Meet the Pioneers: Jake Rutland, Wesley and Ming-Li

Joining our previously announced cast members are three more intrepid pioneers: Jake Rutland (Louis Hobson), Wesley (Kyle Robert Carter) and Ming-Li (Steven Eng). Jake leaves his home to try and get some independence from his older brother. Jake becomes a proprietor around town, choosing to focus on business (and fleecing the miners) rather than gold mining. Wesley is Jake’s slave who journeys with Jake across the country to start a new life, aspiring to purchase his own freedom through a secret career as a milliner. Ming-Li comes to America with his younger brother, planning on staying only long enough to raise money to support their family back in China.

Louis Hobson just finished up a run in our annual ACT co-production, Assassins, in which he portrayed the infamous John Wilkes Booth. In addition to Assassins, Louis has been in a number of other shows at The 5th including Jacques Brel…, A Room with a View, Spamalot, West Side Story, Miss Saigon and Hair. Louis played the role of Doctor Madden on Broadway in Next to Normal, and was also seen on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde, Leap of Faith and People in the Picture. His film and TV credits include C.O.G., Laggies, Lucky Them, The Man in the High Castle and Captain Fantastic. Louis is the cofounder of Indie Theatrical.

Kyle Carter WebKyle Robert Carter was most recently seen on our stage during this season’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Kyle also joined us last season in both Grease and Jasper in Deadland. He portrayed Benny in both the national tour and regional productions of In the Heights, and has been seen as Eddie Souther regionally in Sister Act. Off-Broadway, Kyle was in Storyville.

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Steven Eng is joining us again after his 5th Avenue debut earlier this season in Waterfall. Based out of New York, Steven has entertained audiences nationally and internationally. He was in The King and I in London, and has been seen in regional productions of Pacific Overtures, Richard II, Henry IV, Parts One and Two and Miss Saigon. (Steven has a Masters degree in Classical Acting which means lots of Shakespeare!) He has performed regionally at NY Philharmonic, Pasadena Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, ShakespeareNYC and many others. Steven is the co-founder of the National Asian Artists Project, and is a member of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts faculty.

Don’t miss Louis, Kyle and Steven, and the other prospectors, 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.

Meet the Pioneers: Armando and Jennifer

Joining Robert Cuccioli and Kendra Kassebaum are our younger couple-in-love: Armando (Justin Gregory Lopez) and Jennifer (Kirsten deLohr Helland). Armando is an arriero–which is kind of a pioneer-style mailman–who is begrudgingly befriended by the surly Ben Rumson (Cuccioli). Armando is down on his luck having recently lost his mule when Rumson stumbles upon him and helps him get to No Name City. Turns out, Ben has a young, beautiful, assertive daughter called Jennifer. When Jennifer gets to town, it’s basically love at first sight between her and Armando. Gorgeous duets follow. But will Ben be on board with their love? How will Armando tell his new best friend Ben that he’s in love with Ben’s daughter? These are the questions.

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We are pleased to welcome Justin Gregory Lopez, making his 5th Avenue debut! Justin worked on our developmental lab of Paint Your Wagon last fall, but is an actor and award-nominated nightclub entertainer usually based in New York. Justin has been seen in the Off-Broadway production of bare, and regionally in productions of In The HeightsEvitaThe Fantasticks. Justin also worked on the Broadway megahit Hamilton when it was still in development and called The Hamilton Mixtape. Justin can be seen in film and TV as a guest star on Law & Order: SVU and in the film Learning to Drive starring Ben Kingsley.

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Kirsten deLohr Helland is portraying Jennifer Rumson in this production, and will be quite familiar to 5th and Seattle audiences. Kirsten joined us earlier this year as Maria in The Sound of Music and last season as Rizzo in Grease. Around town, she was recently seen in American Idiot at ArtsWest and in Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep (written by and co-starring Kirsten’s bestie Justin Huertas). Kirsten is also half of the folk-rock duo Hanschen & Ilse with Justin.

