Village Theatre’s 2017-18 lineup includes new musical ‘String’

EVERETT — Village Theatre has announced its 2017-2018 season, which runs Oct. 27, 2017, to July 29, 2018.

The lineup is “Into the Woods,” Disney’s “Newsies,” “The Gin Game,” “String” and “Hairspray.”

Village artistic director Steve Tomkins said the season offers a blend of challenges for the company’s creative staff, but assures crowd-pleasers for its audiences.

Village, which now has 20,000 subscribers in Issaquah and Everett, is one of only 10 companies in the National Alliance for Musical Theater reporting such high attendance figures.

Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tales — “Into the Woods” — will be directed by Tony award and Pulitzer prize-winning writer Brian Yorkey. It opens Oct. 27 in Everett.

Tomkins will direct “Newsies,” which is based on the Disney movie of the same name, about newspaper delivery boys during the 1899 strike in New York. It opens Jan. 5.

Jeff Steitzer will direct D.L. Coburn’s play, “The Gin Game,” opening March 2, 2018. This Pulitzer prize-winning play will feature Kurt Beattie as Weller and Marianne Owen as Fonsia.

The hot new work for the season, “String,” will be directed by Brandon Ivie. The world premiere musical was developed last year in the Village Originals’ Festival of New Musicals. The story, set in ancient Greece, involves three sister goddesses responsible for spinning, measuring and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, the sisters find themselves in a drab modern skyscraper, left to live and work among world-weary office workers and the security guards who watch over the building. The show opens April 27, 2018.

Closing out the season will be “Hairspray,” also directed by Tomkins. The Tony award-winning musical is based on the movie by John Waters. It opens July 6, 2018.

More about the new season is at villagetheatre.org.

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