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5th Avenue Theatre

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The 5th Avenue Theatre often referred to as 5th Avenue or the 5th is a landmark theatre building located in Seattle, Washington It has hosted a variety of theatre productions and motion pictures since it opened in 1926 The building and land is owned by the University of Washington and was once part of the original campus It is operated as a venue for nationally touring Broadway and original shows by the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association The theatre, located at 1308 Fifth Avenue in the historic Skinner Building, has been listed on the US National Register of Historic Places since 1978

The 2,130-seat theatre is the resident home to the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company, and employs over 600 actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, designers, technicians, stage hands, box office staff, and administrators, making it the largest theatre employer in the Puget Sound region A non-profit, the theatre company is supported by individual and corporate donations, government sources, and box office ticket sales

The 5th's subscriber season programming includes six to seven shows per year, a mix of locally produced revivals of musical theatre classics, and premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows, and national touring musicals The 5th Avenue Theatre has established a tradition of being a "testing ground" for new musicals before they make their debut on Broadway, launching hits such as Jekyll & Hyde, Hairspray, and The Wedding Singer The theatre also hosts a variety of special events, and offers education and outreach programs to school-age children and adults reaching over 61,000 students, professional performers, and audiences each year

Contents

  • 1 Architecture
    • 11 Significance
  • 2 History
    • 21 Planning and construction
    • 22 Grand opening
    • 23 Decline and restoration
    • 24 Post-1980 history
  • 3 The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company
    • 31 Genesis
    • 32 TUTS partnership
    • 33 Broadway "testing ground"
    • 34 Community outreach programs
  • 4 Productions by season
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links

Architectureedit

Entry to theatre with decorative brackets above

Located in the Skinner Building, a historic office block ranging from five to eight stories with retail shops on the ground level, the theatre is surrounded on three sides, with its entry facing its namesake avenue In addition to an auditorium with an original seating capacity of 3,000, the theatre contains a grand entry hall, and a mezzanine that once featured a tea room in addition to a waiting room and women's lounge2

The interior design of the 5th Avenue Theatre was modeled to reproduce some of the features of historic and well-known Beijing landmarks The Norwegian artist Gustav Liljestrom executed the design based on his visit to China, and on Chinesische Architecktur, published in 1925, an illustrated account of Ernst Boerschmann's travels in China3

The ornate historical Chinese style of the theatre distinguishes itself from the Neo-Renaissance exterior of the Skinner Building Only at the street entry under the marquee does the viewer get a preview of the interior design Here, adorning the ceiling are plaster representations of wood brackets, beams, and carved reliefs painted in a polychromatic scheme and decorated with stenciled dragons and flower patterns Carved cloud shapes screen light fixtures to create an indirect lighting effect as the viewer approaches the wooden, brass knobbed entry doors The original central free-standing box office was replaced by the current box office located to the side of the entry as part of a 1979 renovation3 The original Imperial guardian lions Ruì Shī, commonly called foo dogs or foo lions, originally located outside the entry were moved inside as part of the 1979 renovation

Male Imperial guardian lion

The interior architecture of the theatre is an "excellent imitation of Chinese wooden temple construction"3 The two story rectangular lobby features red, stenciled columns wrapped in plaster rising to a timbered roof structure of decoratively painted beams supporting a canopy of bamboo, also imitated in plaster The original pair of guardian lions, both male, guard the stairway to a second level gallery that serves the theatre balcony In addition to the Imperial guard lions, other original furnishings, light fixtures, and decoration remain intact

The decorative details continue in the 2,130-seat auditorium, but the highlight and focal decorative feature is the octagonal caisson from which a sculpted five-toed Imperial Chinese dragon springs A large chandelier of glass hangs from the dragon's mouth, in reference to the Chinese symbol of a dragon disgorging flaming pearls4 One claim puts the size of this caisson at twice the size of the model on which it was based in the throne room of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City5 The opening night program spoke effusively of it:

