2011-12 Season

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.