The Broadway at the Paramount Series is offering some pretty big guns for its '98-'99 season, headed by Ragtime, and the launch of the national tour of Jekyll & Hyde. Although Ragtime will have its Seattle premiere, Jekyll and Hyde was seen by Seattle audiences in the pre-Broadway tour of March 1995, starring Broadway leads Linda Eder and Robert Cuccioli at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
The full schedule is as follows:
Ragtime-the widely praised musical adaptation by playwright Terrence McNally from E. L. Doctorow's panoramic turn-of-the-century saga, which interweaves the lives and fates of an affluent white family, an African-American couple and their child, and a Jewish immigrant and his daughter. Set to stirring anthem-like music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, choreographed by Graciela Daniele and directed by Frank Galati (Dec. 2-Jan. 9, 1999).
Annie-The sun will come out again for America's favorite orphan, as musicalized by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist ( and director) Martin Charnin, with a book by Thomas Meehan. This is the national tour of the 20th anniversary Broadway production (Jan. 26-Feb. 7, 1999).
Jekyll and Hyde-The Frank Wildhorn/Leslie Bricusse adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's immortal tale of good vs. evil defied the critics on Broadway, and kicks-off its national tour in Seattle (Mar. 14-Mar. 27, 1999)
Red, White and Tuna-A third visit to the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, previously popularized in Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas. A slew of zany, eccentric small-town folk, written and portrayed by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard celebrate Independence Day in their own unique way (April 20-May 2, 1998). Evita- A new 20th anniversary touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's late 70's smash hit about the rise and fall of Argentine First Lady, Eva Peron (May 11-23, 1999).
Sunset Boulevard-Petula Clark (one of the London Norma's) plays the aging silent screen star Norma Desmond whose sanity unravels through her liaison with ambitious screenwriter Joe Gillis. A new production of the recent Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, directed by Susan H. Schulman, director of Broadway (Aug. 3-Aug, 15).
Lloyd Webber's long-run Broadway champ Cats returns (Sept. 15- 20, 1998), though it is not a part of the subscriber season.
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