Seattle Musical Theatre returns to the Shoreline Center with Miracle on 34th Street

Monday, November 18, 2019


SMT starts new season with new artistic director in new venue


It’s a season of change at Seattle Musical Theatre. After fourteen years at Magnuson Park, the company is moving back to the Shoreline Center.

THE SEASON

For the 42rd season, SMT will stage three musicals, one classic and two contemporary.

2019-2020 Season


Miracle on 34th Street - December 19 to 29, 2019

Based on the beloved 1947 film, this 1963 Broadway hit by Meredith Wilson, creator of “Music Man,” comes to life on stage in this new holiday production.

Filled with such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” and finally answering the question: “Is Kris Kringle really Santa Claus?” this heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect present to fill everyone’s stocking.

Evening shows at 7:30pm on December 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and matinees at 2:00pm on Dec 22, 28 and 29.


Rock of Ages - February 7 to March 1, 2020

ROCK OF AGES is a rock musical in which a small town girl and a city boy meet (it’s love at first sight) on the Sunset Strip in 1987 while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. The glam metal/heavy metal music of the 80’s saves a once famous club, their budding romance, a fading rock star and old dreams.

Built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, the show features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe, among other well-known rock bands. Rock out, head bang, and sing along with this electric production.

Evening performances at 7:30pm on Feb 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and matinees at 2:00pm on Feb 9, 16, 23 and March 1.


In the Heights - April 17 to May 3, 2020

IN THE HEIGHTS (book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and music and lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda) explores three days in the characters’ lives in the New York City Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights. Through the infectious music of hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music, the story brings to vibrant life the joys, sorrows, struggles, successes, and the ultimate perseverance that comes with being a family, a neighborhood, a community. Experience life: In the Heights.

Evening performances at 7:30pm on April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and May 1 and 2. Matinees at 2:00pm on April 19, 25, 26 and May 2, 3.

Artistic Director Phillip Randall

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Phillip Randall

Phillip Randall began performing as a professional at the age of 6 and has worked on stages in 48 of the 50 states, as well as in England and Canada as an actor, production manager and director.

He has produced four motion pictures and served as artistic director for five theatre companies, with Seattle Musical Theatre now being the 6th. He was seen as an actor in Seattle in the first four seasons of the Fifth Avenue in the 90s and in the Seattle classic, Angry Housewives, at the Pioneer Square Theatre, before moving to Las Vegas to become the PSM for the Rockettes, followed by the honor of working with Robert Goulet for 12 years.

On stage, he has directed Peter Marshall, Constance Towers, Robert Goulet, Ann Jillian, Leslie Easterbrook, Henry Darrow, Jan Clayton, Patricia Morison, Richard Deacon, Joanna Gleason, Jack Bannon, Oliver Platt, Rutina Wesley, and Matthew Gray Gubler.

He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Second City and the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Musical Theatre Workshop.

VENUE

All performances in the 2019/20 season will be at The Shoreline Center: 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

TICKETS

Tickets are priced $28-$55, youth (ages 0-12 years) tickets are $12. Subscriptions and group sales are available.

Tickets can be purchased from the SMT website at or at the door 30 minutes prior to opening.

SEATTLE MUSICAL THEATRE – HISTORY

Seattle Musical Theatre (SMT) was founded as Seattle Civic Light Opera (CLO) in 1977 by a group of Seattle opera enthusiasts, including Joan Galstaun and Barbara McHargue. With a keen interest in offering theatre to North Seattle communities, they pooled personal resources, located a venue above a music store in Northgate, (Heritage Theatre), and launched CLO’s first season with German composer Johann Strauss’ “The Gypsy Baron”.

By 1978, the venue was running at capacity, so the troupe moved to the 750-seat auditorium in the Jane Addams School in Lake City. In response to audience requests, CLO began including contemporary musicals as part of their 1980 season. CLO remained at the Jane Addams stage through 2002 until the K-8 program moved into the building.

From 2002 to 2004 CLO operated, temporarily, from the Shoreline Center, while pursuing a contract for the theatre in Magnuson Park. It was during this time (2004) that a rebranding campaign for SMT was launched. In 2008 the new Seattle Musical Theatre moved into Building 47 of the Historic Magnuson Park with a 10-year lease.

When the City of Seattle decided to put the building out to bid in late 2018 to attract investors, the SMT board began a venue search that brings the company back to Shoreline Center for the 2019 holiday season.



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