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

Photos by MARK & TRACY PHOTOGRAPHY

Meet the Pioneers: Cayla Woodling

Performing opposite previously announced leading man Robert Cuccioli is 5th Avenue Theatre regular Kendra Kassebaum, joining the cast as Cayla Woodling. In this newly updated book and storyline, Cayla is one of two wives of Jameson Woodling. When the Woodlings arrive in town to gamble, Ben Rumson (Cuccioli) doesn’t appreciate the way that Jameson treats his ladies. Turns out, Cayla doesn’t appreciate the way that she’s treated either. The next day, when the Woodlings come back to cheat the other gamblers out of their money to recoup the losses of the previous day, Cayla stands up for herself and does whatever she has to do to escape Jameson’s clutches.

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Kassebaum will be familiar to 5th Avenue audiences. She just finished up her role as Sara Jane Moore in our ACT c0-production of Assassins. Previous 5th Ave and ACT credits include Jacques Brel…The Secret Garden, A Little Night MusicCompanyCinderella, ELF.  Her work on Broadway and in New York includes Wicked (Glinda), RENT (Maureen), Assassins (Ensemble/Squeaky Fromme us), Leap of Faith (Sam)MTC’s The Receptionist (Lorraine), and Roundabout Theatre’s A Little Night Music (Petra). Her local work includes critically acclaimed Seattle Rep’s Come From Away. Kassebaum’s regional credits include the Actors Theater of Louisville, Sundance Writer’s Lab, San Jose Rep, Ordway Center, Florida Stage, St. Louis Muny and the Arizona Theatre Company. Her film and recording credits include The Other WomanLeap of Faith and the Grammy-nominated Assassins cast recording.

Don’t miss Kendra, and the whole flock of pioneers, in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Photo by MARK & TRACY PHOTOGRAPHY

Kinky Cocktails

In honor of the return engagement of one of our favorite tours, Kinky Boots, here are some kinky cocktails for your enjoyment.

1516_KB_Kinky BubblesKINKY BUBBLES

INGREDIENTS
1 oz. KINKY® Pink Liqueur
4 oz. Risata® Moscato d’Asti

DIRECTIONS
Pour chilled KINKY® Pink Liqueur into champagne flute and top with chilled Risata® Moscato d’Asti. Good for spring and summer!

 

KINKY ZING1516_KB_Kinky Zing

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. KINKY® Pink Liqueur
2 oz. peach schnapps
lemon-lime soda

DIRECTIONS
Add KINKY® Pink Liqueur and peach schnapps to a mixing tin, cap and shake for a few seconds. Pour into an ice-filled glass and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.

1516_KB_Kinky BlushKINKY BLUSH

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. KINKY® Pink Liqueur
1 oz. KINKY® Vodka
3 oz. pink lemonade
splash of lemon-lime soda

DIRECTIONS
Pour KINKY® Pink Liqueur, KINKY® Vodka and pink lemonade over ice and stir. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Add lemon wheels for garnish, as desired. Good for spring and summer!

KINKY KOSMO1516_KB_Kinky Kosmo

INGREDIENTS
¾ oz. KINKY® Pink Liqueur
1 ¼ oz. KINKY® Vodka
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. fresh lime juice
lime wheel

DIRECTIONS
Add KINKY® Pink Liqueur and KINKY® Vodka, simple syrup and fresh lime juice to a mixing tin, cap and shake for a few seconds. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel. Good for all seasons!


Don’t miss Kinky Boots, at The 5th until May 8! Click here to get tickets.
All cocktail recipes courtesy Kinky® Beverages. (There are lots of other great cocktails on their website, which can be filtered by drink base, style, difficulty and season. What a time to be alive.)

“Southern Rock” Cocktail Inspired by Janis Joplin

This cocktail was inspired by the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll herself, Janis Joplin, and was created by our restaurant sponsor, Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe.  A Night With Janis Joplin runs until April 17, 2016 at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Downtown Seattle.

