Village Theatre to Produce Musicals Take Me America and It Shoulda Been You in 2011-2012

News   Village Theatre to Produce Musicals Take Me America and It Shoulda Been You in 2011-2012
 
Washington State's Village Theatre, which aided in the development of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, will produce two new musicals as part of its 2011-2012 season.

The first production will be Take Me America, by William Nabel (book and lyrics) and Bob Christianson (music), running Sept. 14-Oct. 13 in Issaquah and Oct. 28-Nov. 20 in Everett. The Richard Rodgers Award-winning work, inspired by true stories, was presented as part of the 2009 Village Originals Festival of New Musicals.

According to the Village, "Take Me America asks the question: What happens when your life is at stake, and the only chance you have at survival lies in the hands of a complete stranger? Audiences will follow the brutal process of several struggling refugees in their quest for asylum in the United States and the INS agents who are responsible for deciding their fates. As the dreams and fears of each refugee come to light, the INS agents struggle to find balance between their feelings for humanity, and the reality of their professional position."

Irving Berlin's classic Annie Get Your Gun, with a book by Herbert Fields, will run Nov. 9-Dec. 31 in Issaquah and Jan. 26-29, 2012, in Everett. The hit musical about Annie Oakley features such songs as "There’s No Business Like Show Business," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "I Got The Sun in the Morning" and "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better."

Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning comedy The Odd Couple, about two misfit roommates, will run Jan. 18-Feb. 26, 2012, in Issaquah and March 2-25, 2012, in Everett.

It Shoulda Been You, developed during the 2010 Village Originals Festival, will run March 14-April 22, 2012, in Issaquah and April 27-May 20, 2012, in Everett. It has book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi. Here's how the Village describes the work: "In the new musical It Shoulda Been You, wedding bells aren’t ringing, they’re clanging at the union of a Jewish bride and Catholic groom! The Steinberg and Howard families couldn’t have less in common…aside from the fact that their children are about to tie the knot. When the big day comes, frenzied wedding mayhem ensues—emotions run high, schemes unfold, and a twist in the plot hysterically unveils what no one saw coming."

The final production of the season will be the Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks hit The Producers, running May 9-July 1, 2012, in Issaquah and July 6-29, 2012, in Everett. The comedy centers on a producer and his nervous accountant who hatch a scheme to present a tasteless Broadway flop.

For tickets and further information visit VillageTheatre.

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