SEATTLE: Showtunes Theatre Company has released the details of its 2015–16 season, the first for incoming artistic director Matt Wolfe. Wolfe, a Seattle–based actor/director whose performance credits include Catch Me If You Can and The Pirates of Penzance at the 5th Avenue Theatre and Scandalous on Broadway, will fill the position formerly occupied by Martin Charnin.
“[Showtunes executive producer] Maggie Stenson Pehrson and I realized soon after Matt Wolfe joined the board that he would be an ideal successor,” said Charnin in a statement. “He imbues the right amount of talent, dedication, and knowledge…I am confident that this organization has a bright future in Matt’s extremely capable hands.”
Wolfe will begin the season with Songs We Know (Dec. 5–6), a concert of lesser-produced musical theatre tunes performed by local choir The Washingtonians. Composer Scott Warrender will arrange and direct.
Next is a production of Finian’s Rainbow (March 19–20, 2016), Harburg and Lane’s whimsical indictment of social inequality, racial bigotry, and greedy leprechauns.
Working (May 7–8, 2016), the 1977 musical adaptation of Studs Terkel’s oral history of the American working class, will close out the season.