VILLAGE THEATRE 2016-2017 SEASON
Village Theatre invites you to its 2016-2017 Season, curated by Artistic Director Steve Tomkins. The lineup includes: Pump Boys and Dinettes, a high-octane country western musical; Singin’ in the Rain, the glorious classic based on the beloved movie musical; The 39 Steps, a fast-paced farce in the style of Hitchcock; A Proper Place, a new musical comedy that strands a British family on a deserted island; and Dreamgirls, the award-winning Motown-inspired musical sensation.|
The 2016-2017 Season runs September 15, 2016 to July 2, 2017 in Issaquah and October 28, 2016 to July 30, 2017 in Everett. “This season is an embodiment of joy,” says Tomkins. “It’s one of the most exciting and also one of the most challenging seasons we’ve taken on. I’ve always dreamed of putting Singin’ in the Rain and Dreamgirls on our stage, and we’re ready to tell these stories in a big way. From dancing in real rain showers to the infectious energy of The Dreams and so many great moments in between, this season is sure to delight audiences, while offering a wide variety of themes and theatrical experiences. We’re excited to welcome you to an uplifting year of live entertainment at Village Theatre.”
As the second-largest Subscription theater in the Pacific Northwest, last season marked the second consecutive year that Village Theatre reached and exceeded 19,000 Subscribers. Season Subscriptions are available now through the Box Office and at Village Theatre’s website. Founded in 1979, Village Theatre is proud to bring locally produced, custom-built classics, new musicals, and straight plays to its Issaquah and Everett stages and an expanding audience across the greater Seattle area.
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Book, Lyrics, and Music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann
Issaquah: September 15 – October 23, 2016 / Everett: October 28 – November 20, 2016
This high-octane musical is a country western feast for the ears, celebrating life’s simple pleasures. Meet the “pump boys” of the scenic Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, North Carolina. They’re a simple group of boys who love fishin’, beer, and a great slice of pie from the local diner, run by the Cupp sisters. And they all love some good music. Armed with piano, guitar, bass, and even kitchen utensils, they’re serving up a night of fun and good times in this show that received rave reviews both on and off Broadway, along with a Tony Nomination for Best Musical.
Singin’ in the Rain
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
Issaquah: November 10 – December 31, 2016 / Everett: January 6 – 29, 2017
“What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again!” Embark with us on a dance-filled journey to the golden age of the cinema as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time comes back with a splash! This faithful and loving adaptation by the original award-winning screenplay team is exuberant, funny, and filled with songs you know and love—plus live, on-stage rain! Join us at Monumental Pictures and make this monumental show a must-see part of your holiday plans.
The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Issaquah: January 19 – February 26, 2017 / Everett: March 3 – 26, 2017
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater. The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat features over 150 zany characters played by a talented four-person cast. Packed with nonstop laughs, The 39 Steps is complete with an on-stage plane crash, missing fingers, and, of course, some good old-fashioned romance. This unforgettable play is pure entertainment, with a riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft.
A Proper Place
Book by Leslie Becker and Curtis Rhodes
Music by Curtis Rhodes
Lyrics by Leslie Becker
Additional Lyrics by Curtis Rhodes
Issaquah: March 16 – April 23, 2017 / Everett: April 28 – May 21, 2017
Downton Abbey meets Gilligan’s Island in this hysterical new musical based on J.M. Barrie’s play, The Admirable Crichton. It’s 1902, and Lord Loam’s family outing has gone horribly awry, landing the family on a deserted island. Stranded alone, their trusty system of societal hierarchy begins to slip away as their only hope for survival turns out to be the know-how of the lowly butler. With a score of tuneful music, this romantic comedy will sweep you away into a lively adventure of family drama, while raising topical questions about the class distinctions that divide us.
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Krieger
Original Broadway Production Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler
Produced on Broadway by Michael Bennet, Robert Avian, Geffen Records, and The Shubert Organization
Issaquah: May 11 – July 2, 2017 / Everett: July 7 – 30, 2017
This powerhouse musical was a Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit on Broadway that became a Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film sensation. Dreamgirls celebrates the advent of rhythm and blues in the 1960s with a Motown-inspired score, dynamic performances, and a moving look behind-the-scenes of the entertainment business. Experience all the onstage joy and backstage drama as an up-and-coming girl group transforms into a pop music phenomenon, learning hard lessons along the way about love, greed, adversity, and what it takes to get to the top.
About Village Theatre
Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theater in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions for the entire family since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended Equity theaters, with over 19,000 subscribers and 200,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 145 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper and KIDSTAGE, serving over 55,000 young people, families, and schools annually.