Thursday, November 07, 2019

November Theater is full of Music

The puppets of Faerystruck at Annex Theatre (Brett Love)

Somehow, November is full of musicals! Five big musicals are opening in our area, including world premieres. Since Mrs. Doubtfire is already slated for a Broadway opening, Seattle has the opportunity to see the Broadway cast, first. We’ve had that chance for shows like Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Catch Me If You Can. Get your calendars ready…

Faeriestruck, Annex Theatre, through 11/23/19 (world premiere)
A fantastical show written by Kyleigh Archer about a young runaway who sells their family out to a changeling in exchange for an adventure in Faerieland. Featuring puppetry designed by Kyleigh Archer with found and recycled materials, it is a touching and simple tale with bigger environmental ramifications. Faeriestruck is a bizarre spectacle for adults and children alike.

Guys & Dolls, Village Theatre, Issaquah: 11/7/19-12/29/19, Everett: 1/3/20-2/2/20
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, this brassy and colorful musical has been an iconic crowd-pleaser since it first hit Broadway in 1950. Infamous gamblers, woebegone yet determined missionaries, a troop of dancing showgirls, and one momentous craps game come together on the streets (and in the sewers) of New York City. This beloved multi-award-winner is a non-stop treat full of romance, hilarity, and irresistible charm.

My Name is Asher Lev, Penguin Productions, 11/7-10/19 (at University Heights)
A stage adaptation of the bestselling novel by Chaim Potok. A young Orthodox Jewish painter is drawn by his muse to places that put him in direct conflict with his family and his faith. It is a story of profound passion and inspiration.

Shout Sister Shout!, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 11/8/19-12/22/19 (world premiere) (opens 11/13)
Playwright Cheryl L. West’s newest creation. Inspired by Gayle F. Wald's book, Shout, Sister, Shout!, this new theatrical work tells "The Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll" – Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s – incredible story. Ambitious, courageous, and uncompromisingly public, Tharpe became a legend who redefined the national and international music scene in the 1930s and ‘40s. Experience this rousing musical portrait.

Frost/Nixon, SecondStory Repertory, 11/8-24/19
British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect their career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redemption in the nation's eyes. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.

Head Over Heels, Artswest, 11/21/19-12/29/19
With songs by The GoGo's, this exuberant musical will get you grooving in your seat. Head Over Heels follows a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction-only to discover the revolution they need is within their own hearts. Includes the hit songs "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed," in a spirited and sexy celebration of love in all its infinite varieties.

Corduroy, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 11/21/19-12/29/19
Late at night while the world sleeps, a curious bear named Corduroy searches every inch of a department store in pursuit of his missing button. Leaving behind delightful messes, a Night Watchman is on the case to discover the origin of this playful destruction. All the while, a young girl dreams of bringing Corduroy home as a new cuddle companion. Recommended for patrons 3 years and older.

Pride and PrejuDICE, Dacha Theatre, 11/22/19-12/8/19 (at Crown Hill Center)
Previously named Shakespeare Dice, this ambitious format seeks to playfully examine the way we approach and perform classic work. By randomizing the cast every night, the audience makes real-time discoveries with the actors as the play unfolds. In Dacha’s raucous adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, audiences are invited to a Regency England houseparty with modern sensibilities — complete with party games, a live band with an irresistible beat, and plenty of snacks. Tickets always pay-what-you-can.

Mrs. Doubtfire, 5th Avenue Theatre, 11/26/19-1/4/20 (world premiere) (opens 12/13)
The musical features book, music and lyrics by the team behind Something Rotten!  Based on the beloved 1993 Twentieth Century Fox film, Mrs. Doubtfire is the story of newly divorced and out-of-work actor Daniel Hillard.  After losing custody of his children, Daniel disguises himself as Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire and takes a job in his ex-wife’s home in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives.  As he gets lost in his new persona and grows closer to his kids, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father. (This musical is already slated to move from Seattle to Broadway.)

Christmastown, Seattle Public Theater, 11/27/19-12/24/19
Wayne Rawley has written a holiday tradition in this film noir-inspired thriller. Hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver for something different.

Howl’s Moving Castle, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 11/27/19-12/29/19 (opens 11/30)
Crafted by Myra Platt and Justin Huertas, this production reprises this favorite story, with updated songs and a tightened script. The Witch of the Waste’s curse turns Sophie into an old woman. Sophie must find a way to fix this. Seeking refuge in the dread Howl’s castle, she finds unlikely allies, and friends, in the sorcerer, his fire demon and a lovesick apprentice, who help Sophie realize she has the power to decide her own fate. A show full of magic and music.

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