Thursday, May 5, 2011

You ain't heard nothin' yet!

Our lobby was filled with beautiful music this morning as the 5th Avenue orchestra—led by maestro Joel Fram—played through Bruce Monroe’s Guys and Dolls orchestrations. Stunning! Stay tuned next week for a behind the scenes video with Bruce as we chat more about our fabulous new production!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fridays at the 5th!

Once or twice a show, around 100 high school kids join us for our Fridays at The 5th workshop! After a great pizza party in our lobby, they get to attend a workshop with cast and crew members! The most recent Fridays at The 5th workshop was last Friday and featured performers from the current run of 9 to 5: The Musical! For more information on our Education and Outreach programs, visit

Friday, March 4, 2011

Alice Ripley at Barnes and Noble

On March 3rd, we ventured down to the Pacific Place Barnes and Noble with Tony Award winner Alice Ripley to meet and greet her fans, and sign copies of her new cd Daily Practice, as well as the Next to Normal cast recording. We were greeted by nearly 40 fans, some of whom had been waiting for hours!!! Thanks to everybody who came out, and especially to Alice Ripley and Barnes and Noble, for making the event such a success.

As an added bonus, any purchase made at Barnes and Noble, or when using the code: 10441491 through the end of the Next to Normal run (March 13th) will have a percentage of the proceeds go to The 5th Avenue Theatre!

Check out some pictures from the event below:

Alice even signed the event poster!

Some fans had been waiting for almost 2 hours!

These two Cornish College of the Arts students had a great time chatting with Alice!
They are excited to see Next to Normal at the matinee on March 10th !

Decked out in Next to Normal gear!

Alice signed the Next to Normal cast album, as well as her own new cd, Daily Practice!

She even signed some extra copies of Daily Practice for people who couldn't make it to the signing. People from all over the country had been calling, hoping to order a copy!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Meet the Cast of Vanities: A New Musical-Cayman Ilika as Kathy

A Seattle Times Footlight Award winner (for Village Theatre’s Show Boat), Cayman Ilika’s “startlingly beautiful voice (Seattle Weekly) and “winning stage presence” (The News Tribune) are just the right combination for the mysterious character; Kathy. David Armstrong, the director of Vanities: A New Musical, remembers Cayman from an even earlier performance--as a high school senior in the 2003 5th Avenue Theatre High School Awards. “We were so taken with her voice that we’ve followed her ever since,” he says. “She’s not only strikingly beautiful but has an astonishing voice as well.”

Cayman's past credits include Candide and Buddy at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Showboat and The Gypsy King at The Village Theatre and Always...Patsy Cline at ACT: A Contemporary Theatre. Of Vanites: A New Musical, she says:
“Vanities is the story of a journey taken by three women in a time of dramatic social change in the United States. Im also going on a journey where I hope to come to understand and embody the character Kathy and her complex relationships with her two high school friends. The fact that we are aging almost 30 years right before the audience’s eyes is what really excites me! No one is exactly the same person at 40 that they were at 18…parts of us flourish, some parts die away. It’s an exciting challenge to bring those intricacies to life on the stage.

Cayman Ilika as Kathy in Vanities: A New Musical, playing now-May 1st at ACT.
Photo: Chris Bennion

For tickets and more information, visit

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Memphis to be filmed live for Nationwide release!

The 2010 Tony Award® winning Best Musical MEMPHIS will be captured live-in-performance by Broadway Worldwide for high definition exhibition in digital cinemas nationwide this spring. For the first time ever, audiences around the country will be able to experience Broadway's current Tony Award® winning Best Musical in their own home town movie theatre during its Tony Award®-winning year. The Broadway production of MEMPHIS will be captured live during regularly scheduled performances January 18-21st at the Shubert Theatre, utilizing multiple high definition cameras and 96 tracks of sound recording.

The timing of the high definition recording and exhibition of MEMPHIS is historic, providing a unique opportunity to brand and market the show to national audiences in support of both the current Broadway engagement and the forthcoming touring production. Emmy Award®-winning director Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live, CBS' The Early Show, Survivor) and Grammy® and Emmy Award®-winning sound producer Matt Kaplowitz (Ghandi, PBS' To Bear Witness) lead the production team for Broadway Worldwide.

Details about the national theatrical exhibition schedule for MEMPHIS will be announced in the spring.

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