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Music and Book by James Valcq

Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley


Showtunes will be presenting The Spitfire Grill in Concert for its second show of the season. The Spitfire Grill continues Showtunes theme for its 19th season, “Underestimated – Stories about Redefining the Rules”, and will create wonderful opportunities to feature Seattle’s amazing actresses on stage in a powerful, intimate story of healing and hope.


Based on the award-winning film by Lee David Zlotoff, the musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison who decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town. She finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It’s for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town. Newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off, and the best essay on “why you want the grill” will win. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow, and Percy’s ability to see beauty and worth in both the town and the people who live there leads the community on a journey of renewal and redemption.


When the show debuted Off Broadway in 2001, it received numerous nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards. It also received a good deal of critical praise, including this quote from John Simon of New York magazine. “It is not often that material moves me to tears, but this was one of those occasions. The Spitfire Grill has the heart and soul that your Producers and Full Montys cannot begin to approach. What even in normal times would be a joy is, in these troubled ones, sheer nourishment.”


The show features music by James Valcq, lyrics by Fred Alley, and a book by both artists. It will be directed by Jessica Spencer, an accomplished director, casting director, educator, actress, and producer of theatre from Seattle, and it will be music directed by Seattle veteran RJ Tancioco.


The music of The Spitfire Grill is driven by an incredible folk and bluegrass score which will be presented in its original, full form. Alvin Klein of The New York Times had this to say about the music of Spitfire, “ The warm, indigenous American folk sound of Mr. Valcq’s score is, harmonically and melodically, as theatrical as it is grass roots…The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows.”


The concert will be presented in a new venue for Showtunes, the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, May 4-5 and 11-12, 2019. The Spitfire Grill will continue Showtunes Theatre Company’s growth into two weekends of performances.



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Showtunes Theatre Company exists to amplify the voice of the Broadway canon

and the artists who bring it to life!

We give a voice to rarely produced musicals.

And sometimes, we help them be heard in a new way. (See our recent productions below…)

We also create a platform for the voice of Seattle’s professional artists,

Giving opportunity for newcomers to be discovered and for veterans to be heard in new ways.





Have a look at our recent productions!

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. 

 (Photos by Chris Bennion. Boys from Syracuse and Legally Blonde Promo Photos by Danielle Barnum.)



Legally Blonde – September 2018

Our concert of Legally Blonde featured Seattle favorite Alexandria Henderson in the lead role of “Elle Woods”. The show was directed by Seattle veteran Faith Bennett Russell and featured choreography by Jimmy Shields. Showtunes was thrilled to partner with these artists and follow their lead as they told this beloved story of perseverance and optimism from a new point of view. Nathan Young, who has quickly become an invaluable member of the Showtunes family and helped bring the gospel sound of Leap of Faith to life, served as Music Director.


The Boys from Syracuse – March 2018

We returned to our grand, “Classic Showtunes Style” at Benaroya Hall from March 23-25, 2018 with a production of The Boys from Syracuse, by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors featuring classic tunes like “This Can’t Be Love” and “Falling in Love with Love”. This production was produced by Showtunes in association with Village Theatre as part of a city-wide “Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare” festival initiated by the 5thAvenue Theatre. The show was directed by master of farce and classic comedy Steve Tomkins, Artistic Director of Village Theatre.



Bridges of Madison County – October 2017

Bridges of Madison County was the first concert of our 2017-2018 season, staged in a three-quarter round presentation in the Allen Theatre at ACT. Audiences were surrounded by the sound of the beautiful score by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), and they sat up close and personal with the intimate story adapted by Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden).



Shenandoah – October 2016

In October of 2016, 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.



The Unsinkable Molly Brown – March 2017

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.
Not only did we have an amazing production team led by Director Billie Wildrick and Music Director Nathan Young, but we cast eight local powerhouse performers to share the role of Molly Brown, capturing the spirit of this American folk hero through multiple perspectives.



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