Dragon and Pearl ceiling centerpiece

Its most imposing feature is the great domeits symbolic themes borrowed from Chinese legends, its motifs from Chinese poetry Coiled within an azure sphere and surrounded by glowing hues of cloud red, emblematic of calamity and welfare; blue of rain; green symbolic of plaque; black of flood; and gold of prosperity—is the Great Dragon, guardian genius of the place, his presence shadowed and multiplied in varying forms throughout the structure On the huge beams surrounding and supporting the dome are five-clawed dragons—the Emperor's emblem—spitting fire in pursuit of the Jewel, rendered in the shape of a disc emitting effulgent rays, and symbolic of Omnipotence3

The dragon motif is repeated in the radial coffers of the caisson and the timbered coffers throughout the theatre The Imperial dragon is accompanied by the symbol of the Empress, the Chinese phoenix Fèng huáng, sometimes called Ho-Ho or Ho-Oh Bird from the Japanese This personal symbol of the Empress is also repeated throughout the theatre, but most prominently in relief as part of the grills above false balconies that once screened organ pipes In addition to these symbols, orange blossoms, chrysanthemums, and lotus flowers appear throughout the theatre The highly decorated proscenium arch and safety curtain maintain the Chinese design influence3

Beyond the decorative features of the building, the 5th Avenue Theatre also contained notable technical features when originally built An ascending orchestra pit and independent Wurlitzer organ platform allowed the musicians to be raised up to main stage height or to orchestra pit level from the basement below6 The ventilation system had thermostatic controls throughout the building, and allowed the air to be 'washed' prior to its introduction into the venue at outlets under every third seat2

Significanceedit

Preceding Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the 5th Avenue Theatre "has been called the largest and most authentic example of traditional Chinese timber architecture and decoration outside of Asia"3 In addition, its association with architect Robert Reamer, whose other notable works include the nationally known Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, as well as many important buildings in the Art Deco style add to its significance7 The Fifth Avenue Theatre was added to the US National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 19781

Historyedit

Planning and constructionedit

The president and general manager of Pacific Northwest Theatres, Inc, Harry C Arthur, believed Seattle to be a place of growing importance in the motion picture industry in the mid-1920s, and consequently as the place to invest for the long term8 Arthur's company absorbed a competing chain of 40 theatres by 1926, and sought further expansion A large holder of the theatre company's stock and debt was C D Stimson who sat on the board of directors of both Pacific Northwest Theatres and the Metropolitan Building Company, developer of what became known as the Metropolitan Tract Stimson promoted the establishment of a theatre district like that which had developed around a theatre he had built in Los Angeles, California9 The planned Skinner Building with a theatre owned by Arthur's company would complete the Stimson development of the Metropolitan Tract10

The architect, Robert Reamer, had joined the Metropolitan Building Company after World War I and as their house architect designed the Skinner Building and the 5th Avenue Theatre79 In creating the 5th Avenue Theatre, Reamer was joined by his colleague, Joseph Skoog, of Reamer's office and Gustav Liljestrom, of the S & G Gump Company of San Francisco9

Construction began in October 1925 with construction taking 11 months10 and costing $15 million11

Grand openingedit

Opening night

The theatre celebrated its grand opening on September 24, 1926, with an opening unit program that included both film and live vaudeville performances12 The opening program included the silent film Young April, Fanchon and Marco's stage presentation The Night Club, and Lipschultz and his Syncopated Soloists13 Oliver Wallace, a popular local musician and composer, returned from Portland, Oregon, to be the accompanying organist for opening night Wallace had been the first theatre organist in a Seattle motion picture house14

Opening night was also marked by festivities outside the theatre Seven blocks of downtown Seattle around the theatre were closed to street car and automobile traffic Lured by free street car, bus, and taxicab rides, thousands of people packed Fifth Avenue between Seneca Street and Pike Street, University and Union Streets The Seattle Times reported:

It is doubtful that any Friday night in Seattle's history saw more people circulating through all the downtown streets than were there last night The density in the center of the activities was such that street cars were diverted15

