All Shows

by Aaron Sorkin

2008-09 Season

Oct
17

thru

Nov
2

conceived by Walter Bobbie

music by Richard Rodgers

lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

2008-09 Season

Dec
5

thru

Dec
20

Our Cabaret Series begins with the works of the most beloved song writing team in musical theatre history. A Grand Night for Singing combines all the magic, fun, and music of all your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein shows just in time for the Holiday season.

by Jeff Daniels

2008-09 Season

Feb
6

thru

Feb
21

In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, deer hunting season is underway for the rugged men of the Soady family. The biggest challenge of the season occurs when young Albert brings (gasp!) a woman to the camp with him. But, Big Betty Balou is not your average bride-to-be. In Jeff Daniels' prequel to the hilarious Escanaba In Da Moonlight, he brings out the charm and romantic side of these wacky yoopers.

based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte

music and lyrics by Paul Gordon

book by John Caird

2008-09 Season

Apr
3

thru

Apr
18

One of the greatest love stories of all time has been transformed into this major new Broadway musical. True to its 19th century origins and the original novel by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre is a lavish Victorian banquet of emotions; It is a story of passion, faith, forgiveness, and - most of all - the eternal healing power of an all-consuming love. Jane Eyre’s sweeping love story is breathtaking in its scope and beauty, steeped in rich tradition and overflowing with joy. Filled with soaring melodies, the score embodies a romantic lyricism uncommon in the modern Broadway musical.

by Scott McPherson

2008-09 Season

May
8

thru

May
24

Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room tells the story of one women’s commitment to care for her family first, even in the face of a personal tragedy. That commitment becomes the catalyst to bring the family back together and confront issues that have festered for years. This award winning play and Oscar nominated film (starring Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, & Leonardo DiCaprio) will both warm and break your heart by the time the curtain falls.

music and lyrics by David Nehls

book and additional lyrics by Betsy Kelso

2008-09 Season

Jun
12

thru

Jun
28

Welcome to Starke, Florida! Just off Highway 301 is Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s most exclusive manufactured housing community. (OK. It’s a Trailer Park.) Amongst the hot weather and Britney Spears sightings, a couple’s marriage is in danger. Agoraphobic Jeannie hasn’t stepped out of her trailer in twenty years, and her toll-collecting husband Norbert is catching the eye of Pippi, the stripper who just moved in next door. It’s getting about as tense as a Lifetime Movie of the Week starring Judith Light! The music and laughs never stop in this rollicking new musical.

conceived by Angela C. Santomero, Traci Paige Johnson, and Todd Kessler

2008-09 Season

Jun
12

thru

Jun
28

The Farmers Alley Theatre Children’s Series begins as everyone’s favorite pup, Blue, joins his friend Steve in a clue-filled journey to the most spectacular place of all. They follow the clues to Storybook forest and get some help from Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs, and the Big Bad Wolf. Blue and Steve even travel to outer space in search of the most spectacular place, discovering planets and celestial wonders along the way. When they discover the final clue, however, they learn that home is the most spectacular place of all. Performed by our ensemble company, Blue’s Clues Live!

book by Joe Masteroff

music by Jerry Bock

lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

2009-10 Season

Oct
2

thru

Oct
25

with Catherine Walker Adams at the Piano

2009-10 Season

Nov
13

thru

Nov
14

One of Broadway's leading ladies is thrilled to perform at Farmers Alley Theatre for a Special Cabaret Event this fall! Actress/singer Lauren Kennedy has wowed audiences on Broadway in such hits as Monty Python's Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard, and in the West End revival of South Pacific. Singing a repertoire of classic and contemporary Broadway numbers in our fantastic cabaret setting, you won't want to miss this sweet, sassy and sexy performer who is bound to leave you wanting more.

by Stuart Ross

original Forever Plaid vocal & musical arrangements by James Raitt

vocal & musical arrangements by James Raitt, Brad Ellis, Raymond Berg, & David Snyder

musical continuity and supervision by David Snyder

2009-10 Season

Dec
4

thru

Dec
27

The Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to continue its Cabaret Series with Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Performed in our intimate space while the finest desserts and coffee are served to our audience, Plaid Tidings is a brand-new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big holiday bow on top! Filled with holiday standards that have all been “Plaid-erized”, “the Plaids” are back together to perform their holiday Special. So gather the family together and join us for a modern holiday musical masterpiece.

