Monday, December 28, 2009
These popular free events take you behind the scenes of our upcoming production.
Reserve your tickets in advance by calling 206-625-1900 or stopping by the box office.
You can also reserve your tickets online here:http://bit.ly/8NBVpA
Three of the most important people of the American Theatre will be on our stage for this special free evening: songwriter Laurence O'Keefe, Tony-Award winning producer Hal Luftig and Seattle's Own Tony-award winning director, Bartlett Sher.
ACT 1: “Oh, My God You Guys!”
Meet the Co-Composer/Lyricist and the Lead Producer of Legally Blonde The Musical.
Legally Blonde songwriter Laurence O’Keefe and Tony Award-winning producer Hal Luftig will take us behind-the-scenes of the creation of this big, hit Broadway musical based on the popular film. O’Keefe will play and sing excerpts from his musicals (including the cult favorite Bat Boy) and Luftig will share experiences of his 20-year career as the producer ofBroadway hits such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Movin’ Out, the current Broadway revival of West Side Story and the upcoming Catch Me If You Can.
ACT 2: “Some Enchanted Evening”
The Rebirth of a Classic Musical
Director Bartlett Sher’s smash-hit Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific brought spectacular new life to a musical that hadn’t been revived on Broadway since its original production in 1949. Join Sher—the outgoing artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre and resident director at Lincoln Center Theatre—as he discusses how he and his team made a classic come alive for a new generation.ACT 3: “A Grand Night for Singing”The Art and Artistry of Rodgers & HammersteinSouth Pacific’s creators, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, revolutionized the American musical by creating what they called “the musical play.” The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director David Armstrong will tell the story of this legendary team, from their early shows with other collaborators to their historic partnership, their timeless shows and their enduring effect on the musical theater. Featuring musical performances by some of Seattle’s finest singers including Patti Cohenour, Jessica Skerrit and Eric Ankrim performing selections from Oklahoma!, Carousel, Flower Drum Song, Cinderella, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
Spotlight Night is sponsored by US Bank.
Performances and guest appearances are subject to change.
Facebook event page here: http://bit.ly/7OUODv
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Back and better than ever, NEW VOICES gives Seattle its first look at the future of musical theatre. An exciting blend of Sondheim and pop/rock, this next generation of composers is turning Broadway on its ear.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Get in shape while dancing to your favorite Broadway standards!
This aerobics-style dance class is designed for adult musical theatre lovers of all levels and backgrounds.
Whether you are a beginner, or a more advanced dancer looking for a fun, energetic workout, Broadway Fit is for you.
The instructors, all 5th Avenue dancers, create an encouraging, light-hearted, and fun atmosphere for all skill levels. Each class includes a warm-up that focuses on stretching and flexibility, a cardio-workout focusing on strength, and a fun dance combination from your favorite musicals.
Winter Session: January 4-March 10, 2010
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 pm
Class prices vary. Please click here for information, or call the education department at 206 625-1418.
For Broadway-bound children and teens, The 5th Avenue Theatre offers Saturday morning classes in ballet, jazz and tap. Whether you’re just starting out, or well on your way to the Great White Way, you’ll find a class to fit your needs.
All classes are taught by professional dancers and choreographers.
THREE NEW CLASSES ADDED:
NEW! Intro to Musical Theatre Dance (ages 8-13)This is a mixed level class that introduces musical theatre dance to young students. Emphasis will be on ballet and jazz techniques and will combine barre, center work and basic dance combinations from musicals. Jazz or ballet shoes required.
NEW! Beginning Tap for Musical Theatre (ages 13-18)This class is designed for the beginning tap student, or students looking for a refresher course on the basics of tap dance. Students will learn tap techniques from the first step through the basic steps that any tap dancer must know including shuffle, flap, cramp-roll, riff, pullbacks, and wings. Class will focus on introducing the basics and learning beginning tap dance combinations. Tap shoes required.
NEW! Intermediate/Advanced Tap for Musical Theatre (ages 8-13)This class is designed for the more advanced tap student. Students will practice basic tap steps while learning essential skills that include transition steps and combinations such as flap-ball-change,waltz clog, maxi ford, shim sham, time steps, etc. Focus will be on presentationand musicality and students will learn essential tap dance skills to prepare for auditions. Tap shoes required. We also have classes in Ballet and Jazz for Musical Theatre. Prices and times vary. For more information and to download a registration form, please visit www.5thavenue.org/education/danceclasses
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Create a holiday memory that your family will never forget!
White Christmas plays The 5th Avenue Theatre now through December 30.
We've heard the rumors, but they're not true! You can STILL get great seats to White Christmas!
As a reader of our blog, facebook and/or twitter, you get the inside scoop:
Best seats available are for performances December 26 – 30!
Have a FEE FREE Holiday!
Buy any ticket for White Christmas for December 26 – 30 performances
(including a special added Monday evening performance)
and use the code NOFEES when buying to avoid all service fees!
Online at www.5thavenue.org over the phone at 206-625-1900 or in person at the box office!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Since moving into their dressing room, Lauren Carlos (10) and Drea Gordon (12), who play Susan Waverly, have been having a blast with White Christmas and have become great friends.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Contact Amanda at email@example.com for more info or to reserve your spot!
