String puts a brand-new twist on an ancient myth. This world premiere musical -- opening at the Everett Performing Arts Center -- is a fun and fresh fable about fate, love and the wonders of chocolate. On a mountaintop high over ancient Greece, three goddesses known as the Fates are responsible for spinning, measuring and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, these sisters find themselves banished to a modern skyscraper in the mortal world. But when the eldest falls in love, the very fabric of the universe begins to unravel. With a book and score by the award-winning Sarah Hammond and Adam Gwon, String takes a charming look at the imperfections that make us human.
Wave your jazz hands in the air, because Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate is coming to Seattle. The hilarious musical comedy, which became Porter's biggest Broadway hit, takes you behind the scenes of a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew -- only this version of The Taming of the Shrew stars a feuding divorced couple. The sour exes turn their personal drama into fodder for an onstage war of the sexes unlike any other. With catchy songs like "So in Love," "Another Op'nin,' Another Show," "Too Darn Hot" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," the musical celebrates Shakespeare while also giving a nod to working in the theater -- including the joys, the madness and everything in between. Now you can take a trip back to the golden age of Hollywood when the show The New York Times called a "milestone musical" comes to the stage of The 5th Avenue Theatre.
National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine brings a one-night-only evening of live journalism, storytelling and comedy to Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Pop-Up Magazine brings Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, popular radio and podcast voices and internationally known artists to perform thrilling stories at large theaters across the nation. This unique, collaborative edition of the "live magazine" is being produced specifically for fans who share National Geographic's legendary fascination with the world around us. The event features a fascinating cast of renowned storytellers, from the worlds of film, print, audio, photography and more. The night's talent pool couldn't be more eclectic. The lineup includes TV writer Cord Jefferson (The Good Place), Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Fazeelat Aslam (Saving Face), Nat Geo Wild's Filipe DeAndrade (Untamed), Magik*Magik Orchestra and more.
"They are a little bit rat. They are a little bit mole. They are all naked." Well, except Wilbur, that is. Emmy winner and Caldecott honoree Mo Willems is back, once again teaming up with Deborah Wicks La Puma, composer of Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!, for this world premiere, rock 'n' roll extravaganza. Grab your friends and watch as Wilbur, a clothes-loving mole rat with exceptional style, navigates the pressure to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes, empowering messages of individuality and classic Mo Willems humor, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed marches to the beat of its own drummer at Seattle Children's Theatre - Charlotte Martin Theatre.
It wouldn't be springtime in Seattle without this annual visit from one of the most famous modern dance companies on the planet, famed for its powerful and ever-timely tributes to our shared humanity through magnificent music and movement. The Friday and Sunday programs at the Paramount Theatre are scheduled to feature Talley Beatty's Stack-Up, set in the midst of L.A.'s '70s disco scene, and Kyle Abraham's large ensemble work Untitled America, which explores the dramatic impact of the prison system on African-American families. The Saturday show includes Billy Wilson's 1992 tribute to Dizzy Gillespie The Winter in Lisbon and veteran company member Hope Boykin's r-Evolution, Dream, that melds creative storytelling, new music by Ali Jackson and the historic writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Closing out the performance for all three shows is Alvin Ailey's signature piece, Revelations, called "one of the great works of the human spirit" by The New York Times.
In wintry Minnesota, the Chinyaramwira family is getting ready for the marriage of their eldest daughter. But when the bride wants to observe a traditional Zimbabwean custom for her wedding, deep-seated tensions arise. Adding fuel to the flames, unexpected family guests turn up revealing uninvited secrets. Written by Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira (Eclipsed), Familiar focuses on the messy, hilarious, spirited dynamic of a modern first-generation Zimbabwean American family, revealing the layers of complexities rooted in the search for a sense of belonging. This year alone, Gurira's work as an actress has shone brightly on the small screen (The Walking Dead) and in Hollywood (Black Panther). Now Seattle Rep - Bagley Wright Theatre shines a spotlight on her skill as a playwright with this fiercely funny play.
