Announcing our 10th Season Schedule....
Farmers Alley Theatre is entering its milestone 10th season this fall, and we’ve packed our season with titles sure to make audiences cheer! There’s a wonderful mix of large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows that appeal to theatre goers of every caliber.
Season packages, specific show dates and single ticket information will be available soon. We’re so proud to be celebrating our 10th season and this might just be our biggest and best season we’ve ever produced.
But first, we are pleased to announce that next season, we will be utilizing TWO performance spaces for the first time in our history. In 2017-18, our productions will take place downtown in our black box space AS WELL AS the historic LITTLE THEATRE on the WMU campus. We have been thrilled at the community’s response to the Little Theatre, and the benefits of having a larger space to produce larger scale productions was a goal that we have had for a long time. Nevertheless, we do not want to give up the intimacy and warmth of our Farmers Alley space, which is why we have created a season schedule to maximize the benefits that each location provides.
Please keep in mind that all these titles are PENDING
Gypsy –October 2017
Known in many theatre circles as “The Greatest American Musical Ever Written”, Gypsy tells the story of “Ultimate Stage Mother”, Rose, and her two daughters whom she pushes into show business, June & Louise. This lavish, touching, bawdy and dramatic show(written by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim) features some of musical theatre’s gold standards including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Together Wherever We Go”, “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and many more!
The Diary of Anne Frank – November 2017
Both heart-wrenching and hopeful, this moving new dramatization comes to life as a new generation of theatregoers experience The Diary of Anne Frank this November at Farmers Alley Theatre. A reminder to us all of the horrors of the past and how far we have to still to go as we look toward the future, this Tony-Winning adaptation is a performance that once seen, will not soon be forgotten.
Honky Tonk Angels – December 2017
If you enjoyed last season’s smash hit Million Dollar Quartet, then you are going to fall in love with another group – a trio of lovely ladies known as the Honky Tonk Angels. Celebrating the music of Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and more, this boot-stompin’, toe-tappin’ down home good time features such country classics as “Stand By Your Man”, “9 to 5”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and many more. Saddle up this December with this hilarious story about three gutsy gals who dream of stardom!
The Christians – February 2018
Young author Lucas Hnath, called “one of the brightest new voices of his generation” by The New York Times, has written a powerful and riveting play centered around Pastor Paul, who presides over one of the largest Mega-Churches in America. But today he will give a sermon that’s about to shake the foundation of his church’s beliefs. A big-little play about faith in America – and the trouble with changing your mind.
It’s Only A Play – March 2018
It’s opening night for one of the biggest plays on Broadway and the show’s Director, Producer, Author and Star are in a panic: Will the show flop or flourish? In this hilarious and biting take on show business, nothing is out of bounds and no celebrity is safe from its satirical wrath! It’s Only a Play (which starred Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick on Broadway in 2015) takes you backstage like never before with outlandish humor and wry wit. It’s a surefire hit that will leave audiences in stitches!
Gilmore Festival Collaboration – April/May 2018
Farmers Alley Theatre is once again thrilled to collaborate with the Irving S. Gilmore Festival for a music-centric production to be determined. Our previous partnerships included the poignant drama, Old Wicked Songs and the hilarious whodunit Murder For Two. The great title we have for this season is sure to be just as popular.
The Bridges of Madison County – June 2018
The best-selling book and popular movie come to theatrical life in this new musical, with music by Jason Robert Brown (Parade). A forbidden love affair between a lonely housewife and a rugged photographer change their lives in ways no one could have ever predicted. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.
The Producers – July/August 2018
Closing out our 10th season with a flourish is the All-Time Tony-Winning Musical Comedy, The Producers. Join Max Bialystock, Leo Bloom and a chorus-full of colorful characters as these two swindlers try to put on the worst musical in Broadway history – “Springtime for Hitler!” The full genius of creator Mel Brooks is on display with hysterical one-liners, zany costumes, brilliant sight gags and more laughs than could fill any theatre on the great white way. It’s a hit!