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“Come From Away”, “Annie”, “Urinetown”, “West Side Story” All Part of 5th Avenue’s 18/19 Season


They hinted at it for the last week with a social media contest hinting at their line-up for the 2018/2019 season but The 5th Avenue Theatre made it official today by announcing all six shows plus a special bonus show for spring of 2019. The bonus show, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical and the season opener, the return of the Tony Award winning hit, Come From Away which was work shopped at the 5th Avenue before public stagings at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto before opening on Broadway in 2017 where it emerged a huge sleeper hit, receiving strong reviews, big box office, and major awards are both national tours. The Come From Away tour will actually launch with the Seattle performances at the 5th Avenue October 9, 2018.

The 5th Avenue’s next season will be a mix of beloved classics like the family friendly “Annie” as the season’s winter holiday show and the classic “West Side Story” as the season ending show in May/June of 2019 but also more recent shows like the jukebox 80s rock musical “Rock of Ages” and the sly, satirical off-Broadway hit “Urinetown” done in partnership with ACT Theatre.

The 5th will also feature a production of an emerging new musical, in this case Little Dancer (March 22 – April 14, 2019) from the creative team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island and Ragtime) with direction and choreography from Tony winner Susan Stroman. Based on a painting by Edgar Degas (hey…it worked for Sondheim with “Sunday in the Park with George”!) it’s set in the world of the Paris Opera Ballet but features no mysterious “phantoms”.

We hope.

Here’s the full release from the 5th Avenue:


The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2018/19 Season

Featuring a Stunning West Coast Premiere, Lavish Artistic Collaborations

and the National Tour Launch of Broadway’s Come From Away


(Monday, March 12, 2018 – SEATTLE, WA) The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced an incredible six-show lineup for its 2018/19 season, which includes launching the national tour of the acclaimed sensation Come From Away, the timeless beloved musical Annie, rock ’n’ roll hit parade Rock of Ages, the sumptuous West Coast premiere of Little Dancer, a lavish and loving staging of the iconic West Side Story and an exciting new collaboration with ACT – A Contemporary Theatre—Urinetown. Additionally, The 5th will host a one week run of the national tour of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.

“The 5th Avenue Theatre is where great musicals are born,” said Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry. “In the world of musical theater, ‘made at The 5th’ is a mark of distinction that means artistic excellence and originality. When selecting a season, we want to tell big, powerful, important stories; stories that lift the spirit; stories that fill you with feeling. This season, as we do every season, we want to tell you stories that remind you what it means to be human and we want to tell them in spectacular, breathtaking ways.” This is Berry’s first season as the artistic leader of the organization, operating closely in collaboration withManaging Director Bernadine C. Griffin.

The 5th Avenue Theatre will kick off its 2018/19 season by launching the national tour of the sell-out Broadway sensation, Come From Away (October 9 – November 4, 2018). In 2014, Come From Away underwent some of its earliest staging and performances in a developmental lab setting in the basement rehearsal halls at The 5th Avenue Theatre under the New Works Program. The show later went on to extended sold-out productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto before opening on Broadway where it has played to packed houses for a solid year. The Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner takes audiences into the heart of the remarkable story of 7,000 stranded airline passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that embraced them. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved the world. This breathtaking new musical was written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony®-winning Best Director, Christopher AshleyNewsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

Come November and December, The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to announce that Annie will be home for the holidays (November 23 – December 30, 2018). In 1980, following its massive restoration from a movie palace to a state-of-the-art performance house, The 5th Avenue Theatre re-opened its doors with an extended run of the national tour of Annie with a return tour in 1986. Twenty-two years later, Annie, Sandy, Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan and the rest will return to Seattle in an original 5th Avenue Theatre staging certain to be one of the best theater trips any family can have. Laced with unforgettable stories and songs including “Tomorrow,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Easy Street,” this is a musical experience that is cherished and remembered for a lifetime—no matter how old you are. The worldwide phenomenon features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan and will be directed by Seattle’s own Billie Wildrick in her 5th Avenue Theatre directorial debut.

The 5th will launch the New Year with big hair and ripped denim when it creates a brand new staging of the campy rock sensation Rock of Ages (February 1-24, 2019). The ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll blast was nominated for five Tony Awards®, played for six years on Broadway and has sold out productions around the world.Rock of Ages tells the story of a small town girl and a city boy who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rocking romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Styx, Foreigner, Joan Jett, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and more with a book by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan PoppThe New York Times raved “A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable rock musical! About as guilty as pleasures get.”