Check out all Events & Special offers around White Christmas at The 5th Avenue!
This holiday activity is sure to bring the joy of the season to the whole family!
Be sure to contact us today to reserve your spot - space is limited!
One family/group can share a house OR you can book your own!
Gingerbread House Event
Join us Downstairs at The 5th on December 20 and work with Kaspars Special Events and Catering to assemble and decorate a festive gingerbread house before or after attending White Christmas.
December 20, 2009
Price: $40 per house. Price includes one house, light beverages, and holiday treats.
Details: Space is limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. A family or small group is able to share one house. Price for event does not include ticket to White Christmas. Ages 4 – adult.
Here's some of the great things patrons have been saying about White Christmas:
Facebook Fans post:
"White Christmas was fantastic! Saw it this past Saturday afternoon, and it's hard to pick a favorite part. Have to say, though, that the snow at the end was such an uplifting, magical touch. Have been a Season Ticket holder since the early 1990's and after every show, I leave the theatre with my spirit renewed. Keep it up 5th Avenue!"- Wendi T
"Thoroughly charming! Loved the tap...seems (to me anyway) like you just don't see enough of it anymore these days..." -Kysha K
"I travel to Seattle from Portland for every show. White Christmas was another great one. Keep 'em coming! :D" -Brenden L
"My first visit to the 5th Ave was last Saturday to see White Christmas. Awesome! Great talent, fabulous set and all the songs I know and love. Couldn't ask for a better way to kick the holiday season into high gear. Thanks!" -Fred H
"This show was amazing...I think even better than the show [three] years ago. Absolutely amazing!" - Tom J
"Been humming the songs all day since we saw it last night... so lovely and cheerily sentimental!!! Sometimes, you just need a good tap number, followed by a ballad. Lifted my cousin's spirit right up! (It was his Christmas present!)" -Llysa H
"Loved it! I was worried I wouldn't like it because I love the movie so much - but this was a treat!" -Cathi S
"Highly recommended, it was a great show. The biggest surprise was the size of the cast. Great dance numbers too!" -Doug M
"Really enjoyed White Christmas. Ezekeal was my favorite as he reminded me of my dad, same walk!" -Wilma P
"We LOVED it! I don't think the cast could be any better! As a family, we pick one holiday show per year to go to. This was our pick this year and we were not disappointed. Thank you, 5th Avenue!" -Tina D
"Such a delightful show with a top-notch cast and fabulous choreography. Loved it! A great gift idea for those hard-to-buy-for (of all ages) on your list. Additional kudos to the excellent cast and choreography. Enchanting!" - Susan C
Twitter followers tweet:
Rode elevator w/ a family on Sun, yng girl singing White Christmas. "Matinee?" Mom nodded. They loved it. Nice job! @recruiter_MJB
Went to opening night of White Christmas last night @Backstage5thAve. Really feels like the holidays now! And the new marquee looks amazing! -@insideseattle
Saw White Christmas @Backstage5thAve last night...what a show, feels like the holidays now! -@BettyRayStewart
5th Avenue Fans - we always encourage you to write on our FACEBOOK wall or follow/tweet to us on TWITTER!
Musical comedy is now in session, and everyone’s favorite heroine is strutting her stuff, singing her heart out, and taking the world by storm – in style! Take the hilarious journey with Elle Woods, from the malls of Malibu to the halls of justice, as she proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Don’t miss your chance to see the show that conquered Broadway and became an MTV sensation!
LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical runs February 23 – March 14, 2010
Tickets onsale to general public Thursday, December 10.
To purchase pre-sale tickets before they go onsale to the public:
- Click here to purchase online
- Sign into your existing account(or create a new one if you have not purchased online before).
-On this page, enter promotion code SOCIAL to be able to purchase pre-sale tickets.
- Choose your dates and seats and proceed to checkout!
Offer is valid online only. Offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with any other offers. Service fees apply. Once purchased, tickets are nonrefundable. All sales are final. All performances will be held at The 5th Avenue Theatre located at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.
Holiday Shoppers: Tickets to White Christmas, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, and Tony-Award winner South Pacific are all on sale now! Tickets or gift certificates to The 5th Avenue Theatre make great gifts!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
South Pacific tickets are on sale now and are a great gift for your family, friends or yourself!
“FOUR STARS! A transcendently restorative revival of a magnificent piece of theatrical art.”
By Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune November 25, 2009
“Michael Yeargan's open-vista set and the large orchestra helped underscore the astonishing emotional depth of this show -- an American masterwork unafraid of dealing with the global and the individual, the political and the personal, the real.”
By Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times November 26, 2009
“FOUR STARS! Describing Sher's acclaimed Broadway revival will likely exhaust my supply of superlatives, but this production deserves every one of them. It is quite simply magnificent, impressive as much for its inherent musicality and deeply felt humanity as for its grand visuals.”
By Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald November 25, 2009
“Sher’s directing genius is clearly evident in the performances of his outstanding cast, but one specific directorial choice must be discussed in order to truly understand the wonder of his South Pacific. After Emile’s supposed death, Nellie becomes a caretaker to his two children, having overcome her prejudices when she realizes they pale in comparison to the love he has shown her. In the final scene, Emile reappears while Nellie shares dinner with his children, and his son and daughter rush to him as if he had just come home from a day on the fields, unaware of the moment’s gravity. Nellie does not rush to him, she does not wrap her arms around him and kiss him passionately. Rather, she is so overcome with emotion that she can think of nothing else to do but set the table for the returned patriarch, and as they all sit in silence, a family for the first time, Emile places his hand on the empty seat between his lover and he. The simple motion of Nellie putting her hand in his is done with such passion and intensity that it speaks louder than any words, and is the most subtle and absolute display of love that I have ever seen on stage.”
By Oliver Sava, Chicago Theater Blog November 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The leads of White Christmas take the stage outside Westlake Center at 5:40pm for a musical montage of songs from our production! Enjoy the performance and then stick around to hear all the community caroling groups that come out to help raise money for this important Seattle organization.
This year, two staff members from The 5th Avenue Theatre are singing with their caroling team, The Carol Brunettes. Stop by and listen between 6pm and 7:15pm during the competition! For more info on The Carol Brunettes, visit their facebook event page, here.
For more info on The Figgy Pudding event and The Pike Market Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank, visit their website, here.
On Twitter - find Figgy @figgyseattle
Facebook - join their fan page here and Figgy event page here.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
With your ticket or ticket stub from White Christmas, you can get discounts on dining, other holiday entertainment, shopping, salon services, yoga and more!
A few of the highlights include:
Duxiana (Rainier Square in downtown Seattle or Bellevue location) - gift your family or treat yourself to Luxurious European Linens at 20% off! Duxiana will truly have you dreaming of a White Christmas in style and comfort!
Limos by Shuttle Express - ride in style this holiday season with a 15% discount on services including town cars, limo service, limo vans, private wine tasting tours and more.
Sassoon Salon - get ready for the holidays with 20% off hair services at one of The 5th Avenue Theatre's newest neighbors.
For complete details on these offers and the 11 other partner offers, please visit our Special Events and Offers page!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Join us Thursday, December 3 for The 5th Avenue Theatre Marquee Event!
The event begins at 6:30 with music from The Blue 4 Trio, continues with the dedication at 7:00, and then at 7:15 we throw the switch and light up our sign.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We had many special entries from kids all around the Puget Sound area - thank you to every one of you who took the time to write down your holiday dreams or memories and send them in!
Congratualtions to our three contest winners, Connor Jones, Mi-Rae Yun Kapelak and Estella Clapper. We are excited to share your holiday dreams and members with fans of The 5th Avenue Theatre and have you and your families as guests to see White Christmas!
Take a moment to read through our winning entries:
Connor Jones (age 13-16 category)
It was Monday the 22 and we were getting ready to leave for our grandparents in Spokane. There was already about two feet of snow on the ground making it nearly impossible for us to get the silver bullet (our minivan) out of the driveway. After shoveling all morning we finally were on our way. We finally pulled in to Spokane around 9:00pm. The temperature outside was a frigid 10 degrees and there was about 4 feet of snow (more than I’ve ever seen in my life). I saw icicles hanging from buildings 20 feet long. I already knew I was going to have to break one or ten. After we got to our grandparent’s house we immediately lay down and went to bed. The next day we unpacked. By Christmas Eve all the family members had arrived and grandmas cooking could be smelt throughout the house. I was so pumped for this Christmas I could hardly wait! Later that night we had dinner and I immediately went to bed around nine thirty. I knew that it was pointless to try to wait for Santa. When I woke the next morning there was another six inches of snow on the ground but I was hardly paying attention to the outside. I ran upstairs to the Christmas tree and lo and behold the floor was covered with presents I immediately started to open them. I can’t remember what I got but I think the thing that made this Christmas so memorable was the snow and how much fun I had with family. Having everyone their together during a truly white Christmas was absolutely amazing.
My name is Connor and I am 14. My parents have been delt with layoffs, so I would love to win this for them!
Mi-Rae Yun Kapelak (age 9-12 category)
Whoever is reading this must first know that I am not the average "pretty in pink" girl. I sadly prefer violent video games. This is because my older brother loved to play violent and fighting style video games. While I was growing up he passed his obsessive hobby down to me. So I am a tomboy, but the thing is I also love to dance. I started when I was three yrs. old, and hoping to continue that hobby. I do ballet, jazz, tap, and some more. Now, knowing that about me will help you understand my Christmas dreams better.
Like others, I hope to win this contest but for a different reason. Oddly enough, I don't actually "hate" my 15 yr. old brother. My brother puts his after school time into acting, musicals and improvisation. Since I care about him I think that he would enjoy this musical. I bet even if he could go see Hamlet he would smile with glee. My other hope would be is maybe having my mother relaxing instead of working this year in Christmas. I think in my house she makes Christmas happen. As for my father, maybe a nice sidecar, with a sugared rim, in a nice glass would make him smile too. My dad is a book of the classic cars, jazz, and drinks. All of that would make me happy and a simple thing for me is that I want getting my ears pierced. In exactly 253 words here are my holiday dreams.
