Since the play's debut at ACT in 1976, more than 600,000 people have joined Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and good old Ebenezer Scrooge on his harrowing journey from grumpy bah-humbugger to holiday believer. In Charles Dickens' truly timeless classic, the miserly businessman Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of three spirits -- the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. First published in 1873, the novella became a critical success and its story has yet to be improved upon. Directed by Emily Penick, this historic production has become a staple Seattle family tradition.
Imagine the heartwarming melodies of a pop hit sung with the so-beautiful-you-could-cry harmonies of a piece of sacred choral music by Handel (you know, the "Hallelujah!" guy). That's the enchanting blend you get from The Tenors, three guys with some serious pipes -- and the multiplatinum album sales to prove it. But they've also got some serious cred: they've performed on Oprah -- with Celine Dion, no less -- and for the Queen of England at her Diamond Jubilee. And their male fans aren't too shabby, either -- Paul McCartney? Neil Young? They've sung a harmony or two together. Enjoy The Tenors' Christmas Together Tour at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.
With gorgeous new sets and costumes by famed author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), Pacific Northwest Ballet's exciting production of The Nutcracker brings a world of joy and color to the stage at Seattle's McCaw Hall with George Balanchine's original choreography, the PNB orchestra playing the cherished Tchaikovsky score and dozens of dazzling dancers. This iconic version of the popular holiday ballet tells the timeless story of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker soldier as a gift and has a magical dream that her toy comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
In his "kind, warm, beautifully observed and deeply moving new play" (Chicago Tribune), Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of modern American family life. Deciding to shake Thanksgiving up a bit, Erik Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to New York City to celebrate the holiday at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. But as darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night -- and family tensions reach a boiling point. After a successful Broadway run last year, where it won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans now comes to Seattle Rep - Bagley Wright Theatre, directed once again by two-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello (Assassins).
Featuring a score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act: The Musical) and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is based on the popular 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale, about a group of newsboys who take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon. Based on true events from 1899, the musical tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. The rousing tale at Seattle's Village Theatre is full of high-energy dance and catchy tunes. "Seize the Day" and get your tickets now for this show about fighting for what's right and staying true to who you are.
The West Coast premiere of the recent Broadway hit Holiday Inn brims with joyous music and plenty of holiday cheer. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning 1942 film starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, Holiday Inn follows the story of a song-and-dance man who decides to leave show business and settle down in his Connecticut farmhouse. When he meets a talented school teacher named Linda, the two transform the farmhouse into a fancy inn offering guests show-stopping holiday performances. But when Jim's best friend visits from Hollywood and tries to steal Linda away as his new dance partner, the fate of the inn hangs in the balance. This new musical stage adaptation features lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 beloved Irving Berlin songs. Enjoy this heartwarming holiday treat, sure to put your whole family in the best of spirits, when it comes to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
Mr. Popper is at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands when he receives a family of penguins from Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake. Now, he and his wife have a lot of extra mouths to feed on a tight budget. Mr. Popper trains the penguins to perform and takes their show on the road, leading to mischief, hilarity and dreams come true in this spirited family musical. Based on the classic 1938 children's book by Richard and Florence Atwater, the flipper-filled fun waddles from the page to the stage -- complete with puppets and song-and-dance numbers -- at Seattle Children's Theatre.
Who knew a winter show could be so steamy? Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret's holiday cabaret Wonderland brings together a talented cast of performers for a glittering parade of nostalgia that's bursting with dance, laughter and all the cheer of yesteryear. Set at Seattle's historic Pike Place Market, this holiday soiree turns Can Can's intimate theater into a whimsical winter chalet, with plenty of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry (watch out for the performers swinging from chandeliers overhead!) in a titillating, feel-good show that combines "song, dance and old-school sexy winter sparkle" (Seattle Magazine). In the kitchen and behind the bar you'll find a variety of food, wine, and spirits available for purchase, all carefully crafted with local market-fresh winter ingredients.
Rev up your engines and get ready to howl as Seattle Children's Theatre presents Go, Dog, Go! This fun children's musical based on P.D. Eastman's famous book explodes on stage with high-spirited singing, zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night antics that will have the whole family in stitches. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs at work and dogs at play all delve into life with gusto, with lots for audiences of all ages to marvel at. The madcap party never stops when these zany canines leap off the page and onto the stage in one of the most inventive adaptations in SCT history.
Experience an evening that's the best mix of historic and modern. At The Triple Door in Seattle you'll step into what was originally a 1920s vaudeville house, but has become a modern entertainment hub with plush booths, clear sight lines from every seat and the best sound system around. You can enjoy exotic cocktails and cuisine from the Wild Ginger restaurant upstairs during your show or in the Musicquarium Lounge before or after your event. The lounge features a stunning 1,900 gallon freshwater aquarium and live music most nights, making it the perfect pairing for a show. On the Main Stage you'll hear musicians from around the world and from nearly every genre, as well as a variety of other entertainment.
