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Hugh Panaro to Play Bobby in 5th Ave. Theatre Company

Hugh Panaro, who recently played the vampiric title role of Lestat, will take on the role of Bobby in the 5th Avenue Theatre's upcoming production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth classic Company.

The show, which will also feature Kendra Kassebaum (Assassins, Wicked tour) as Amy and Shelly Burch (Nine) as Joanne, will play from October 17th through November 5th at the Seattle theatre. David Armstrong, who is the 5th Avenue's Artistic Director, will helm the show, which features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Furth.

The "hilarious and affecting portrayal of five married couples, as seen through the eyes of perpetual bachelor Robert, explores the joys and pitfalls of love, commitment and relationships. Winner of six 1971 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark show considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theater remains as relevant and razor-sharp as ever, demonstrating that relationships, while not perfect, go hand-in-hand with 'Being Alive,'" according to 5th Avenue notes.

Company will also star Anne Allgood as Jenny, Larry Ballard as Larry, David Drummond as David, Lisa Estridge as Marta, Anna Lauris as Kathy, Bobbi Kotula as Sarah, Timothy Piggee as Peter, David Quicksall as David, Susannah Mars as Susan, Daniel C. Levine (Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago) as Paul and Billie Wildrick as April.

Panaro's other Broadway credits include Side Show, The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, The Red Shoes, and Les Miserables. He has also been seen in Martin Guerre and in Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Center, among other shows.

The show will feature sets by James Wolk and costumes by Lynda Salsbury, with musical direction by Ian Eisendrath.

John Doyle's revival of Company, previously a hit at the Cincinnati Playhouse, opens on Broadway in November.

Visit www.5thavenuetheatre.org for tickets and more information.



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