2016-17 Season Announcement

“Romeo and Juliet… Showboat… The Wiz… these wonderful, favorite shows will headline Western Michigan University’s 2016-17 season. Throw in a few crazy comedies, the Pulitzer-Prize winning Water by the Spoonful and a wonderful children’s tale complete with full size dragons and it will be a year of shows to brighten your spirits.” —Joan Herrington, WMU Theatre Chair

Baby with the Bathwater
by Christopher Durang

September 23 - October 8

This satirical comedy explores the impossible journey of parenting, the delicacy of children, and the unpredictability of the world we live in.

 

 

Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

October 7 - 16

Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic tragedy about the famous star-crossed lovers will be featured in period style this fall.

 

 

The Foreigner
by Larry Shue

October 28 - November 6

This is a classic comedy of mistaken identity and cultural confusion! When the pathologically shy Charlie is assumed to be a foreigner, non-stop hilarity ensues as he is told more secrets than he ever cared to know!

 

 

Show Boat
music: Jerome Kern
book & lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

November 11 - 20

The University Theatre and the WMU School of Music are collaborating on this classic musical based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Kalamazoo native, Edna Ferber.

 


Next Stop, Broadway! Starring Broadway's Patrick Cassidy

December 1 - 3

The Music Theatre Performance class of 2017 will share the stage with acclaimed Broadway actor Patrick Cassidy for this annual cabaret event.

 

 

 

Women of Lockerbie
by Deborah Brevoort

January 27 - February 12

In this poetic drama inspired by the tragic Pan Am 103 plane crash, the women of Lockerbie look to convert an act of hatred into an act of love that has no borders.

 

 

Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegría Hudes

February 10 - 19

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a deeply lyrical piece about everyday people trying to cleanse themselves from the constant struggle of substance abuse.

 

 

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
adapted for the stage by Tucker Rafferty
based on the book by Bruce Coville

March 10 - 19

Jeremy is trying to survive bullies, crushes, and sixth grade art class, when he finds himself responsible for a very unique egg.  While raising a dragon, Jeremy learns to believe in magic, friendship, and the power of love.

 

The Wiz

music: Charlie Smalls
book & lyrics: William F. Brown

April 7 - 22

Motown meets the yellow brick road in this Tony Award-winning musical that needs no introduction!

 

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