Category: New Works

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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Creative Conversations: Lynn Ahrens on MARIE, DANCING STILL

How did the concept for this musical and this exceptional collaboration of Broadway visionaries come about? I’d seen Degas’s famous sculpture many times in various museums, and I always paused to admire it. But I happened to visit the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA one summer, and for the first time I started to

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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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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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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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