Estella Clapper (age 8 and under category)
Children’s Hospital is a special place in Seattle, Washington. Special doctors and nurses take care of all ages from babies to teenagers. Kids from all over the Northwest come to be treated there. 200,000 patients visited the Children’s Hospital last year.
I know about Children’s Hospital because when I was a newborn baby I had breathing problems. My family was so sad. Doctors and nurses from Children’s Hospital came to Northwest Hospital with an ambulance. They put me in a special crib that fit in the ambulance and helped me breathe. They put me in the ambulance and drove in the middle of the night across the town to Children’s Hospital. There were tubes in my mouth going into my lungs and a machine helped me breathe by pushing air with oxygen into my lungs. I got better in three days and stayed for more days to learn to eat. Then I was better and my mom and dad took me home to my house and cats.
Ben is a boy I knew. He loved the movie Cars. But when he was so small the doctors and nurses found he had cancer. They took him to Children’s Hospital and he was treated there for cancer. Lots of doctors and nurses and volunteers cared for Ben and helped him and loved him. After lots of treatment, he got too sick and died. At the memorial service they sang “How Many Angels’’.
Theses are my dream for this holiday season:
I hope everybody is healthy like me.
I hope that everybody is happy and loved.
I hope for more volunteers and decorations.
I want the people to build more rooms and spaces for all the people that come to Children’s Hospital from other States and other Countries.
I want to be a volunteer when I am 14 years old at Children’s Hospital. I want to be a nurse or a doctor some day.
This is one of my favorite dreams about snow.
When the kids woke up from Children’s Hospital on Christmas eve they saw some snow, just enough to cover the trees and the ground with snow, but not too much to make it hard for the ambulances, nurses and doctors to get to the hospital. AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Roberto Rossellini, the face of Lancôme cosmetics, the nightclub singer in
Blue Velvet or Alec Baldwin’s ex-wife on 30 Rock, you know Isabella
Rossellini excels at whatever role she sets herself to—no matter how
bizarre. Take for example her latest endeavor, Green Porno, a series of
short films she has written/directed/starred in, which use hand-made paper
sets and costumes to elucidate the kinky reproductive habits of insects and
marine animals. She’ll discuss the series, her family, and her career at
More information at www.lectures.org/rossellini.html
Student\Under 25: $10 with ID
Main Floor: $35
Patron: $60, includes seating in the front of the hall and a glamorous
after-party with Isabella Rossellini at the W Seattle Hotel.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
As a 5th Avenue blog, twitter or facebook fan, you can buy pre-sale tickets NOW, before they go on sale to the general public on November 18th.
To take advantage of this exclusive pre-sale opportunity:
2. Sign into your existing account (or create a new one if you have not purchased online before).
3. At sign in, enter promotion code: BLOG
4. Pick your date and ticket price and follow ordering directions
About the show:
Not valid on previously purchased tickets. All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds. Subject to availability. Offer is valid online only. All performances will be held at The 5th Avenue Theatre located at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.
Friday, October 30, 2009
A very warm thank you to all the patrons who have brought coats for kids in to The 5th Avenue Theatre during the run of Joseph. We have donated over 150 coats to Treehouse Coats for Kids drive, supporting kids living in foster care.
You still have a few days to bring in your new or like new coats. Coat donors recieve a 2-for-1 ticket coupon for select performances of White Christmas!
COATS OF MANY COLORS
Join The 5th Avenue Theatre and Treehouse in our COATS FOR KIDS drive now through November 1st! All coat donations will be given to Treehouse for kids living in foster care. As a thank you, donors of new or like-new coats will receive a 2-for-1 ticket coupon for select performances of White Christmas. Whether its red oryellow or green or brown or scarlet or black or ochre or peach, your gift of a coat will add a "golden lining" to the lives of foster kids in the Seattle area.
*Bring coat donations to the Theatre when attending a performance or drop them by the box office during regular non-show box office hours. Worn-in coats will not be accepted, coats must be new or like-new condition. Coupon good for White Christmas performances December 1st, 2nd, 8th or 9th at 7:30pm. Coupons not valid with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability.
Every Child Needs a Treehouse
For some, it’s a room with a teacher, a flute and some sheet music. For others, it’s a mountain cabin filled with new friends. A dugout with bats, balls and your very own glove. The school library and a kind, patient tutor. Or a store where the jackets are nice and warm and they don’t cost a thing. Treehouse was founded to provide just such a place for kids in foster care right here in King County.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Starting midnight Monday, October 26 through midnight Wednesday, October 28th, buy one Joseph ticket to a Halloween performance and get one FREE! (2:00 pm matinee and 8:00pm evening).
To take advantage of this two-day-only offer, use the promo code word TUESDAY. Tickets will be available online at 5thavenue.org, over the phone by calling 206-625-1900 (phones open at 9:30am), or in person at the box office (box office opens at noon). Excludes previously purchased tickets and Pearl Section.
