written by William Randall Beard

musical arrangements by David Lohman

Adored by millions, Judy Garland wowed us from the time she was a teenager in pigtails singing “Over the Rainbow,” to her legendary 1961 come-back Carnegie Hall concert in what The New York Times called, “the concert of the century.” Set both on the stage of Carnegie Hall and in Garland’s mind, Beyond the Rainbow simultaneously treats its audience to the famed concert while telling the life story of one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable legends.

 

ADDED MATINEE - Saturday, October 13th at 2pm

 

Showtimes: Thu 730pm | Fri & Sat 8pm | Sun 2pm

Sep
28
A
Oct
14

written by Lucas Hnath

In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterwork of 1879, A Doll’s House, wife and mother Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own.  This climactic event – when Nora slams the door on everything in her life – instantly propelled world drama into the modern age.
In A Doll’s House, Part 2 (the brand-new Tony winning sequel from 2017), many years have passed since Nora’s exit.  Now, there’s a knock on that same door.  Nora has returned.  But why?  And what will it mean for those she left behind?  A Doll’s House, Part 2 is a sequel that stands perfectly well on its own.  From playwright Lucas Hnath (The Christians), it delivers explosive laughs while also posing insightful questions about marriage, gender inequality, and human rights.

Talkbacks following performances on Nov. 9th and 16th.

 

SHOWTIMES: Thu 730pm | Fri & Sat 8pm | Sun 2pm

Nov
2
A
Nov
18

written and created by Roger Bean

vocal and musical arrangements by Michael Borth

It’s 1969 and The Marvelous Wonderettes are back to throw a retirement party for their favorite teacher, set to the greatest girl-group hits of the 60’s (“Gimme Some Lovin”, “It’s Your Thing”).  Act Two finds the girls back together as the class of 1958 celebrates their 20-year reunion. Classic pop and rock hits of the 70’s (“We are Family”, “I Will Survive”) provide the perfect soundtrack for these old friends to catch up on the places life has led them, all performed with their own marvelous spin!
To be performed in our cabaret setting with desserts and coffee, Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On is the perfect night of entertainment this holiday season.

Dessert & Coffee included with ticket.

SHOWTIMES: Wed & Thu 730pm | Fri & Sat 8pm | Sun 2pm (Some sat. matinees at 2pm)

Dec
7
A
Jan
6

A new evening of original songs by Jeremiah Downes starring Madge Dietrich (Kinky Boots) and Evan Gallagher-Frace (Winner of NYC Rising Star 2 at RISE NYC) with performances by Logan Dolence, Joriah Fleming, Matthew Lanyi, Alyssa Meeuwsen and Cara Palombo.

Jeremiah’s songs have been performed by artists from the worlds of Broadway and commercial music. His work as songwriter includes Highways & Daydreams, the musical adaptation of Richard Donner’s 1992 film Radio Flyer, Dancing As Fast As We Can and Seven.Highways & Daydreams has enjoyed multiple performances at the Biello Martin Studio in Philadelphia and The Duplex in NYC. Most recently, Jeremiah’s New Songs was presented at the Biello Martin Studio this past spring.

“A taste of his own powerful songwriting left one wanting more samples.” - Cabaret Scenes

“... his original songs are full of energy and heart.” - Michael Biello and Dan Martin (Marry Harry, Q, In My Body)

“His songs are visceral, dense, immediate at times evoking Billy Joel, Sondheim, Oscar Wilde...” - Stearns Matthews (Multi-MAC and Bistro Award Winner)

Jan
18
A
Jan
19

Doubt, A Parable

written by John Patrick Shanley

Sister Aloysius is a rigidly conservative nun and principal at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx in the fall of 1964.  When Father Flynn, a beloved and charismatic parish priest advocates reform of some of the school’s strict customs, Sister Aloysius is put in direct conflict with his progressive outlook for the future.  When a fellow nun tells Sister Aloysius that Father Flynn may be paying too much personal attention to one of their male students, she begins a personal crusade against the priest – despite her lack of evidence.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Doubt, a parable is a deeply affecting one-act that lets the audience play the jury in this intense and shocking tour-de-force drama.

2019-02-08T12:00:00 - 2019-02-24T12:00:00
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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

adapted by Kevin Kling

based on the books by Kevin Henkes

“I am Lilly! I am Queen! I like everything!” This young mouse is ready for anything! That is, until the day her new baby brother arrives. Things get even worse when Mr. Slinger takes away her musical purple plastic purse for the day. But with a little help from her Grammy and her friends Chester and Wilson, Lilly learns that sharing, cooperation, and some crunchy cheese snacks can go a long way. Best suited for ages 4-10, we invite all ages to come enjoy the splendor of Lilly and her world of colorful imagination.

 

Children's Programming at Farmers Alley Theatre is made possible in part by the generous support of the following: Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation, The Fetzer Fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation, Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, and Suzanne Upjohn DeLano Parish Foundation.

2019-02-15T12:00:00 - 2019-02-24T12:00:00
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

based on the novel by Mark Haddon

adapted by Simon Stephens

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers.  Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork.  Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime.  But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Best suited for ages 12 and up.

Contains Adult Language and Situations.

2019-03-15T12:00:00 - 2019-03-31T12:00:00
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starring Scott Moreau

Scott Moreau, star and director of our production of Million Dollar Quartet, is thrilled to return to Farmers Alley Theatre with his very own spotlight series concert, Late and Alone: An Intimate Portrait of Johnny Cash. Using anecdotes from his autobiography, multiple interviews, and live concerts, Scott tells Johnny’s story with his own words and songs. Featuring more than 20 songs from Johnny’s 40+ years in the music business, Scott creates stripped down look into the life of this American icon.

Apr
12
A
Apr
13

Fun Home

music by Jeanine Tesori

lyrics & book by Lisa Kron

based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

 

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical!


When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.  Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Features language, sexuality and LGBTQ+ themes.

2019-06-07T12:00:00 - 2019-06-23T12:00:00

THU 730pm /  FRI 8pm / SAT 8pm / SUN 2pm

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Avenue Q

music and lyrics by Jeff Marx

and Robert Lopez

book by Jeff Whitty

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.
The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q that’s reminiscent of a certain “Street” we all grew up watching on TV.  Together with his new found friends (and monsters), Princeton struggles with his career, his love life, and his ever-elusive purpose.
Filled with gut-busting humor, delightfully catchy songs, and full puppet nudity(!), Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere.


Avenue Q features adult language and full puppet nudity.  NOT intended for children.

2019-07-19T12:00:00 - 2019-08-11T12:00:00
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Book & Lyrics by Willie Reale

Music by Robert Reale

Based on the books by Arnold Lobel

A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family.

Jul
27
A
Aug
3