— The Seattle Times

In the street outside the theatre a street carnival took place Living up to the moniker for the theater's marquee, “the Magic Sign of a Wonderful Time,” spotlights scanned the night sky, banks of Klieg lights illuminated the streets outside the theater, and flares were shot from the roofs of nearby buildings16 Additionally, dance bands were placed at the closed intersections to provide entertainment and, using giant screens to project the words, a sing-along was orchestrated on Fifth Avenue in front of the theatre An estimated crowd of between 50,000 and 100,000 people participated in the events12

Decline and restorationedit

Following the grand opening, the theatre served as a venue for vaudeville and film, and following the decline of vaudeville as a movie palace until the 1970s With the economic recession, the advent of television, and movie complex development in the suburbs, crowds dwindled and the theatre struggled to stay open It was forced to close its doors in 1978 along with the nearby Orpheum theatre A variety of re-use possibilities were proposed for the theatre including a Chinese restaurant, a triplex movie theater, an office building, or a shopping center5111617 The city of Seattle was unable to protect the theatre as a designated landmark because of its unique position on the site of the original territorial university grounds owned by the state of Washington18

Relief at entry

In 1979, 43 business leaders formed the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association and underwrote a US$26 million loan to save the theatre19 Among these was Ned Skinner of the shipbuilding family who was an active patron of the theatre20 Architect Richard McCann oversaw the restoration efforts21

Several changes were made during the renovation The vertical marquee which had marked the theatre's presence from 1926 to 1980, was removed,22 the orchestra pit and auditorium seating were rebuilt, the dressing rooms moved, and the technical systems updated However, the furniture, fixtures and interior signage were retained Even the paint was carefully restored to its original luster The renovation made it suitable again for live performances and filled Seattle's need for a touring Broadway musical venue Renovation work was completed without federal, state, or local funds11

June 16, 1980, marked the theater’s rebirth and a new chapter in Seattle’s arts community At the Grand Opening Gala for the renovated theatre, actress Helen Hayes christened the stage with a kiss and declared the 5th “a national treasure” Beginning on July 3 the 5th presented Annie, the first touring Broadway musical to appear at the theatre The sold-out show ran for 10 weeks with a total of 77 performances23

The 5th Avenue Theatre continues to thrive with the assistance of many generous donors and volunteers517

Post-1980 historyedit

Since the renovation, the 5th Avenue Theatre has become one of Seattle's most established theatres In 1989, The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company was established as the resident non-profit theatre company19

On February 28, 2001, the Nisqually earthquake rocked the 5th Avenue Theatre At the time, actors were on stage rehearsing the musical 1776 The theatre suffered minimal damages with no structural damage from the quake11 Earthquake repairs included removal and replacement of 72 plaster ceiling supports and the repair of numerous cracks and damaged decorative plaster pieces in the ceiling Contractors had to install scaffolding tall enough to reach the highest interior crevice in the ceiling eight stories up—the first time that area had been reached in 75 years The chandeliers had to be lowered for repair and maintenance24 As part of the repair work, Turner Construction provided services for seismic upgrades to the Skinner Building25

In November 2009 a new vertical marquee, similar to the sign that was removed as part of the 1980 renovation, was installed The marquee was made possible through a donation from Christabel Gough, daughter of Broadway producer and early 5th Avenue promoter Roger L Stevens The new sign features a design inspired by both earlier marquees and the theatre's interior, uses LED lights for energy conservation, and includes a revolving "5th" sign at the marquee's top26

The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Companyedit

Genesisedit

From the renovation in 1980 until 1985 the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre successfully operated as a venue for touring Broadway shows As the United States went through an economic downturn from 1985 to 1989 there was a shortage of touring shows for venues like the 5th Consequently, many of the country's Broadway houses went unused for extended periods of time However, the 5th remained open during these years with a reduced staff and was used for community events and local promoters232728

