Archive for March, 2010

Hey Jose Gonzales Fans! This is just a quick post to belatedly share with you some nice airtime Seattle Channel’s Art Zone with Nancy Guppy gave VT’s Prince Dijon–Jose–earlier this month. For those who haven’t yet “met” Jose/Prince Dijon, he is quite the character in our current production of THE GYPSY KING.

Art Zone is a pretty awesome show dedicated to supporting all the variations of art–music, visuals, theatre, hat-making, etc.

Check out Jose here. At the very end of the show (24 min 24 seconds) Art Zone also plugs THE GYPSY KING. Thanks, Art Zone!


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Alice Ripley with Aaron Tveit, left, and J. Robert Spencer last year in the musical “Next to Normal,” about mental illness. Photo by Sara Krulwich.

A commercial hit. That’s what New York Times writer Patrick Healy calls Next To Normal in his recent article. The article goes on to report that the edgy show that got it’s start in the Village Originals program, passed its one-year-old marker this past Saturday. Considering this feat, and the current national tour preperations that are taking place, it’s  no surprise to read that Next To Normal has recently “earned back its $4 million capitalization”. We couldn’t be more proud of Next To Normal, the writing team, and the entire creative department that made this show take flight.

Check out the complete article by Patrick Healy. For local theatre and Village Theatre fans alike, Next To Normal‘s story, how it came to such great successes, is an inspiring and thought-provoking read. Enjoy!

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FINAL WEEK IN EVERETT! With only four performances of Lost in Yonkers left to catch, we thought we’d remind you about what the folks are saying about Village Theatre’s Neil Simon hit!

  • “This is Neil Simon at his best. It’s full of his hallmark humor, but, at heart, it’s more poignant than comical.” -The Seattle Times
  • “Nothing short of dramatic perfection and well-timed comedic relief” -The Issaquah Press
  • “Yorkey elicits fine performances from an ideally chosen cast that functions beautifully as a true ensemble. -TalkinBroadway.com

Contact the Box Office in Everett for more information | (425) 257-8600 or boxofficeeverett@villagetheatre.org

Photo by Jay Koh.

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You may or may not know that next year’s season tickets are on sale now.  Village Theatre offers patrons the best deal in town–5 shows for the price of 4; that’s 20% off tickets to our season of spectacular theatre. It’s a pretty great deal, and what’s makes it even sweeter is that there are a number of other great benefits to subscribing. So, just in case you don’t know all about them, check it out right here on the VT BLOG.

Best Seats in the House and Priority Seating

Subscribers receive the best seats available as well as priority for upgrades and the best seats for additional ticket purchases.

Priority Ordering and Special Discounts

Not only can Subscribers purchase additional single tickets to a given production beginning one week before they go on sale to the general public, but they will also save 10% on each additional single ticket they purchase.

A Guaranteed Night Out

Whether you choose to subscribe with your entire family, a group of friends, or just the one you love — Subscribers are guaranteed an entertaining night out several times a year.

Free Parking*

Subscribers receive a pass for free garage parking within walking distance of the theatre.

(*Everett Perfoming Arts Center subscribers only)

Discounts at Local Businesses

Subscribers enjoy exclusive discounts at participating businesses in the area through the Subscriber Rewards Program.

Ticket Exchanges

Subscribers have the exclusive privilege to exchange their tickets to another performance of the same production, beginning one week before the public on sale date, which allows for priority seating opportunities.

Complimentary Exchanges Between Locations

Unable to attend a scheduled show at your subscribed venue? No problem, Subscribers can exchange their tickets between Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah and Everett Performing Arts Center.

Lost Ticket Insurance

Lost or forgotten Subscriber tickets can be reprinted at no charge.

Ticket Donation

Can’t make it to a show? Donate your tickets back to Village Theatre and receive a tax receipt.

Subscription to exclusive Subscriber newsletter

Only Subscribers receive a free subscription to Village Voices, the Village Theatre newsletter published with each show, keeping you up to date with all of Village Theatre’s programs: Mainstage, Village Originals, KIDSTAGE, and Pied Piper.

Complimentary Youth Ticket Upgrades

Give your discounted youth subscription tickets to adult friends if the subject matter of a particular show seems inappropriate for the younger members of your family.

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The critics have spoken, now it’s your turn! Please take a look at some of the quotes we’ve pulled from the show reviews we’ve received so far. When your done, leave a comment with your own review of the show. We want to hear your thoughts–after all, this is a new musical and your feedback is greatly appreciated. If you haven’t seen the show, get your tickets here.

