REVISED Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Announcing the 2007-2008 Season:
Oh, What a Season!
Jersey Boys, Lone Star Love, Cabaret, Into The Woods and More
5 Out of 6 Shows New To The 5th Avenue Theatre
SEATTLE - The 5th Avenue Theatre announces its 2007-2008 season lineup of six musicals, five of which have never appeared at The 5th Avenue. The season begins with the new Broadway-bound musical comedy LONE STAR LOVE, September 8 – 30, 2007; then just in time for Halloween Stephen Sondheim’s popular fractured fairy tale INTO THE WOODS, October 19 – November 10, 2007; next the national tours of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, November 13 – December 2, 2007, and Broadway’s 2006 Tony Award-winning smash hit JERSEY BOYS, December 5, 2007 – January 12, 2008; the irresistible musical comedy MAME, February 9 – March 2, 2008; and the landmark musical masterpiece CABARET wrapping up the season March 25 – April 13, 2008.
“This season is about two things – great music and great stories,” notes Producing Artistic Director David Armstrong. “These stories feature some of the most memorable characters of all time: the glamorous and madcap Auntie Mame, that lovable rascal big John Falstaff, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles, and the Grimm Brothers’ everlasting creations Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack.
“We’re thrilled to bring one of Broadway’s hottest new shows, JERSEY BOYS, to Seattle audiences, and to once again develop a new show for Broadway, LONE STAR LOVE,” Armstrong says.
The season kicks off in September with the Broadway-bound musical comedy LONE STAR LOVE, Or The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Texas. This new American musical is a hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, transplanted to the Lone Star State just after the Civil War. Confederate “Colonel” John Falstaff slathers his charms on the wives of two wealthy cattle ranchers, with an eye on their husbands’ land and money. The acclaimed Red Clay Ramblers (the jazz-rock-blues string band behind Fool Moon) – onstage as Falstaff’s sidekicks – provide a stampede of foot-stompin’ tunes to dirt-kickin’ dances. LONE STAR LOVE is next on a rapidly growing list of musicals, including Hairspray and The Wedding Singer, that The 5th Avenue Theatre has helped develop for Broadway.
In October, The 5th Avenue Theatre continues its commitment to produce the entire Stephen Sondheim canon. Following The 5th Avenue’s acclaimed productions of Company, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music, the Theatre will produce the enchanting Sondheim favorite INTO THE WOODS. Described as “the best show yet from the most creative mind in the musical theater today” by Time Magazine, INTO THE WOODS tells the story of a Baker and his Wife who journey into the woods on a quest to lift a witch’s curse. On the way they cross paths with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and a menagerie of other fairy tale characters. They pursue individual wishes until their stories become entangled in unexpected ways – revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” Stephen Sondheim’s wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell with such bewitching gems as “Children Will Listen,” “Giants In The Sky” and “No One Is Alone.”
Up next is the new American premiere of WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND. Proclaimed “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best show since Phantom” by London’s Daily Telegraph, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND tells the story of a young girl who finds a mysterious stranger hiding in her barn. While the townspeople are determined to find the escaped felon, she vows to protect him from the outside world. This exciting production partners Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) with renowned rock lyricist Jim Steinman (Meatloaf’s classic “Bat Out of Hell,” Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of The Heart”) to create a melodic and haunting score inspired by the indigenous sounds of the American South – blues, gospel, country and rock ‘n’ roll. The show’s songs have been recorded by many pop artists, including Boyzone, Tom Jones, Boy George, Sarah Brightman and Donny Osmond. Directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, Whistle Down the Wind combines award-winning songs and epic storytelling for an extraordinary tale about the transformative power of love and faith.
Just in time for the holidays, Broadway’s “too good to be true” smash hit JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, will make its Seattle premiere at The 5th Avenue as part of a national tour. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff (Big River, The Who’s Tommy), JERSEY BOYS won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical and continues to set new weekly box office records on Broadway. Featuring The Four Seasons’ hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” JERSEY BOYS tells the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. The Grammy Award-winning cast recording is available now on Rhino Records. Visit the JERSEY BOYS web site at www.JerseyBoysTour.com.
The 5th Avenue rings in the New Year with its own production of the beloved all-American classic MAME. An eccentric socialite in the Roaring ‘20s finds her madcap Manhattan lifestyle turned upside down when she is appointed guardian of her orphaned nephew. Auntie Mame takes him on one whirlwind adventure after another, proving that “life is a banquet.” With a rogue’s gallery of memorable characters – plus hilarious encounters with proper society – MAME has touched the hearts and tickled the funnybones of audiences everywhere. The irresistible score includes the title song, “If He Walked Into My Life” and “We Need A Little Christmas.”
Rounding out the season, The 5th Avenue invites Seattle to “leave your troubles outside” and experience the scintillating entertainment of CABARET next spring. The 5th will co-produce this landmark musical with the American Musical Theatre of San Jose and St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The decadent world of 1930s Berlin comes to life in this Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece (the original 1967 production won eight Tonys, including Best Musical). CABARET follows an English nightclub singer, an American writer, a German landlady and a Jewish shopkeeper who find their destinies linked and their futures uncertain on the eve of the Third Reich. By turns defiant and melancholy, brazen and gleeful, CABARET sizzles with heartpounding songs, including “Wilkommen,” “Money, Money” and “Cabaret.”
The 5th Avenue Theatre’s popular SPOTLIGHT NIGHTS, hosted by Producing Artistic Director David Armstrong, will continue for a seventh season. These FREE, one-night-only events are designed to enhance the audience’s musical theater experience and are crafted to highlight specific aspects of each show. Part community forum, part musical entertainment, part behind-the-scenes look at how a Broadway musical is made, Spotlight Nights, sponsored by US Bank, are held at The 5th Avenue Theatre and open to the public. Seating is general admission. Reservations are strongly recommended. Dates will be announced late summer 2007.
The 5th Avenue Theatre treasures its 24,000 loyal subscribers; many have subscribed for more than two decades. Subscriptions are available now. Package prices range from as little as $82 (4 shows, previews) to $383 (6 shows, weekend). The Second Sunday Talkback, 30-Or-Under and Q Club ticket packages remain popular season packages. For season ticket information, call (206) 625-1900, stop by The 5th Avenue Theatre box office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, or visit www.5thavenue.org.
The 5th Avenue Theatre is Seattle’s premier musical theater. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community. The 5th Avenue Theatre maintains a subscription audience of 24,000 and an annual attendance of more than 225,000. It ranks among the nation’s largest and most respected musical theater companies. The theater is committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its Educational Outreach Program which includes: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, First Friday Workshops, the Student Matinee Program and Spotlight Nights. Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, the exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. Today, under the leadership of Managing Director Marilynn Sheldon and Producing Artistic Director David Armstrong, The 5th Avenue Theatre continues to achieve the highest standards in all aspects of artistic endeavors and facility operations, while preserving its artistic, architectural and historic legacy. Visit www.5thavenue.org.