Regional Reviews: Seattle
A Very Carrie New Season Announced
Also see David's review of The Vaudevillians
Balagan kicks off its season with a chamber-sized version of Les Misérables starring Hobson as Jean Valjean, playing at the company's recent home-base, The Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill September 6-28, 2013. Their holiday offering at the Erickson will be the Obie Award winning musical A Very Merry (Unauthorized) Children's Scientology Pageant by Kyle Jarrow, running November 22 - December 21, 2013. The company kicks off 2014 with the Seattle premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, at the Moore Theatre January 10-26, 2014. The main-stage season wraps with Nirvanov, David Lee and Nandi Johannes' musical mash-up of Chekov and Kurt Cobain, with Frances Farmer added to the mix. Dates and theatre fore this production are TBA.
Balagan will also host a New Works Summer Series of musicals in progress. It kicks off July 6 with Thankskilling, based on the indie horror film about a homicidal turkey, followed by The Roaring 21st, created by Balagan Executive Director Jake Groshong and others, about a legendary bootlegger (July 15); and Island Song (August 19), about New Yorkers engaged in a "twisted love affair" with the Big Apple.
For further details about Balagan's new mainstage season, new works, and season subscriptions go to www.balagantheatre.org.- David Edward Hughes