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

South Sound Fall Theater Lineup

Performance offerings in the South Sound this fall include a huge variety of acts. There’s theater, dance, comedy, music and even some acrobats and a one-of-a-kind clown to keep you on your toes. Come out and support your local arts organizations and enjoy the shows.

For a night at the theater, September will see the opening curtain for two beloved comedic classics. Tacoma Little Theatre will present Obie award winner The Foreigner, which the troupe first presented in 2002 to great acclaim. Neil Simon’s autobiographical tale Brighton Beach Memoirs, at Lakewood Playhouse, will have us laughing as we watch the young writer dream of baseball and girls while dealing with his family in Brooklyn.

This fall’s musical performances kick off with none other than the renowned singer-songwriters Stephen Stills (from Crosby, Stills and Nash) and Judy Collins at the Washington Center on Oct. 2. These two folk icons met 50 years ago, but this is the first time they have toured together. Don’t miss it. Also at the Washington Center in October will be multiple Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’. His reputation as a modern master of American roots music speaks for itself.

In the mood for something spooky around Halloween? Check out BodyVox, a dance theater experience that draws on cinema, folklore and our collective nightmares to bring All Hallows’ Eve to life. For a more traditional tale of spells, cast your sights on the bewitching love story Bell, Book and Candle. It debuted on Broadway in 1950, and this year is at Tacoma Little Theatre.

Out in left field are some performers in a class of their own. Bringing flips and tricks to the stage are the Chinese Warriors of Peking at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and the New Chinese Acrobats at the Federal Way Performing Arts Center.

Finally, the Washington Center presents the one and only Puddles Pity Party, also known as the “sad clown with a golden voice.” His YouTube cover of Lorde’s Royals went viral and he became an overnight sensation. This show is packed with a suitcase full of smoosh-ups and accompanied by plentiful hugs.
There is something for everyone on local stages this fall.

HILLARY RYAN

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South Sound Fall Arts 2017

With the days shortening and the weather getting cooler, now is the time to plan your fall arts calendar. No matter what you are interested in, you’ll find outstanding performances in the South Sound this autumn. We’ve selected a few standouts that you shouldn’t miss.

POWERHOUSE VOCALS
Experience a night of electrifying music that traces the journey of American superstar Janis Joplin in A Night with Janis Joplin. You get two chances to see this amazing performance that celebrates the queen of rock ’n’ roll at either the Pantages in Tacoma or the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia.

More amazing vocals are on stage in Piaf! The Show coming to Olympia in October. Focused on legendary Parisian chanteuse Edith Piaf, known as “the swallow of Montmartre,” the show follows the ragsto-riches story of the singer’s career through unforgettable songs, complemented by historical photographs from a bygone day.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Are current events getting you down? A night of laughter awaits with The Capitol Steps at the Pantages. “Putting the mock in democracy,” this performance will have you rolling in the aisles as Hillary Clinton sings a show tune, President Trump performs a rock ballad or Chris Christie dances ballet. This lighthearted show will certainly put a smile on your face.

Once you get the taste for comedy, you may be interested in checking out other comedic offerings such as the semifinal round of the Seattle International Comedy Competition at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and stand-up star in the making Hari Kondabolu, who has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show with David Letterman and who just released his second comedy album with major success.

BACK TO CLASSICS
The brand-new Federal Way Performing Arts Center opens its inaugural season with RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. It’s been 50 years since Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released and here’s your chance to be immersed in Beatlemania.

Other classics offered this fall include Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Footloose, Symphony Tacoma’s West Side Story, Lakewood Playhouse’s all-kid performance of Alice in Wonderland, and a chance to belt out “Tomorrow” at the Sing-a-long Annie show at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

You don’t need to go far for great performances that will keep your evenings entertaining this fall. The South Sound is full of amazing choices, so book your tickets soon.

HILLARY RYAN

BROADWAY CENTER
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THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
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FEDERAL WAY PERFORMING ARTS AND EVENTS CENTER
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TACOMA MUSICAL PLAYHOUSE
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