Seattle Theatre Group is extremely proud to kick off their new season on Saturday, September 22 at The Neptune Theatre, with a celebrations of their first anniversary operating the newly crowned “Best New Music Venue,” by the Seattle Weekly, with Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul, performed by Wheedle’s Groove.

Then travel to the continent of Africa, enjoying contemporary dance and theatre by women from Africa in the mini festival, Voices of Strength, featuring women from Mali, South Africa, Mozambique and Morocco, each with their own voice speaking to issues of living in today’s world as a woman and artist, each one articulating their views in different ways. Our season will continue to take you around the world with Shaolin Warriors, of China, and the moving National Theatre of Britain’s theatrical production of War Horse, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch.

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If music is what moves your soul, experience the sounds from Cuba, with critically acclaimed pianist, Chucho Valdes, and then guitarist Jesse Cook, who is newly added to the season. You may just find yourself tapping your feet to some extraordinary Latin rhythms, and find yourself wondering why you have not experienced these artists before.

Israeli superstar David Broza takes the stage in November, fresh from performing a sunrise concert atop the Dead Sea in Masada. And in December, the musical genius, Jherek Bischoff, performs music from his new album, Composer.

Did someone say “Let’s Dance?” In November, after eight years, The Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to present a World Premiere choreographed by Seattle’s own, Donald Byrd, with music by Daniel Bernard Roumain. STG will also welcome the choreography by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, and Gai Behar, being performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Plus, Global Dance Party in November and the 15th annual DANCE This! will help close out the season in July.

This season features notable talent from the Pacific Norhtwest. From Bill Frisell, Seattle Rock Orchestra, performing music by Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins and the Beatles, to Black Nativity, More Music@the Moore, Starbuck’s Hot Java Cool Jazz, and a musical staging of the project It Gets Better initiated by Seattle’s Dan Savage.

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Comedy and family shows include stand-up comedian, author, and actor Lewis Black joins Stephen Tobolowsky and a host of other comedy performances, including Brian Regan, and back by popular demand, the hilarious improvised comedy Whose Live Anyway returns to The Moore in January.

Kids’ programs featuring music from Caspar Babypants and Raffi, who has been making unforgettable music for children everywhere since his iconic album, Singable Songs for the Very Young, in 1976.

Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Mondays return featuring a Women in Film series, featuring films starring, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo, then take an in- depth look at silent films from around the world, with our International Silent Film series, with films from France, India, and Ireland, which is sure to get film aficionados in for a night of vintage fun, accompanied by world class organ music, with Jim Riggs on the Mighty Wurtlizer.

Broadway will again abound and enlighten this season, with the return of Tony and Grammy Award winning Wicked, kicking off the Broadway season in October, as well as The Book of Mormon, Flashdance, and FELA!. The Broadway season concludes in August with the comedy, Sister Act.

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