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Hershey Felder in "Our Great Tchaikovsky." (Photo by Eighty-Eight LLC)

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Announces 2017-18 Season

The season will include two world premiere musicals, including Stephen Schwartz’s ‘The Prince of Egypt.’

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has announced its 2017-18 season, which includes two world premiere musicals.

The season will kick off with the world premiere of The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga (July 12-Aug. 6) with book, music, and lyrics by Min Kahng. The musical, based on Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama’s “Manga Yonin Shosei,” follows four Japanese immigrants living in San Francisco during the turn of the century. Leslie Martinson will direct.

Next up will be Nick Payne’s Constellations (Aug. 23-Sept. 17), about a beekeeper and a cosmologist who fall in love. TheatreWorks artistic director Robert Kelley will direct.

Following will be the world premiere of The Prince of Egypt (Oct. 6-Nov. 5), with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Philip LaZebnik. The musical (based on the 1998 DreamWorks film) tells the Biblical story of Moses and Ramses.  Scott Schwartz will direct. The production is presented in collaboration with Fredericia Teater in Denmark, where it will be staged in 2018.

Next up will be Around the World in 80 Days (Nov. 29-Dec. 23), adapted by Mark Brown from Jules Verne, about an adventurer’s travels around the globe in the 1870s with his faithful valet. Kelley will direct.

Just in time for the holidays will be The Santaland Diaries (Dec. 5-23), adapted by Joe Mantello from David Sedaris, about a grumpy elf working at Macy’s during the holiday season. Jeffrey Lo will direct.

The season will continue with Our Great Tchaikovsky (Jan. 10-Feb. 4, 2018). The one-man show is musical tribute by Hershey Felder featuring the music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Trevor Hay will direct.

Next will be Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew (March 7-April 1, 2018), a coproduction with Marin Theatre Company, about a group of auto plant workers in Detroit during the Great Recession. Giovanna Sardelli will direct.

Following will be The Bridges of Madison County (April 4-29, 2018), with book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, about a housewife whose world is turned upside down after a four-day encounter with a photographer. Kelley will direct.

The season will conclude with FINKS (June 6-July 1, 2018), by Joe Gilford, about a comic and an actress who face being blacklisted during the Red Scare. Sardelli will direct.

Founded in 1970, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley develops and produces new musicals and plays.

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