by August Wilson

2009-10 Season

Feb
5

thru

Feb
21

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Fences is must–see theatre! When Troy Maxson’s rapid rise through the Negro leagues hit the ceiling of racial prejudice, this legendary baseball player was forced to let go of his dream for major league success. Years later, this Pittsburgh garbage collector’s son has an opportunity to achieve the dream his father could not. Can Troy quiet his own demons enough to support his son, or will he strike out once more? Set in 1957, Fences is theheartbreaking story of a man and his last chance at bat.

by David Ives

2009-10 Season

Mar
12

thru

Mar
28

Brimming with smart humor and wacky characters, All in the Timing is a collection of six short plays that comment on relationships, historical events, and the human condition. Whether it's three chimpanzees trying to write Hamlet, a man cursed with being in a "Philadelphia" where nothing seems to go right, or Leon Trotsky reliving his death over and over again, All in the Timing combines slapstick humor with incisive comedic insight that will leave you laughing and thinking long after the curtain falls.

by Stephen Karam

2009-10 Season

Apr
9

thru

Apr
25

Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that has rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, the secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trios connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music. In this age of social networking, Twitter and Facebook, identities are always changing. And no one is who they seem. Even if you don't know "LOL" from "OMG", you'll want to be among the first to log on to this hip, moving and controversial new work. (Adult Themes)

music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

book by Alfred Uhry

2009-10 Season

Jun
11

thru

Jun
27

The tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder is brought to emotional and theatrical life by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry, (Driving Miss Daisy) and Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway's most promising young composers, (Songs For A New World). In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate.

music and lyrics by David Nehls

book and additional lyrics by Betsy Kelso

2009-10 Season

Jul
16

thru

Aug
8

Crack open a Natty Light, grab that can of Jalapeno Pringles, and head back down to Starke, Florida, the home of the world’s most famous Trailer Park, “Armadillo Acres”. That’s where a love triangle is brewing that would make Jerry Springer blush! Agoraphobic housewife Jeannie hasn’t left her trailer in 20 years and her beer guzzling, toll collector husband, Norbert, is fed up. That’s when a gorgeous stripper named Pippi moves in next door and really starts to heat things up!

created by Dean Regan

2010-11 Season

Sep
17

thru

Oct
3

Farmers Alley kicks off its third season with the works of one of the most beloved female singers of all time. Following the legendary Patsy Cline's rise to stardom from her hometown in Virginia to The Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is a wonderful blend of theatre and music that audiences of all ages will enjoy. Starring Lana Hawkins, the popularity of Patsy's music is witnessed by the fact that she is the number on juke-box play in the world.

written by Alfred Uhry

2010-11 Season

Nov
5

thru

Nov
21

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the basis for the Academy Award winning film of the same name, Driving Miss Daisy comes to theatrical life this fall at Farmers Alley Theatre. In Mid-century Atlanta, a Jewish widow, Daisy Werthan, is not too happy about being forced to rely on her black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, for transportation. But over the 25 year span of the play, Hoke gradually wins her over, and the two develop a deep-rooted affection.

created by Roger Bean

2010-11 Season

Dec
3

thru

Dec
26

Get ready for a non-stop musical blast from the past! You’ve been invited to the 1958 Springfield High School Prom where we meet the Wonderettes – four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to such classic 50’s and 60’s songs as “Lollipop”, “Dream Lover”, “It’s My Party” and so many more! It’s like Forever Plaid with an estrogen kick! Join us in our fabulous cabaret setting where you will be served coffee, hot chocolate and yummy desserts from some of downtown Kalamazoo’s finest restaurants.

by Jeff Daniels

2010-11 Season

Feb
4

thru

Feb
20

Those Super Yoopers are back in the original classic that started it all! When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season, 35-year-old Reuben brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in family history to never bag a buck. In the hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba in Da Moonlight spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror, and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong page of the family record book.

2010-11 Season

Mar
4

thru

Mar
6

We are thrilled to welcome in the award-winning sonwriting team of Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel for a special cabaret weekend. Together they have written full-length musicals and cabarets, including Ella Minnow PeaThe Extraordinary Ordinary, and Sorta Love Songs. Their songs have been recorded by Broadway stars Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, and Stephanie J.

book by Harvey Fierstein

music and lyrics by John Bucchino

2010-11 Season

Mar
25

thru

Apr
10

Based on the 1956 movie starring Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine, this brand new Tony-nominated musical was chosen as Best Musical by the New York Drama League for 2008. A Catered Affair tells the story of two parents in the Bronx trying to give their daughter the elaborate wedding they never had. In this funny, poignant, and oh, so human show of love and disaffection, Fierstein's book and Bucchino's score expose both our need for love and the true meaning of family.

