Region’s theaters set 2014-15 seasons

Among the region’s large theater organizations recently announcing 2014-15 season schedules are Village Theatre, Seattle Theatre Group at the Paramount and the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Village Theatre

Based in Issaquah, Village Theatre also produces shows at its second home, the Everett Performing Arts Center. Next up from Village in Everett is the whimsical new musical “The Tutor.” The show, about an aspiring young novelist, runs May 2 to 25. “Funny Girl,” the story of Fanny Brice, is Village’s summer show, running from July 11 through Aug. 3.

The coming season includes the contemporary Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize nominee “In the Heights,” Oct. 31 to Nov. 23; the Disney family favorite “Mary Poppins,” Jan. 9 to Feb. 8; a comedy based on the Jules Verne book “Around the World in 80 Days,” March 6 to 29, 2015; a brand new musical comedy thriller, “No Way to Treat a Lady,” May 1 to 24, 2015; and the Bob Fosse classic “Cabaret” from July 10 to Aug. 2, 2015. It was announced this week that Brian Yorkey plans to direct “Cabaret.”

Yorkey, a favorite son of Village Theatre, is best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Next to Normal.” Yorkey directs the current production of Village’s “The Foreigner.” During the past decade Yorkey has directed 12 shows for Village Theatre. One of the country’s busiest theater professionals, Yorkey is working on the new Broadway musical “If/Then,” featuring Broadway star Idina Menzel, who has a recurring role on TV’s “Glee,” is the voice of Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen,” and was in the original Broadway casts of “Wicked” and “Rent.”

More information about Village Theatre is at www.villagetheatre.org.

Seattle Theatre Group

The Seattle Theatre Group, which books touring musicals into the Paramount in Seattle, has announced that its upcoming shows and new season include “Once,” based on the movie about the Dublin street musicians, May 27 to June 8; “Book of Mormon,” July 22 to Aug. 10; Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Oct. 21 to 26; “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Dec. 2 to 7; “Dirty Dancing,” Jan. 20 to Feb. 1; “Cinderella,” Feb. 25 to March 1; “Phantom of the Opera,” April 30 to May 10, 2015; “Wicked,” July 9 to Aug. 2; and “Pippin,” Aug. 18 to 23, 2015. The current show is “The Lion King” through April 6.

More information about Seattle Theatre Group at the Paramount is at stgpresents.org.

5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2014-15 season includes the celebrated 1975 Broadway hit “A Chorus Line,” Sept. 3 to 28; the Seattle debut of the current Broadway sensation “Kinky Boots,” with its score by Cyndi Lauper, Oct. 7 to 26; “A Christmas Story, the Musical” returns to the 5th from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31; the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel,” with a choreography by Spectrum Dance Theatre, Feb. 5 to March 1; a collaboration with A Contemporary Theatre on the production of the Off-Broadway classic “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” March 7 to May 17, 201; an original new musical “Something Rotten!” from April 29 to May 24, 2015; and “Grease,” July 9 to Aug. 2, 2015. The current production, with ACT, is “Little Shop of Horrors,” through June 15 at ACT.

More information about The 5th Avenue Theatre is at www.5thavenue.org.

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