Village Theatre, a leading producer of musical theatre in the Northwest located right in our own backyard, just announced its 2018-2019 Season. Both of its locations — one in Issaquah and one in Everett — will present the same five outstanding shows between September 2018 and June 2019, including some never-before-performed shows and some that are being revived.
The lineup, which features four musicals and a play, ranges in content from magical to hilarious, promising something for any theatre-goer and insuring an interesting and diverse season for audiences and actors alike.
So, without further ado, we’ll let Village Theatre take center stage to give you a taste of their upcoming performances.
The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes
Music by Michael Kooman; Book & Lyrics by Christopher Dimond
Issaquah: September 13 – October 21, 2018; Everett: October 26 – November 18, 2018
Howard Barnes is a perfectly average American guy; he likes baseball, grilling, and his daily routine. That is, until the day he wakes up to discover his life has become a musical. Desperate to return things to normal, Howard embarks on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theatre. A Village Original from The 2013 Festival of New Musicals, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly; Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Issaquah: November 8 – December 30, 2018; Everett: January 4 – February 3, 2019
Roald Dahl’s beloved magical misfit comes to Village Theatre’s stage in the hit musical that swept up five Tony Awards, 11 Olivier Awards, and was named Time Magazine’s No. 1 Show of the Year in 2013. Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl genius armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. With the help of her kindly teacher (and a little magic), this miraculous girl proves that everyone has the power to change their story — and that sometimes, you have to be a little bit naughty.
I Do! I Do!
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones; Music by Harvey Schmidt. (Based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog)
Issaquah: January 17 – February 24, 2019; Everett: March 1 – 24, 2019
Created by the writing team behind The Fantasticks, this classic musical about marriage garnered seven Tony Award nominations in 1967. The story begins on the wedding day of Michael and Agnes, as they get ready to begin their lives together. Told from the venue of their marital bedroom, they navigate the perils and triumphs of marriage, children, arguments, and more. Complete with a tuneful and charming score, I Do! I Do! is an intimate and nostalgic musical chronicling 50 years of life and love.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A play by Simon Stephens; based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Issaquah: March 14 – April 21, 2019; Everett: April 26 – May 19, 2019
Winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, this compelling sensory drama is based on the award-winning book of the same name. When 15-year-old Christopher is wrongfully accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, he sets off to solve the mystery and prove his innocence. Equipped with an extraordinary brain, but hampered by a strong distrust of strangers and a personal struggle to interpret everyday life, this adventure will turn his life upside-down — while giving the audience an intimate look at the world through his eyes.
Million Dollar Quartet
By Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Issaquah: May 9 – June 23, 2019; Everett: June 28 – July 28, 2019
The blockbuster hit story of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins returns to Village Theatre’s stage — 12 years after shaping its triumphant premiere. This powerhouse musical had audiences on their feet, first in Issaquah and Everett, and then on Broadway before going to London, Chicago, Las Vegas, and across the country on tour, garnering awards and critical acclaim along the way. Now, it returns home complete with the hit songs of the 1950s you know and love, plus a few new visual surprises.
Subscriptions to the Village Theatre 2018-2019 season go on sale today, and range from $112 to $305. Tickets to individual Village Theatre shows can also be bought through the box office Tuesday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to a show in Issaquah, call (425) 392-2202; for Everett, call (425) 257-8600.