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. It’s Friends meets thirtysomething with a musical twist!
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! Performed in our fabulous cabaret setting, where desserts and drinks are served to each guest at their own table, Winter Wonderettes is the best theatrical present this holiday season - No wrapping required!
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. Take a bite out of Superior Donuts this winter.
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. Scott has sung for audiences all over the country including many renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a world class cabaret performer in his natural element – right here in Downtown Kalamazoo!
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!
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. Don’t miss what critics called “the most beautiful score written for the American musical theatre in 20 years.”
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. Spanning everything from blind dates, wedding vows, and vacations with the kids, you’re sure to see a bit of yourself in this nonstop laugh riot which has been dubbed “Seinfeld set to music!” Make a date this summer with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!