There’s still half of our 2016-2017 season left to go!

If you love musicals, welcome home. 

 

 DEFYING EXPECTATIONS

A Showtunes Cabaret
February 25 at 8pm, February 26 at 2pm, February 27 at 7:30pm
The Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre
Defying Expectations is curated and directed by Seattle-based director and author Sam Pettit. 

Showtunes takes a creative leap and presents a talented cast of six interpreting songs and stories of people overcoming the lines in society that divide us. In addition, the cast will be challenged to defy their own personal expectations as performers. Hear your favorite showtunes in a fresh way by Seattle’s top professional talent. We’ll be singing and the bar will be serving. Join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration. 

Buy tickets for DEFYING EXPECTATIONS here.

 

 

 THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN

Music & Lyrics by MEREDITH WILLSON
Book by Richard Morris
March 11 at 8pm and March 12 at 2pm
Illsley Ball Nordstrom recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Directed by Billie Wildrick

 
The Unsinkable Molly Brown celebrates the spirit of an American woman who emerged from the backwoods of Colorado, danced her way through the ballrooms of the world’s elite, and survived the sinking of the Titanic. Seattle’s own Billie Wildrick directs this unique staging featuring six different professional actors “tag teaming” the plum role of Molly through her long and spectacular life. Casting for this All-American hero is open to women of all ages and ethnicities who embody the spirit of Molly Brown.

Buy tickets for THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN here.

 

 


 

Thank you for supporting Showtunes Theatre Company in 2016!

Please donate to help make 2017 a success.

You can reach our donation page HERE. 

 

Showtunes gathers the top professional talent of the Seattle area to produce concerts of the rare gems of Broadway at Benaroya Hall and ACT Theatre. It provides a wonderful home for people who love musicals and invaluable work for the artists of our region. 

 

2016 was our biggest year ever with four productions, some of them preserving Broadway’s history and some of them making it. Here’s a look back at 2016 below.

 

(All Photos by Chris Bennion)


 

Finian’s Rainbow – March 2016

 
Finian’s Rainbow presents potent political content in the disguise of a fanciful fable of love and romance. In March, we reached back in Broadway’s past to 1947 to hear a voice calling out to us about problems yet to be solved in America. 
Finian’s Rainbow features a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Burton Lane.

 

Working – May 2016

 
Working is a very unique musical, giving voice to the real words of America’s working class through the work of Studs Terkel. It also presents a rare mosaic of American music, with songs by a diverse group of composers including Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers, and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda. In May, we had the privilege to hear the hopes and dreams of a diverse cross-section of our country brought to life in a powerful way. 
Working features a book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, and James Taylor, and lyrics by Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, Taylor, and Susan Birkenhead.

 

Shenandoah – October 2016

 
In October, Showtunes produced its inaugural production as part of the ACTLab program at ACT Theatre. We were honored to be given permission to present Broadway classic Shenandoah from a brand new perspective. Seattle veteran Anne Allgood re-interpreted the role of Charlie Anderson, made famous by John Cullum and Jimmy Stewart, as a mother fighting to hold her family together during the Civil War.
Shenandoah features music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell, and a book by Udell, Philip Rose and James Lee Barrett, based on Barrett’s original screenplay for the 1965 film.

 

Leap of Faith – December 2016

 
In December, Leap of Faith made its first appearance in the Pacific Northwest since its original run in New York. Audiences here finally had a chance to hear its soaring gospel score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act, Newsies) come to life in our biggest concert ever! Leading the cast was Louis Hobson, Broadway and Seattle veteran, who had been part of the original Broadway show.
In addition to Alan Menken’s music, Leap of Faith features lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Janus Cercone and Slater.

 

You can reach our donation page HERE. 

Anything helps! Would you consider donating the cost of a few tickets? (Average $35) We are not supported solely by ticket sales. We are a non-profit with budgets highly subsidized by donors like you – people who believe that keeping the history of Broadway alive is a vital part of preserving our American story.