By Carey Purcell
25 Apr 2014
The immersive musical Murder Ballad will also be presented, along with the world premiere of Citizen Ruth. The season will conclude with The Who's Tommy, at the famed Moore Theatre in Seattle, where it was last seen in 1971 starring Bette Midler as the Acid Queen.
The season-at-a-glance follows.
Music by Mark Hollmann
Book by Greg Kotis
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Directed by Jake Groshong
"This irreverent, hilarious and ultimately touching piece is set in a drought plagued town where water is so scarce that toilets are controlled by an evil corporation. Satirizing the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and the Broadway musical form itself, Urinetown was game-changer upon its release in 2001."
Written by Jim Leonard
Music by Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns
Directed by John Langs
"Bad Apples tells the story of three soldiers caught at the center of the 2003 Abu Ghraib torture scandal. It examines the intersection of sex and violence and the thin red line between America's ideals and the realities of war. This electrifying contemporary score by LA based song writers Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns mixes pop, rap, country and dance genres with TV writer and playwright Jim Leonard's cutting script to create an exciting and truly innovative theatrical event."
Make Me Bad
Jan. 16, 2015-Feb. 1
Music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini
Book by Alex Brightman
"In the new tradition of antihero dramas like 'Dexter' and 'Breaking Bad,' Make Me Bad follows a troubled young woman who unwittingly falls in love with a serial killer. This gritty sexy psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the final minute."
Feb. 20–March 6
Book and lyrics by Julia Jordon
Music by Juliana Nash
Directed by Louis Hobson
"This 'Love triangle on a razor's edges centers on Sara,'an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive new musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us."
April 17–May 3
Book and lyrics by Mark Leydorf
Music by Michael Brennan
Directed by Dan Knechtges
"Citizen Ruth is a satirical and challenging look at the divisive and controversial issue of abortion in America. Ruth is a drug addicted and hopelessly irresponsible woman who becomes a pawn in war of ideologies."
By Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
With additional material by John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Sonny Boy Williamson
"With additional material by John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Sonny Boy Williamson Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff's 1992 musical based on The Who's double album 'Tommy' follows the life of a 'deaf dumb and blind kid' who becomes a pinball wizard."
The Balagan Theatre is located at 1022 1st Ave S. in Seattle, WA. Visit balagantheatre.org for more information.