This situation forced the theatre to move beyond merely being a presenter of touring musicals In 1989, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre established a resident theatre company, dubbed The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company, to produce musicals locally Since the theatre company's establishment, the 5th's yearly subscriber season programming has included 6 to 7 shows: national touring musicals, locally produced revivals of musical theatre classics, and premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows With 150 musical theater performances each fall-to-spring subscriber season which attract over 30,000 subscribers and average ticket sales of 300,000 tickets annually, the 5th ranks among the nation's largest musical theater companies24293031

The musical company employs over 600 actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, designers, technicians, stage hands, box office staff, and administrators, making the 5th the largest theatre employer in the Puget Sound region1730 A non-profit, the theatre company is supported by individual and corporate donations, government sources, and box office ticket sales29

TUTS partnershipedit

Frank M Young was the first executive director of the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company From 1989 to 1999 a collaborative partnership existed between the 5th and Houston's Theatre Under the Stars TUTS where Young also served as executive director313233 This partnership produced 10 seasons of musical theater, including both national tours and self-produced musicals On October 17, 1989, the first 5th Avenue/TUTS self-produced musical was presented: Mame, starring Juliet Prowse In 1995, after premiering at the 5th, Jekyll & Hyde became the first 5th Avenue Theatre production to open on Broadway in April 1997 The show was produced in cooperation with Houston's Alley Theatre and TUTS11

In August 2000 the 5th’s partnership with TUTS ended as David Armstrong joined the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company becoming its first resident Producing Artistic Director launching a new era of collaboration with leading musical theater companies and producers across the country2931

Broadway "testing ground"edit

Since the creation of the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company in 1989, the 5th has established a tradition of being a "testing ground" for new musicals before they make their debut on Broadway Since 2001, the 5th has premiered 17 new works, nine of which have subsequently opened on Broadway

We've become a very sought-after partner for developing Broadway musicals34

— David Armstrong, Producing Artistic Director

Some notable musicals shown to Seattle audiences at the 5th Avenue Theatre prior to their success on Broadway include: Jekyll & Hyde in 1995 which was nominated for 4 Tony Awards, Hairspray in 2002 which won 8 Tony Awards, and The Wedding Singer in 2006 which had 4 Tony Award nominations35 The film adaptation of Hairspray premiered at the 5th on July 16, 2007 4 days prior to its nationwide release as an acknowledgement of the 5th's role in the musical's success on Broadway36 The "testing ground" tradition continued in the 2008–2009 season with the pre-Broadway world premieres of Shrek the Musical,37 and Memphis Both went on to win Tony awards, Shrek winning one in 2009 and Memphis winning four, including Best Musical, in 2010 In the 2009–2010 season, they premiered Catch Me If You Can,38 which premiered on Broadway in the spring of 2011 In their 2010–2011 season, they premiered A Christmas Story: The Musical, based on the film of the same name, and more recently the premiere of Aladdin, based on the Disney film "Aladdin" In the 2011-2012 season, First Date premiered as a co-production with ACT starring Eric Ankrim before heading to Broadway to star Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez

Along with their successful pre-Broadway tryouts, the 5th Avenue Theatre has also performed two musicals, Princesses in 2005 and Lone Star Love in 2007, which were originally scheduled to go to Broadway, but did not due to poor reviews They also announced the premiere of a musical adaptation of Cry-Baby, in 2007, but it was later replaced with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Community outreach programsedit

The theatre also hosts a variety of special events, and offers a number of education and outreach programs to school-age children and adults reaching over 61,000 students, professional performers, and audiences each year30 One example of this is the 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards which evaluate and honor the performances of student actors and stage hands in Washington state high school productions At the end of each school year, a Tony Awards-style ceremony is held which includes high-profile presenters, performances by nominees, and acceptance speeches by the award recipients The awards ceremony has become a useful scouting event for colleges looking to recruit talent for their drama departments2939