Joseph, starring American Idol Finalist Anthony Fedorov, has enjoyed a host of great reviews. “Did I resist?” asks Seattle Weekly’s Kevin Phinney. “Of course. Did I succumb? Instantly.” Steve Clare over at Seattle Examiner says “This show is safe to take children, Christians, atheists and your grandma to. You really don't have an excuse not to see it, Seattle!” And Broadway World declares: “Now there are those that say this show is overdone and nothing really new or fresh can be done with it...To them (and to myself) I say, ‘Then you haven't seen the production at The 5th Avenue yet.’”
Friday, October 23, 2009
On October 26, you can get to know Stephen Sondheim, the man the New York Times dubbed “the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater,” when he makes his first-ever trip to Seattle for A Life in the Theater: An Onstage Conversation with Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich.
Through a special arrangement with the producers, we are pleased to offer The 5th Avenue Theatre patrons the best available seats (Founders Tier or Orchestra seating) for this once-in-a-lifetime event at Benaroya Hall for HALF PRICE…just $34 - $39 per ticket! $10 of each ticket sold through this offer will benefit The non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre.
Unlike one of Sondheim’s musicals, this one-night-only show will be completely unscripted and off-the-cuff. Rich, who served as chief theater critic for the New York Times from 1980 to 1993, will join his good friend on stage for a casual, funny chat that takes Sondheim and the audience on a trip down a five-decade-long memory lane populated by everyone from Ethel Merman to Leonard Bernstein.
To take advantage of this offer, visit http://www.benaroyahall.org or call 215.4747. Use the promo code COMPANY.
The costumes we wear in JOSEPH... were originally used in a 1990s Goodspeed Opera House production. They were designed by Mark Thompson, who used the same costume design in the JOSEPH... movie (starring Donny Osmond).
This summer, these Goodspeed costumes were shipped to The 5th Avenue, and our AMAZING resident costume and wardrobe supervisor, Lynda Salsbury. She and her expert costume shop crew coordinated which 5th Avenue actors would wear each costume and tailored them for us. In addition, The 5th Avenue costume shop also purchased us new shoes and created new pieces when needed.
Although the costumes came virtually completed, there have been changes during the tech and preview process. During this time, the costume shop was constantly tweaking the design of the show. Sometimes are very small, and other times they greatly alter the look and feel of a scene.
One of my costumes to go through the biggest changes was my outfit for Go Go Go Joseph, the psychedelic Act I finale. In its original incarnation, the costume is almost exactly like it came from Goodspeed: a red tailored suit with capri pants. The design staff at the 5th Avenue had me wear a rainbow hat on top of my Potiphar wig. I also wore my POTIPHAR socks, and boots (which are actually my same shoes from HELLO, DOLLY!) Backstage, other actors told me I looked like a crazy Christmas elf.
During tech week, Mary Jones, the Hair and Make-up Designer, gave the entire company new wigs for this number. Now, we all have neon colored hair, in all shapes and sizes. Additionally, I was given a pair of neon green socks to go with the boots.
The final touch was a new pair of green platform shoes. These 3-inch heels were added the day before opening. The first time I got to practice with them was in front of 2,000 audience members. Dancing in these new shoes certainly changes how I can dance in the song, but they're a pretty spectacular addition to the look of the scene.
The look for my brother, Zebulun, also changed throughout the tech process. The first afternoon I dressed a brother, I had a long dark wig, a moustache, and pointy sideburns.
When I came that evening, the facial hair had been cut altogether, as you can see in this photograph of Dane Stokinger (Reuben) and me. I was also given a new, lighter wig.
Eventually, Mary settled on a smaller piece of facial hair, which is what I have worn in all the previews and performances.
Every show morphs on its journey towards opening night. Not only the costumes, but the staging, orchestrations, and every other aspect of the production can change. Although these changes take a lot of time and energy, each edit can help the audience to understand and enjoy the show even more.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Her boyfriend, Arthur, had reached out to The 5th Avenue Theatre with a very special request.
In front of the entire audience, Arthur was brought on stage to give a little speech about how much The 5th Avenue Theatre meant to him. He spoke of how much his girlfriend, Rachel, loved the theatre and that every time they came to a performance together, they grew closer as a couple.
And then....Arthur proposed!!
Rachel, surprised and delighted, ran up onto the stage and said YES with a kiss - the whole audience applauded, charmed by this couple's love of this theatre.
They were invited to the private cast party after the show and were instant celebrities to everyone at the event.
Congratulations Arthur and Rachel from all of us at The 5th Avenue Theatre!
For the past few weeks, Ian Eisendrath (Resident Musical Director/Music Coordinator) and Albert Evans (Artistic Associate) and have been collaborating with local musicians for the Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat MEGAMIX!
The MegaMix is an energetic mini-retelling of the entire Joseph production at the end of the show and can range from 7 to 20 minutes, depending on production. The interesting
aspect of this piece is that that no music can be found for the MegaMix, which gives our Music
department a creative challenge.
Eisendrath writes “Our goal was to update the MegaMix so that it sounds like something current, fresh and hip that you would hear in a club in downtown Seattle. We hired Dave Pascal, a local musician who is fluent in all styles of contemporary/pop music and DJ Million,a local deejay and drummer who is active in the Seattle hip-hop club scene.”
