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Start 2014 off with a show downtown

The holidays may be over, but none of the theaters in Seattle are going dark. If you’re heading downtown to spend your gift cards, you have several choices for a evening out, but many are short runs or one night stands. Blink and you might miss a great start to 2014.

Evita
Today through Jan. 5
Paramount Theatre
This Broadway tour production opened on New Year’s Eve with a bang, boasting a tight cast of extraordinary singers and dancers. Josh Young showed why he’s a Tony Award nominee (Judas, Jesus Christ Superstar). The production blows the dust off the 30-year-old musical with some clever new staging and nice use of newsreel footage. Grab tickets now as this one rolls out of town on Sunday and opens in Portland, OR, on Jan. 7.

New Voices
Jan. 6
ACT Theatre
Contemporary Classics' New Voices songwriter showcase does more than let you listen to the very newest of the new musical theater. It also serves as a terrific introduction to some of Seattle’s hottest young musical talent. Catch them here … and you may see them in a year or so headlining big shows around town or on Broadway.

14/48: World’s Quickest Theater Festival
Jan. 10 to 18
ACT Theatre
Like the New Voice, this program of quickies serves as a great introduction to the depth and breadth of talent in this town. Like the name says, the artists involved will create fourteen world premieres over the course of forty-eight hours. They draw their theme on Thursday, write all night, rehearse, and then perform for an audience that dictates the next theme. Fueled by caffeine (hey, it’s Seattle), exhilaration, and the type of madness that drives folks to walk tightropes over waterfalls, this is theater on the edge, all performed without a safety net.

Jerry Springer the Opera
Jan. 10 to 26
Balagan at the Moore Theatre
Love Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger? Catch him as Satan as he puts Jerry Springer (Brandon Felker) through a highly heated version of his talk show in this much anticipated Balagan production. The company’s building a reputation under new artistic director Louis Hobson for doing the wacky and the weird with panache and, more importantly, not pulling their punches when it comes to casting.