April 12, 2010
UPDATED — 3:20 p.m. April 12, 2010
The musical “Next to Normal” — a daring look into bipolar disorder penned by Issaquah native Brian Yorkey and nurtured at Village Theatre — has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The prize jury lauded the edgy, dysfunctional-family-drama as “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.” The jury announced the award Monday.
Yorkey — a former Village Theatre associate artistic director and Issaquah High School alumnus — will share the honor with writing partner Tom Kitt. Yorkey wrote the lyrics; Kitt wrote the music. The duo will share a $10,000 prize.
December 29, 2009
Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.
Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.
From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.
September 15, 2009
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
September 8, 2009
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
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.”