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Best Theatre Productions Coming to Seattle in February

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February is bustling with great theatre in Seattle. From Broadway’s best, including Oklahoma! and Beauty and the Beast, to Moliére’s Tartuffe and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, there’s lots of feel-good performances for you and your sweetheart.

Tartuffe
February 1 – March 3
Taproot Theatre
204 N 85th Street,
Seattle, WA 98103
206.781.9707
http://www.taproottheatre.org

Molière’s comic masterpiece brings us the imposter Tartuffe, a con artist extraordinaire who oozes piety and charm. Will his hypocrisy be discovered before Orgon’s household is turned on its head? This famous farce is a cautionary tale told with lightning-quick wit, complete with star-crossed lovers, a badgering grandma and a plot that could be ripped from the headlines – or a Saturday night comedy show. Tickets available online or by phone.

Don Quixote
February 3 – 12
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.2424
http://www.pnb.org

One of literature’s most iconic characters takes the Seattle stage for the first time ever in this retelling of Cervantes’ classic novel. French Romantic master Jules Massenet’s lyrical ode to the chivalrous idealist includes lively Iberian instrumentation, flirtatious serenades, and a profoundly poignant finale. PNB is proud to present the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s full-length Don Quixote, created for the Dutch National Ballet in 2010.

Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
February 3 – March 4
5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.625.1900
http://www.5thavenue.org

There’s a bright golden haze in Seattle, and it’s coming from the lights of The 5th Avenue Theatre! The famed home of Broadway-quality musicals in the Pacific Northwest is partnering with Tony Award-nominated choreographer Donald Byrd and his acclaimed Spectrum Dance Theater to bring a glorious reinvention of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! to big-hearted, high-kicking life. Packed with much-loved favorites such as “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “People will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, “Oklahoma,” this joyous musical is a wholesome slice of Americana, a celebration of a young and growing nation filled with possibility. Oklahoma! is directed by Peter Rothstein and will feature a host of 5th Avenue favorites including Eric Ankrim as the charming cowhand Curly, Anne Allgood as Aunt Eller, and Matt Owen as Will Parker. Tickets available online or at the box office.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
February 21 – 26
The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.682.1414
http://www.stgpresents.org

Based on the Oscar-winning animated Disney feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Tickets available online.

Pygmalion
February 23 – March 11
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Center House Theatre
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.733.8222
http://www.seattleshakespeare.org

More than just My Fair Lady minus the music, George Bernard Shaw’s barbed comedy depicts the unlikely relationship between the Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle and her stuffy phonetics professor Henry Higgins. After picking out Eliza from the gutter to be his experiment, Higgins teaches her to talk like a lady, and Eliza, in turn, schools him on what it truly means to be a gentleman. Tickets available online.

Red
February 24 – March 18
155 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206.443.2222
http://www.seattlerep.org

“What do you see?” Famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his young assistant, Ken, the loaded question. What’s art? And who gets to decide anyway? It’s 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He and Ken work feverishly in his New York studio—until Ken begins to realize his answers to those fundamental questions about art are very different than his mentor’s. Winner of six Tony Awards, this sizzling 90-minute drama is one of the most intellectually riveting shows to hit Broadway last season. John Logan’s Red is directed by Richard E.T. White, and produced in association with the Arizona Theatre Company.

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