Fifth Annual Festival of New Musicals

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Opened Aug 4, 2005
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Village Theatre celebrates five years of the most exciting new musicals event in the Puget Sound area with the Fifth Annual Festival of New Musicals. Schedule Desperate Measures Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg Music by David Friedman Thursday, August 4, 2005, 7:30 PM Outlaw Johnny Blood's been sentenced to death, and only his sister Isabella can save him: the Governor of the territory will spare Johnny's life... if Isabella will give up her virtue! Can a bait-and-switch save the day? Laughs and love ride the range as Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is hilariously transported to the Wild West in this rollicking musical by Broadway talents David Friedman and Peter Kellogg. Stunt Girl Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg Music by David Friedman Friday, August 5, 2005, 7:30 PM Groundbreaking Gal Reporter Circles Globe! First Female War Reporter! Funny, Fresh New Musical on Life of Nellie Bly! Born Elizabeth Cochran, she would go on to become a groundbreaking investigative journalist, intrepid world traveler, and captain of industry--all in an age when women didn't even have the right to vote. A remarkable musical about a remarkable woman, Stunt Girl captures the adventure and romance, dreams and disappointments, thrills and sorrows of a true trailblazer. Fairystories Book, Music, and Lyrics by Paul Graham Brown Saturday, August 6, 2005, 2:00 PM Inspired by actual events, this gentle, graceful, gorgeous musical transports us to 1920s England, and into a tale of imagination and inner lives, grief and healing. A grieving young boy imagines elves speaking to him by a stream, and his precocious friend schemes to forge photographs of the magical creatures. When the photographs are "authenticated" as real, attracting the attentions of the press and inquisitive author Arthur Conan-Doyle, the kids become a national sensation--but what will happen when their secret is found out? The Fabulist Book by Stephen Witkin Music and Lyrics by David Spencer Based on the novel by John Vornholt Saturday, August 6, 2005, 7:30 PM How did Aesop get those fables anyway? A mute slave is given the magical gift of voice and a world is forever changed. Journey with the famous fabulist on his epic quest for freedom in this inventive, witty, wonderfully tuneful musical. Aesop matches wits with the Sphinx, disarms a tyrant king, falls for the Delphic oracle, and somehow survives it all… armed only with his gift for a great story. Heaven's Balcony Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Spangler and Jerry Taylor Sunday, August 7, 2005, 2:00 PM From the creators of Play It By Heart comes a very different, but also distinctly American story: the fascinating life of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science church. Suffering a life of chronic illness and determined to find a faith that could sustain her, she finally made her own--and from her days as a faith healer to the remarkable rise of her church, this fascinating, moving musical chronicles one woman's search for truth and belief, and how that search forever changed the face of American Christianity. Blankity-Blank Music and Book by Scott Warrender Lyrics by Scott Warrender and Tom Orr Sunday, August 7, 2005, 7:30 PM You're writing this one. Oh, relax--it's easier than you think and incredibly fun. Mad musical genius Scott Warrender has devised the "Mad-Libs Musical." Taking audience input for story points, character details, locales and even lyrics, Scott and his intrepid troupe of actors will spin a musical tale of adventure and romance that will be truly like no other. In history. Ever. With laughs aplenty, you won't want to miss this inspired, innovative, improvisational evening. (It won't be the same without you!)

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