Want to see your favorite literary characters come to life on stage? 2017 is going to be an amazing year for books in Seattle's theater scene. All year long there will be plays and musicals based on books showing throughout the city. As you may well know by now, cultural events sell out fast around here, so buy your tickets soon. While you wait for opening night, head to your closest KCLS branch (or online to KCLS.org) and check out a copy of the incredible books that inspired these theatrical productions.
From Seattle Children's Theater website: Oh, the magic of a snowy day! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative ode to childhood joys and the challenges of growing up. Packed with humor and fun, this production uses wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to celebrate Keats’ treasured characters.
Show runs January 19 - February 26. Tickets and details can be found here.
From Book-it Repertory Theater website: Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast captures what it meant to be young and poor and writing in Paris during the 1920s. Hemingway and his wife Hadley kept company with a slightly rag-tag circle of artists and writers including F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Paul Cézanne, and Sylvia Beach in the salon of Gertrude Stein at 27 Rue de Fleurus. These artists’ hunger to create translates into an immersive blend of music, story, passion, and pleasure underscored by sumptuous cuisine that will warm your body and spirit.
Show runs February 9 - April 2. Tickets and details can be found here.
From 5th Avenue Theatre website: A hauntingly beautiful musical, The Secret Garden is the celebrated tale of a young orphaned girl, sent to live with a reclusive uncle in a crumbling mansion overrun with spirits of the past. Called “smart and sensitive” and “blessedly grownup” with “a yearning magical pulse” by the Washington Post, this fantastical tale features stunning sets and costumes, a gorgeous score and rich, lush story-telling. This dark and mysterious gothic thriller brings to exuberant life a saga of deception, grief, jealousy, love and ultimately, rebirth.
Show runs April 14 - May 6.
From Seattle Shakespeare website: Theatrical magic and fairy antics share billing in this valentine to the stage. It's a fantastical tale of love gone kerflooey. Headliners and Divas trod the boards with Top Bananas and Hoofers. Four lovers cross spotlights with squabbling supernaturals and a bumbling rube creating backstage comic chaos. The fairy Puck sorts it out before the act gets the hook, leaving us with a show stopper that brings down the house.
Show runs May 3 - 21. Tickets and details can be found here.
From 5th Avenue Theatre website: Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Show runs July 11 - 30. Tickets and details can be found here.
From Broadway.com website: Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this "dazzling" (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Show runs July 25 - 30. Tickets and details can be found here.