Musicals Through the Decades: Seattle Musical Theatre announces its 2011-2012 Season

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Coming off of a record season for audience attendance, Seattle Musical Theatre (SMT) is pleased to announce their 34th season. Capturing some of the best offerings from 20th century decades, SMT is offering a slate of shows sure to appeal to those who love the classics and clamor for family entertainment, as well as those who like to see something less well-known or a really hot dance show.

Pajama Game - September 9, 2011 to October 2, 2011
Beginning the season is a dazzling love letter from the 1950’s, the Tony Award Winning The Pajama Game. This classic has all the important musical theatre elements of romantic tensions, beautiful ballads and big dance numbers, including the unforgettable “Steam Heat” number. However, its theme of conflict between management and the union at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. The Pajama Game opens September 9th and plays each weekend through October 2nd.

Hairspray -  November 11, 2011 to December 11, 2011
Prepare yourself for some of the craziest dancing and biggest hair ever seen on the SMT stage in their second offering, Hairspray. Filled with the explosive energy of Baltimore in the 1960’s, this winner of eight Tony awards gives a hilarious and emotionally poignant tribute to the courage needed to break down the walls that separate us. Hairspray opens on that special date 11/11/11 and runs through December 11th, with no performances over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

A Chorus Line - February 10, 2012 to March 4, 2012
One of the longest running musicals of all time, A Chorus Line will captivate audiences as they experience the power of the human experience in our struggle to fulfill our dreams. In the 1970’s, A Chorus Line helped launched a new era of musical theatre by inviting the audience into the story of seventeen dancers personal lives through charismatic performances, passionate dancing and iconic songs. This “one singular sensation” won nine Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize. The number “What I Did for Love” has gone on to be a theme song for performing artists everywhere. A Chorus Line opens February 10th, 2012 and plays though March 4th.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change - April 27, 2012 to May 20, 2012
Relationships – in all of their humor, agony and those moments when its unclear whether to laugh or cry – inspired the closing show for the season, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. This production, infused with the style and music from the 1980’s, tackles the ridiculousness, terror and intimacy of dating and commitment with a truthfulness that will leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter and quietly wiping away tears. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is an actor’s favorite for its challenging roles. While delighting audiences for years on the East Coast and California, this jewel has been a rare offering in the Puget Sound area. The SMT production plays April 27th through May 20th, 2012.

Plans for next season
SMT hopes to continue to enhance the audience experience after their current season which had subscribers commenting that shows were “outstanding”, “the best they had seen” and better than many productions they had seen in New York. The company will be investing over the summer in improving technical elements and enhancing the lobby. All artistic and technical talent hired for this season will continue SMT’s mission of providing opportunities for local artists to perfect their crafts. Many SMT performers have gone on to fruitful professional theatre careers.

Tickets
Seattle Musical Theatre (formerly Civic Light Opera) is conveniently located in Magnuson Park, at 7120 62nd Ave NE . Performances are Friday through Sunday, with one Thursday night offering on the closing weekends. Tickets are $35-$40 with special rates for seniors, students and group sales. Season subscriptions or single tickets can be purchased at http://www.seattlemusicaltheatre.org or by calling the box office at 206-363-2809. All season ticket subscribers receive at least a 15% discount off single ticket prices. Those ordering by May 31 receive a 35% discount. Ordering by June 30 entitles subscribers to a 25% discount. Flex passes and three show subscriptions are also available.

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