This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (4/8)

Another busy round of theatre, presenting as much variety as this week’s weather. 

Ticketing links for most shows can be found on the Performance Calendar page here.  


Openings & Short Runs      


Showtunes: 9 to 5 @ Erickson Theatre  

Dolly Parton’s musical of office revenge, in concert
Runs 4/8-16. In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Showtunes performs short runs of musicals in concert style featuring star talent, like Alexandria J. Henderson and Justin Huertas in ‘Legally Blonde’, shown here. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Most big musicals feature lavish sets, long runs, and ages of rehearsal time. Showtunes takes a much different approach, in what might be called the “efficiency musical”: talented, experienced performers, on book, without sets, doing short runs of often lesser-known works. It’s a rawness that puts it all on the performers and musicians to tell the story, without any other visual flair to rely on.

Their latest production, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, features Be Russell, Sarah Russell and Naomi Morgan in the leading roles, rising up against their sexist employer. It opens tonight and runs for four performances over two weekends.

Tickets are $60, here. $25 rush tickets each night, if available.

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Seattle Pacific University: Big Love  (opened 4/5, closing 4/10). In Seattle (Queen Anne north).

Seattle Children’s Theatre: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical  (opened 4/5, closing 5/22). At the Seattle Center.

Infinity Box Theatre Project: Centrifuge  @ Theatre Off Jackson (runs 4/8-9). In Seattle (International District).

Paramount Theatre: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical  (touring) (runs 4/8-9). In Downtown Seattle.

The Triple Door: The Seventh Annual Boylesque Festival (runs 4/8-9). In Downtown Seattle.

University of Puget Sound: Senior Theatre Festival (opens 4/8, closing 4/23). In Tacoma.

SecondStory Repertory: Outside Mullingar  (opens 4/8, closing 4/24). In Redmond.

Valley Center Stage: The Foreigner  (opens 4/8, closing 4/24). In North Bend.

Dacha: Dice – Romeo and Juliet  @ Sankofa Theatre (opens 4/8, closing 5/1). In Seattle (International District).

The Phoenix Theatre: Mama Won’t Fly  (opens 4/8, closing 5/1). In Edmonds.

Seattle Opera: Helena Dix in Recital (4/9 only). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

Third Coast Percussion/Movement Art Is – Metamorphosis  @ Meany Center (4/14 only). In Seattle (UW main campus).



Closing Soon 


ACT Theatre: The Thin Place  (closing 4/10). In Downtown Seattle.

ArtsWest: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing  (closing 4/10). In West Seattle. See NWT’s review here.

Tacoma Arts Live: Anna in the Tropics  @ Theater on the Square (closing 4/10). In Tacoma.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder  (closing 4/10). In Tacoma.



Continuing Runs 


Book-It Repertory Theatre:  Mrs. Caliban  (closing 4/17). At the Seattle Center.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: The Best Summer Ever!  (closing 4/17). At the Seattle Center.

Centerstage: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  (closing 4/24). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

Taproot Theatre: The Spitfire Grill  (closing 4/30). In Seattle (Greenwood). See NWT’s Quick Takes review here.

Bremerton Community Theatre: Something Rotten!  (closing 5/1). In Bremerton.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Ooh La La  (closing 5/1). In Seattle (Pike Place).

Seattle Rep: Ghosts  (closing 5/1). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

Village Theatre: The Book Club Play  (closing 5/1). In Everett. See NWT’s review here.

Cafe Nordo: Down the Rabbit Hole  (closing 5/28). In Seattle (Pioneer Square).


The Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature. Want to plan your show schedule further out? See NWT’s 2022 Shows list, which aims to list just about every theatre show in town. For shows by day and ticketing info, see the Performance Calendar.

Chase D. Anderson is Editor & Producer of NWTheatre.org.