TAK VIRAVAN ON HIS LOVE OF MUSICAL THEATER Musical theater is one of our great indigenous art forms, born entirely of an American culture of entertainment and exported around the world. It has the power to tell incredible stories, touch the soul and bring light to joy. It is this gift that Waterfall co-director Tak Viravan loves, and
A native of Seattle, Cynthia Stroum has been an angel investor, philanthropist and U.S. Ambassador. Previous to her business and political ventures, Cynthia worked in the film industry and has continued her commitment to the arts, making her Broadway producing debut in 2004 with Broadway hit, A Raisin in the Sun, earning her a Tony® nomination.
What a thrilling summer it was atThe 5th Avenue Theatre! Over four weekends in July and August, The 5th held its first-ever New Works festival–NextFest! Circles donors had the opportunity see and hear eight new musicals at various stages of development—from a first read-through to a fully staged studio presentation. The festival allowed our donors
This holiday season, The 5th will present a sumptuous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Two of the principal actresses in the show are also former students and participants in 5th Avenue Education programs, one of whom has become one of the hottest young stars in Seattle and the other who is ready to
“I’ve been associated with Waterfall from its initial reading around a coffee table in Manhattan in 2011,” says Thom Sesma, the Broadway star who plays the role of Chao Khun, Katherine’s older husband in the romantic new musical. Sesma fell in love with the work and participated in several subsequent readings and workshops in the years that followed, leading finally to a collaboration between Pasadena Playhouse and The 5th Avenue Theatre this year.
TIM MINCHIN (Music and lyrics) Before writing the songs for Matilda The Musical, Tim Minchin was a successful cabaret comedian with a loyal fan base who loved his musically complex songs that, in his words, “just happen to be funny.” He also had a résumé in classical theater, musical comedy, TV and films. Minchin was raised in Perth, Western
The 5th Avenue Theatre believes that the arts are fundamental to a rich life and we want to be sure that young people have access to theatrical performances. When Matilda the Musical composer Tim Minchin visited Seattle recently, we asked him about why he thinks the arts are important for children. Hear what he says: This
In 1940, a young British fighter pilot awoke in a war hospital. His plane had crashed in the North African desert. Somehow he crawled away from the burning wreckage, then lost consciousness. The last thing he remembered thinking was, “I’m dead,” but he was rescued and flown to safety. His nose was smashed, almost severed,
This month, The 5th Avenue Theatre is celebrating the life of a great man—a pillar and patriarch of the Seattle community, a pioneer in Seattle sports, a philanthropist, and a patron of the arts: Herman Sarkowsky.
Nancy Harris has been an usher at The 5th Avenue since the doors re-opened in 1980 and in those 35 years, she has collected plenty of backstage memories, some good and others not so great.