It’s August! Only one more month until Broadway’s biggest shows reopen and, on the heels of Seattle Rep’s own 2021/22 season announcement last week, we are counting down the days until great theater returns to stages across the nation. As we celebrate and anticipate the curtain rising once more, join us in a look back at Seattle Rep productions that have made it to Broadway and beyond.
All the Way and The Great SocietyLBJ Plays
Following a reading at Seattle Rep's 2013 New Play Festival and All the Way’s Tony-winning Broadway run, in 2014 we partnered with Oregon Shakespeare Festival to co-premiere the sequel we commissioned, The Great Society, and staged the first production of both plays in repertory. The Great Society made its way to Broadway in October 2019.
Come From AwayCome From Away
Originally co-premiering at Seattle Rep and La Jolla Playhouse in 2015, Come From Away remains one of our most patron-beloved shows and an audience favorite at theaters around the globe. After its run at Seattle Rep as well as theaters in Toronto and Washington, D.C., Come From Away made its Broadway debut in October 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it will reopen on September 21, 2021.
Check out an earlier version of "You Are Here" from the Broadway cast's #CutFromAway concert at Feinstein's/54 Below. For the Come From Away superfans out there, see if you can hear the differences "in the start of this moment."
MAC BETHMAC BETH
In playwright and director Erica Schmidt’s innovative adaptation, seven young women gather after school to re-tell the story of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s epic tragedy about the corrosive effects of ambition. Premiering at Seattle Rep in 2018, this all-female re-interpretation went on to Off-Broadway runs in 2019 and 2020. Listen to Erica Schmidt and members of the cast discuss MAC BETH, violence, and the “Shakespeare shuffle” in this video.
Making Macbeth's HeadWatch
Heads up (pun intended): This is not for the faint of heart! Our 2018 production of Erica Schmidt’s MAC BETH featured an intense scene of violence in the final moments, the artistry of which had one of the creative minds behind “Game of Thrones” exclaiming, “This is the best head I've ever seen.”
Shout Sister Shout!Shout Sister Shout!
A highlight of our 2019/20 season, Shout Sister Shout! was a music-fueled journey through the incredible life of “Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Sister Rosetta Tharpe, written by playwright Cheryl L. West (whose newest work Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer will be featured in our upcoming season). If you hadn’t heard, we are thrilled to announce that Shout Sister Shout! will begin its journey to Broadway in the upcoming months.
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PLUS! When you make a gift of any size before August 31, you’ll be invited to join us for a virtual Happy Hour with Seattle Rep: 2021/22 Season Preview in September! You'll hear directly from Artistic Director Braden Abraham and other members of the Artistic and Production teams about their vision for the 2021/22 season and what it took to bring the drama back to the stage.