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Farmers Alley announces 10th season lineup

Season Announcement May 19, 2017

KALAMAZOO—Farmers Alley Theatre enters its milestone 10th season this fall.  There’s a mix of large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows. Season packages, specific show dates and single ticket information will be available soon, and all titles are pending.

The theater will use two performance spaces for the first time.  In 2017-18, productions will take place downtown in the black box space as well as the historic Little Theatre on the WMU campus.  The community has had a positive response to the Little Theatre, and there will be benefits from having a larger space to produce larger scale productions.

Gypsy October 2017.  Known in many theater circles as “The greatest American musical ever written”, Gypsy tells the story of the ultimate stage mother, Rose, and her two daughters, June and Louise, whom she pushes into show business, .   The show was written by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim and features some of musical theater’s gold standards including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Together Wherever We Go”, “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and more.

The Diary of Anne Frank November 2017. Both heart-wrenching and hopeful, this moving new dramatization comes to life as a new generation of theatergoers experience The Diary of Anne Frank this November at Farmers Alley Theatre.  A reminder of the horrors of the past and how far we have to still to go as we look toward the future.

Honky Tonk Angels December 2017. Celebrating the music of Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and more, Honky Tonk Angels is a  boot-stompin’, toe-tappin’ down home good time which features such country classics as “Stand By Your Man”, “9 to 5”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and more.

The Christians February 2018. Young author Lucas Hnath has written a play centered around Pastor Paul, who presides over one of the largest Mega-Churches in America.  But today he will give a sermon that’s about to shake the foundation of his church’s beliefs.  A big-little play about faith in America – and the trouble with changing your mind.

It’s Only A Play March 2018. It’s opening night for one of the biggest plays on Broadway and the show’s director, producer, author and dtar are in a panic: Will the show flop or flourish? In this biting take on show business, nothing is out of bounds and no celebrity is safe from its satirical wrath. It’s Only a Play (which starred Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick on Broadway in 2015) takes you backstage like never before with outlandish humor and wry wit.

Gilmore Festival Collaboration April/May 2018. Farmers Alley Theatre will again collaborate with the Irving S. Gilmore Festival for a music-centric production to be determined.  The theater’s previous partnerships included the poignant drama, Old Wicked Songs and the hilarious whodunit Murder For Two.

The Bridges of Madison County June 2018. The best-selling book and popular movie come to theatrical life in this new musical, with music by Jason Robert Brown.  A forbidden love affair between a lonely housewife and a rugged photographer change their lives in ways no one could have ever predicted.

The Producers July/August 2018. Closing out this 10th season with a flourish is the comedy, The Producers.  Join Max Bialystock, Leo Bloom and a chorus-full of colorful characters as these two swindlers try to put on the worst musical in Broadway history – Springtime for Hitler.

For tickets and more information, visit www.farmersalleytheatre.com.

Week of 8/21/2017

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