Mel Brooks' outrageous, Tony-winning musical comedy The Producers tells the story of broke Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom. Desperate for cash, these two schemers hatch a plan to produce a musical that's sure to be a failure so they can cut and run with the unspent production money. But when their "big flop" turns out to be a huge hit, they're in trouble. Based on the classic 1968 film, and featuring the hilariously tasteless show-within-a-show Springtime for Hitler, The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater while delivering a heartfelt tale of the true friendship that develops between two would-be con artists. Experience the Seattle Musical Theatre production of the musical favorite.
A powerful exploration of African-American history and identity, Crowns follows six black women in the South whose stories of love, loss and sisterhood are woven into the hats that crown their heads and the dynamic gospel songs that speak their truth. The story centers on Chicago-born Yolanda, who is sent down South after the death of her brother in Brooklyn. There, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her -- and in the rituals connected to their dazzling headwear. Penned by award-winning playwright and actress Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away, The Unit), Crowns delivers a good time (and fierce hattitude) at Seattle's Jewell Mainstage at Taproot Theatre Company.
The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT join forces to bring you Ride the Cyclone, a wildly original new musical filled with twists and turns that's everything from satirical to creepy to straight up hilarious. At 8:17pm, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster. At 8:19pm, the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. Sound a little familiar? Think again. Trapped in fantastical carnival-like purgatory, the recently deceased teens discover a mechanical fortune teller, who invites them to tell their stories of life interrupted with the promise of a prize like no other. Welcome to the West Coast premiere of Ride the Cyclone at ACT's Falls Theatre in Seattle.
"I don't like to nap but I do like to dream." Meet Shawn, a bright young girl with a head full of science and imagination -- and little patience for nap time. So of course when her friend Lamp reveals that its greatest dream is to learn to fly and become the moon, a voyage fit for mission control is launched from Shawn's bedroom clear into outer space. Activate your own imagination with this fun and energetic new family play by the folks at Seattle Children's Theatre.
Located in Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, Can Can Culinary Cabaret is an underground vaudeville attraction reminiscent of the Paris cabarets of the early 20th century. Everything at Can Can Culinary Cabaret changes with the seasons, from the music and choreography to the decor and the selection of seasonal small plates for purchase. In their latest brunch show, Magnificent Matinee, Can Can Culinary Cabaret combines scintillating tales from Seattle's rough-and-tumble history with high kicks, comedy, music and acrobatics. The menu of hand-crafted delights features fresh ingredients the Market's own fishmongers, cheesemakers, butchers, dairy shops and local farmers.
Housed in a 1909 brick building on the Seattle waterfront, Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant is inspired by the juke joints of the American South and the neighborhood blues clubs of Chicago. Dubbing themselves "the West Coast Home of the Blues," the venue fully embraces the culture and music. On stage, you'll see regional and national touring artists cranking out everything from zydeco to honky-tonk to roots and Americana. Meanwhile, the venue itself is studded with "old timey" touches like a 34-foot bar made from antique doors and blue velvet benches collected from an old Masonic Temple. The walls are covered with photos snapped by some of the country's best blues photographers. And to round out the juke joint experience, the kitchen pumps out Southern-style comfort food -- think jambalaya and chicken gumbo -- while the bar whips up cocktails named for blues legends like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Wasted Words presents a tribute to Muscle Shoals & Fame Studios with Danny Godinez and Tor Dietrichson)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Lloyd Jones Struggle - 39 Again...Just Like Last Year!)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 8:00pm (Randy Oxford Blues + Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings With Tiphony Dames)Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Big Road Blues with Special Guest: The Nick Mardon Trio)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Terry Hanck Band)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 8:00pm (Ayron Jones with Whitney Monge)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / 8:00pm (Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps)Saturday, May. 19, 2018 / 8:00pm (Rose City Kings with Highway 99 Debut - Tony Holiday & the Velvetones)
Delve into the deep, dark history of Pioneer Square on this adults-only jaunt under the streets of Seattle. During this intimate 60-minute walking tour, your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will lead you through three key sections of the historic 1890s-era subterranean passageways, while cluing you in on the drinking, gambling and other illicit activities that ran rampant in the area around the turn of the century. In fact, you'll learn how Skid Road (Yesler Way) became America's very first Skid Row and much more.