Evans and Eisendrath created new vocal arrangements, DJ Million created the basic beat patterns and transitions, and Pascal created the instrumental tracks and produced the
recording of the MegaMix in his home studio.
Seen the show? Let us know what you think of the MegaMix!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Who says chivalry is dead? Way to go Anthony!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Those of you following along found him at the Post Alley Gum Wall. Here's a photo of Anthony with some of the contestants who came out to enter to win our VIP Package!
Here's a second chance to meet Anthony and win a VIP prize package which includes two tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a night's stay at the hip and artistic Hotel Max!
On Wednesday, October 14th at 5:15pm, Anthony will be at a new "secret Seattle landmark" to give one lucky winner the prize package. All contestants who show up will walk away with a free ticket to Joseph (value $78-$83) - one lucky winner will win the grand prize!
We'll be posting clues of where he will be through Twitter, Facebook and here on our Backstage Blog for you to follow along all week.
You can still follow along with us on twitter if you don't have an account. Simply visit our page for up to date notices. Hotel Max will also be tweeting via their twitter site!
Where will Anthony end up? You'll have to stay with us to find out!
Twitter hashtag for the scavenger hunt is #goseattle
Past/Current Clues - be sure to read them carefully!
Clue #1: Monday, 10/12 10:45am: Get immersed in "A Pharaoh's Story" or two.
Clue #2: Monday 10/12 5:03pm The New Yorker called this place "important" and "exhilarating"
Clue #3: Tuesday 11:28am Green Lights make you go
Clue #4 Wed 11:01am Some might call this a "cool house"
Clue #5 Wed 11:23am "Children of Israel" and children of Seattle enjoy this spot
Clue #6 Wed 1:55pm Paul named this section after his mom, Faye.
Anthony Fedorov is on twitter, too! Follow him here.
Learn more about the hip, stylish Hotel Max here!
Friday, October 9, 2009
This is one of our very favorite shows on Broadway right now!
Kyle Beltran, Karen Olivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robin DeJesus as Lil Mama.
The First National Tour Cast of In The Heights
Kyle Beltran, Daniel Bolero, Rogelio Douglas Jr., Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Arielle Jacobs; Jose-Luis Lopez, Genny Lis Padilla, Isabel Santiago, Elise Santora, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Natalie Toro, Sandy Alvarez, David Baida, Christina Black, Natalie Caruncho, Oscar Cheda, Dewitt Cooper III, Wilkie Ferguson, Rayanne Gonzales,Dominique Kelley, Rebecca Kritzer, Joseph Morales, April Ortiz, Daniel Cruz, Kristina Fernandez, Morgan Matayoshi, Carlos Salazar AND...
5th Avenue Theatre star, Seattle's own Daniel Cruz!
SWEET CAMEOS BY:
Shockwave, Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, Wesley Taylor & Krysta Rodriguez
Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Director of Photography: Paul Bozymowski
Editor: Alex Horwitz
Track created by Bill Sherman
New Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Use code word DREAMS when buying tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for any Tuesday - Friday evening performance and recieve $25 off each ticket!
This sale ends at midnight on Friday October 9th, so get out your calendars, call your friends and visit www.5thavenue.org to buy before the offer is gone!
Online only at www.5thavenue.org - use code word DREAMS when logging in.
Valid for Tuesday - Friday performances only, not valid on pearl or side balcony seating.
It's been a little over three weeks (and only a little over two for the women) since rehearsals started for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and it feels like ages have gone by with the amount of things we've learned and accomplished.
Two dozen colors, over 75 crazy costume pieces, 20 cow heads, and 52 children later, we are at tech week for Joseph - and it's only just begun. For me, this show has been a great experience, not knowing much about the show going into it, and entering the world of The 5th Avenue Theatre after four years of being gone for too long since their May 2005 production of Miss Saigon. It's been an honor working with this amazing and talented cast, and I am very grateful to be a part of this project.
The songs will be unforgettable, the children's voices will be beautiful, the incredibly silly costumes will be endearing, and the story gives way to themes and lessons we all come across through life. Dream. Pick a dream, any dream. And never focus on how something won't work, or else...it just won't work. Despite how "kooky" the numbers have felt, I am pretty touched when I think deeper about the meaning of each one, and the story of Joseph. I see him as a guy who followed The Four Agreements (if any of you have ever read that book) to rise to the top of every situation he was in: Don't take anything personally, always be impeccable with your word, don't make assumptions, and always do your best.
With that said, here are just a few moments captured behind the scenes as we put this show together for you. Enjoy.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Several of the Joseph cast members had the incredible opportunity to take a flying trapeze class with SANCA, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, located in Georgetown, September 19th.
This lucky chance was provided by Kristina Wicke, Company Manager for The 5th Avenue Theatre. The role of company manager keeps Wicke busy and bustling about the theatre, tending to the needs of the local and out-of-town cast members. (We are especially happy to see her on Thursdays, when she hands out paychecks.)