“Southern Rock”
You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • Southern Comfort
  • Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • Smirnoff Vodka
  • Mixed Sweet/Sour
  • Top with Sierra Mist

Instructions:

  1. Start with ice in your glass
  2. Pour in 1 oz of Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort
  3. Pour in 1/2 oz of Chambord and Smirnoff
  4. Top it off with a sour mix of your choosing (made from scratch at Hard Rock Cafe!)
  5. Briefly shake the mixture in a cocktail shaker
  6. Finish it off with Sierra Mist
  7. Add a lemon wedge for garnish

…or enjoy the “Janis Joplin” and drink Southern Comfort right out of the bottle!

Thanks to Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe! Please enjoy responsibly.

To learn more about A Night With Janis Joplin or to buy tickets, visit https://www.5thavenue.org/show/janis-joplin

Lola’s Seattle Adventure

The fabulous Lola of Kinky Boots fame came to visit Seattle recently to get better acquainted with the city before the entire cast rolls into town in April. (Lola wanted to add that she left the rest of them behind because drag queens have A LOT of luggage — Kinky Boots take up so much space — and she wanted to travel light.) Keep track of Lola’s adventures with the hashtag #SEAtheBoots !

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Rachel, Erin and Jordan with Lola on the windy Space Needle observation deck!

Rachel, Erin and Jordan of The 5th Avenue Marketing Team escorted Lola on her adventure of The Emerald City. (Though Lola thought we should think about renaming it “The Crimson City.”) She was a bit of a diva when it came to showing her face on camera, but she was such a doll to pose those boots for photos at some of Seattle’s favorite landmarks.

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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 Theatre in Carousel, The Pirates of Penzance, for which he received a Gregory Award nomination, Guys and Dolls which earned him a Footlight Award, and many others.

O’Neill’s regional work includes Seattle Rep (A View From The Bridge), Casa Manana (Miss Saigon), North Shore Music Theatre (Joseph…) and the Ordway Center (Pirates of Penzance and Cabaret). O’Neill originated the role of “Kassim” in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. His voice can be heard nightly on Broadway and in London as The Voice of the Cave of Wonders. He can also been seen as Uldren Sov in Bungie’s epic video game franchise, Destiny.

Meet the Assassin: Leon Czolgosz

Born in 1873, Leon Czolgosz was the son of Polish immigrants. A steel worker by trade, the poor working conditions and low wages led to him become interested in socialist and anarchist ideologies. After losing his job and battling depression, he immersed himself further into the study of socialism and anarchy, believing that there to be great inequality and injustice in the American system and a complicit government.

Inspired by Gaetano Bresci, a European anarchist that had assassinated King Umberto I of Italy, Czolgosz set his sights on President William McKinley whom he assassinated in 1901. After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Congress informally requested that the Secret Service provide presidential protection. A year later, the Secret Service assumed full-time responsibility for presidential protection.


Come see Assassins, performed at ACT—A Contemporary Theatre. Visit our website, and search March 18-April 7 for best availability.

Photo by Tracy Martin of MARK & TRACY PHOTOGRAPHY

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 first professional staging of a score I had loved and had strong feelings about for such a long time, but seeing this Assassins was a full realization of all that I could imagine for this show. I left feeling drained but also knowing that I had experienced an important work of stagecraft.

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Meet The Assassins: Emma Goldman

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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, Distracted, Cyrano de Bergerac, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Winters Tale. She was seen at Cal Shakes in King Lear (Cordelia/The Fool) and in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lakes Theater Festival in The Taming of The Shrew (Bianca). She was seen recently in Seattle in Book-It Repertory Theater’s Sense and Sensibility (Elinor).

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Meet the Assassin: Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman was an anarchist known for her political activism who also interacted several times with Leon Czolgosz. She has appeared as a character in two musicals, Assassins and Ragtime, and has also appeared as a character in multiple films. Known as “the most dangerous woman in America” for her anarchist and feminist  ideals in a conservative time period, Goldman is now recognized as being far ahead of her time. She was a prolific writer, penning countless pamphlets and articles on a diverse range of subjects, ultimately authoring 6 books.


Come see Assassins, performed at ACT—A Contemporary Theatre. Visit our website, and search March 18-April 7 for best availability.

Photo by Tracy Martin of MARK & TRACY PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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