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Originally published March 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM | Page modified March 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

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Seattle’s ‘First Date’ headed to Broadway

‘First Date,’ a well-done, well-received musical that was a coproduction of Seattle’s ACT and 5th Avenue theaters, will be staged on Broadway this summer.

Seattle Times theater critic

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“First Date,” a new musical that debuted at Seattle’s ACT Theatre in 2012, has a date this summer with Broadway.

An irreverent and romantic dissection of a blind date, from the contrasting perspectives of a single man and woman meeting for the first time, the show was a runaway hit in Seattle as a coproduction of ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatre. It received four 2012 Seattle Times Footlight Awards.

Written by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, “First Date” is slated to begin preview performances at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre on July 9, and open on Aug. 4.

5th Avenue Theatre associate artistic director Bill Berry, who staged the show at ACT, will again direct. Josh Rhodes will choreograph and Tony Award-winner David Gallo will design the set.

The show’s lead producer is Junkyard Productions, whose partners include longtime 5th Avenue supporters and philanthropists Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff of Seattle. The group previously produced the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” on Broadway, after a tryout run at the 5th Avenue.

Casting for “First Date” will be announced later.

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com

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