Seattle's Can Can Culinary Cabaret is transformed into the streets of Verona in an original, modernized adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tale of star-crossed lovers. Bring a date and be transfixed as the talented company of Seattle's most exciting cabaret present the poetic story featuring love, comedy and tragedy through stunning dance performance. Set to an original soundtrack, this seductive Romeo and Juliet slowly undresses before you as the familiar story reaches its always stunning climax.
God of Carnage is the quintessential, Tony Award-winning comedy of grown-ups behaving badly. The play begins as two highly strung couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, trainwreck of an afternoon among savages, called "ninety minutes of sustained mayhem" by The New Yorker. The New York Times hailed God of Carnage as a "four-way prize fight" and the Chicago Tribune praised Reza's play, calling it a "savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy." This must-see received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play. See it at The Phoenix Theatre.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival favorite Howie Seago directs the Sound Theatre Company in ASL Midsummer Night's Dream -- a bilingual production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in both spoken English and American Sign Language. Quite possibly Shakespeare's most beloved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream has everything you'd expect in a modern-day rom-com -- lover triangles, mistaken identities, a feel-good wedding finale -- all turned up to 11, thanks to some playful magic from Puck and some mischievous woodland sprites. The Bard put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. Come to 12th Ave Arts in Seattle for this inclusive production that's a delight for all audiences.
Seattle's Cafe Nordo specializes in immersive dining experiences that leave old-school dinner theater in the dust, especially when it comes to its latest thrilling offering. The spaghetti western Smoked! follows the trail of an enigmatic stranger, who rides into the small town of Sauget looking for whiskey and finding plenty of trouble. The band Two Horses Too Many provides the tunes, and you'll surely enjoy the chef-designed four-course meal of nouveau chuckwagon cuisine, featuring Smoked Oxtail Chili, Sunflower Seed Risotto and Pandowdy, along with themed cocktails and wine flights available for purchase.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 7:00pm (Show Starts at 8:00pm)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 5:30pm (Show Starts at 6:30pm)Thursday, May. 3, 2018 / 7:00pm (Show Starts at 8:00pm)Thursday, May. 10, 2018 / 7:00pm (Show Starts at 8:00pm)Sunday, May. 13, 2018 / 5:30pm (Show Starts at 6:30pm)Thursday, May. 17, 2018 / 7:00pm (Show Starts at 8:00pm)Sunday, May. 20, 2018 / 5:30pm (Show Starts at 6:30pm)Thursday, May. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (Show Starts at 8:00pm)
Based on the Leo DiCaprio film and the too-crazy-to-be true story behind it, the Tony-nominated musical comedy Catch Me If You Can touches down at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. With an abundance of charm, imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, a young con artist successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer -- and lands the girl of his dreams -- all while being pursued by a determined FBI agent. This high-flying Broadway hit comes from the uber-talented team of playwright Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
Shakespeare's rowdy screwball comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, follows the treacherous road to romance for a strong-willed pair of lovers who've met their ultimate match in each other. Until older sister Kate has a husband, sweet younger sister, Bianca, cannot marry -- but feisty, fiery-tongued Kate rejects every suitor who tries to woo her. Along comes Petruchio, who's more than willing to take a chance at Kate's sizable dowry. His efforts to "tame" her remain a controversial aspect of this tale, reminding us of the expected gender roles of 400 years past, and how far we have and haven't come since.
From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girls' indoor soccer team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals, The Wolves -- Sarah DeLappe's award-winning first play -- premiered off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm. It won the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Don't miss A Contemporary Theatre's production of The Wolves at Seattle's Allen Theatre.
For 35 years, Seattle's Unexpected Productions Improv has presented shows that are edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny. Improv Unplugged is a culmination of 35 years' experience from the most talented improvisers in the Puget Sound. This show is a wildly unpredictable night of classic improvisational games, techniques, songs, and stories created from the ideas tossed out by YOU...resulting in hilarious storytelling. It's a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. It's Improv Unplugged!
