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BWW Review: Taproot Presents BRIGHT STAR, The Musical that Would Have Been Better as  Photo BWW Review: Taproot Presents BRIGHT STAR, The Musical that Would Have Been Better as a Play
by Jay Irwin - Jul 13, 2019

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin's 'Bight Star', currently playing at Taproot Theatre, has a lovely and heartbreaking story, but is a musical that suffers from two things. First, it can never quite come to terms with which era it's in, and second (and most importantly) it's a musical that doesn't have very good songs.

The 5th Avenue Theatre's Third Annual NEXTFEST: A FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Launches T Photo The 5th Avenue Theatre's Third Annual NEXTFEST: A FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Launches This Weekend
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 22, 2018

The 5th Avenue Theatre is a vibrant hive of musical theater activity as the projects of NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals have started rehearsals this week. A three-week musical theater intensive development cycle, NextFest has played a role in the creation of musicals ranging from Persuasion by Harold Taw and Chris Jeffries (Taproot Theatre, 2017) to  Come From Away by Irene Carl Sankoff and David Hein (Broadway). Nationally recognized for its contribution to the contemporary musical theater cannon, The 5th Avenue Theatre is a celebrated incubator for new musicals. Each year, the nationally renowned theater company connects writers at all stages of development with some of the region's most brilliant performers, giving life to the words on the page and allowing book writers, composers and lyricists to see their work in action. This year's various works are brought to life by Alexandria Henderson, Justin Huertas, Matthew Kacergis, Shaunyce Omar, Brandon O'Neill, Timothy Piggee, Hannah Schuerman, Billie Wildrick and many more.

BWW Review: Village's NEWSIES Brings Intimacy to the Big Splashy Musical Photo BWW Review: Village's NEWSIES Brings Intimacy to the Big Splashy Musical
by Jay Irwin - Nov 10, 2017

Dear Readers, I won't bore you with the rehash of how I feel about the stage adaptation of Disney's Newsies from my disappointment of the restructuring of the story and songs from the movie, to the required suspension of disbelief that any of these dancers are young newsBOYS, to the fact that Jack and Katherine's relationship is just a little creepy if you think about what their ages should be. If you want that you can read my previous review of the touring show. Instead what we will and should be talking about is how the current production at Village theater not only matched the fun, talent and power that existed in the big, splashy Broadway tour but in some ways surpassed it.

Extra! Extra! Disney's NEWSIES Hits the Village Theatre Stage This Holiday Season Photo Extra! Extra! Disney's NEWSIES Hits the Village Theatre Stage This Holiday Season
by Julie Musbach - Oct 20, 2017

Village Theatre is proud to present what's sure to be one of the most spectacular dance shows in its history, Disney's Newsies. This high-energy musical combines Broadway-caliber entertainment with the story and tunes from the beloved cult-classic movie. Based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, the narrative follows Jack Kelly and his crew of ragtag newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they stand up for what's right.

Aurora Theatre Ushers in Fall Festivities with October Programming Photo Aurora Theatre Ushers in Fall Festivities with October Programming
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 28, 2017

As the air cools, leaves change and spooky stories creep in, theatergoers can welcome the Halloween season with continuous fun at Aurora Theatre! Kick back and let the side-splitting laughter commence with hysterical and mystical special guests at Aurora Comedy Nights throughout the month.

BWW Review: Seattle Children's Theatre's THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE: A Sprint Through Narnia
by Amelia Reynolds - Oct 24, 2016

C.S. Lewis' 1950 fantasy novel, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' has withstood the test of time, delighting generations of children and adults, religious and non-religious alike in book, film, and theatre form. Adrian Mitchell's musical adaptation of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' now performs at the Seattle Children's Theatre with a narrative faithfully streamlined from the original text. That very faithfulness certainly has its pro's with those familiar with the Christian allegory, but cramming every moment from the book into a two-hour musical made the story feel rushed. This is one aesthetically dazzling production that, as the adult, may require some explaining to the kids after the show.

Photo Flash: First Look at GOODNIGHT MOON at Young People's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Young People's Theatre is proud to present everyone's favorite bedtime story, GOODNIGHT MOON. YPT is delighted to bring the work of acclaimed theatre company Seattle Children's Theatre to Canada for the first time. GOODNIGHT MOON will be presented on the Mainstage now through March 19 with added performances during March Break, from the 14th to 18th. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!

Young People's Theatre to Present GOODNIGHT MOON
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 11, 2016

Young People's Theatre is proud to present everyone's favorite bedtime story, Goodnight Moon. With appeal for children ages four and up, this lively show promises to be an entertaining experience for the whole family. YPT is delighted to bring the work of acclaimed theatre company Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) to Canada for the first time. Goodnight Moon will be presented on the Mainstage from February 29 to March 19 with added performances during March Break, from the 14th to 18th.

BWW Reviews: DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT Charm Kids and Adults Alike at SCT
by Jay Irwin - Nov 17, 2014

If you need a break from the bitter cold outside then step on in to Seattle Children's Theatre for the new musical version of "Dick Whittington and His Cat". Whether you're 4 or 40 this rollicking romp will warm your heart and have you beaming with joy from the sheer charm of it all.

Seattle/ Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals Company Casting Announced
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 13, 2014

Seattle / Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals will take over Fremont's West of Lenin Theatre, presenting three brand new musicals, three late-night trivia cabarets, an evening of pitch sessions for fresh, up-and-coming musicals; and a final concert featuring all-Seattle talent performing pieces written by all-Seattle composers!

Mike Spee Videos

Extra! Extra! Disney's NEWSIES Hits the Village Theatre Stage This Holiday Season Videoplay
Extra! Extra! Disney's NEWSIES Hits the Village Theatre Stage This Holiday Season

by Julie Musbach - Oct 20, 2017

Village Theatre is proud to present what's sure to be one of the most spectacular dance shows in its history, Disney's Newsies. This high-energy musical combines Broadway-caliber entertainment with the story and tunes from the beloved cult-classic movie. Based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, the narrative follows Jack Kelly and his crew of ragtag newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they stand up for what's right.

BWW TV Exclusive: Behind the Scenes with Seattle Children's Theatre's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH World Premiere!
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2013

Seattle Children's Theatre presents the world-premiere musical, James and the Giant Peach. Just in time for the holidays, Timothy Allen McDonald's wonderful adaptation from Roald Dahl's best seller will include original music by Tony-Award nominated lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. James and the Giant Peach runs at SCT's Charlotte Martin Theatre through January 12, 2014. SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell directs. BroadwayWorld has a behind-the-scenes look at the show below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Mike Spee, Kendra Kassebaum & More in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH World Premiere!
by Stage Tube - Nov 29, 2013

Seattle Children's Theatre features Tony nominees Justin Paul and Benj Pasek's musical version of James and the Giant Peach as a part of its 2013-2014 Mainstage Season. The musical features a book by Timothy AllenMcDonald, and is based on the book by Roald Dahl. Check out a sneak peek below!