What's better than brunch? Only one thing: Brunch and a live show. Seattle's classic winter Wonderland brings together a cast of A-list performers for a glittering parade of nostalgia bursting with dance, laughter and all the cheer of yesteryear. This holiday spectacular turns Can Can's intimate theater into a whimsical winter chalet where you can order a special brunch from Pike's Place Market, carefully crafted with market-fresh seasonal ingredients. This afternoon cabaret is lighthearted holiday fun for the whole family.
Laugh off your Thanksgiving calories (and ditch your weird Uncle Ted) at Parlor Live Comedy Club when Fahim Anwar and Ashley Barnhill share the stage. Anwar was once an aerospace engineer for Boeing, but threw that career away to become a comic. A regular on MTV's Guy Code, he's also been on Californication and was featured in Tina Fey's Whiskey Tango Fox Trot. Barnhill's dark, depressive one-liners have made her a hit on both Twitter and the stage. She's appeared on Roast Battle, and her Drunk History episode on Muhammad Ali's refusal to enter the Army was a knockout.
You don't have to be a student to enjoy comedy in the University District. Whether you're looking for a study break in between finals or trying to change up the usual Friday night dinner date, Laughs Comedy Club in Seattle's U-District is the go-to for a prime stand-up experience. Comedians from Last Comic Standing, Conan and the Laugh Factory regularly make their way through this venue, whose owners trek out to the Montreal Comedy Fest every year to scope out the next rising sensation, bringing them to Seattle to crack some jokes. Skip the cover fees and have a laugh at this intimate spot.
Housed in a 1909 brick building on the Seattle waterfront, Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant is inspired by the juke joints of the American South and the neighborhood blues clubs of Chicago. Dubbing themselves "the West Coast Home of the Blues," the venue fully embraces the culture and music. On stage, you'll see regional and national touring artists cranking out everything from zydeco to honky-tonk to roots and Americana. Meanwhile, the venue itself is studded with "old timey" touches like a 34-foot bar made from antique doors and blue velvet benches collected from an old Masonic Temple. The walls are covered with photos snapped by some of the country's best blues photographers. And to round out the juke joint experience, the kitchen pumps out Southern-style comfort food -- think jambalaya and chicken gumbo -- while the bar whips up cocktails named for blues legends like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dreamwreck)Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (Patti Allen and Monster Road)Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (BroHamM)Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 8:00pm (Rick Estrin and the Nightcats)Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Nikki Hill)Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 / 8:00pm (Karen Lovely)Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Rae Gordon Band)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Kevin Selfe & the Portland Blues All-Star Band)
Presented by Kitten N' Lou, Cream is a Spanksgiving feast of decadently sickening burlesque, drag and cabaret. This outrageous show at Seattle's The Triple Door will feature performances by Milk (RuPaul's Drag Race), The Atomic Bombshells Burlesque, Cherdonna and more.
Delve into the deep, dark history of Pioneer Square on this adults-only jaunt under the streets of Seattle. During this intimate 60-minute walking tour, your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will lead you through three key sections of the historic 1890s-era subterranean passageways, while cluing you in on the drinking, gambling and other illicit activities that ran rampant in the area around the turn of the century. In fact, you'll learn how Skid Road (Yesler Way) became America's very first Skid Row and much more.
Unexpected Productions brings back its holiday favorite, A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol. Based on audience suggestions, the improvisers of Unexpected Productions bend and twist Charles Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions -- and each show is different. Where does Scrooge work? What ails Tiny Tim? Does Scrooge even get reformed? It's all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride. A holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985, it's the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends or family.
From the producers of Le Faux, Seattle's longest-running celebrity impersonation show, comes Julia's Queen of the Brunch, a fabulous, fun-filled weekly drag extravaganza. Every Sunday, your hostess-with-the-mostess Kristie Champagne will roll in the pink bus to Julia's on Broadway filled with Seattle's greatest local drag talent. With a new lineup of local performers each week and monthly themed shows, this gender-bending show promises a unique, exciting experience every time. Along with the over-the-top entertainment, you can purchase items from the full brunch menu, including pitchers of mimosas to enjoy throughout the show.
Spend a Las Vegas-style evening with Seattle's best female impersonators as they take on the personas of Cher, Lady Gaga, JLo, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli and more. The perfect gender-bending show for celebrating any occasion -- a birthday, anniversary, bachelorette party or a night out with friends -- Le Faux is the longest-running show of its kind in the city, with exciting and outrageous performances every night and a full cast of dancers. Julia's on Broadway also offers a full bar and appetizers for purchase before and during the show, and the host will even bring your special guest on stage for a little embarrassment in front of the entire audience.