Book-It presents a Literature to Life/Young Audiences New York adaptation of Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco (American Crime, She's Gotta Have It), this production at Seattle's Center Theatre shows the importance of facing fear with love. In collaboration with Literature to Life, each performance will feature a short pre- and post-performance discussion.
Shrug off the squareness of reality and fall into an entertaining re-imagination of Lewis Carroll's classic tale of nonsense and fantasy with Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland. From the minds of artistic director Lily Verlaine and collaborator Jasper McCann -- producers of the wildly successful holiday burlesque extravaganza Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker and the wine-soaked Burlesco DiVino: Wine in Rome -- comes this scintillating story of Alice as she discovers what's beyond the velvet rope at Wonderland's most exclusive nightclub, The Looking Glass. The production mixes jazz, classical, Indian and exotic music to set the mood as dancers combine ballet and jazz stylings into a whirlwind of whimsy and bawdy beauty. This Triple Door performance features the superstars of Seattle's burlesque A-list, including Lily Verlaine, Miss Indigo Blue, Babette La Fave, Miss Inga Ingénue, Trojan Original, Paris Original and Jasper McCann.
The con is on at Wade James Theatre in Edmonds! Singing swindlers, high livin' on the French Riviera, a cockeyed competition and a score by the composer of The Full Monty make Dirty Rotten Scoundrels a dynamite musical adaptation of the popular 1988 film. While the suave Lawrence Jameson charms wealthy women out of thousands, Freddy Benson uses pity to get free meals from the tenderhearted. In a battle for territory, the two agree to a contest: The first to wheedle $50,000 out of a beautiful heiress wins, and the entire Riviera is his and his alone. A hilarious battle ensues that'll keep you laughing and humming to the end.
Martin McDonagh echoes the works of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm in this New York Drama Critics' Circle and Olivier Award winning script. The Pillowman is a viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of Katurian, a fiction writer in an unnamed totalitarian state. Katurian and his brother Michael are brought in for questioning by two bulldog detectives, Tupolski and Ariel, when the content of his short stories -- which involve disturbingly gruesome tales -- begin to resemble real-life murders. The Pillowman weaves between reality and storytelling; the result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. Don't miss The Pillowman at Tacoma Little Theatre.
ComedySportz is Seattle's leading improv comedy show. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, in the spirit of TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of this interactive, family-friendly show, and audience volunteers sometimes even wind up on stage. It's perfect for dates, a night out on the town, or even quality time with the family, since kids love it as much as grown-ups.
From the producers of Le Faux, Seattle's longest-running celebrity impersonation show, comes Julia's Queen of the Brunch, a fabulous, fun-filled weekly drag extravaganza. Every Sunday, your hostess-with-the-mostess Kristie Champagne will roll in the pink bus to Julia's on Broadway filled with Seattle's greatest local drag talent. With a new lineup of local performers each week and monthly themed shows, this gender-bending show promises a unique, exciting experience every time. Along with the over-the-top entertainment, you can purchase items from the full brunch menu, including pitchers of mimosas to enjoy throughout the show.
The Grey Golem takes shots at the cliches of heroism, the culture of comic fandom and even comics legends like Frank Miller and Alan Moore. This new play is a hilarious hit job on the American comic book industry and the superhero industrial complex. Years ago, the world's greatest superhero, the Grey Golem, went into retirement believing he had finally rid his city of crime, once and for all. But when his butler is mysteriously murdered, the Golem once again dons the cape and cowl only to discover that the job of a superhero is much more complicated than he remembers. Inspired by the darker corners of the Batman mythos and the seemingly omnipresent superhero movies of current pop culture, The Grey Golem is truly a comedy of our time. This world premiere production flies into action at The Ballard Underground in Seattle.
The Historic Everett Theatre may be over 100 years old, but it still stands as a lively home for all different types of entertainment. Voted "The Best Venue" by the Seattle A-List, this historic community gem hosts a diverse range of events, including classic and contemporary plays, stand-up comedy acts, movie nights, ghost hunting and tribute band concerts. First built in 1901, this performance space has been fully remodeled (but still upholds its classic charm), which makes it the perfect place to enjoy the acoustics of any live concert or performance. You can be sure to catch the latest and most exciting programs at this historic theater located in the heart of downtown.
