I’m tardy to the announcement party but in case you musical theater nerds haven’t heard, Seattle Theatre Group has announced the line-up of musicals heading to The Paramount for the 2013/2014 season…and, there are some beloved treats coming your way with a couple newcomers thrown in as well.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
October 9-13, 2013
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
November 12-17, 2013
December 31, 2013-January 5, 2014
Disney’s THE LION KING
March 11-April 6, 2014
May 27-June 8, 2014
Group tickets are available now for any show. Please call the Corporate and Group Sales department for more information (toll-free) 1.888.214.6856. Single tickets for each engagement will go on sale at a later date. Watch www.stgpresents.org for single ticket on-sale dates.
That’s a pretty amazing line-up. Obviously, the very gay “Priscilla” and the almost as gay “Evita” have big appeal for LGBTQ audiences…“Priscilla” is gayer than a pink picnic basket full of dildos and lubricants. “Evita” is a Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice campfest with a questionable gay icon of sorts as its leading lady…though, it’s not so much Evita herself, who was frankly, just the tarty wife of a despot, but the iconic women who played her (Patti LuPone and Madonna) that we high flyingly adore.
“Disney’s The Lion King” is an old chestnut but it’s a chestnut with terrific production values…who doesn’t love Julie Taymor and puppets? (uh, anyone who has seen “Spiderman”…)
We rolled our eyes a bit at “The Wizard of Oz”…yes, we adore it but it is a bit…elderly. But, this production was spearheaded by Andrew Lloyd Webber so we’re sure he camped it up. The audience will be full of kiddies but we’re also guessing plenty of adults swooning along to “Wicked’s” superior grandmother.
“Once” we don’t know much about because we didn’t see the original movie it was based upon…we know people who loved the story of two Irish street musicians and their tangled relationship and we also know folks who hated its wee tweeness. The stage version earned kudos and Tony Awards, so we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. If we can tolerate twee Seattle hipsters, we should give the same level of respect to Irish ones…