Village Theatre unveils Festival of New Musicals lineup

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:27 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Village Theatre recently announced the lineup for its 15th annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 7-9.

By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre Actors perform stripped-down scenes during the deveopmental process of the musical ‘Deadly Beloved’ during the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals.

By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre
Actors perform stripped-down scenes during the deveopmental process of the musical ‘Deadly Beloved’ during the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals.

Started in 2000, the festival is the nationally renowned birthplace of new musicals and the foundation of the theater’s commitment to new work. This year’s festival features six new musicals with the collaboration of more than 100 artists, performed and directed by the theater professionals and guest artists from across the country. Read more

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Village Theatre gets away with murder in new musical ‘No Way To Treat A Lady’

March 17, 2015

“No Way To Treat A Lady,” the theatrically charged new musical about a cunning yet charming serial killer, makes its mainstage Village Theatre debut March 19. (It ends April 26.)

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Nick DeSantis plays Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill and Bobbi Kotula is Carmella in Village Theatre’s musical production ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Nick DeSantis plays Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill and Bobbi Kotula is Carmella in Village Theatre’s musical production ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

The cat-and-mouse detective thriller is rounded out with a little romance, a lot of laughs, and an upbeat score full of catchy melodies and quick-witted lyrics.

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Village Theatre announces Festival of New Musicals

July 15, 2014

Village Theatre presents its 14th annual Festival of New Musicals Aug. 8-17.

The festival invites Village Originals members to help critique the theater’s upcoming original musical productions. For example, the musicals “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” got their start through the Village Originals program and went on to win multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize between them.

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KIDSTAGE vet takes center stage in Village Theatre’s ‘The Tutor’

March 18, 2014

Village Theatre’s latest fare educates its lead as well as the character she plays.

In the new musical “The Tutor,” opening March 20, 16-year-old Katie Griffith plays a sullen teenage rich kid who gets taken under the wing of an aspiring novelist looking to make a quick buck by educating wealthy high schoolers on the side. The tutor, played by Eric Ankrim, may have bitten off more than he can chew with his newest charge.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

“He tutors stupid rich kids and he gets me — a punk rocker who couldn’t care about less,” Griffith said. “Chaos ensues.”

While she has had a great amount of experience within the Village Theatre community, this will mark the first time the Issaquah High School student will play the lead on the main stage.

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Village Theatre Originals is working on ‘Watt?!?’

August 13, 2013

‘Daily Show’ scribe pens new musical of political satire

Matt Shimkus (in cowboy hat), as Joseph Coors, and ensemble members, as his company employees, perform the song ‘Envision’ from the Village Theatre original musical, ‘Watt?!?’ at First Stage. By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre

Matt Shimkus (in cowboy hat), as Joseph Coors, and ensemble members, as his company employees, perform the song ‘Envision’ from the Village Theatre original musical, ‘Watt?!?’ at First Stage. By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre

Irreverence is bliss.

That is apparent in “Watt?!?”, Village Theatre’s newest original musical from the brain of an established comedy mastermind. Based on the life of James Watt, President Ronald Reagan’s infamous Secretary of the Interior who took an extreme line against conservation and environmentalism, the referential production flies through his life like a rock n’ roll whirlwind. Satire and absurdity are on the agenda as Village Theatre’s talented actors display Watt’s most notable quotes and actions in song.

David Javerbaum, the Emmy award-winning former head writer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and co-author of “America (The Book),” said using Watt as a protagonist just came to him out of the blue one day.

“I can’t say for any reason why,” Javerbaum said in a private, in-person interview. “I just started thinking very quickly that he would make a very good hero for a show.”

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Village Originals presents ‘Watt!?! The Musical’

August 6, 2013

Beginning Aug. 9, Emmy award-winning Daily Show writer, David Javerbaum will bring “Watt?!? The Musical” to Village Theater.

This over-the-top political satirical musical is based on the true story of James Watt, Ronald Reagan’s infamous secretary of the interior.

The show runs Aug. 9-18. Learn more at www.villagetheater.org.

 

 

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