Spend a Las Vegas-style evening with Seattle's best female impersonators as they take on the personas of Cher, Lady Gaga, JLo, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli and more. The perfect gender-bending show for celebrating any occasion -- a birthday, anniversary, bachelorette party or a night out with friends -- Le Faux is the longest-running show of its kind in the city, with exciting and outrageous performances every night and a full cast of dancers. Julia's on Broadway also offers a full bar and appetizers for purchase before and during the show, and the host will even bring your special guest on stage for a little embarrassment in front of the entire audience.
Death has come calling, but somehow the rookie specter has arrived at the wrong address at the wrong time. Caroline is not ready for the afterlife, but Death's inexperience results in her learning more about her eventual demise than she should. Fast-forward to Caroline's actual death, and her second meeting with Death and his family -- War, Pestilence and Famine. The Four Horsemen are preparing for the Apocalypse, and only Caroline can save the world. Be there when local playwright Griffin Harwood's original, modern play (with a big dose of dark comedy, laced with some adult language and absurd situations) makes its world premiere at Marysville's Red Curtain Arts Center.
This year's Seattle University Redhawks are looking for another conference title, taking on teams from Albany to Bakersfield at their home field in Bellevue. Manager Donny Harrel helms the team as they look to regain their success in 2016, when they claimed the Western Athletic Conference title. Cheer on your local college team at Bannerwood Sports Park.
Get ready to have all of your preconceived notions destroyed, as the ladies of Jello Underground return for a one-night-only battle in Seattle. Two-time consecutive champion Direckt Action Jackson will defend her title against an array of fierce competitors vying for the belt in the ring, beneath the streets of South Lake Union. On the heels of the release of Jello Underground, the award-winning documentary short film now streaming on Amazon, there has been ample buzz building for this bout. Join us for an epic evening of athletic combat, stage theatrics, and the only female-produced jello wrestling showcase in the world.
UP Improv celebrates the work of America's most noted musical theater composer, Stephen Sondheim by creating his lost work. Sondheim created masterpieces, like Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company and more. With the audience, UP Improv creates a full-length musical that has incredible rhymes, intricate melodies and flawless lyrics. There is no script, no pre-planned music, and no preconceived plot. The improvisers will use your suggestions, their wits and Sondheim's work as a roadmap to create a new musical in front of your eyes at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater in Seattle.
Was that sultry burlesque performer a lady or one of Le Faux's fabulous drag stars? That's what you'll be asking yourself while taking in Magnifique, Julia's on Broadway's sassy, sexy new burlesque and variety show hosted by the incomparable Gorejess, Seattle's master of neo-burlesque with a classic twist. Inspired by the underground cabaret scenes of Paris and Berlin in the roaring '20s, Magnifique combines Seattle's most titillating burlesque performers with some of the gorgeous "ladies" from Le Faux. The result just might be the naughtiest way to spend a Thursday evening in the city.
At the beginning of this improv comedy show, a crossword puzzle is given to the audience. Each scene of the show is a clue to a word that is filled in by the audience. None of the clues, words or scenes are prepared, and the puzzle and contents are all improvised. There are open scenes as well as puzzle and word improv games. At the end, the audience decides the theme based on looking at the whole puzzle. Performed by Unexpected Productions' resident narrative improv troupe, Improv Anonymous, this fun evening takes place in Seattle at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater.
Langston Kerman is a comedian, writer, actor and failed NBA ball-boy. He has appeared on Adam Devine's House Party and was also a part of Chris Rock's writing staff for the 2016 Academy Awards, as well as the new Comedy Central show Problematic With Moshe Kasher. Most recently, Kerman's made waves on Issa Rae's HBO series Insecure. None of this matters, though; he just wants another shot at being a ball-boy. Until then, you can catch him on the stand-up stage at Seattle's Laughs Comedy Club.