Wicke, the circus girl at heart, has been President of the Board at SANCA for 4 years. The non-profit organization is “dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of children of all ages by engaging them in the joyous creativity of acrobatics and circus arts.” What does her involvement with SANCA bring to Wicke?
“Sheer joy!” she said.
We would soon come to agree with her completely that day.
After checking in and signing the appropriate “If You Die Here It’s Not Our Fault” waivers, we headed over to the big tent for a warm up and overview of what our first flight 23 feet in the air would look like.
We were fitted with safety harnesses and taught the basic mechanics of take-off. The most important thing we gathered from this was to listen to our instructors and do what they say! A running order was then assigned and we were good to go.
Most of us were anxiously waiting our turn - me included. Trying to distract myself from what I was about to do by taking pictures, I snapped this one of Dane Stokinger, right after someone offered him a stick of gum and he quipped, "Will the gum make me less nervous?"
Castmate Shanna Palmer was up first for the two-handed take-off straight swing—grabbing the bar with both hands and then hanging straight with toes pointed. (Palmer had visited SANCA once before and later in the day we enjoyed watching her do an impressive upside-down split, as well as a few exciting attempts at a mid-air catch with one of the professional instructors.)
Watching the first few cast members have a go at it, I was getting excited for my turn. Aside from the part about being 23 feet in the air, I had a feeling I would love this. My nervousness wasn’t a factor until I saw Dan C. Levine, who was right before me on the roster.
Yeah…okay, NOW I was nervous.
(Levine made it through that first swing, just so you know. One more video of Levine I’ll share below. We were all so proud of him and what he accomplished that day!)
Finally, I was up. I hooked the carabiner to my safety harness and began the climb up the ladder, which for me turned out to be the scariest part. At the top, the instructors re-hooked me to more safety ropes, chalk was applied to my hands and the bar was brought up to grab hold. One thing is for sure, I did NOT expect for the bar to be SO heavy—a great deal of strength is necessary in your hands and fingers.
“Ready!” calls out the instructor.
(Bend your knees, bend your knees, bend your knees)
My first flight was such a rush! I yelped out loud and I’ll never forget it. Falling into that net is just as fun as it looks, too. There’s really no way to explain just how exhilarating flying on a trapeze is, but luckily Wicke captured this moment on video right after my first flight, which pretty much sums it up.
Everyone did a fantastic job that first round. Some flew with truly the greatest of ease. Others overcame some huge fears. Mo Brady made a good point that the challenges we faced were not what we expected. Like holding on! People who are already performers and dancers are fun to watch on trapeze. Marc de la Cruz and choreographer Jayme McDaniel, for example, had perfectly pointed toes and looked like naturals!
Observers are not allowed to cheer until the flyer is in the net, so as not to distract them from listening to those important commands being shouted out.
However quiet it was during one’s flight, there was such a wonderful sense of support in that tent. With every drop into the net, the eruption of applause rang out.
The sense of accomplishment in just those first 30 or so minutes was astonishing. We did it! Before heading back up for a second time, we met in the warm-up area to learn our upcoming second trick.
“And now, you will be doing a one-handed take-off, knee-hang with a back flip.”
(Hm? I’m sorry, WHAT did she just say?!?!)
The look on cast members’ faces was priceless. Apparently, this is the second thing that EVERYONE learns, even the little kids. And so, following our instruction on this next ridiculous stunt, we were ready to head up again.
We have some very tall men in the Joseph cast that faced some different challenges on this one. Stokinger, a wee 6’3”, said “There was something about being okay relinquishing control to the woman holding your harness. You really had to trust her. Granted, this woman was also about the size of my thigh.”
Troy Wageman, who is 6’4”, was also amazing to watch getting those fabulous long legs up over the bar! It was nothing short of comical to watch this tiny female instructor on the other end of Wageman and Stokinger’s safety rope being lifted off the ground a bit each time they took off.
My second flight was by far the most unexpected fun I’ve ever had. As it turns out, the trick sounded much worse than actually doing it. What a blast!
As promised, here is Levine’s second stunt. He told me the other day he doesn’t remember much of it, and that watching this video brings the butterflies back to his stomach. Way to go, Daniel!
The two hours went by so quickly. What an amazing energy booster for us all. No pun intended but I was high for the rest of the evening. Thanks again to SANCA and Kristina Wicke. Now, just a thought, do you think we could convince our director to incorporate a trapeze act into the show? No??
American Idol finalist and star of our upcoming production, Anthony Fedorov, is thrilled to be in Seattle, exploring all the things this city has to offer. The 5th Avenue Theatre is combining his curiosity of the city with a fun way to get involved and win!
Here's your chance to meet Anthony and win a VIP prize package which includes two tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a night's stay at the hip and artistic Hotel Max!
On Friday, October 2nd, Anthony will be at a secret Seattle landmark to give the first person to find him this prize package!
We'll be posting clues of where he will be through Twitter, Facebook and here on our Backstage Blog for you to follow along all week.
You can still follow along with us on twitter if you don't have an account. Simply visit our page for up to date notices. Hotel Max will also be tweeting via their twitter site here.
Where will Anthony end up? You'll have to stay with us to find out!
Anthony Fedorov is on twitter, too! Follow him here.
