Spotlight on Bob Fosse

By JORDAN LUSINK, Communications Coordinator

The Pajama Game is touted as THE show that catapulted Bob Fosse to stardom. It was his first solo choreography credit, and he won his first Tony Award© for Best Choreography for the original production in 1954; however, his legacy as a choreographer extends before and far after his involvement with The Pajama Game. Continue reading “Spotlight on Bob Fosse”

Meet the Dreamers: Skizzo and Jade

As we gear up for Man of La Mancha to take the stage in October, we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to all of our amazing cast members. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be giving you a mini-intro to our dreamers.

Skizzo Arnedillo Arteaga

molm_skizzo-arnedillo-webWe are excited to welcome Skizzo Arnedillo Arteaga for the first time at The 5th! Skizzo is a native of San Sebastian, Spain, and has 23 years of professional dance experience around the world. In addition to his extensive dance and choreography background, he has been seen on stage in productions of Peter PanBeauty and the BeastThe Wedding SingerSaturday Night FeverChicagoSweet Charity, and Carmen. Skizzo is pulling double duty, filling the role of Assistant Choreographer as well as being part of our fabulous ensemble in the role of Jose. He has worked quite a bit with our fantastic choreographer, so we can’t wait to see the result!

Jade Solomon Curtis


We’re pleased to have Jade Solomon Curtis back with us at The 5th! You may have seen her previously in Oklahoma! and Carousel at The 5th. She is a Texas native who has worked with dance companies across the country, including Wideman/Davis Dance, Spectrum Dance Theater, Alison Chase and Opus Dance Theater.


Don’t miss Jade, Skizzo, 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: Eric, Sarah and Wilson

Continuing our introductions of the amazing Man of La Mancha cast, here are three more of our dreamers: Eric Esteb, Sarah Rose Davis and Wilson Mendieta!

Eric Esteb

molm_eric-esteb-webWe are glad to have Eric back with us for this production. Most recently you may have seen him in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, but he’s been on our stage a number of times over the years. When not performing at The 5th, Eric performs in Duo Rêves as an aerialist and dancer with his partner Quynbi. See video of their work together at Eric will be stepping in as Juan, in addition to contributing to the ensemble.


molm_sarah-rose-davis-webSarah Rose Davis

Sarah may be familiar to audiences at The 5th: she starred as Rosemary in our production of How to Succeed… last season! Other 5th Ave credits include A Chorus Line and Grease. You may have also seen her as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at Village Theatre. Find out more about Sarah at her website. Sarah will be portraying Fermina in the show, in addition to her part in the ensemble.

Wilson Mendieta

We are stoked to have Wilson in Man of La Mancha for his 5th Ave debut! Wilson has been seen on Broadway or on tour in Man of La ManchaBombay DreamsChicago. He’s been off-Broadway in Celia. You may also have seen him in one of his TV roles, on Law & OrderAll My ChildrenDancing with the Stars. Wilson is the Director of the Musical Theater Program at the University of Washington. Find out more about Wilson at his website. He will be Tenorio in our production, as well as his role in the ensemble.

Don’t miss Eric, Sarah, Wilson 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.

How to Write a Satire By Being Really, Really Smart

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a textbook example (if textbooks were hilariously funny) of the standard definition, and a sharp refutation of Kaufman’s gloomy prediction. But it’s understandable why Kaufman made his cynical joke. He was a writer and director, and satires usually appeal more to authors than to the public. Theatergoers stubbornly prefer to go home after a musical cheered and uplifted, rather than reflecting bitterly on “foolishness or vice.”

But if a show is sufficiently nimble and its satirical arrows hit the bull’s-eye, even political and governmental shenanigans can lift the spirits. George and Ira Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing proved the point in 1931, when it combined a presidential campaign with a beauty contest, the winners to be married at the inauguration. Of Thee I Sing became one of the few smash hits of the Depression years. (Ironically, it was directed by Mr. Kaufman.) Continue reading “How to Write a Satire By Being Really, Really Smart”