ISSAQUAH, WASH.: Village Theatre has announced its 2015–16 season, a five-show lineup featuring two new musicals and three Broadway favorites.
A new musical, Snapshots (Sept. 10–Oct. 18), kicks off the season. It tells the tale of two empty nesters who look back on their relationship of 20 years, and is set to the songs of composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
Next, Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins grace the Village stage in My Fair Lady (Nov. 5–Jan. 3, 2016). Beth Henley’s Pulitzer-winning drama Crimes of the Heart (Jan. 21-Feb. 28, 2016) follows, with its tale of three sisters, all dealing with their own problems, who find themselves back together in their childhood home to deal with a new challenge.
Next in line is My Heart Is the Drum (March 17–April 24, 2016), which was developed at the Village’s Festival of New Musicals last summer. The show, by Phillip Palmer, Jennie Redling and Stacy Luftig, tells the story of Efua, a girl from a small village in Ghana who takes off for the big city to follow her passions.
Closing the season is the Broadway hit Billy Elliot (May 12-July 3, 2016), Elton John and Lee Hall’s musical about a young boy torn between boxing and ballet.
The Village Theatre has grown into one of the region’s best-attended Equity theatres, with nearly 19,300 subscribers and 200,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 146 new works to date.