Next to Normal's Yorkey to Direct Village Theatre Works Productions

News   Next to Normal's Yorkey to Direct Village Theatre Works Productions Next to Normal's Tony-winning co-author Brian Yorkey will direct two productions as part of the 2009-2010 season at the Village Theatre in Washington state.

Yorkey will stage one of six new works included in the 9th Annual Festival of New Musicals as well as the Neil Simon comedy Lost in Yonkers, which runs Jan. 21-Feb. 28, 2010, in Issaquah, WA, prior to arriving in Everett, WA, March 5-28, 2010.

"Next to Normal started at Village Theatre (as Feeling Electric) and I started at Village Theatre, and this just seems like a great night to celebrate Village's commitment to new musicals," Yorkey said in a statement regarding the 2009 Tony Awards. "I was so glad to have [Village Theatre executive producer Robb Hunt] there to cheer us on, and celebrate, and I'm proud to say that Village Theatre is a big part of the Next to Normal story."

The Village Theatre served as the 2002 birthplace of Next to Normal, under the original working title of Feeling Electric. Yorkey and Kitt presented staged readings at the Village in 2002 and the work was later developed through the Village Originals workshop in June 2005. Yorkey is the former associate artistic director of the Village Theatre.

In addition to earning the Tony Award for Best Score, Next to Normal took home honors for Best Orchestrations and Best Actress for Alice Ripley.

The 2009-2010 Village Theatre season includes the Peter Kellogg-David Friedman musical Chasing Nicolette (Sept. 17-Nov. 22); the stage adaptation of the classic Meet Me in St. Louis (Nov. 12, 2009-Jan. 31, 2010); the world premiere of the Randy Rogel-Kirby Ward musical The Gypsy King (March 18-May 23, 2010); and the showbiz classic 42nd Street (May 13-Aug. 1, 2010). Entries for the Village Theatre's 9th Annual Festival of New Musicals, running Aug. 13–16, will be announced shortly.

For tickets and further information visit VillageTheatre.

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