Productions by seasonedit

2016–2017 Season40
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Man of La Mancha Locally Produced October 7–30, 2016 Rufus Bonds Jr as Don Quixote, Nova Payton as Aldonza, and Don Darryl Rivera as Sancho Panza41
The Little Mermaid Locally Produced, followed by a 12 city tour Nov 23 - Dec 31, 2016 Diana Huey as Ariel, Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric, Jennifer Allen as Ursula, and Steven Blanchard as King Triton42
The Pajama Game Locally Produced February 9 - March 5, 2017
Murder for Two Co-Production with ACT - A Contemporary Theatre March 25 - June 4, 2017
The Secret Garden Co-Production with DC's The Shakespeare Theatre Company April 14 - May 6, 2017
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Locally Produced, World Premiere June 7 - July 2, 2017
Fun Home National Tour July 11–30, 2017
2015–2016 Season40
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Matilda National Tour Aug 18 - Sep 6, 2015
Waterfall Co-production with Pasadena Playhouse Oct 1 - 25, 2015 Bie Sukrit as Noppon and Laura Griffith as Katherine43
The Sound of Music Locally Produced Nov 24, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Kristen deLohr Helland as Maria44
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Locally Produced Jan 28 - Feb 21, 2016 Eric Ankrim as J Pierrepont Finch and Sarah Rose Davis as Rosemary45
Assassins Co-Production with ACT - A Contemporary Theatre Feb 27 - May 15, 2016 Kjerstine Rose Anderson, Nathan Brockett, John Coons, Nick DeSantis, Richard Gray, Laura Griffith, Frederick Hagreen, Louis Hobson, Kendra Kassebaum, Brandon O'Neill, Matt Wolfe, Designed by Brian Sidney Bembridge46
A Night with Janis Joplin Locally Produced March 25 - April 17, 2016 Kacee Clanton as Janis Joplin47
Kinky Boots National Tour April 27 - May 8
Paint Your Wagon Locally Produced June 9–30, 2016 Robert Cuccioli as Ben Rumson, Kendra Kassebaum as Cayla Woodling, Justin Gregory Lopez as Armando, and Kristen deLohr Helland as Jennifer48
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder National Tour July 12–31, 2016 John Rapson as the D'Ysquith Family, and Kevin Massey as Monty Navarro49
2014–2015 Season50
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
A Chorus Line Locally Produced Sept 3 - 28, 2014 Featuring Gabriel Corey, Paul Flanagan, Mallory King, Trina Mills, Taryn Darr, Chryssie Whitehead, Andrew Palermo, Katrina Asmar, and Sarah Rose Davis51
Kinky Boots National Tour Oct 7 - 26, 2014
A Christmas Story Locally Produced Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2014
Carousel Locally Produced Feb 5 - Mar 1, 2015 Brandon O'Neill and Laura Griffith
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Co-Production with ACT - A Contemporary Theatre Mar 7 - May 17, 2015 Eric Ankrim, Cayman Ilika, Kendra Kassebaum, Timothy McCuen Piggee, Louis Hobson Mar 7-Apr 12, Matt Owen Apr 14-May 1752
Jasper in Deadland Locally Produced April 30 - May 24, 2015 Matt Doyle as Jasper and Sydney Shepherd as Gretchen
Grease Locally Produced July 9 - August 2, 2015
Season Notes: A Pre-Broadway production of Something Rotten!, originally scheduled for the April/May slot in the season, was replaced by Jasper in Deadland53
2013–2014 Season54
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Secondhand Lions World Premiere Sept 7 - Oct 6, 2013
Anything Goes National Tour Oct 15 -Nov 3, 2013
Oliver! Locally Produced Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2013
Monty Python's Spamalot Locally Produced Jan 30 - March 2, 2014
Little Shop of Horrors Co-produced with ACT—A Contemporary Theatre March 8 - June 15, 2014
A Room With a View Locally Produced April 15 - May 11, 2014
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess National Tour June 11–29, 2014
2012–2013 Season55
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Memphis National Tour Sept 18 - Oct 7, 2012
The Addams Family National Tour Oct 24 - Nov 11, 2012
Elf Locally Produced Nov 30 - Dec 31, 2012
Grey Gardens Locally Produced Nov 25 – Dec 31
The Music Man Locally Produced Feb 7 - Mar 10, 2013
Jersey Boys National Tour April 4 - May 13, 2013
The Pirates of Penzance Locally Produced July 11 - Aug 4, 2013
2011–2012 Season55
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Les Misérables National Tour Aug 9 - 22, 2011
Saving Aimee Pre-Broadway World Premiere Sep 30 – Oct 30, 2011
Cinderella Locally Produced Nov 25 – Dec 31, 2011
First Date Co-produced with ACT—A Contemporary Theatre Feb 11 – May 6, 2012
Oklahoma! Locally Produced Feb 3 – March 4, 2012
Damn Yankees Co-Production with Paper Mill Playhouse May 17 – June 5, 2012
Rent Locally Produced July 6 – August 5, 2012 Jerick Hoffer
2010–2011 Season56
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
