah (March 16-April 23) Everett (April 28-May 21)

Billed as 'Downton Abbey' meets 'Gilligan's Island' this hysterical new musical is based on J.M. Barrie's play, The Admirable Crichton.

Dreamgirls - Issaquah (May 11-July 2) Everett (July 7-30)

All you need to do is dream, and they will be there! Nominated for Best Musical of 1982.

THE 5TH AVENUE THEATRE
Man of La Mancha - October 7-30
Musical adaptation of Cervantes's Don Quixote. Not seen on the 5th Avenue stage in over 20 years. This 'Golden Age' musical originally won Best Musical 1966 and has enjoyed several revivals on Broadway.

Disney's The Little Mermaid - November 23-December 31
Disney's adaptation of their own animated feature movie. The musical will become 'Part of Your World.' Nominated for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre in 2008.

The Pajama Game - February 9-March 5
The classic musical telling the story of workers at the Sleep Tite Pajama factory that dare to strike for a 7-½ cent raise. Originally winning three Tony Awards including Best Musical 1955 - the show that would make Shirley MacLaine a star.

Murder for Two - March 25-June 4 (Co-Production with ACT)
A new original musical where everyone is suspect.

The Secret Garden - April 14-May 6
The beloved children's classic comes alive on stage in a lavish musical adaptation. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical of 1991, and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Daisy Eagan holds the record for the youngest Tony Award winner)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, the musical - June 8-July 2 (WORLD PREMIERE!)
They're back and are now on stage. Mark it with a Post-It!

Fun Home - July 11-30
Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story about a girl growing up in their family's funeral parlor, and the ways we look at our parents through adult eyes. Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical of 2015 - a show NOT TO BE MISSED! Still running on Broadway.

SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP'S BROADWAY AT THE PARAMOUNT
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - October 19-30
Legend grows into Legendary in this true-life tale of one of the greatest American (pop) songwriters and performers. Nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical of 2014. Still running on Broadway.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - December 13-18 (Season Option)
'This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.' Winner of 3 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical 2014.

Finding Neverland - January 10-15
The hit musical that tells the story of author J.M. Barrie, and how he conceived the ideas for Peter Pan. Still running on Broadway.

The King and I - January 24-February 3
This lavish new production tells the classic story of the Western teacher that arrives in Siam to teach the King's numerous children, only to end up learning a few things herself. Original production was Pre-Tony Awards, but the show has been revived on Broadway several times. The current incarnation is still running on Broadway.

RENT - February 21-26 (Season Special Offer)
The musical that taught us 'There's no day but today' is back for it's 20th Anniversary. The Pulitzer Prize winning musical (1996) also won four Tony Awards including Best Musical of 1996.

Mamma Mia! - March 28-April 2 (Season Special Offer)
The ever-popular musical returns to please audiences with the wonderful music of ABBA. The Eighth Longest Running Show in Broadway history was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical of 2002.

An American in Paris - May 9-14
Based on the hit MGM film, you can expect sweeping dances in this new stage production. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) it won for Best Choreography of 2015. Still running on Broadway.

Cabaret - June 13-25
The dark metaphor for Nazi Germany returns to Seattle. Come to the Cabaret, Old Chum&come to the cabaret. Originally nominated for 11 Tony Awards (including Best Musical 1967), the latest revival was nominated for two Tony Awards of 2014.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - July 25-30
'Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.' This straight-play (non-musical) is hailed by The New York Times as 'One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway.' Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Play of 2015. Still running on Broadway.

All three theatres promise a wonderful and entertaining season. Go see as many as you can and enjoy. Just remember to silence all phones, and texting/recording during the shows is STRICTLY prohibited.

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