Village Theatre, the OTHER big professional musical theater company in the area, who produce their shows at their easterly home base in Issaquah as well as in Everett to the north have also announced their line-up of shows for the 2018/19 season and the first under their new Artistic Director Jerry Dixon.
Their year will include a brand new musical making a World Premiere, plus an eagerly awaited recent West End/Broadway hit making its local producing debut, as well as a recent family favorite and two options from the “oldies but goodies” category.
First up will be their brand new musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, a World Premiere musical comedy about an average man stuck in a musical world which debuts this fall followed by Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, a family friendly show with a huge kid cast, just in time for the holidays. I Do! I Do! the classic romantic musical about marriage that originally starred stage icons, Mary Martin and Robert Preston will take the winter 2019 spot normally occupied by Village’s single non-musical production. That slot is being nabbed by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the award winning British play about a 15 year old autistic boy solving multiple mysteries in his life. And, Million Dollar Quartet, the “homegrown rocking hit” that premiered on Village Theatre’s stage 12 years ago before heading off to fame & glory on Broadway, will make a return engagement in the late spring/early summer of 2019.
The press release with further info:
Village Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Season
The Lineup Includes a World Premiere Musical, Two Regional West Coast Premieres, a Reimagined Classic, and the Triumphant Return of a Homegrown Award-Winning Hit.
The 2018-2019 Season runs September 13, 2018 to June 23, 2019 in Issaquah and October 26, 2018 to July 28, 2019 in Everett. “This is going to be a really wonderful Season here at Village Theatre,” says executive producer Robb Hunt, “and we couldn’t be happier to have our new artistic director, Jerry Dixon, taking the reins following Steve Tomkins retirement this June. Jerry and Steve were both at the table for the selection process, and we think we have come up with something really special.”
The 2018-2019 Season will be Jerry Dixon’s first year as artistic director and he is committed to continuing the theatre’s dedication to raising the bar on production quality with each passing year. “Having had the pleasure of directing shows at Village Theatre in the past,” says Dixon, “I know how talented and devoted the artists here are – from our incredible creative designers, to the carpenters who build the sets, the engineers, painters, wig masters, electricians, and more. This talent and devotion extends way beyond what you see on stage to include box-office workers, maintenance, ushers, marketing, accountants, and a multitude of others. Every show at Village Theatre is the result of months of collaboration to bring something new, dynamic, and visually stunning for our audiences to experience. I can’t wait to carry forward that tradition of excellence.”
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 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 #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! – A Musical About Marriage
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.
About Village Theatre
Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, WA, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region’s best-attended theatres, with about 20,000 Subscribers and 220,000 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 supported the development of over 160 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its Youth Education and Outreach programs, KIDSTAGE and Pied Piper, serving over 58,000 young people and their families annually.