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Studio 18 arrives with a gangster musical

Studio 18 is Seattle’s newest theater group. For their inaugural production this month, they are presenting Bonnie & Clyde, the Frank Wildhorn musical about the Depression’s most notorious pair of gangster lovebirds. Produced by Alia Collins-Friedrichs, with direction and choreography by Matthew Lang and music direction by Travis Frank, the musical ends its run this weekend at 12th Avenue Arts.

The company is interested in bringing lesser performed musicals to the local stage. Their mission is to create theatre that conscientiously questions the human condition, while making musical theatre accessible for a broader audience.

Founders Alia Collins-Friedrichs, producing artistic director, and Matt Lang, managing artistic director, provided a bit more background on their plans during an online interview. They collaborated on the “Studio 18” answers and then gave their individual takes on this first production.

Tell us a little about why you decided to start a company in Seattle, plea…

Tickets going fast for Taproot’s Big Fish

The catch of the week may be finding tickets for Taproot’s Big Fish. The show closes on Saturday. Tomorrow’s show is sold out and there’s limited availability for Thursday.

The musical is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, and the 2003 film Big Fish. This tale of tall tales and father/son relationships hits a tender spot for most audiences, said Tyler Todd Kimmel, who plays Will Bloom in the show. And, unlike bigger theaters, the intimate seating of Taproot puts the actors right with the audience when the waterworks start.

“You’re three feet away from somebody weeping with you. It’s not 12 feet away over an orchestra pit in the dark,” said Kimmel.

During the course of the musical, Will must come to terms with his father, Edward, a man fond of embroidering the past. “I had seen the film when it came out. I thought it was fun. Tim Burton is a brilliant director,” said Kimmel. “But I didn’t actually like the way that Will was portrayed in the…