Category: New Works

Four Inaugural First Draft Commissions From the First Draft: Raise Your Voice

We are thrilled to announce that four writing teams have been selected to receive a First Draft Commission (a commission that will support writers solely through the development of the first draft of their script) following the inaugural First Draft: Raise Your Voice Story Summit. The commissioned teams will have one year to complete a first

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First Draft – Our First Story Summit

By Bridget Morgan, Senior PR & Communications Manager It’s going to be a busy week at The 5th Avenue Theatre… Nine writing teams made up exclusively of womxn, gender non-conforming and non-binary folkx will be onsite at The 5th for an intensive 5-day development process as they mold their concepts for new musicals into pitches with an

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First Draft: Raise Your Voice Selection Committee Announced

The selection committee for the inaugural session of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s new musical initiative, First Draft: Raise Your Voice, has been announced. This cycle is currently soliciting submissions nation-wide from womxn, gender non-conforming and non-binary folx with a submission deadline of June 15. Comprised of a team of outstanding womxn, the selection committee includes

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We are the Believers: A New Works Program Transition

By Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director At some point, every musical ever was simply this: an idea. Every musical began its journey as a few words on paper, poured from the hearts and souls of its creators with the support of a few critical individuals who believed in that story enough to help bring it

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NextFest: Day 1

By Erin Nieuwenhuis, Marketing & Communications Intern On Monday, February 19th, it was a chilly 33 degrees in downtown Seattle, but in the rehearsal space of the 5th Avenue Theatre, NextFest was just starting to warm up. A pot of coffee brewed as fuel for the long day ahead, actors were warming up their voices,

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Spotlight on Our Circles Members

Our Circles Members help make The 5th’s new musical productions possible A BIG thank you to our Circles Member donors, who through their gifts help support all of the artistic work of The 5th: on stage, in new work development and for our education programs—which served nearly 75,000 young people in our community last year.

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Hairspray The Musical: An International Sensation Born at The 5th

By BRIDGET MORGAN, Senior PR and Communications Manager There is such joy in the act of creation, particularly when your creation becomes something bigger than its creators and the sum of its parts; something enjoyed and embraced by many; something that impacts the lives of everyone it touches. And that is the nature of The

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Behind the Curtain: In Rehearsal with Romy and Michele

We are so excited to be presenting our eighteenth new musical in a couple short weeks! Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is based on the cult film of the same name, but puts a whole new spin on it: a musical! This show will remind musical theater fans of Legally Blonde with its pop-rock new songs

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