At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm

At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


Festival of New Musicals

Festival of New Musicals • August 9-11, 2019

Five New Musicals. Five Parties. One Unforgettable Weekend.


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
  • Friday, August 9, 2019

    Kick-Off Party - Doors open at 5:00 PM
    Musical Previews - 6:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre Lobby
    Food provided by WildFin


    XY - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book, Music, & Lyrics by Oliver Houser
    Developed with & Directed by Hunter Bird

    On the advice of doctors, Chris’s mother took the leap to subject her intersex child to genital surgery and raise him as a girl. Now, 26 years later, Chris has transitioned back into being a man and is navigating his first romantic relationship while he is haunted by his eleven-year-old self, Christine. XY is an original musical about letting go of the past and coming home to the most unfamiliar of places: ourselves.

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019

    VO ALL MEMBER BRUNCH 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Lobby
    Open to all members
    Food provided by Fins Bistro

    QUICK MUSICALS - 12:00 PM
    First Stage Theatre


    COLD TURKEY - 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Music & Lyrics by Rich Gray, Book by Andrew Russell

    A wild and funny musical satire based on the 1971 Norman Lear film of the same name, Cold Turkey tells the story of a beleaguered small town which responds to an advertising gimmick to win a $25,000,000 challenge to quit smoking for 30 days.


    MODERN - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book & Lyrics by Selda Sahin
    Book & Music by Derek Gregor
    A new-grass, post-rock musical, Modern is the inspiring story of a group of Amish teenagers on their Rumspringa. Witness their brief period of freedom as they struggle to find the balance between love, tradition, progress, faith, and who they’ll become.


    MEET THE ARTISTS PARTY - 9:30 PM
    Executive Producer Robb Hunt’s Home
    Open to all Circle Level Members

  • Sunday, August 11, 2019

    EASTBOUND - 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Khiyon Hursey

    Two worlds. Two cultures. One question: How far are you willing to go to find family? Chinese-American adoptee Calvin travels to China in search of his birth mother. Unbeknownst to him, his biological brother, Yun, travels to America, seeking to break free of family traditions. Their quests in search of their own identity force them to evaluate whether family is chosen or biological.


    CIRCLE LEVEL DINNER PARTY - 5:00 PM
    Location: First Stage Theatre


    COWBOY BOB - 7:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, and Annie Tippe
    Music & Lyrics by Jeanna Phillips
    Book & Additional Lyrics by Molly Beach Murphy, Additional Music by Alex Thrailkill
    Directed by Annie Tippe

    Peggy was a good neighbor, a good daughter, and a great bank robber. Disguised as a man in a fake beard and a ten-gallon hat, “Cowboy Bob” evaded detection for more than a decade. In a score that's equal parts Riot Grrrl rage and Texas two-step, the small-town legend inspires a local waitress to take life by the reins and let it ride.


    CLOSING NIGHT PARTY - 9:30 PM
    FINS Bistro and the
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre Lobby
    Open to all members

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This is a special event for Village Originals members. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member, please click here.

What is Festival of New Musicals?

Entering into its 19th year, The Festival of New Musicals is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see how a new musical comes to life first-hand. With about 50 artists, a dozen directors, and authors from across the county who are eager to hear what you have to say, you won’t want to miss out on the fun! This is a national industry-only event that Village Originals Members are given exclusive access to.

Performance

Five new musicals are presented in staged reading—rehearsed, fully sung presentations of new work, performed and directed by the region’s foremost theatre artists and guest artists from across the country—for audiences of Village Originals members and theatre professionals.

Interaction

Meet the Author and Meet the Artists events, receptions, and opening and closing celebrations encourage and enable interaction among actors, directors, writers, Village Originals members, and guest artists and administrators from other institutions.





VILLAGE ORIGINALS AND THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY:

PRODUCING SPONSORS

  • Shubert Foundation

STARRING SPONSORS

  • ArtsFund
  • Microsoft

IN-KIND SPONSORS

  • DCG One
  • FINS Bistro
  • Levitate
  • Sam Freeman Photography & Northwest Theatre News
  • Wild Fin
  • SanMar
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303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202

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Everett, WA 98201
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