Rising Star Project Puts Theater in the Hands of Youth

Rising Star Project

This summer, nearly 100 high school students from all over Washington State will convene at The 5th Avenue Theatre for Rising Star Project: West Side Story. West Side Story, the awe-inspiring musical, beloved by many, reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the context of gang violence and racial prejudice. Although created 50 years ago, West

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Creative Conversations: Stephen Flaherty on MARIE, DANCING STILL

How did the concept for this musical and this exceptional collaboration of Broadway visionaries come about? For a long time I had wanted write a theater piece that was not only set in the world of dance but one which used dance as a principal means of storytelling.  Though the score would feature songs, it

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MARIE, DANCING STILL: Fact, Fiction, and Imagination

By Lynn Ahrens Many people are familiar with Edgar Degas’s ground-breaking sculpture, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans. There’s the original wax figure at Washington’s National Gallery, as well as a number of finely-wrought bronze castings at other art institutions around the world. This unique masterpiece has been copied, analyzed, critiqued, and even X-rayed. But

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Creative Conversations: Susan Stroman on MARIE, DANCING STILL – A NEW MUSICAL

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty in the sumptuous world of Marie, Dancing Still – A New Musical, the twentieth new musical to grace The 5th Avenue Theatre stage since 2001. Five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal

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9 Things that Rock about ROCK OF AGES

Wonderfully funny, occasionally zany, and riddled with scorching songs, Rock of Ages is an unforgettable ‘80s rock ballad blast that spent six years on Broadway as well as sold out productions around the world. Rock of Ages is the story of a small town girl and a city boy who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. 

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Meet the Director: Lisa Shriver on Rock of Ages

Lisa Shriver makes her 5th Avenue Theatre debut at the helm of Rock of Ages. She is the Lucille Lortel Award-nominated choreographer of the Off-Broadway revival of Into the Woods, recently completing its transfer to the West End. Her Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar and Ring of Fire, and many others. In addition to

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Kent High Schools Celebrate the Message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the last three years, The 5th Avenue Theatre has partnered with high schools in Kent to support students as they write and produce a rally sharing the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The residency began at Kentridge High School in 2016 and last year expanded to include Kent Meridian High School. This

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What Happens at a Writer’s Retreat?

In October of 2018, The 5th Avenue Theatre proudly hosted its inaugural First Draft: Story Summit, inviting nine writing teams (including five local teams) comprised of womxn, gender-non-conforming, and non-binary folx. Shortly after, we announced four First Draft Commissions. The commission-ees have a year to write a complete first draft of their musicals with support

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GUEST POST: Girl Scouts of Western Washington and The 5th!

The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to work closely with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, making theater tickets affordable and accessible to families and empowering girls with the transformative power of musical theater. Over the holidays, nearly 600 members of the Girl Scout community attended Annie and Sing-a-Long Sound of Music. We invited Tami Micheletti, a volunteer

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