May 16, 2022 |
Farmers Alley Theatre is thrilled to announce our 2022-2023 Season - our Crystal Anniversary 15th Season!
One thing these past years have taught us is that we must find ways to find joy and meaning in a world that’s in a constant state of change. Our lives, our community, our country, this theatre: we are always evolving. And just when we think we have everything figured out, the ground shifts … times change and we are challenged to transform again. But Farmers Alley Theatre has embraced these changes and we are strong because of your support of this theatre.
Our upcoming season is about joy, faith, family secrets, and perseverance against all odds. We’ll travel from 1907, spend a good amount of time in 1989, take a spin through 1997 and up to the present day with musicals - both classic and contemporary - gripping visual dramas, and plenty of laugh-out-loud comedy.
Truly something for everyone.
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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - Sept/Oct 2022
book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.
If you love a good Gilbert & Sullivan operetta like The Pirates of Penzance and enjoyed past Farmers Alley Theatre productions like the hysterically funny show The 39 Steps, then you won’t want to miss this season-opening musical, coming in September and October.
This is a must-see for anyone looking for a truly original and fresh new comedy that will delight and leave you begging for more.
A SWINGIN’ CHRISTMAS: The Tony Bennett Musical - Nov/Dec 2022
Created by David Grapes and Todd Olson
Arrangements by Vince di Mura
Have we got a world premiere for you! We are beyond excited to produce A Swinging Christmas: The Holiday Music of Tony Bennett by David Grapes and Todd Olson.
If you loved our production of My Way: The Music of Frank Sinatra and adored the swinging trio from this season’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill you are going to want to swing right down to the theatre this holiday season.
Join us for this very special world premiere!
November and December 2022
THE GREAT LEAP - February 2023
by Lauren Yee
If you were wowed by our production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and love gripping drama with a visually stunning design, then The Great Leap is not to be missed.
The year is 1989. An American college basketball team travels from San Francisco to Beijing for a “friendship game” against a Chinese squad.
Far from friendly, the matchup quickly becomes a high-stakes battle, as the American coach fights for his reputation and his Chinese counterpart fights for his life. Caught in the middle is a young Chinese American player who must prove his mettle on the court while unraveling a long-kept secret.
BECOMING DR. RUTH - March 2023
by Mark St. Germain
Becoming Dr. Ruth is a triumphant story of a woman who found her own unique place in the world will see its regional premiere right here at Farmers Alley Theatre.
Before she became America’s favorite sex therapist reaching the height of her popularity in the late 1990s, Dr. Ruth Westheimer had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America.
Very few of us have heard the story of Dr. Ruth’s remarkable journey. And If you liked our past productions like The Cake or Other Desert Cities, you’ll surely be moved by this life-affirming (and yes, a little bit sexy) one-woman tour-de-force of a play.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS - April/May 2023
by Douglas Lyons
Farmers Alley is proud to bring the Michigan premiere of the hit Broadway, laugh-out-loud family comedy Chicken and Biscuits to Kalamazoo in April of 2023.
America’s dishiest family is coming together for Grandpa’s funeral – hopefully without killing each other!
Variety exclaimed this play is “Laugh out loud funny! A feast of Black joy, love, and laughter.” Critic Charles Isherwood said it’s “Blazingly funny” and David Finkle of New York Daily News proclaimed,” The church bells chime! Heed thy call and see “Chicken and Biscuits!”
April and May 2023
RENT - June/July 2023
by Jonathan Larson
Rent, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is an iconic and beloved modern classic about falling in love, finding your voice, the family you choose and learning to live for today.
It has become a pop-cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. We bet that we can speak for many of you, this musical holds a very special place in our hearts and memories.
We cannot wait to bring a new vision to this timeless contemporary classic musical to our stage. Rent is a modern classic that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love.
It is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate, and joyous.
June and July 2023
Coming Summer of 2023...
The return of Farmers Alley Theatre For Young Audiences
She Persisted, The Musical - July/Aug 2023
Script & Lyrics by Adam Tobin
Music by: Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the children’s book by Chelsea Clinton
Some of America's most fearless women get the spotlight in this new musical for Young Audiences based on the best-selling children's book.
She Persisted, The Musical is the trailblazing piece of theatre based on the best-selling children's book written by Chelsea Clinton and beautifully illustrated by Alexandra Boiger.
Fourth-grader Naomi's field trip to a Women's History Museum turns into a time travel adventure where she encounters inspirational women who have overcome barriers and made waves throughout U.S. history. From activists to athletes, artists, and more, the musical features the stories of female trailblazers such as Harriet Tubman, Virginia Apgar, Ruby Bridges, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, and Sonia Sotomayor.
COMING SUMMER 2023