  • The Gypsy King’s “official debut is delivered with zing and gusto by a nimble cast, under the skilled direction of Richard Gray.”                     The Seattle Times
  • “it is impossible to tell whether the actors or the audience have more fun with this delightful show”The Daily Record (Ellensburg)
  • “Things get a bit madcap from here, but [Eric] Ankrim handles the dual role skillfully, shifting so convincingly between haughty prince and lovable gypsy boy that you start to wonder if he’s sharing the scene with an actual twin.” Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

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Well, Karen Ledger and Village Theatre’s amazing Costume Shop have done it again. Karen–costume designer for such recent VT shows as The Importance of Being Earnest, Show Boat, and AIDA–has built a world of costumes for THE GYPSY KING that will WOW with color, beauty, and outrageous-ness! Take a peek at some of the incredible before and afters below…then come see the show! If you haven’t heard, a donation to Red Cross earns you 20% off tickets if you don’t already have season tickets.

Sketches and costume design by Karen Ledger.

Production photos by Jay Koh.

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When Million Dollar Quartet arrived at Village Theatre just over two years ago, it hit the stage (and the Box Office) with a bang, raking in over a million dollars in ticket sales and breaking numerous records. Now, the hit musical is gearing up for its first Broadway preview tomorrow, Saturday March 13, and we’re happy to report that it’s taking more than just the Village Theatre name with it. Four of the original Village Theatre cast members have been chosen to perform in the Broadway production: Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis, Rob Lyons as Carl Perkins, Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, and Corey Kaiser as Jay Perkins, the bass player.

Did these four talented performers know they were signing on for the gig of a lifetime when they joined Village Theatre’s cast? We’re on a mission to find out. Over the course of the next couple months, we will be talking with our very own “Million Dollar Quartet” to find out their stories and hear about their road to success. We’ll start right here, with Levi Kreis, and continue the story right here on the VT Blog. If you want to know how it all came to be, check up on the blog to find out. You’ll get other fun pieces of information along the way, including conversations with current performers, behind-the-scenes peeks at upcoming productions, and even exclusive photos and videos. Read on!

Levi Kreis: Actor, Singer, Pianist, Dancer, and All-around Entertainment Icon

Many of those who saw Levi’s performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet in 2007 remember it as one of the most inspiring and energetic theatrical experiences they’ve ever had. The moment Levi stepped on that stage you could tell he had talent. When he sat down at the piano and started to play, you realized that the word talent could hardly do him justice.

What many people don’t realize is that Million Dollar Quartet was not Levi’s first production at Village Theatre. In fact, Levi first performed in the Village Originals workshop of One Red Flower in 2002. It was during that production that he met Ted Rawlins, who also happened to be a producer of Million Dollar Quartet. When Million Dollar Quartet was presented as a reading in New York, Levi was called on to play Jerry Lee Lewis. “They knew I was southern, and they knew I was an actor, and heard I played the piano,” explained Kreis, “Little did they know that I had been playing Jerry Lee music my whole life.” The role has been Levi’s ever since.

When Village Theatre did a reading of the show at the Festival of New Musicals, Levi was unavailable to take on the part. It wasn’t until the Mainstage production that he stepped back into the famous shoes of Jerry Lee Lewis. “Village Theatre’s run will always be near and dear to my heart,” said Kreis, “it was a very good experience all-around. Village Theatre has more heart and more professionalism than I have seen in any theatre to date.  And that’s the honest to God truth!” As much as Levi enjoyed working with Village Theatre, we’re pretty confident we got the better end of the deal. Audiences will certainly remember Levi’s rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” for many years to come.

When we asked Levi how it felt to be stepping onto the Broadway stage he said he was surprisingly calm.  “I’m just grateful to be working with such genuinely supportive producers;” he explained, “the team spirit is truly refreshing.” This is undoubtedly a team to be proud of.  Even after all these years of performing together, Levi, Rob, and Lance still manage to bring charisma and excitement to the show and have become great friends in the process. “By now they are like brothers to me,” said Kreis, “I love seeing their excitement, and their anticipation.”

Million Dollar Quartet is now open on Broadway, and you can find out more about the production at www.milliondollarquartetlive.com. Remember to check out the Village Theatre Blog at https://villagetheatre.wordpress.com/ to find out more about our own “Million Dollar Quartet” and this extraordinary story.

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