5th Avenue's new season in Seattle: Tony winners and classic favorites
The 5th Avenue Theatre's new season includes a tour of "Next to Normal" and old favorites "Guys and Dolls" and "Oklahoma!"
Seattle Times theater critic
The 5th Avenue Theatre's 2010-2011 season will open with the premiere tour of the Tony Award-honored, salsa-flavored musical "In the Heights." Also in the seven-show lineup: the current Broadway hit "Next to Normal," which was first workshopped at Issaquah's Village Theatre, and boasts a book and lyrics by local native Brian Yorkey.
In addition: a tour of the (short-lived) Dolly Parton musical "9 to 5," local premieres of the recent shows "Vanities" and holiday tuner "A Christmas Story, the Musical"; and new stagings of the classics "Guys and Dolls" and "Oklahoma!"
"The season fulfills our mission of producing musical theater of all kinds from the past, present and future," said 5th Avenue executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong. Armstrong is especially keen on the locally cast reworkings of "A Christmas Story" and the Off Broadway show "Vanities" (based on Jack Heifner's play about a trio of cheerleaders). The latter is a coproduction with ACT Theatre. To accommodate subscribers of both companies, the show will have a lengthy run in a 400-seat venue at ACT — "the perfect place for this," Armstrong said.
The 5th Avenue Theatre's complete 2010-2011 roster:
"In the Heights," Sept. 28-Oct. 17, 2010. A celebration of New York's Dominican-American enclave of Washington Heights, with a rap/salsa score by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Winner of the 2008 Best Musical Tony.
"A Christmas Story, the Musical," Nov. 27-Dec. 19, 2010. Adapted from a popular 1983 holiday film, based on the short stories of Jean Shepherd.
"Vanities," Feb. 4-April 3, 2011. A David Kirshenbaum-Jack Heifner adaptation of Heifner's hit play about a trio of women friends, from their cheerleader years onward.
"Next to Normal," Feb. 22-March 13, 2011. A woman and her family try to cope with mental illness, in this respected musical drama, the score for which Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt earned a 2009 Tony.
"9 to 5 the Musical," April 5-24, 2011. The hit 1980 movie romp, about office workers wreaking revenge on their sexist boss, adapted for the stage by original co-star/composer Dolly Parton and screenwriter Patricia Resnick.
"Guys and Dolls," May 17-June 5, 2011. A new staging of the snappy Broadway classic based on Damon Runyan's pungent stories of New York gamblers and street missionaries.
"Oklahoma!" July 12-July 31, 2011. A new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's first, watershed collaboration, which matches catchy tunes with the romance of a cowhand and a feisty farm gal.
More details: 206-625-1900 or www.5thavenue.org.
Information in this article, originally published March 6, 2010, was corrected March 7, 2010. A previous version of this story incorrectly the year a Tony was awarded. It has been corrected to reflect that Tom Kitt earned a Tony in 2009.
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