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Category: Musicals


Tacoma Musical Playhouse announces 2012/13 season

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has just announced its new season, which spans musical theater from classics like “The Sound of Music” to the movie-based “Legally Blonde.”

Opening the season in September is “Chicago,” the award-winning, 15-year-running Kander and Ebb Broadway musical about a murdering chorus girl in Prohibition-era Chicago. After a holiday run of the ever-popular “The Sound of Music,” about the singing Von Trapp family, the season continues with “The Musical of Musicals,” five musicals in one with each having the same plot but different musical style. “Legally Blonde,” about a sorority star who goes to law school, is

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“Cats” fills Seattle’s Paramount this week with great ensemble singing and dancing, and plenty of pyrotechnics

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer from "Cats." Photo: Joan Marcus.

Bursting back into the glamorous Seattle Paramount Theater this week is “Cats,” the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on T.S. Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats.” Touted as the original production, this “Cats” makes a splash largely due to its excellent ensemble singing and dancing, as well as some laugh-out-loud highlights – despite a whole lot of unnecessary pyrotechnics.

As everyone discovered when this musical hit the London (then New York) stage and changed musical theater forever, “Cats” relies on atmosphere rather than plot – and this production well and truly delivers. With the original set and costume design by John Napier, the larger-than-life garbage pile and fuzzed-up cat faces from sleek Siamese to mangy cur are kicked up a notch by some brilliant make-up, which you get to see up close as the cats (sorry, that would be ‘cast’) dart into the audience, hissing in faces to great effect at the start. Read more »


“Cats” comes to Seattle’s Paramount beginning April 17, with cast Meet-and-Greet at Woodland Park Zoo

The cast of "Cats." Photo: Joan Marcus.

Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer, Macavity, Old Deuteronomy and all the rest of show-biz’ favorite felines are back in town next week with a run of “Cats” at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre from April 17-22. The 1981 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats” poetry became one of the longest running-shows in Broadway history – and this incarnation goes back to the original, with the inclusion of the psychic twin cats Coricopat and Tantomile. You can also meet the cast along with the real big cats next Thursday at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Just in case you’ve been missing the “Cats” boat for the last 30 years, read this: “Cats” doesn’t actually have a plot. It’s a loose collection of cameo roles of individual street cats in London, each with their own song, dance and character. Read more »


University of Puget Sound Tacoma’s “Pirates of Penzance” is a riot – in the best possible way.

There’s a lot on in Tacoma theaters this weekend – Tacoma Opera, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Les Ballets Trockadero – but if you want laughs, great singing and sheer value for money all in one show then head to the University of Puget Sound to hear the student production of “Pirates of Penzance,” with a last performance 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious 19th-century operatic comedies will rejoice – at last, a local production! – and those who’ve never heard of these English gems with their ridiculously loquacious verbiage, completely silly antics and parody plots will

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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tickets go on sale Saturday

Dane Agostinis as Beast and Emily Behny as Belle. Photo by Joan Marcus

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The show will play The Paramount Theatre February 21-26.

Tickets start at $25 for the Broadway musical and will be available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
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Lakewood Playhouse does “Oliver”

Okay, full disclosure – this is a post about which I am completely and utterly biased. My daughter Bianca is in the youth chorus of “Oliver,” which just opened at Lakewood Playhouse, and so of course I think it’s a great show.

But there are other reasons, nothing to do with her, why you might think it’s a great show too. First of all is the musical itself: Written by pop music composer Lionel Bart, its 1960 London premiere got 23 curtain calls thanks to Bart’s witty lyrics and catchy songs (think “Consider Yourself,” “You’ve Got to Pick a

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Local breast cancer survivor is looking for a Tacoma/Olympia theater to collaborate on her new musical about cancer survival

I sometimes get queries from readers: where to find a show, clarification on stories, how much the old painting in their attic is worth. (Answer: I haven’t a clue!) But this one struck me as worth sending out to you readers in case someone can help. The reader is Carol Trausen, a four-year breast cancer survivor in Tacoma who has watched her mother, sister and aunts go through the same thing, and has written a musical comedy about the journey through cancer – in her words, “sort of the Mel Brooks approach to cancer.” What Carol needs now is a

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“Aladdin” will be newest screen-to-stage premiere at 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre announced Thursday it will premiere a new stage production of Disney’s “Aladdin”. The new musical will close the 2010-11 season

The musical is adapted from Disney’s 1992 animated feature film of the same name. The show previews on July 7 and runs through July 31.

(NOTE: In a previous version of this post I suggested this production was bound for Broadway. Currently, there are no plans for this production to run on Broadway.)

From the press release:

“Aladdin” will feature a cast and creative team drawn from Seattle and Broadway. Several

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