Welcome to Our 20th Anniversary Season!

 

The Light in the Piazza

Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel. Book by Craig Lucas

September 14 and 21, 2019 at 8PM

September 15 and 22, 2019 at 2PM

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

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The Light in the Piazza Here!

 

You can help produce the homecoming of one of Seattle’s proudest moments in musical theatre. In 2003, a complex and stunningly beautiful work called The Light in the Piazza was born at the Intiman Theatre, which has since become Cornish Playhouse.

For the opener of its 20th Anniversary Season, Showtunes is bringing this legendary work home to the theatre where it began. Join us September 14-22 as The Light in the Piazza returns to Seattle in one of our biggest concerts ever, featuring the full, original orchestration. Donate today to help make this great big production possible HERE!

The Light in the Piazza went on to Broadway to win 6 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards. There’s simply no other musical quite like it in its complexity, ambition, and beauty. To bring this masterpiece to life for you, we’ve assembled an amazing cast of Seattle’s finest talent, and we’ve arranged another homecoming as well.

We’re thrilled to welcome a new director to the Showtunes family. Piazza will be directed by Kelly Kitchens, Co-Artistic Director of Seattle Public Theatre and an acclaimed director of theatre and opera. She is the perfect voice to bring this unique work to life. She’ll be teamed with our own Associate Artistic Director Nathan Young as Music Director.

Unfamiliar with The Light In The Piazza? It takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, who returns it to her. This brief episode sparks an intense romance between them. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart, and you’ll have to join us September 14-22 to discover why.

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The Light in the Piazza Here!

 

 

20th Anniversary Gala

Save the Date!

February 22, 2020

Town Hall Seattle

Details Coming Soon

 

 

La Cage Aux Folles

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman. Book by Harvey Fierstein.

Co-Produced with A Sensible Theatre Company

May 9 and 16, 2020 at 8PM

May 10 and 17, 2020 at 2PM

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

Love is love, and you can help celebrate that truth when La Cage Aux Folles returns to Seattle May 9-17, 2020 in a grand, concert spectacle! Showtunes is partnering with A Sensible Theatre Company to produce this classic as our second concert of the season. The themes of La Cage resonate today as much as they did in 1983, if not more so, and you can help bring this much-needed tale to the stage with your donations HERE! Tickets will be on sale soon!

Who is A Sensible Theatre Company? They’ve recently taken the Seattle scene in style with a mission to “present fabulous productions that focus exclusively on furthering the LGBTQIA+ conversation of inclusivity and equality.” They’re now bicoastal, producing lavish and fun cabarets in Seattle and New York once a month every month. We couldn’t imagine a better partnership to bring this classic tale of equality to life, and we’re so glad they wanted to work with us! Learn more about them and “The Sensible Cabarets”at www.sensibletheatre.co.

Many of you will remember a beloved production at Village Theatre in 2002 where Seattle veteran Rich Gray played the lead role of Albin. Now, Rich is returning to this story to direct! He’ll be joined by Showtunes Associate Artistic Director Nathan Young as Music Director. Paul Flanagan of A Sensible Theatre Company will choreograph, Darian Clogston will stage manage, and they’ll be surrounded by more amazing artists on the production team yet to be announced.

In case you’re not familiar, La Cage Aux Folles is a 1983 musical based on the same source material as the now-classic film The Birdcage. It took home six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book by Harvey Fierstein, and Best Original Score by the Broadway legend Jerry Herman who also composed Hello Dolly and Mame!

In La Cage, Georges and Albin, partners for twenty years, are surprised when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the family business. Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer “Zaza”. Georges reluctantly agrees to his son’s request to masquerade as “normal” at a meeting with the bride’s family, but Albin has other plans.

In the midst of a divisive time, Showtunes and Sensible are bringing Seattle a way to celebrate equality and the love and acceptance that can unite us. Also, in case you didn’t know, it’s a whole lot of fun. Donate today to make help this show succeed and join us May 9-17, 2020 for the fun!

 

 

Showtunes is proud to be a 2019 Civic Partner with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.