Month: March 2016

Meet The Assassins: Leon Czolgosz

Meet the Actor: Brandon O’Neill Brandon O’Neill joins the cast as Leon Czolgosz.  He has performed on the ACT stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ramayana for which he received both a Broadway World Award and a Footlight Award, and First Date, which earned him a Gregory Award nomination. He has been seen recently at The 5th Avenue

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Thoughts on Assassins: Human Qualities in These Stories of Unfulfilled Hopes

I have loved the score of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins since I first heard the off-Broadway soundtrack in the early 1990s. The stylistically varied music reflected the historic scope of the tales being told and offered a unification of storytelling the likes of which I had never heard.  I was a bit nervous to see my

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Meet The Assassins: Emma Goldman

Meet the Actor: Kjerstine Anderson Kjerstine Anderson makes her 5th Avenue and ACT debutas Emma Goldman in Assassins. Her regional work includes seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood), The Unfortunates, My Fair Lady, The Servant of Two Masters, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

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Acceptance and Being Yourself: Why Kinky Boots is a Great Musical for the Whole Family

Want to hear how Kinky Boots is a family show directly from the horse’s mouth? In this video, Broadway youth reviewer Iain Armitage (a.k.a. Iain Loves Theatre on YouTube) talks about his own enjoyment of Kinky Boots and interviews fellow young audience members about why they love the show.

Aspiring to Our “Impossible Dream”

Do you know that feeling when your heart quickens and pounds because a theatrical experience has touched you to your very core?  I can honestly say that the first time I experienced theater with that power, it was while watching Man of La Mancha.  There is something so profoundly hopeful in hearing a tale where

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The Heart of the Matter: From Janis Joplin to Heart and Beyond

WITH HER HAIGHT-ASHBURY HIPPIE STYLE and a vocal delivery inspired by the gospel, folk and R&B artists she admired (Bessie Smith, Odetta, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Nina Simone), Janis Joplin kicked open the door for women to take their place in what was then the male-dominated realm of rock in all its evolving and

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Thoughts on Assassins: Gun Violence, the American Dream, and The Cult of Celebrity

My feelings about Assassins, the co-production between The 5th Avenue Theater and ACT, are difficult to unpack, but I will attempt to share some of my thoughts. I saw the show right after a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense meeting where I learned some staggering statistics about American children growing up in homes with

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Meet The Assassins: John Hinckley

Meet The Actor: Frederick Hagreen Frederick Hagreen  is elated to make his ACT debut playing John Hinckley in  Assassins. His recent Seattle credits include critically acclaimed Come From Away (Seattle Rep); American Idiot, Really, Really (ArtsWest); Jasper in Deadland, Pirates of Penzance (5th Avenue Theatre); Mary Poppins, and Les Miserables (Village Theatre), among others. Meet The Assassin: John

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Janis: From Blues Mama to Rock Queen

“I’m one of those regular weird people.” ~Janis Joplin It began with her friend’s record collection. They were all there, the African-American blues divas whose raw, powerful vocals grabbed hold of a teenage loser — a white girl from a white-bread family in Port Arthur, Texas — and altered her DNA. Bessie Smith. Ma Rainey.

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Meet the Cast: A Night With Janis Joplin

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Stepping in as the Queen

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