by Willy Russell

2010-11 Season

Jun
3

thru

Jun
19

Blood Brothers is the longest running show in the history of the West End, and now you’ll be able to see it without crossing the pond!  Premiering in London in 1983, and still playing to sold out house today, Blood Brothers is a haunting rags to riches tragedy for our times.  Two twins are separated at birth after their mother makes an agreement with her well-to-do employer.  The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl.  But the price of fate is costly, and must

by Greg Kotis & Mark Hollmann

2010-11 Season

Jul
15

thru

Aug
7

Don’t let the title scare you, Urinetown is good clean fun!  One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, this three-time-Tony winner is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution.  In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage has led to a government enforced ban on private toilets.  Now its citizens must pay for the privilege to pee!

book and lyrics by Scott Burkell

music by Paul Loesel

2011-12 Season

Sep
16

thru

Oct
9
Farmers Alley Theatre’s favorite composing team, Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel, are bringing their brand new musical, The Extraordinary Ordinary, to Kalamazoo, straight from New York City. The Extraordinary Ordinary follows a group of college friends - straight, gay and confused - as they face the challenges of life in Manhattan and explore everything from dating and sex to marriage and starting a family. Filled with humor, heart and hope, Burkell and Loesel bring their songwriting talents back to Michigan in this Drama Desk nominated production.

created by Roger Bean

2011-12 Season

Dec
2

thru

Dec
31

The Marvelous Wonderettes are back as they create a rockin' 60s party to celebrate the holidays with friends and family! Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy are entertaining at the 1968 Holiday Party for Harper's Hardware, where Betty Jean has worked since high school. Audience members are fellow employees, friends and family, and the girls have transformed the hardware store (and our theatre) into a winter wonderland!

by Tracy Letts

2011-12 Season

Feb
10

thru

Feb
26

From Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts comes his new play, Superior Donuts, premiering this February.  Former draft dodger Arthur P. runs a decrepit donut shop in an uptown neighborhood in Chicago.  When Franco Wicks, an idealistic African-American teenager, comes to work for him, Arthur is skeptical of his ideas to improve the business.  But over time, the two form an unlikely bond as this deliciously funny and thought-provoking work explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

2011-12 Season

Mar
14

thru

Mar
14

In the tradition of our previous cabaret concerts An Evening with Lauren Kennedy and An Evening with Scott & Paul, Farmers Alley Theatre is pleased to bring in one of this country’s most celebrated singers and cabaret performers with An Evening with Scott Coulter.  For his work in cabaret, Scott Coulter was awarded both the 2001 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award, as well as the 2001 Bistro Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist.  A frequent performer and collaborator with composers Stephen Schwartz, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.

by Yasmina Reza

2011-12 Season

Apr
13

thru

May
6

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God Of Carnage comes to Farmers Alley Theatre this spring.  Returning after last year’s hit A Catered Affair, Joe Aiello and Scott Burkell star as two fathers whose sons have been involved in a physical altercation at school.  When both sets of parents meet up to discuss the boys’ punishments, what ensues between the two couples is a “hilarious comedy of manners without the manners.”  A riotously intelligent social commentary on marriage, parenting and one's base instincts, God of Carnage is brutally entertaining. Let the carnage begin!

book by Craig Lucas

music and lyrics by Adam Guettel

2011-12 Season

Jun
8

thru

Jul
1

One of the most lush and romantic musicals since West Side Story, the Tony-Award winning The Light in the Piazza premieres in Southwest Michigan in June of 2012.  In the summer of 1953, Margaret Johnson is touring the Tuscan countryside with her beautiful daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara’s hat is blown away in a sudden gust of wind and lands at the feet of the young and handsome Fabrizio, sparking an immediate and intense romance between the two. As The Light in the Piazza unfolds, secrets are revealed, cultures clash, and hopes and dreams are ever-changing.

book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro

music and lyrics by Jimmy Roberts

2011-12 Season

Jul
20

thru

Aug
12

In a theatrical age of mammoth spectacles and brooding musical dramas, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a rollicking throwback to a nearly extinct theatrical genre: the musical comedy revue. I Love You... reinvigorates the revue by taking a hilarious and tuneful joyride through the dizzying spectrum of modern male-female relationships.

