Theater marks 30th season with new musical

September 15, 2009

Tanesha Ross (left) stars as Nicolette and Matthew Kacergis is Aucassin in the Village Theatre production of ‘Chasing Nicolette.’ By John Pai / Property of Village Theatre

Tanesha Ross (left) stars as Nicolette and Matthew Kacergis is Aucassin in the Village Theatre production of ‘Chasing Nicolette.’ By John Pai / Property of Village Theatre

Village Theatre’s new musical, “Chasing Nicolette,” debuts Sept. 16 and promises to light up the stage as summer comes to a close.

“It is particularly exciting for me to open our 30th anniversary season with a wonderful new musical,” said Robb Hunt, executive director of Village Theatre. “Since I’ve been here all 30 years, I can say that it feels like quite an accomplishment to be established nationally as one of the few organizations which develops and nurtures new musicals that achieve national exposure. It is a key part of our mission and after 30 years, we are really doing it with two new musicals in the season.”

The year is 1224. War, hatred and prejudice fill the lands between Europe and the Middle East, but despite these obstacles, two young lovers — Christian nobleman Aucassin, played by Matthew John Kacergis, and a Muslim princess, played by Tanesha Ross — find a place for love. Read more

It’s Broadway or bust for ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

September 8, 2009

Starring in the 2007 Village Theatre production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ are (from left) Rob Lyons (Carl Perkins), Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Dane Stokinger (Elvis Presley), Jessica Skerritt (Dyanne) and Lance Guest (Johnny Cash). By Jay Koh / Village Theatre

Starring in the 2007 Village Theatre production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ are (from left) Rob Lyons (Carl Perkins), Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Dane Stokinger (Elvis Presley), Jessica Skerritt (Dyanne) and Lance Guest (Johnny Cash). By Jay Koh / Village Theatre

The Village Theatre Original smash hit “Million Dollar Quartet” is hitting the road again. This time, the cast and crew are packing up their guitars and piano, destined to take Broadway by storm this spring.

The musical is an account of the night four of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends — Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash — performed together Dec. 4, 1956, for the first and only time.

“Million Dollar Quartet,” written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, was presented to local audiences in 2006 during the sixth annual Festival of New Musicals in 2006. In 2007, the show returned as a full-scale production on Village Theatre’s Mainstage. The show was so popular that Village Theatre directors extended its run to 10 weeks. Read more

The show moves on

October 7, 2008

Actor reprises role of Jerry Lee Lewis in ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ in Chicago

The last time Issaquah audiences saw Levi Kreis, he was giving a rip-roaring performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in Village Theatre’s premier run of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Read more

« Previous Page