Category: Dramaturgy

How Can I Resist Ya? Preparing for ‘Mamma Mia!’

BY SARAH RUDINOFF (Rosie in The 5th’s Mamma Mia!) When our director Bill Berry called with an offer to play Rosie, he said Lisa Estridge was coming back to Seattle to do the show. I think I said yes right after he said Lisa’s name. Lisa is one of the few people who truly makes me giggle

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Behind Every Good Woman… are three other women fighting to protect her authenticity.

By BRIDGET MORGAN, Senior PR & Communications Manager Donna Sheridan is a remarkable character in the world of musical theater. She is an imperfect middle-aged woman whose past and present are occasionally littered with the consequences of messy decisions—she is strong and decisive, flawed and human. Her musical peers might include indomitable divas like Dolly

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Mamma Mia! An Interview with Director Bill Berry

By ALBERT EVANS, Artistic Associate I sat down with Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre, to discuss his process of directing a new version of Mamma Mia! Here’s what he said. ALBERT EVANS: What’s new about this show? BILL BERRY: Well, it’s not a new version of Mamma Mia! It’s a

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Inside Look: Scenic Design for Mamma Mia!

We are pleased and lucky to have Scenic Designer Jason Sherwood back with us for Mamma Mia! Jason previously designed Paint Your Wagon and Jasper in Deadland at The 5th. In this video, he talks about his vision for the set, as well as conversations he and Director Bill Berry had about creating a new design that was

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A Story About Us: An Interview with Peter Rothstein

By Kwapi Vengesayi, Community Engagement Specialist On December 8, 1996, Ragtime, a musical based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Fourteen months later, on January 18, 1998, it made its Broadway debut, which marked the beginning of what would be a two-year run:

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Ragtime Historical Figures & Their American Story

By Kwapi Vengesayi, Community Engagement Specialist Based on the 1975 novel by E.L Doctorow, Ragtime is a musical that introduces the stories of fictional characters and intertwines them with the lives of real-life historical figures. Get to know some of these characters from history below. Henry Ford July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947 Henry

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Creating a Completely New Musical: The Development of Something Rotten!

Most Broadway newcomers don’t get their first show produced by Tony Award-winner Kevin McCollum, and they don’t typically land Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw as their director-choreographer. But brothers Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick and British comedy writer John O’Farrell, the creators of the Tony Award-nominated Something Rotten!, aren’t like most Broadway first-timers. Growing up in Louisiana, the

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An Interview with Steve Bebout, Something Rotten!’s Associate Director

Q: Can you take me back to when you started working on the big show-stopping number “A Musical”? A: I work with Casey [Nicholaw, director & choreographer], and he has an associate choreographer John MacInnis as well. And Glen Kelly, who is the dance arranger. The authors had written this song, and it had a

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