music and book by James Valcq

lyrics & book by Fred Alley

2012-13 Season

Oct
5

thru

Oct
12

In a small town in rural Wisconsin, something miraculous is happening.  Percy, a feisty parolee with a dark past begins working at The Spitfire Grill, a depressed eatery run by Hannah, an elderly woman with a sharp tongue. Percy’s arrival sets off a chain of events that springs the town, its inhabitants and the titular diner, back to life.  This warm and spirited musical is filled with country flavored tunes that feed and nourish the soul.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a city slicker or a country bumpkin – you’ll be glad you made a reservation this fall at The Spitfire Grill.

conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson

book by Todd Olson

2012-13 Season

Nov
30

thru

Dec
23

Long before reality TV competitions and rotating red chairs, there was only one man who had “The Voice:” The Chairman of the Board. Just say the name “Frank”, and everyone knows you mean the one, the only, ol’ Blue Eyes himself – Frank Sinatra. Our first cabaret of the year is an endearing musical tribute to the man who has provided the soundtrack to our lives for over 60 years.

by Matthew Lopez

2012-13 Season

Feb
8

thru

Feb
24

It is Passover, 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. Confederate officer Caleb DeLeon returns to his ruined plantation only to find his family missing and two former slaves, Simon and John, remaining. As the three men wait for the family's return, they wrestle with their shared past relationship as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way. Slavery and war, they discover, warp even good men's souls.

by Patrick Barlow

2012-13 Season

Apr
12

thru

Apr
28

The Tony Award winning comedy thriller THE 39 STEPS comes to Farmers Alley Theatre fresh off its long runs on Broadway and the West End! Based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, this fast-paced murder/mystery is filled with ingenuity, zaniness and enough costume changes to fill a Miss America pageant.

music by Tom Kitt

book and lyics by Brian Yorkey

2012-13 Season

Jun
7

thru

Jun
30

This June, Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present the Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama and Tony Award Winner, NEXT TO NORMAL. To the outside world, the Goodman family seems to have it all. A nice house, good jobs, and two perfect kids. But look closer and you’ll see a family teetering on the edge of disaster. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse addressing such issues as grief, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

created by Roger Bean

2012-13 Season

Jul
19

thru

Aug
11

SH-BOOM! Take another trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes, the boys banned from the Marvelous Wonderettes’ prom, who enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, a former Springfield High Song Leader, who arrives to put some polish on the group, but who also broke loveable Eugene's heart years before. While Eugene falls apart, Denny, Wally and Skip fall in love—and hilarious heartaches ensue!

created by Richard Maltby, Jr.

conceived by William Meade

2013-14 Season

Sep
20

thru

Oct
12

First we celebrated the life of Patsy Cline. Last December, Frank Sinatra was honored in all his glory. Now, to open our sixth season, we honor another music legend, “The Man in Black”, Johnny Cash. Climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate, RING OF FIRE features a slick combination of gifted singers and musicians that will have this joint jumpin’ like Folsom Prison! Featuring all of Johnny Cash’s greatest hits, make sure you “Walk the Line” to RING OF FIRE this fall!

written by Donald Margulies

2013-14 Season

Nov
1

thru

Nov
17

Fresh off the heels of our highly successful season opener, RING OF FIRE, Farmers Alley Theatre switches gears and brings it first play to the stage this 2013-14 season with the dramatic work, COLLECTED STORIES, running November 1st through the 17th.  Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies, COLLECTED STORIES is a morality play of sorts that asks: Is it ethical to use someone else’s real life for your own artistic gain?

music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

conceived by Ray Roderick & Michael Berkeley

2013-14 Season

Dec
6

thru

Dec
29

Farmers Alley Theatre’s famous Cabaret Series returns this December with the musical I LOVE A PIANO, featuring the works of legendary composer, Irving Berlin. Following the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to present day, I LOVE A PIANO features some of the greatest songs ever written including “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “God Bless America”, “Blue Skies”, “White Christmas”, and of course, “I Love a Piano”.

written by Bruce Norris

2013-14 Season

Feb
7

thru

Feb
23

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, CLYBOURNE PARK takes up residence this February at Farmers Alley Theatre. Told in two acts, in the same Chicago house 50 years apart, this timely new play begins in 1959 with a white family selling their home to a black family: the first to move into the neighborhood. 50 years later, a white couple looks to buy the same house in what has now become an all-black neighborhood.

based on the bestselling children's books by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann

