Meet the Factory: Time Study Guys and Union Gals

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


pg_eric-ankrim-webEric Ankrim

You may have seen Eric earlier this season as the Duke in our production of Man of La Mancha. Or perhaps you saw him last season as J. Pierrepont Finch in our blockbuster production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, also directed by Bill Berry, or in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. Other 5th Avenue credits include Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon.  Eric also returned to the role he originated in First Date on Broadway. In addition to being a Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory worker, Eric is also serving as the Associate Director of this production.

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Kevin makes his 5th Avenue debut with The Pajama Game! He’s had an extensive career on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including A Little Night Music, Most Happy Fella, Juno, On the Town, Lost in the Stars, Applause, Fiorello!, Stairway to Paradise and Paint Your Wagon. Kevin has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and Omaha Symphony.

pg_matthew-posner-web Matthew Posner

Many of our amazing How to Succeed… cast members are returning for The Pajama Game, and Matthew is one of them. In addition to How to Succeed… last season, you may have seen him previously at The 5th in Damn YankeesPirates of Penzance, Secondhand Lions, Oliver! and A Christmas Story. He’s also been seen at Village in Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof and Billy Elliott. His tour/regional credits include Camelot and Les Miserables, and also has a prominent voice over career. You can hear his voice over work at Voices.com!

pg_hannah-schuerman-web Hannah Schuerman

Hannah is returning to The 5th after making her mainstage debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music last season. Hannah recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University.

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Jasmine is also making her 5th Ave debut! However, you may have seen her around town: she is a member of ACT Theatre’s Core Company 2016, and has been seen regionally in Dangerous Liaisons, Winter’s Tale, Bonnie & Clyde, Stupid F*cking Bird, 9 to 5 and A Christmas Carol. Find out more about Jasmine at her website.

pg_alexandria-henderson-webAlexandria Henderson

Like Eric and Matthew, Alexandria is returning to The 5th after appearing in How to Succeed… last season. Other 5th Avenue credits include Little Shop… and Hairspray in Concert. Regional credits include Stardust Christmas Enchantment with Harlequin, Working with Seattle Musical Theatre, Hairspray with Twelfth Night Productions and The Wiz with Tacoma Musical Playhouse.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Your Man of La Mancha Is…

We are thrilled to announce that Broadway’s Norm Lewis will star in the iconic dual roles of Cervantes/Don Quixote in this legendary Broadway musical. He will make his 5th Ave debut in Man of La Mancha.
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Meet the Pioneers: William, H. Ford and Guang-Li

There is no shortage of adventurers in this show, and here are three more of them: H. Ford (Rodney Hicks), Guang-Li (Mikko Juan) and William (Eric Ankrim). H. Ford is a free black man from New York City who heads west to make his fortune, as so many others did. H. Ford focuses more on the entrepreneurial side than the gold side, though. The younger brother of previously announced character Ming-Li, Guang-Li is curious and determined to learn English and more about the American people. He and his brother butt heads over their differences as Ming-Li stays razor focused on getting money for their family and Guang-Li wants to do more to fit in. William is an Irishman hoping to raise enough money to bring his wife and baby from Ireland, but gets a bit waylaid by his own vices.

Rodney Hicks WebRodney Hicks is stepping in as H. Ford. Previously seen on our stage in Hair, Rodney may be familiar to Seattle audiences from his recent role in Come From Away at Seattle Repertory, which he will be accompanying to Broadway. Other Broadway credits include the original cast of RENT (as well as the closing cast!), Scottsboro Boys and Jesus Christ Superstar. Rodney has also been seen Off-Broadway in Scottsboro Boys, Jacques Brel…, From My Hometown and RENT. You may have seen him on television in episodes of Leverage, Grimm, Law & Order: CI and Hope & Faith. Adding to his list of talents, Rodney is also a playwright, having recently completed a long journey with a show called NC-17.

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Mikko Juan is making his 5th Avenue debut with Paint Your Wagon. He is currently a University of Washington student, graduating next spring from UW’s Musical Theater Program. We’re so thrilled to have him as part of our cast during his professional debut on our stage!

 

 

 

Eric Ankrim starred earlier this season Eric Ankrim Webin How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Eric also starred in Come From Away earlier this season at Seattle Repertory. Eric is a regular on our stage (and other stages around Seattle), having been seen previously in our productions of Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon. Eric trod the boards on the Great White Way in First Date, in the role that he originated here.

 

Don’t miss Rodney, Mikko, Eric, and the other gold diggers 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.

The Many Faces of J. Pierrepont Finch

Many recognizable faces have taken on the role of J. Pierrepont Finch, the window washer who aspires to succeed in business while doing as little as possible to deserve it. Read more about some of the most famous faces of Finch.

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Robert Morse was the first to play J. Pierrepont Finch. His iconic performance of the role is revered by many. He won the Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in 1962. He would later go on to play Pierrepont in the 1967 movie adaptation of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.

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Matthew Broderick played J. Pierrepont Finch in the 1995 Broadway Revival of How to Succeed, a performance which won him the Tony Award® for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. A then relatively unknown actress named Megan Mullally played opposite Broderick as Rosemary Pilkington. Mullally was succeeded by Broderick’s soon-to-be wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, allowing the lovebirds to share the stage for a brief time.

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From Hogwarts to the World Wide Wicket Company! The Harry Potter star played J. Pierrepont in the second Broadway revival from 2011 to 2012. Radcliffe himself received critical acclaim for his portrayal, winning the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Actor in A Broadway Play, and the production was nominated for eight Tony Awards® in 2011.

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In January of 2012, Broadway went from Harry Potter to Glee when they cast Darren Criss as the new Pierrepont. This was Criss’s Broadway debut and his performance did not disappoint. The heartthrob was a major box office draw, selling out several performances and leaving the stage door to be greeted by throngs of fans. He would go on to in win Broadway.com’s Favorite Replacement Award.

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Follow Darren Criss’ limited engagement, Nick Jonas replaced him as the young, charismatic window washer and played the role until the end of the revival’s run in May. Jonas is no stranger to Broadway; when he was seven years old, he was cast as a young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. His other Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Annie Get Your Gun.

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Eric Ankrim plays J Pierrepont Finch in The 5th Avenue production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. This isn’t Eric’s first time on The 5th Avenue stage. His 5th Avenue credits include: Jacques Brel, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon. He has also directed for The 5th, helming our celebrated productions of ELF – The Musical and Grease. Ankrim reprised the role he originated in First Date, presented by The 5th and ACT, during the Broadway run of the musical comedy.

Don’t miss Eric Ankrim as Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, playing at The 5th until February 21. Critics say “it’s a big fat hit” that “had the audience screaming with laughter.” Read more and buy tickets here.

Graphics by KEVIN HARRIS, Graphic Designer

How to Succeed in Show Biz Without Really Trying

“I’m just in love with the city of Seattle and the artists that create here,” says Eric Ankrim, star of The 5th’s upcoming production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. And it’s no wonder. The talented theater artist is one of the most in-demand professionals in the area. At The 5th, audiences love Ankrim not only for his incredible stage presence (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!First Date), but for his talent in the director’s chair (Grease, ELF – The Musical).

Eric Ankrim in How to Succeed...Taking center stage as J. Pierrepont Finch is coming full circle for Ankrim. “This show is actually the first show I ever auditioned for and performed in, back in my sophomore year of high school. In many ways that experience was the reason I pursued theater moving forward.”

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