Twitter hashtag for the scavenger hunt is #goseattle
Clue #1 Tuesday 1:55pm: This is a place of many colors
Clue #2 Tuesday 3:50pm: Many people helped to make this "work of art"
Clue # 3 Wednesday 2:12pm: Clue #3: # of Joseph's brothers - time "Joseph" will be at secret spot = urban legend # connected to secret spot!
Clue # 4 Thursday 11:50am: Anthony will be at the secret spot tomorrow at 4pm. This should help you with clue #3!
Clue #5 Thursday 1:22pm: Laughter can be heard around the corner
Clue #6 Thursday 4:40pm: Stick with us! Less than 24 hours to go!
Clue #7 Friday 10:05am A few ghosts might be attached to this place, since the Market Ghost Tour makes this part of their journey!
Clue #8 Haven't figured out where the secret spot is yet? Chew on it awhile!! :)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Blog entry author: Troy Wageman (Levi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
Well, here we are, right smack in the middle of rehearsals for Joseph. It has been such a great experience so far. One thing I think the audience is really going to enjoy is the energy and excitement that our cast is going to be throwing to the audience every night.
One element I always look forward to is watching the audiences' reaction to productions. In this show, we have over 50 children on stage so we get the reactions a bit earlier! Rehearsing with them has been a joy. So often, actors get completely into the groove of the job and work that we forget that we are bringing a story to life. This week, with the children in rehearsal, it was very exciting to watch their faces as we were telling the story. They are so in the moment that it is actually very refreshing to have them around us. When they all sing together? Forget about it! I looked around the room at the adult cast and many (myself included) had tears welling in their eyes. What a joy to be reminded of the very special career we have.
A father of one of the children was telling me that his son doesn't want to take dance classes cause that is "lame". Well, after watching one of our dance rehearsals for the "hoe-down," he ran back to his dad and said "Dad! These guys are dancing and it's amazing....they are serious athletes!! I wanna do that, take me to dance class tomorrow!" How cool, right? THIS is why I do what I do!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Vancouver ComedyFest 2009 is bringing the six-time Emmy Award winner Carol Burnett to McCaw Hall in Seattle.
Laughter and Reflection: A Conversation with Carol Burnett is an intimate event that let's the
audience ask the questions. They are providing 5th Avenue Theatre fans a very special offer for a limited time for 2 for 1 ticket sales!
Visit this site for details and to order tickets - code word: FUNNY
The 5th Avenue Theatre will be there with a ticket giveaway to our upcoming musical comedy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
In celebration of our partnership, Savor Seattle is offering fans of The 5th Avenue (subscribers, ticket buyers, facebook and twitter fans) $5 off tomorrow's Gourmet Tour. They've opened just 7 spots for tomorrow's tour!
Find out more about the Gourmet Tour here
To book, call Savor Seattle at 1.888.98.SAVOR (72867) and mention The 5th Avenue offer!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Gather your friends and family members and take advantage of a special discounted Seattle Mariners ticket offer for Wednesday, September 30! Be sure to arrive early: American Idol finalist and star of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Anthony Fedorov will be singing the National Anthem!
DEADLINE TO PURCHASE: Monday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.
Game Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 7:10 p.m.
• $11 View Reserved (normally $20)
• $25 Field Level Seating (normally $40)
Friday, August 28, 2009
A reinvention of the original Oscar®-winning hit film, FAME follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work.The cast includes Asher Book as Marco, Kristy Flores as Rosie, Paul Iacono as Neil, Paul McGill as Kevin, Naturi Naughton as Denise, Kay Panabaker as Jenny, Kherington Payne as Alice, Collins Pennie as Malik, Walter Perez as Victor, and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Joy. Their instructors include Debbie Allen as Principal Simms, Charles S. Dutton as Alvin Dowd, Kelsey Grammer as Joel Cranston, Megan Mullally as Fran Rowan, and Bebe Neuwirth as Lynn Kraft.
Monday, August 3, 2009
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Also, tonight is 5th Avenue Theatre's first tweetup and we're co-hosting it with Fairmont Olympic in their lovely Terrace Lounge. Our RSVP has only a few spots left, so check it out and swing by tonight between 5pm and 7pm for free hors d'oeuvres, happy hour beverages and to chat with staff and fans of The 5th Avenue and The Fairmont Olympic. Click here for more info and to RSVP.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We had to share a few "tweets" about the show:
"Last night's performances were awesome! My fav song? "Fly, Fly Away" Can't wait to watch the show again!"
"Great show last night! Sure, people are drooling over Aaron but, yowza... Felicia Finley? Kerry Butler? Love 'em!"
"Great 1st show..very entertaining & only gonna get better! Cool set & amazing actors in the leads. Congrats!"
"[Norbert Leo Butz] is delivering the awesome!"
"Seriously so keyed up from seeing Catch Me, I can't sleep. It's 3AM & I can't stop thinking about how hard tonight rocked! "
"Just got home from Catch Me If You Can which, by the way, ROCKS."
"I see a lot of musicals and CMIYC is the best all year! AMAZING set design and costuming. Catch it if you can!"
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