In the Heights National Tour Sep 28 – Oct 17, 2010
A Christmas Story, the Musical Locally Produced Nov 27 – Dec19, 2010
Vanities Co-produced with ACT - A Contemporary Theatre Feb 4 – April 3, 2011
Next to Normal National tour Feb 22 – Mar 13, 2011
9 to 5 National Tour April 5–24, 2011
Guys and Dolls Locally Produced May 17 – June 5, 2011
Aladdin Pre-Broadway World Premiere July 7 – July 3157
Season Notes: A local production of Oklahoma!, originally scheduled for the last spot in the season, was replaced by Disney's Aladdin57
2009–2010 Season58
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Catch Me If You Can Pre-Broadway World Premiere July 23 – August 14 Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Locally Produced October 13 – November 1 Anthony Federov
White Christmas Locally Produced December 1 – December 20
South Pacific National Tour January 29 – February 18
Legally Blonde National Tour February 23 – March 14
On the Town Locally Produced April 13 – May 2
Candide Locally Produced May 25 – June 13
2008–2009 Season59
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Shrek the Musical3760 Pre-Broadway World Premiere August 14 – September 21 Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster61
The Drowsy Chaperone National Tour October 28 – November 16
7 Brides for 7 Brothers Locally Produced December 3 – December 28 Ed Watts, Laura Griffith
Memphis Pre-Broadway Showing58 January 27 – February 15 Chad Kimball, Montego Glover
Hello, Dolly! Locally Produced March 8 – March 29 Jenifer Lewis, Pat Cashman
Sunday in the Park with George Locally Produced April 21 – May 10 Hugh Panaro, Billie Wildrick
Grease National Tour May 12 – May 30 Taylor Hicks
2007–2008 Season62
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Lone Star Love Locally Produced September 8 – September 30 Randy Quaid
Into The Woods Locally Produced October 19 – September 10 Lisa Estridge
Whistle Down the Wind National Tour November 13 – December 2
Jersey Boys National Tour December 5 – January 12
Mame Locally Produced February 9 – March 2 Dee Hoty63
Cabaret Locally Produced March 25 – April 13 Nick Garrison, Teri Kelly
Season Notes: Lone Star Love was originally scheduled to premiere on Broadway following its run at the 5th, but was canceled due to complications with star Randy Quaid64
2006–2007 Season65
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Bombay Dreams National Tour September 12 – October 1
Company Locally Produced October 17 – November 1 Hugh Panaro
White Christmas Locally Produced November 28 – December 17 Michael Gruber
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Locally Produced February 14 – March 4 Billy Joe Huels66
Camelot National Tour March 20 – April 8 Michael York
Edward Scissorhands National Tour April 25 – May 13
West Side Story Locally Produced May 29 – June 17 Louis Hobson
Season Notes: A 5th Avenue original musical Cry-Baby based on the Johnny Depp movie, originally scheduled for the fourth spot in the season, was replaced by Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story66
2005–2006 Season67
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
The King and I National Tour September 20 – October 9 Lucy Lawless
Sweeney Todd Locally Produced October 25 – November 13 Carol Swarbrick, Allen Fitzpartick29
The Sound of Music Locally Produced November 29 – December 18 Kim Huber, Terrence Mann
The Wedding Singer Pre-Broadway World Premiere January 31 – February 19 Stephen Lynch
Wonderful Town Locally Produced March 21 – April 9 Sarah Rudinoff, Billie Wildrick
Pippin Locally Produced May 9 – May 28 Louis Hobson
Les Misérables National Tour May 24 – June 4
Season Notes: Dr Dolittle, originally scheduled for the third spot in the season, was replaced by The Sound of Music68 Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, originally scheduled for the fifth spot in the season, was replaced by The Wedding Singer before the season began69 The National Tour of Les Misérables was added to the end of the season for a special two-week engagement70
2004–2005 Season71
Show Production Type Run Dates Starring
Hairspray National Tour September 7 – September 26
Smokey Joe's Cafe Locally Produced October 19 – November 7
Peter Pan National Tour December 1 – December 19 Cathy Rigby
Singin' in the Rain Locally Produced February 13 – March 5
Miss Saigon National Tour April 5 – April 24
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Locally Produced Concert Staging May 13 – May 15 Lucy Lawless & Faith Prince
Princesses Pre-Broadway World Premiere August 9 – August 28