2013-14 Season

Mar
14

thru

Mar
23

Our children's series returns in March of 2014 with PINKALICIOUS! the Musical, based on the popular children's book. Pinkalicious is a precocious young girl who loves all things pink. But after eating too many pink cupcakes, she is diagnosed with Pinkititis - and turns completely pink! Now she must learn self-control in order to turn back to normal. PINKALICIOUS will be performed by our talented troupe of adult actors and is sure to be a delight for boys and girls of all ages this March!

written by Jon Marans

2013-14 Season

Apr
25

thru

May
11

Presented in collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present the haunting and musical play, OLD WICKED SONGS. In 1986 Vienna, a young Jewish pianist has come to study. But before he begins his piano instruction, he must first take singing lessons from the harsh, anti-semitic Professor Mashkan. As the play unfolds through the poetry of Heinrich Heine and the music of Robert Schumann, secrets are revealed, and these two men from different generations find they have much more in common than they think.

book by Joe Masteroff

music by John Kander

lyrics by Fred Ebb

2013-14 Season

Jun
6

thru

Jun
29

This June, one of the defining shows in musical theatre history comes to Farmers Alley Theatre. A perfect fit for our intimate space, CABARET is a dark and gritty look at the rise of Nazi power in 1931 Berlin, set against the teaming nightlife of The Kit Kat Klub. As powerful today as when it first opened on Broadway in 1966, CABARET contains some of the most famous characters and songs of the last 50 years including “Wilkommen”, “Maybe This Time”, and “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”. Welcome to the CABARET this summer at Farmers Alley!

music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen

book by Hunter Bell

2013-14 Season

Jul
18

thru

Aug
3

Our final show of the season is [title of show], and yes, that is the title of the show! A fresh, innovative, and hilarious look at contemporary Broadway, this hip new musical follows the dreams of Hunter, Jeff, Heidi, & Susan, four friends who are looking to create the next big thing on the Great White Way. On this creative journey, they battle writers block by arguing with a piece of paper, overcome their insecurities by slaying vampires, and discover that if you have perseverance, imagination, and great friends, you can accomplish anything.

book by Marsha Norman

music and lyrics by Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman

2014-15 Season

Sep
19

thru

Oct
12

Our seventh season opens with the musical adaption of one of the most beloved books of the 20th century, THE SECRET GARDEN.  The haunting moors of England are brought back to life when Mary Lennox, orphaned at the age of eleven, comes to live with her mysterious Uncle Archibald and her sickly cousin, Colin.  With the help of her charming new friend, Dickon, Mary rejuvenates the house, its inhabitants, and its neglected garden back to full health.

author Judith Kerr

playwright & composer David Wood

2014-15 Season

Nov
1

thru

Nov
9

Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to announce a special children's series production coming up this November - THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA.  It's another normal day at home. Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea when a mysterious visitor rings the doorbell.  Who could it possibly be? The last thing they expected to see to come through the door was giant, black and orange striped tiger!  This delightful adaptation of Judith Kerr's classic picture book has a mix of magic, mayhem and joyful interactive songs.  Suitable for children of all ages!  

music by John Kander

lyrics by Fred Ebb

2014-15 Season

Dec
5

thru

Dec
28

This past June, Farmers Alley audiences enjoyed the Kander & Ebb classic, CABARET.  This December, our famous “Cabaret Series” returns with all the great music of this famous songwriting duo - Kander & Ebb’s musical revue AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND.  Originally choreographed by Tony winner Susan Stroman, this eclectic collection of love songs, torch songs and acerbically witty comic numbers adds up to one fantastic night of entertainment this holiday season.

written by Christopher Durang

2014-15 Season

Feb
6

thru

Feb
22

Get ready to laugh as February brings the 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play to Farmers Alley with the hilarious comedy, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.  From the twistedly brilliant mind of author Christopher Durang, this humorous take on the works of Anton Chekhov is a delight to all theatregoers, even if you are unfamiliar with the Russian’s classic works.  Vanya & Sonia are two adult siblings living out their boring lives in peaceful Pennsylvania.

