A Rich Array of Cultural Selections This Fall

Musical legends. Shakespeare in the theater. Christmas with Sherlock Holmes. These are just some of the live music and theater offerings that abound in the South Sound this fall.

A lineup of musical legends and tribute performances will get you out of your seats and dancing in the aisles. October begins with the awe-inspiring production We Will Rock You. Based on the songs of Queen, the story follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock-and-roll in a post-apocalyptic world (Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, Oct. 1.)

After thousands of rollicking performances and the global success of La Bamba, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity (Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 1; Federal Way PAEC, Oct. 5).

A Roy Orbison tribute band, The Lonely, will be celebrating the timeless hits of The Traveling Wilburys and Everly Brothers(Washington Center, Nov. 8).

Cool days will stay hot with great American jazz, blues and folk. The Simon and Garfunkel Story chronicles the journey of the legendary folk-rock duo. The nostalgic and immersive concert-style theater show includes a full live band (Washington Center, Oct. 10).

The Duke Ellington Orchestra celebrates the legacy of one of the most influential musicians in American music (Pantages Theater, Nov. 2). And Taj Mahal brings his heart and soul to the stage with traditional country blues and Afrocentric roots music (Washington Center, Nov. 20).

South Sound theater lovers can choose from a wide range of selections this fall. Tacoma Arts Live will present Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the hit movie about the Bard’s quest to overcome his writer’s block (Theater on the Square, Oct. 13 to Nov. 7).

Evil Dead: The Musical includes both scares and laughs—and musical numbers such as Ode to an Accidental Stabbing (Tacoma Little Theatre, Oct. 25 to Nov. 10).

A new twist for the holiday season is Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, by Seattle writer, director and playwright John Longenbaugh (Harlequin, Nov. 27 to Dec. 10).

Rounding things out for a holiday to remember are the Herdmans invading Lakewood for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Lakewood Playhouse, Nov. 29 to Dec. 23). And Elf: The Musical, the adaptation of Will Ferrell’s cinematic twist on Christmas, will be performed at Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Nov. 29 to Dec. 22).

HILLARY RYAN

An Evening of Culture and Music

Three-time Grammy-nominated Latin band Tiempo Libre has been providing audiences with exhilarating tropical music for years. With Caribbean-inspired rhythms blended with jazz, R&B and funk, the ensemble has people from around the nation pining to see them in concert. They’re coming to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Feb. 21. and the Federal Way Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 23.

Earning recognition and respect from those in the classic and funk music community, as well as several awards, this band knows how to bring the life to the party. John Aiello from Electric Review wrote of its music: “… songs drenched in the sensual energy of muscle, drowning in the buried sinew of the invisible … dance music at its finest hour.”

Since 2001 Tiempo Libre has been celebrating several genres and cultures of music. With a long history with various labels, it signed to Universal Music Latin Entertainment in 2015. Its newest album, Panamericano, released in the same year, solidifies the band’s talent for Latin music.

“It is Tiempo Libre’s radical fusion of various contemporary and baroque forms, and attempted expansion of Bach in Havana and My Secret Radio that offers a somewhat richer musical experience and this is quite compelling,” said Raul da Gama of Latin Jazz Network.

Appearing on TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show and Live from Lincoln Center, the band and its Afro-Caribbean music have reached the world. And now South Sounders, too, will be able to see them live in concert.

Because of the group’s wide variety of genres, fans at this show will be doing more than tapping their feet along with the beat. Tiempo Libre is ready to provide an unforgettable experience, so get your tickets now! by Jordan Marie McCaw

Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

washingtoncenter.org

Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center

Friday, Feb. 23, 8pm

fwpaec.org

 

Tacoma City Ballet Has a New Home

Tacoma City Ballet has officially become the resident dance company of the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. The change of venue for the ballet, welcomed by Federal Way, means that The Nutcracker of Tacoma will now be in Federal Way.

“I’m happy moving to Federal Way,” Ceragioli said. “The stage is bigger and there’s more wing space; the orchestra pit holds 52 musicians; and the box office is inside the beautiful, huge lobby. It will be very convenient for our audiences because there’s plenty of free parking, as well as nearby shopping and restaurants. It’s wonderful working in such a warm and inviting atmosphere.”

The Tacoma City Ballet has an exciting season planned, kicking off with the timeless holiday classic of the most famous ballet in the world. Now told in its entirety, The Tale of The Hard Nut is presented alongside the traditional Russian , creating a glorious production filled with dancing, live orchestral music, grand scenery and lavish costumes, bearing all of the original trappings of the beautiful 1892 Russian production.

In April and May, audiences can enjoy the storybook classic Cinderella, followed by a full-scale production of Dracula next October. All Tacoma City Ballet productions are accompanied by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra.

Tacoma City Ballet

tacomacityballet.com

253.272.4219

Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center
fwpaec.org

253.835.7010

Kelly Lenihan