Broadway Musicals That Started at The 5th

Did you know that The 5th Avenue Theatre has hosted 10 musicals that have gone on to star on Broadway—5 of which won Tony Awards®? Check out the videos below of the thrilling Broadway musicals that got their start at The 5th Avenue Theatre!  Watch the videos below (listed in chronological order) or watch the full playlist above. Continue reading “Broadway Musicals That Started at The 5th”

Tony Award Nominees and Winners in Our 2016/17 Season

Our 2016/17 Season is full of Tony nominees and winners. Take a look at the nominations and wins for each of the shows. (Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a brand new musical so it hasn’t been nominated or won any awards…yet!)

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Tony Awards Fashion

One of the most riveting parts of any awards show is the fashion. There’s a reason that they often broadcast Red Carpet arrivals in addition to the actual award show. Who doesn’t love a fabulous gown, or a snazzy suit? Continue reading “Tony Awards Fashion”

Paint Your Wagon Pioneers

The 5th has a tremendous history of nurturing writers and composers that in turn leads to new musicals on both our stage and on Broadway. With the leadership support of the following donors, The 5th can continue investing in the next generation of writers and further our commitment to producing new works.

Thank you to our Paint Your Wagon Pioneers!


The 2016 5th Avenue Awards Recipients Are…

Congratulations to all! This year, our evaluators saw 116 productions, each and every one of which was worthy of our applause.

Here are the nominees and recipients for the 2016 5th Avenue Awards.

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Rushing for Gold: The Shiny Siren and the American Dream

Inspired by the real-life Gold Rush of the late 1840s, Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon explores the lives of prospectors who traveled thousands of miles and spent hundreds of dollars attempting to strike it rich. The would-be miners came from all over the world and all walks of life. The stories of gold lying on the ground just waiting to be picked up were irresistible, though of course not at all a reflection of what most prospectors actually experienced. Still the lure of instant wealth was enough to bring thousands of people to the new state of California, though very few found the wealth they thought they would and many returned home penniless and disillusioned.

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Meet the Pioneers

Our final trio of pioneers join the wagon train today: Pearl (Brenna Wagner), and a special treat: our two Swings, Nicholas Tarabini and Carolyn Willems van Dijk! Pearl joins Timberline, Lotta and Mary as an entertainer in the area, as well as playing the character of Elisa. Swings act as understudies to basically all of the ensemble roles, which is no mean feat for Nicholas and Carolyn with such a well-rounded ensemble! (Read this great article from Playbill about the importance of a swing to any show.)

Brenna Wagner Web

We are thrilled to have Brenna here for her debut at The 5th with Paint Your Wagon! Although this is her first show here, Seattle audiences may have seen her recently in ArtsWest’s production of Violet as Violet or in Village’s productions of Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady.




Nicholas is stepping in as our male swing. You may have seen him earlier this season in our production of The Sound of Music. He’s also been seen regionally in American Idiot at ArtsWest and Next to Normal at Second Story Rep.


Carolyn Willems Van Dijk Web


Carolyn is stepping in as our female swing. She’s no stranger to this particular challenge – she was also the swing for Cinderella and ELF, as well as being seen regularly onstage in Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music.



Don’t miss Brenna, Nicholas, Carolyn, and the other gold diggers in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.