Season Notes: We Will Rock You the musical based on the music of Queen, originally scheduled for the sixth spot in the season, was replaced by a concert staging of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes which ran for three days only72 The Pre-Broadway World Premiere of Princesses was added to the end of the season shortly after We Will Rock You was canceled7374
Seasons prior to 2004–200527
2003–2004
  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • Flower Drum Song
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Dreamgirls
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie, National Tour
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy!, World Premiere
2002–2003
  • Hairspray, Pre-Broadway World Premiere
  • Blast!, National Tour
  • The Full Monty, National Tour
  • A Chorus Line
  • My Fair Lady
  • Les Misérables, National Tour
  • Hair
  • 42nd Street, National Tour
2001–2002
  • A Little Night Music
  • The Prince And The Pauper
  • Kiss Me, Kate, National Tour
  • The Most Happy Fella
  • Hair
2000–2001
  • Parade, National Tour
  • Anything Goes
  • Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, National Tour
  • 1776
  • Gypsy, Starring Judy Kaye
1999
  • Camelot
  • Titanic, National Tour
  • Guys & Dolls
  • Footloose, National Tour
1999–2000
  • Les Misérables, National Tour
  • Grand Hotel
  • The Secret Garden
  • Martin Guerre, Pre-Broadway World Premiere
  • The Phantom Of The Opera, National Tour
1997–1998
  • Les Misérables, National Tour
  • Peter Pan, National Tour Starring Cathy Rigby
  • Hot Shoe Shuffle
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Two For The Show, Starring Tommy Tune & Sandy Duncan
1996–1997
  • Music Of The Night, National Tour
  • Me & My Girl
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, National Tour
  • The King And I, National Tour
1995–1996
  • Man Of La Mancha, Starring John Cullum
  • The Music Man
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman, National Tour Starring Chita Rivera
  • 42nd Street
  • Fiddler On The Roof, National Tour Starring Theodore Bikel
  • Carousel, Royal National Theatre Production
  • Les Misérables, National Tour
1994–1995
  • Crazy for You, National Tour
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Jekyll & Hyde, Pre-Broadway World Premiere
  • Follies
1993–1994
  • Will Rogers Follies, National Tour Starring Mac Davis
  • Cinderella
  • South Pacific
  • Kismet, Starring Patrice Munsel
1992–1993
  • Les Misérables, National Tour
  • Annie Warbucks, Pre-Broadway World Premiere
  • The Phantom Of The Opera, Third National Touring Company Originating In Seattle
  • Brigadoon
  • Sayonara
1991–1992
  • Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom, Starring Richard White
  • Here's Love
  • West Side Story
  • Paint Your Wagon, Starring Roy Clark
1990–1991
  • The Desert Song, Starring Richard White
  • Oliver!, Starring Davy Jones
  • Les Misérables, National Tour
  • Evita
1989–1990
  • Mame, Starring Juliet Prowse
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown, National Tour Starring Debbie Reynolds
  • The Sound Of Music
  • My Fair Lady
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
1986–1988
  • No musicals presented/produced; outside rentals only
1985
  • 42nd Street, National Tour
1984
  • Nine', National Tour
  • Sugar Babies, National Tour Starring Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney
  • Jerry's Girls, National Tour Starring Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams & Andrea McArdle
  • Steve & Eydie, National Tour
1983
  • On Your Toes, National Tour
  • Woman of the Year, National Tour Starring Lauren Bacall
1982
  • Pirates Of Penzance, National Tour Starring Peter Noone & James Belushi
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, National Tour Starring Debbie Boone
  • Colette, World Premiere Starring Diana Rigg
  • A Day In Hollywood, A Night In The Ukraine, National Tour
  • Doug Henning, National Tour
  • Annie, National Tour
  • Hello, Dolly!, National Tour Starring Carol Channing
  • A Chorus Line, National Tour
  • Lena Horne: A Lady And Her Music, National Tour
  • Evita, National Tour
  • Show Boat, National Tour Starring Donald O'Connor
  • Children of a Lesser God, National Tour
  • Sugar Babies, National Tour
1981
  • The Winslow Boy, National Tour
  • Annie, National Tour
  • West Side Waltz, National Tour Starring Katharine Hepburn
  • Camelot, National Tour Starring Richard Harris
  • Little Johnny Jones, National Tour Starring David Cassidy
  • On Golden Pond, National Tour Starring James Whitmore
  • Oklahoma!, National Tour
  • Fiddler On The Roof, National Tour Starring Herschel Bernardi
1980
  • Annie, National Tour
  • I Do! I Do!, National Tour Starring Howard Keel & Jane Powell
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, National Tour Starring Robert Goulet
  • A Chorus Line, National Tour

