‘Anne of Green Gables’ could exceed Village Theatre sales record

December 14, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

The musical “Anne of Green Gables” is on track to beat the Village Theatre sales record for original musicals, the Issaquah theater announced Dec. 9.

The stage adaptation of the classic novel could beat the sales record “Million Dollar Quartet” set at the theater in 2007. “Million Dollar Quartet” debuted in September 2007, and then opened in Chicago a year later and on Broadway in April 2010.

“Anne of Green Gables” had sold more than 24,800 tickets — including season tickets — by Dec. 6, less than a month after the production premiered. The show runs in Issaquah through Jan. 2 and then in Everett from Jan. 7-30.

The projected total for tickets sold is 29,500 — including season tickets — and $1.125 million in sales.

“Million Dollar Quartet” — a based-on-a-true-story musical about Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis collaborating in a Memphis, Tenn., recording studio — grossed $1.114 million in sales and sold about 30,600 tickets.

Actor Levi Kreis originated the high-energy portrayal of Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Village Theatre and picked up the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the Broadway role.

“Million Dollar Quartet” continues a meteoric run. The musical is scheduled to debut in London in February.

“We are excited that the new musicals we carefully nurture are so successful,” Village Theatre Executive Producer Robb Hunt said. “It keeps us energized to continue this important part of our mission.”

“Million Dollar Quartet” debuted to fanfare in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones offered prescient words in a 2008 review: “Great balls of fire! Here’s a hit. A palpable hit. Vegas. London. Maybe even Broadway.”

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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