Renton's Sweet Decadence, ranked as one of the Top 5 chocolate shops in Evening magazine's "Best of Western Washington," offers an elegant evening of wine or beer and chocolate tasting. Four specially selected wines or craft brews are paired with four artisan chocolates of the finest quality for the ultimate indulgent treat. You'll get plenty of personal attention in this small-group setting as a wine and beer specialist guides you through the tasting, pointing out the differences in each vintage and how they highlight and balance the ingredients in the chocolate.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast brings its enchanting tale and Academy Award-winning score to the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. Based on the beloved 1991 animated film, this acclaimed musical tells the story of Belle, an intelligent young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who's really a young prince under the spell of a witch's curse. Time is running out, and if the Beast doesn't learn his lesson soon, he and his entire household will be doomed for all eternity. The love story is filled with colorful characters, delightful sets and costumes, and show-stopping musical numbers.
"Gold!" It was a cry that changed the American West forever, and it was heard all over Seattle in the summer of 1897, when the first miners returned from northwestern Canada with tales of riches. More than 100,000 prospectors headed north in the following years, and Seattle was changed forever. Find out just how the city boomed from dark depression to golden prosperity on this 75-minute walking tour of Pioneer Square, where your knowledgeable and entertaining guide will point out the saloons, dance halls, gambling parlors, movie houses and brothels that tempted many a miner. If you're taking off soon on an Alaskan cruise and want some info for the way up -- or you're just a history buff who loves stories about prospectors, gamblers and con artists -- this tour will give you the mother lode.
On New Year's Day 1835, Hans Christian Andersen wrote to a friend: "I am now starting on some 'fairy tales for children.' I am going to win over future generations, you may want to know" (he was a couple centuries too early to add a #humblebrag). One of the crown jewels among Andersen's tales was The Princess and the Pea, which now comes to life in this rollicking musical adaptation at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Hitch a ride on this rollicking, song-filled road to happily-ever-after that centers around Winnifred, just an ordinary, high-spirited girl who wants to escape her childhood home: a swamp. Driven by true love, she swims the castle moat to be with the young Prince Dauntless the Drab. But before they can marry, the prince's overprotective mother concocts a secret test that the young princess must pass before she'll allow them to wed involving a stack of 20 mattresses and one single, teeny-tiny pea.
When a contest is set between a fleet-footed Hare and a flat-footed Tortoise, not a creature in the forest believes the ever-steady tortoise will win against the ever-ready Hare. But they quickly learn that being slow and steadfast can actually get you to the finish line, while being quick and overly confident might find you coming in last. This brand-new musical is perfect for kids between 3 and 10 years old and their families. Enjoy The Tortoise and the Hare at the Everett PUD Auditorium.
ComedySportz is Seattle's leading improv comedy show. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, in the spirit of TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of this interactive, family-friendly show, and audience volunteers sometimes even wind up on stage. It's perfect for dates, a night out on the town, or even quality time with the family, since kids love it as much as grown-ups.
Calling all 12th Man fanatics! BrushCapades is giving you the opportunity to learn how to create and paint your own Seahawks logo thanks to improv comic and skilled artist Anjl, who will walk you through the steps needed to make a Hawk worthy of hanging in your man cave or Seahawks lair. No prior art experience is needed -- all that's necessary is the power of the 12th Man to turn your blank canvas into a cool logo. All the art supplies are provided, so head to historic Pioneer Square to get ready for the season in style!
Whether you're a budding Picasso or simply want to be more creative and adventurous, this class will help you capture some of the beauty of Seattle and the surrounding area -- whether it be Pike Place, spring blossoms or the city skyline -- on canvas. All the art supplies you'll need will be provided for you by BrushCapades Seattle. And artist and improv comic Anjl will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your masterpiece during this two-hour lesson. This laid-back class is a blast, with friends, on a date or on your own. Plus, it's BYOB, so bring whatever fuels your creativity!
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 7:00pm (Learn to Paint a Seattle Skyline)
The Seattle University Redhawks are back in action for another exciting, fast-paced season of basketball at KeyArena and new coach Jim Hayford plans to have his squad sitting at the top of the WAC standings. Led by their towering 7'3" center Aaron Menzies, the Redhawks are looking to push the pace this year and light up the board with high scores. Keep an eye on speedy guards Matej Kavas and Morgan Means (if you can!), they will play a major role in grabbing those points. Don't miss a single second of the action as the Redhawks battle for supremacy.
Expectations are high for the Seattle University women's basketball team this season, and you can watch all the action as the Redhawks look to soar over the competition in the WAC. Under the guidance of coach Suzy Barcomb, the Redhawks surprised experts last season by qualifying for the WNIT. This year's squad returns senior forward Alexis Montgomery, the WAC preseason Player of the Year, and guard Kamira Sanders. Help make the Connolly Complex one of the loudest venues in the conference with these great seats, which also come with a hot dog and soda.