The 2017 Tony Award Nominations and The 5th!

By DAVID ARMSTRONG, Executive Producer and Artistic Director

As always, there are many connections this season between the shows and artists that are nominated for Tony Awards and The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Come From Away PC Matthew Murphy

310 - Ian Eisendrath, Caitlin Warbelow and Ben Power. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Topping the list, of course, is Best Musical nominee Come From Away.  We are so proud to have co-produced with Seattle Rep the developmental lab production of this show as part of our New Works Program — and there are many, many other 5th Avenue connections as well: The show’s Music Supervisor is our own Resident Music Director Ian Eisendrath, ably assisted by Chris Ranney, who is a regular at The 5th. Several long-time 5th Avenue favorites are featured in the cast including Kendra Kassebaum, Rodney Hicks, and Chad Kimball. Continue reading “The 2017 Tony Award Nominations and The 5th!”

Meet the Dreamers: Annie, Richard and Davione

Check out some more of our amazing cast members! Today we’re meeting Annie Morro, Richard Peacock and Davione Gordon.

molm_annie-morro-webAnnie Morro

Annie is making her 5th Avenue debut with Man of La Mancha. Regional credits include Village Theatre’s My Fair Lady and UW Musical Theatre’s Sweet Charity.



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Richard is returning to his 5th Avenue family after spending five months dancing in Mumbai! Previous Seattle credits include A Chorus LineHow to Succeed… and A Christmas Story at The 5th, and Xanadu at Village Theatre.

molm_davione-gordon-webDavione Gordon

This is Davione’s second production with The 5th, having performed last in Carousel during our 2014/15 season. He is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland, and moved to Seattle in 2012, where he joined Spectrum Dance Theater and danced with the company for four seasons.


Don’t miss Annie, Richard, Davione and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, classic musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Dreamers: Dane, Maisha and Steven

Three more dreamers to meet today: Dane Stokinger, Maisha Mercee’ and Steven Sofia.

Dane Stokinger

dane-stokinger-webWe’re pleased to have Dane back with us for this production. Dane was last seen at The 5th in last season’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Mr. Gatch. He’s also been on our stage in A Christmas Story and Monty Python’s Spamalot. You may also recognize Dane from his roles at Seattle Children’s Theatre (the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) or his roles at Village Theatre (Jerry in Full Monty, Mike in Trails and Morris Brummell in No Way to Treat a Lady). He’ll be playing the role of Anselmo.

Maisha Mercee’molm_maisha-mercee-web

We’re thrilled to have Maisha making her debut at The 5th in Man of La Mancha! Mercee’ is a trained dancer of both the Debbie Allen and Alvin Ailey schools. She was also a dancer/teaching artist at the company CONTRA-TIEMPO.

Steven Sofia


We’re excited to welcome Steven for the first time at The 5th as well! Steven is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the UW’s Musical Theater program. He has been seen on Broadway in Chita Rivera’s The Dancer’s LifeKiss Me, KateChicagoBeauty and the BeastGuys and DollsBetty Buckley: An Evening at Carnegie Hall and Applause at Encores.


Don’t miss Dane, Maisha, Steven and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, classic musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show, and to purchase tickets.

Circle Members Spotlight: The Beguns

An interview with Shayna and Andrew Begun, Circles Members at The 5th on why they love it here and why supporting The 5th is important to them.

Beguns at First Date

Shayna and Andrew Begun
Subscribers – 8 years
Donors – 7 years

What does coming to The 5th mean for you?

Andrew bought me season tickets for my birthday in 2008, and Cabaret was our first show. We have been hooked ever since! It started as just a guaranteed “date night” once in a while, and with two toddlers at home that was much needed! Now with the kids getting older, we are enjoying introducing them to our love of musical theater with shows like The Sound of Music, Oliver!, A Christmas Story and Les Miserables. We are so lucky to live in a community with such an amazing arts and music community, and we have loved becoming a part of that through our contributions to The 5th.

What do you enjoy most about The 5th?

From the second we walk in the door of The 5th we feel right at home. We are always greeted with a warm smile from the staff and volunteers, and then we sit down and are amazed at the beauty that happens on the stage and in the pit for each show.

Why do you support The 5th?

We believe that music and the arts are a critical part of our community. Our children are lucky to attend a public school that has a focus on the arts/drama, but we know that sadly this isn’t common across the country. The 5th Avenue’s Education and Outreach programs are phenomenal and we support The 5th so that they can continue to offer and expand these programs.

What has been your favorite musical at The 5th?

It is so hard to pick just one! Shayna’s favorites were Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and First Date. Joseph brought back great memories because it was a musical production that she played in the pit of during a summer performance in high school, and First Date because it had her laughing from start to finish. Andrew has particularly enjoyed the development of 5th Avenue premieres including A Christmas Story, Memphis, and First Date from The 5th Avenue stage to their Broadway and traveling incarnations.

Andrew and Shayna live in Redmond and have two young children. Andrew is originally from Princeton, NJ and Shayna is from Fargo, ND, but they moved to the Seattle area after college and began careers at Microsoft. Shayna later left Microsoft to spend more time with the kids and has become very involved in volunteering at their school while pursuing her interest in yoga. When not at The 5th, the entire family loves enjoying the Pacific Northwest, skiing and cycling.

Click here to find out more about Circles Membership.

Interview by CHRISTINE JOHNSON, Circles Manager

Holiday Musicals at The 5th Avenue Theatre

The holidays are a festive time, a time for thanksgiving, for family and for cheer. And what provides more joy than a good old holiday musical? Throughout the years, The 5th has produced a number of musicals during the holidays, but here are three of our favorites. Continue reading “Holiday Musicals at The 5th Avenue Theatre”

The Votes Are In!

At the end of the 2014/15 season, we asked our subscribers to vote on the highlights of the year, from Outstanding Actor and Actress to Outstanding Lighting Design and Best Musical Moment, in our annual Subscriber Choice Awards. The non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre has over 25,000 subscribers, one of the largest theater subscription bases in the country, and many eagerly participated in the voting. We tallied the votes, and are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014/15 Subscriber Choice Awards:

Continue reading “The Votes Are In!”