Farmers Alley 2019-2020 Season Announcement
Farmers Alley's 12th season promises to bring you more of the shows you love with new and challenging re-tellings. Executive Director Adam Weiner says, "Our 21th season... continue(s) to raise the bar when it comes to professional theatre in West Michigan." Without further ado, lets check out the calendar, shall we?
Opening the 12th season is Lerner and Loewe's classic, Camelot, the Arthurian legend brought to life through stage and song. A paired down cast won't detract from the enduring score, featuring “If Ever I Would Leave You”, “I Loved You Once in Silence”, and of course, “Camelot”. Rated PG for brief peril and adult situations.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayNovember 22nd-December 22nd
Frank Capra’s beloved film transformed in to a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with foley artists providing sound effects and actors pulling double and triple duty with their roles, It's a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey as he considers ending his life one Christmas Eve. (Spoiler alert: he doesn't.)
The CakeFebruary 7th-23rd
According to the press release, "Della makes cakes, not judgement calls. But when the girl she helped raise comes back to North Carolina to get married to another woman, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she?" Written by Bekah Brunstetter, staff writer and story editor for NBC’s wildly popular hit, “This is Us”. This production is Rated R for language and sexual content.
Lost in YonkersMarch 13th-29th
Neil Simon's hilarious Lost in Yonkers takes us all the way back to 1942 and two teenage boys who go to live with their strict grandmother and their “crazy” Aunt Bella, whose childlike mind and yearning for independence take them all on an adventure. This one has all the feels. PG.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & GrillApril 24th-May 10th
Farmers Alley Theatre is once again partnering with the Gilmore to bring you the story of famed jazz singer, Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Set in a seedy Philadelphia bar four months before her death, Farmers Alley invites you to "be a part of the audience as more than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the Billie Holiday and her music." Rated R: language and drug use
Bright StarJune 12th-28th
Featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star "tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both their lives. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful." If you liked Spitfire Grill or Bridges of Madison County, don't miss Bright Star.
Rated PG for some adult situations.
Similar to: The Spitfire Grill, The Bridges of Madison County
High FidelityJuly 24th-August 9th
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity follows Rob, a Brooklyn record store owner, who struggles to discover how his most recent relationship went awry, and works to change his ways to win back his sweetheart Laura. Memorable characters and a rock-and-roll score flesh out this homage to music geek culture, love, loss, and the power of the perfect soundtrack. Rated R for language