based on the book written by Margaret Wise Brown

script, music and lyrics by Chad Henry

2014-15 Season

Mar
13

thru

Mar
22

Coming this March, our Children’s series continues with an all-new musical retelling of the classic Children’s book – GOODNIGHT MOON.  This bedtime story that has been cherished by generations for over 60 years has now been turned into a full-scale musical production that kids of all ages will enjoy.  We all know that Bunny wants to put off going to bed for as long as possible as he says goodbye to every object in sight.  Now a world of imagination is in store for you as Bunny’s bedroom springs to life and we encounter dancing constellations, the cat in the fiddle, and of course, the cow ju

written by Tennessee Williams

2014-15 Season

Apr
10

thru

Apr
26

Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present our first “American Classic” when we bring Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE to life this spring.  Celebrating its 70th anniversary, this revered work is as poignant now as it was when it first hit Broadway in 1945.  THE GLASS MENAGERIE tells the story of the Wingfield family: mentally fragile Laura; her brooding younger brother, Tom; and their mother Amanda, a faded Southern belle desperately trying to raise her children alone.

music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

book by Peter Duchan

2014-15 Season

Jun
5

thru

Jun
21

A young solider learns the power of compassion in the critically acclaimed new musical, DOGFIGHT.  Three young marines set out for one final night of debauchery on the eve of their deployment overseas in 1963.  But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his friends, she rewrites the rules of the game and the two share a night they’ll never forget.

music and lyrics by David Nehls

book by Betsy Kelso

2014-15 Season

Jul
17

thru

Aug
9

It’s Christmas in July as a brand-new sequel to one of our most beloved shows ever hits the Farmers Alley stage with THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL.  Betty, Lin and Pickles are back with a new cast of residents at North Florida’s most exclusive manufactured housing community – Armadillo Acres.  When the trailer park Scrooge gets a freak bout of amnesia at Christmas, it’s only a matter of time before the festivities include what we’ve come to expect from these ladies: cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’ and chair-throwin’.

2015-16 Season

Aug
21

thru

Aug
22

Nich Mueller will be known to Farmers Alley audiences from his starring role in 2014's Wilde Award Winning production of Old Wicked Songs. His concert in late August will showcase his jazz roots (from songwriting as a child to his experience as director of Gold Company II) and regale us with original music before he relocates to New Yor City in the fall.

Music by Alan Menken

Book & lyrics by Howard Ashman

2015-16 Season

Sep
18

thru

Oct
11

Our eighth season opens with one of the most popular comedies in Musical Theatre history – LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Based on the 1950s B-Movie, this campy musical (with songs by the famous Disney songwriting team Alan Menken & Howard Ashman) tells the familiar tale we all have “grown” to love. Boy meets girl. Boy gets plant. Plant drinks blood. Boy gets famous. Boy gets girl. Plant eats the world!

2015-16 Season

Oct
23

thru

Oct
24

Eric Gutman brings to Farmers Alley his critically acclaimed one-man show, From Broadway to Obscurity this October. Join Eric on a musical tour of his life: from starring in Jersey Boys on Broadway, to returning to his hometown of Detroit so that he could raise his two young daughters closer to his family.

by Becky Mode

2015-16 Season

Nov
6

thru

Nov
15

In November, the weather will turn colder, but the laughs inside Farmers Alley will keep everyone warm as we present the comedy FULLY COMMITTED.  This devastatingly funny one-man show is sure to leave audiences in stiches – as one actor portrays over 40 different characters!  Out of work actor Sam spends all day on the phone as the reservations manager for Manhattan’s hottest restaurant, dealing with New York’s most annoying and entitled patrons.  Juggling a barrage of customer complaints, an egomaniacal boss, and a father who just wants him home for Christmas, Sam does his

conceived by Stuart Ross

2015-16 Season

Dec
4

thru

Dec
27

Our famous Cabaret setting returns this December as we celebrate the 25th anniversary production of the original FOREVER PLAID.  Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie are four singers who dream of being famous, but on the way to their first big gig, “The Plaids” are slammed broadside by a school bus and killed instantly.  It is at that moment when their lives end, that the story of FOREVER PLAID begins.  Singing in close harmony with a program of pop hits of the 1950s (“Three Coins in the Fountain”, “Sixteen Tons”, “Heart and Soul”), join us this holiday season and discover (or redisc

2015-16 Season

Jan
8

thru

Jan
9

Portage native Blake Whyte has starred on Broadway in two of its biggest hits: Wicked and Mamma Mia! Now this singer/songwriter returns home in January of 2016 to showcase his original music off of his debut album: More Like Myself that has headlined over 45 gigs at venues across NYC.