In spring, The 5th Avenue Theatre will bring to life a sumptuous new musical, Little Dancer (March 22 – April 14, 2019), based on the famed impressionist masterpiece by Edgar Degas and the unknown dancer who inspired it. This glorious new musical in development features some of the most sophisticated names on Broadway at the creative table with music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens (the team behind Ragtime and Once on This Island) and direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman (The ProducersCrazy for You). The musical had its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2014 and has since continued development in private readings. Part fact, part fiction, and set in the glamorous and dangerous backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this magnificent new musical follows a young woman caught between the conflicting demands of life and art, and an artist with one last chance for greatness. Little Dancer is a glorious new work bound for the world stage; Seattle will have a front row seat at its creation.

In its ninth collaboration with ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre is creating a brilliant new production of the hilariously stinging comedy,Urinetown (April 6 – June 9, 2019) directed by Bill Berry. This outrageous social and political satire is set in a finctional future where a terrible 20-year drought has crippled the city’s water supplies. The citizens must now use the public pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company. Citizens who try to circumvent the peeing-fee by relieving themselves in the bushes risk being taken away to “Urinetown,” a mysterious place where many have been sent but no one ever returns. With fee increases in the pipeline, the poor rise up to fight the tyrannical regime to make the public amenities free for all to use. With a storyline that feels uncomfortably close to home, Urinetown is an hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution. This musical features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.

The 2018/19 season will conclude with a lavish staging of one of Broadway’s greatest works: West Side Story (May 31 – June 23, 2019). Directed by Bill Berry and produced in association with Spectrum Dance Theatre, this devoted recreation of a Broadway masterpiece is transcendent storytelling at its finest. When West Side Story opened on Broadway in 1957 it revolutionized the musical theater art form, garnering five Tony® Award nominations and two Tony® Award wins (Best Set Design and Best Choreography). It has since had four revivals, three national tours and a best-selling film adaptation. The 5th Avenue Theatre is calling on the full breadth and depth of its artistic resources to stage an unforgettable production of West Side Story. This is musical theater as only The 5th can do it: with a cast of 40 of the finest performers in Seattle, a 25-piece orchestra and the highest levels of talent and artistic dedication bar none. The gifted ensemble of Spectrum Dance Theatre will recreate the astonishing original Jerome Robbins choreography in an unforgettable musical theater experience. West Side Story features music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. It is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins. The students of The 5th Avenue Theatre Rising Star Project will later re-mount this professional production once the show has closed.

In addition to the six musicals in the mainstage season, The 5th will bring Seattle a one week engagement of the national tour of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (April 23-28, 2019). This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan,The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania). This season extra will be available at a discount to 5th Avenue Theatre subscribers.

About the 2018/19 Sponsors

The 5th Avenue Theatre thanks its 2018/19 season sponsors ArtsFund, U.S. Bank and Alaska Airlines.

“U.S. Bank is honored to support the performing arts and its vital role in making Play Possible for the Seattle community,” said Betsy Cadwallader, U.S. Bank Market President. “We are particularly proud of our long-standing partnership with The 5th Avenue Theatre and its historic role in developing and delivering high quality musical theater in Seattle.”

About The 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theater company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state. Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow’s audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit.

Come From Away

Kicking off the National Tour

October 9 – November 4, 2018

Book, Music and Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Directed by Christopher Ashley


An original 5th Avenue Theatre staging

First time on our stage in over 20 years

November 23 – December 30, 2018

Music by Charles Strouss

Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Book by Thomas Meehan

Directed by Billie Wildrick


Rock of Ages

An original 5th Avenue Theatre staging

February 1-24, 2019

Book by Chris D’Arienzo

Orchestrations and Arrangements by Ethan Popp


Little Dancer

An original 5th Avenue Theatre staging

West Coast Premiere of a new musical

March 22 – April 14, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics and Book by Lynn Ahrens

Directed and Choreographed by Susan Stroman


A Co-Production with and Presented at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

April 6 – June 9, 2019

Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis

Directed by Bill Berry


West Side Story

An original 5th Avenue Theatre staging

May 31 – June 23, 2019

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Arthur Laurents

Based on the Conception of Jerome Robbins

Directed by Bill Berry

Produced in Association with Spectrum Dance Theatre


The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

April 23-28, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki

Book by Joe Tracz


WHERE:   The 5th Avenue Theatre1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101


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By Phone:   Call 206-625-1900 or Toll-free 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849)

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