Announcing TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2017/18 Season

Last night, at our annual Season Release party, almost 500 people gathered to hear Artistic Director Robert Kelley announce the 2017/18 Season. We are delighted to share it with you now!

1718-season

 

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Based on Manga Yonin Shosei by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama
Translated as The Four Immigrants by Frederik L. Schodt
Directed by Leslie Martinson

WORLD PREMIERE
From a tumultuous earthquake to an exhilarating world’s fair, this broadly comic new musical chronicles the adventures of four endearing Japanese immigrants in a world of possibility and prejudice: turn-of-the-twentieth-century San Francisco. Driven by an infectious vaudeville and ragtime score, the quartet pursues their American Dream despite limited options in the land of opportunity. Don’t miss this runaway hit of our 2016 New Works Festival.

Jul 12–Aug 6, 2017
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

 

Constellations

By Nick Payne
Directed by Robert Kelley

London Evening Standard Award Best Play 2012
REGIONAL PREMIERE
A time-bending romantic drama spun out of string theory, this unconventional Broadway and West End sensation explores the infinite possibilities of “boy meets girl” with intelligence, heart, and humor. A charming beekeeper and a Cambridge cosmologist are nerds in love, for better and for worse, their relationship an ever-changing mystery of “what ifs.” Who knew that honey and higher physics could be so touching—or so sexy?Contains mature language.

“Truly stellar. Five stars!”
London Evening Standard

Aug 23–Sept 17, 2017
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

The Prince of Egypt

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Scott Schwartz

WORLD PREMIERE in collaboration with Fredericia Teater, Denmark
Join TheatreWorks as this inspiring world premiere musical begins its international journey towards a 2018 debut in Denmark. A soaring celebration of the human spirit, The Prince of Egypt features a dazzling, multi-ethnic cast in one of the greatest stories ever told: the saga of Moses and Ramses, his Pharaoh brother, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever. Inspired by the beloved DreamWorks Animation film and featuring a score that includes the Academy Award-winning “When You Believe” by the composer and lyricist of Wicked, this breathtaking journey of faith and family is the must-see event of the season.

Oct 6–Nov 5, 2017
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

Around the World in 80 Days

Adapted by Mark Brown
From the novel by Jules Verne
Directed by Robert Kelley

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive with danger, romance, and comic surprises at every turn. In the hilariously theatrical style of The 39 Steps, five actors portray dozens of characters in a thrilling race against time and treachery. Grab your family, and your passport, for an ingenious, imaginative expedition around the world!

“Action and hilarity to spare!”
The Boston Globe

Nov 29–Dec 23, 2017
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

 

Our Great Tchaikovsky

Music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Written and Performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay

REGIONAL PREMIERE
Brilliant composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky springs to life through the hands and insight of piano virtuoso Hershey Felder, whose time-bending tale of culture and repression explores the mystery surrounding some of the greatest music ever written. From the unforgettable ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, to the outrageous 1812 Overture and the brilliant symphonic works, this powerful musical tribute travels to Czarist times to ponder the inevitable enigma of genius. From the creator and performer of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and Beethoven.

“Stunning! Potent! Brings beautiful life to Tchaikovsky.”
San Diego Union-Tribune

Jan 10–Feb 4, 2018
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

Skeleton Crew

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

A Coproduction with Marin Theatre Company
CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
A makeshift family of autoworkers navigates the recession in this funny, tough, and tender American drama. Will their Detroit plant survive? Ambitious dreams and corporate deception interweave, pushing friendships to the limit. When the line between blue collar and white begins to blur, how far over the lines is each of them willing to step?
Contains mature language.

“Warm-blooded, astute. A deeply American play!”
The New York Times

Mar 7–Apr 1, 2018
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

 

The Bridges of Madison County

Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller
Directed by Robert Kelley

2014 Tony Award Best Score
REGIONAL PREMIERE
This sweeping musical romance about the roads we travel and the bridges we dare to cross recalls the unexpected affair of a devoted Italian-born housewife and a roving National Geographic photographer—four sensual, heart-stirring days that would never be forgotten. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, it is an intimate remembrance of love both lost and found, brilliantly adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Tony Award-winning composer from one of America’s favorite novels.

“A breathtaking sweep of feelings.”
The New York Times

Apr 4–29, 2018
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

FINKS

By Joe Gilford
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Drama Desk Award Best Play Nominee
CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
With the 1950s Red Scare in full swing, the House Un-American Activities Committee attacks “subversion” in the arts. When a romance blossoms between a rising comic and a firebrand actress, they face being blacklisted along with their friends and fellow artists. Will they lose their careers or betray each other and be branded forever as “finks”? Based on the true story of comedian/actor Jack Gilford, this stunning comic drama is written by his son.
Contains mature language.

“A testament to an indomitable spirit.”
The Huffington Post

Jun 6–Jul 1, 2018
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

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