written by Jon Robin Baitz

2015-16 Season

Feb
5

thru

Feb
21

One of the most intriguing and entertaining new plays on Broadway comes to Farmers Alley Theatre this February with Jon Robin Baitz’ OTHER DESERT CITIES.  Nominated for 5 Tony Awards in 2011, this compelling drama will be an area premiere much like our previous works CLYBOURNE PARK and VANIA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE.  It’s Christmas in Palm Springs 2004 and the Wyeth’s, a prominent family with strong ties to Ronald Reagan and the Republican party, is reuniting.  Liberal daughter Brooke arrives from New York to share her new memoir with her conservative parents, which dredges up t

2015-16 Season

Mar
4

thru

Mar
5

Farmers Alley founder and Wilde Award nominated actress Denene Mulay Koch closes our SPOTLIGHT SERIES events with her very own concert in March of 2016 alongside her brother, Brian, a trained NYC teacher and performer. Come see this sibling rivalry muiscally translated to the Farmers Alley stage!

book & lyrics by Susan DiLallo

music & lyrics by Danny Abosch

original book written by Jane O'Connor

original book illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

2015-16 Season

Mar
12

thru

Mar
20
If you enjoyed our Children's productions of Goodnight Moon and Pinkalicious, then you're in for a treat as another beloved book comes magically to life! Based on the popular children's series by Jane O'Connor, 
Fancy Nancy the Musical is filled with wit and energy, from the top of Nancy's gleaming tiara down to her studded sparkly shoes!

book and music by Joe Kinosian

book and lyrics by Kellen Blair

2015-16 Season

Apr
29

thru

May
15

We kick off our move to WMU’s Little Theatre with another collaboration with the Irving S.

book by Terrence McNally

music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens

2015-16 Season

Jun
10

thru

Jun
19

June musicals at Farmers Alley Theatre have always given us an opportunity to shine a light on some new or lesser-known work.  Next to Normal, Parade and last year’s Dogfight are just a few titles that we have brought to vivid life.  This year, we bring to the stage our latest “diamond in the rough” – A Man of No Importance.

music by John DuPrez

book & lyrics by Eric Idle

2015-16 Season

Jul
15

thru

Jul
31

Our eighth season concludes, with what might very well be the funniest show in musical theatre history!  Join King Arthur and his bumbling Knights of the Round Table as they hilariously search for the Holy Grail in Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Lovingly ripped off from the classic movie, WMU’s Little Theatre stage will be the host for Killer Rabbits, the Knights who say “Ni!”, and the ravishingly beautiful Lady of the Lake (and her Laker Girls).  Spamalot is a multiple Tony winner that is sure to end our season with laughter and some memorable

music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards

book by Peter Stone

2016-17 Season

Sep
30

thru

Oct
16

We open our ninth season this fall with the Tony-Winning musical about the birth of our nation.  Before there was Hamilton – there was 1776!  As this year’s presidential election nears, we take a look back to the room where it happened 240 years ago in Philadelphia, when our forefathers fought for freedom and signed the Declaration of Independence.  To be newly imagined with a fresh modern spin, see how much – or how little – politics and our politicians have changed since the time of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

written by Ayad Akhtar

2016-17 Season

Nov
4

thru

Nov
13

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this searing and provocative new play focuses on a dinner party between four friends (white, black, Jewish, Muslim) which quickly turns into a combustible powder keg of identity politics. American-born and Muslim-raised lawyer Amir has cast his religion aside to further his career, but when the opportunity comes to defend the rights of a Mosque centered in Manhattan, the pull of his faith comes calling.

written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott

music arranged by Chuck Mead

2016-17 Season

Dec
2

thru

Dec
18

NOW HELD OVER THRU DECEMBER 30TH!!!

book by Joe DiPietro

music & lyrics by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro

2016-17 Season

Feb
3

thru

Feb
19

PERFORMED AT THE LITTLE THEATRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE

If you laughed out loud during Spamalot, Murder for Two, the Trailer Park Musicals or Urinetown - you're going to love THE TOXIC AVENGER!  It's part Little Shop of Horrors, part Bat Boy, part 80s New Jersey Rock n' Roll and all parts supremely entertaining.

written by Jonathan Tolins

2016-17 Season

Mar
10

thru

Mar
19

PERFORMED AT THE LITTLE THEATRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE

music and lyrics by Jeremy Siskind

book by Adam Pasen

2016-17 Season

Apr
7

thru

Apr
8

SPECIAL ONE WEEKEND EVENT!  New staged reading!
Jen and David have vowed to keep their relationship and their lives off social media as much as possible. Their friends Keith and Kelly are the perfect embodiment of modern romance, where every kiss gets retweeted and every act of love gets likes. When David decides as a joke to unfriend Keith just to see what would happen, it sets off a chain reaction that tests the strength of each of their bonds and poses the question, "What do love and friendship mean in the Digital Age?"

created by Roger Bean

2016-17 Season

Apr
21

thru

May
7

 PERFORMED AT THE LITTLE THEATRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE

What do you get when you add Some Like it Hot with the songs of The Andrews Sisters?  Why, THE ANDREWS BROTHERS, of course! A USO show by the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy until three stagehands decide the show must go on!  Filled with over 25 show-stopping, toe-tapping tunes like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” that highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II.

