‘Girl of My Dreams’ premieres in Everett

Travel back to the World War II era as Village Theatre continues its West Coast premiere of “Girl of My Dreams,” opening tonight in Everett.

“Girl of My Dreams” is a new 1940s book musical developed through Village Theatre’s Village Originals program, featuring songs inspired by USO acts of the era.

Opens at 8 tonight for a run through May 14, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. selected Sundays. Tickets, $20 to $44, at the box office, 425-257-8600, www.villagetheatre.org.

The story is about a traveling USO troupe that performs for the men and woman serving in World War II and the lessons members learn along the way. This diverse and entertaining group of performers warms hearts and tickles funny bones – even as they confront the dangers of the war in Europe.

Throughout history, in times of peace and war, the USO has consistently delivered its special brand of comfort, morale and recreational services to the military. Between 1941 and 1947, 7,000 entertainers performed more than 428,000 USO shows.

“Girl of My Dreams” successfully captures the USO spirit and mindset of the 1940s through WWII-era music, well-developed characters and an engaging wartime story told from the unique perspective of a USO troupe.

Featuring a neo-romantic score evocative of the 1940s, much like the golden days of American musicals, “Girl of My Dreams” is a throwback to the traditional book musical with long soaring melodies that retain the charm of the period.

Directed and choreographed by Steve Tomkins, “Girl of My Dreams” comes together with musical direction by Tim Symons; music by Peter Ekstrom; lyrics by Steve Hayes and Peter Ekstrom; book and additional lyrics by David DeBoy; scenic design by Carey Wong; lighting design by Alex Berry; and costume design by Deane Middleton. The cast list follows below.

” ‘Girl of My Dreams’ is a good old-fashioned book musical, a classic, which is, alas, a fading species,” said Brian Yorkey, associate artistic director for Village Theatre. “It’s a great form which is very hard to do and do well, and Peter, David and Steve have really nailed it.”

Robb Hunt, executive producer for Village Theatre, said, “Following phenomenal audience response from our readings and workshops, we are thrilled to bring ‘Girl of My Dreams’ to our Mainstage.

“We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with Peter Ekstrom, Steve Hayes and David DeBoy in bringing their vision to stage, enabling audiences in the greater Puget Sound area to see the West Coast premiere of this wonderfully unique, fun, and timely new musical. It’s going to be a season favorite!”

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Taryn Darr and Jason Collins in Village Theatre’s “Girl of My Dreams.”

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Mariah Taylor (left), Taryn Darr and Kathryn Van Meter in “Girl of My Dreams.”

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