See alsoedit

  • Architecture portal
  • Theatre portal
  • National Register of Historic Places portal
  • Seattle portal
  • Chinese architecture
  • Forbidden City
  • Fox Theater Spokane, Washington
  • History of film
  • Musical theatre
  • Broadway theatre
  • Vaudeville

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b National Park Service 2010-07-09 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  2. ^ a b "Opening of Fifth Avenue Theatre Friday is big event: Comfort is first at new theatre" The Seattle Daily Times September 23, 1926 pp 16 col 5 
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  36. ^ Payne, Patti July 20, 2007 "Seattle welcomes 'Hairspray' the movie with a boisterous, bawdy premiere" Puget Sound Business Journal Retrieved Mar 29, 2008 
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  44. ^ "Don't Listen to the Austrian: The Sound of Music at 5th Avenue Theatre Is Good, Especially Act Two" The Stranger Retrieved 2016-12-17 
  45. ^ "5th Ave’s musical ‘How to Succeed in Business’ is a smashing success" The Seattle Times 2016-02-08 Retrieved 2016-12-17 
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  63. ^ "Luly Yang Couture Gown Featured in MAME" The 5th Avenue Theatre February 1, 2008 Archived from the original on March 2, 2008 Retrieved Feb 15, 2008 
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Further readingedit

  • Boerschmann, Ernst 1925 Chinesische Architektur, Berlin: E Wasmuth, AG OCLC 935622
  • Kreisman, Lawrence 1992 The Stimson Legacy: Architecture in the Urban West, Seattle: Willows Press/University of Washington Press ISBN 978-0-9631630-0-4
  • Breeze, Carla 2003 American Art Deco: Modernistic Architecture and Regionalism, New York: WW Norton & Company ISBN 978-0-393-01970-4

External linksedit

  • 5th Avenue Theatre website

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