2016-17 Season

May
19

thru

May
20

RAGS TO RICHES: The Music of Tony Bennett
Starring Broadway's Danny Gurwin
star of Broadway’s Little Women
UofM Graduate

 

book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove

music by Barbara Anselmi

2016-17 Season

Jun
9

thru

Jun
25

PERFORMED AT THE LITTLE THEATRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE

written by Rick Elice

music by Wayne Barker

2016-17 Season

Jul
21

thru

Aug
6

PERFORMED AT THE LITTLE THEATRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE

music by Jule Styne

lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

book by Arthur Laurents

2017-18 Season

Oct
6

thru

Oct
22

PERFORMED AT THE LITTLE THEATRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE
October 6-22
Thu 730 / Fri & Sat 8 / Sun 2

by Frances Goodrich

and Albert Hackett

adapted by Wendy Kesselman

2017-18 Season

Nov
3

thru

Nov
19

Both heart-wrenching and hopeful, this new dramatization comes to life on the 70th anniversary of the diary's publication.  One of the most famous books ever written will move a new generation of theatregoers as they experience The Diary of Anne Frank this November at Farmers Alley Theatre. This beloved piece is a reminder to us all of the horrors of racial and religious prejudices and how far we still have to go.  As we look toward the future, this Tony-Winning adaptation is a performance that once seen, will not soon be forgotten.

created by Ted Swindley

2017-18 Season

Dec
1

thru

Dec
17

If you enjoyed last season’s smash hit Million Dollar Quartet, then you are going to fall in love with another group – a trio of spunky spitfires known as the

by Lucas Hnath

2017-18 Season

Feb
9

thru

Feb
18

From Tony-Nominated author Lucas Hnath, called "one of the brightest new voices of his generation" by The New York Times, comes the hottest new American play in recent memory, The Christians.  Pastor Paul has spent nearly 20 years successfully growing his church from a tiny storefront to a glitzy megachurch.  But today he will give a sermon that's about to shake the foundation of everything he's built - and creates a divide among his constituents.

by Terrence McNally

2017-18 Season

Mar
9

thru

Mar
25

Love fast-paced comedy?  With a dash of farce and a dollop of slapstick, it's opening night for one of the biggest plays on Broadway.  The show's director, producer, author and star are in a panic.  What will the reviewers think?  Will the show flop or flourish?  In this hilarious and biting take on modern show business, nothing is out of bounds and no celebrity is safe from its satirical wrath!  It's Only a Play takes you backstage like never before with outlandish humor and wry wit.

by Brent Hazelton

2017-18 Season

Apr
27

thru

May
13

Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to once again partner with The Gilmore to celebrate the life and music of Wladziu Valentino Liberace.  In this moving and highly entertaining tribute to this one-of-a-kind performer famous for his charm, glitz and glamour, Liberace! relives the highs (and lows) of his prolific life, revealing the real person behind the persona.  Interwoven with a rollicking piano score spanning classical and popular music from Chopin to “chopsticks” and Rachmaninoff to ragtime, this tour-de-force will have audiences cheering the life of a uniquely American icon.

music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

book by Marsha Norman

2017-18 Season

Jun
8

thru

Jun
24

The best-selling and beloved novel and film come to theatrical life in this new Tony-Award winning musical, with music by Jason Robert Brown (Parade).  A forbidden love affair between a lonely housewife and a rugged photographer changes their lives in ways no one could have ever predicted.  Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

music and lyrics by Mel Brooks

book by Mel Brooks

and Thomas Meehan

2017-18 Season

Jul
20

thru

Aug
5

Closing out our 10th season with a flourish is the All-Time record setter for most Tony Awards in theatre history, Mel Brooks' 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!  The full genius of creator Mel Brooks is on display with hysterical one-liners, zany costumes, brilliant sight gags and more laughs than could fill any theatre on the Great White Way.  It’s a hit!