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by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

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BWW 2016 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)BWW 2016 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Dec 31, 2016

It's been a crazy year, Dear Readers. Lots of ups, lots of downs, and LOTS of emotions. And I'm not just talking about on stage. But let's not dwell on the bad things that may have happened in the world and focus on some of the amazing things Seattle theater companies gave us this past year, and let me tell you there were quite a few. So many in fact that in some categories I simply had to call out more than the usual Honorable Mentions as some performances just needed to be noted. You'll see what I mean especially when you get to the female categories as the ladies were certainly bringing it this year. But let's get started shall we? Out of the myriad shows I saw this year in Seattle, here are the shows and performances that truly stood out to me. (more...)


by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 30, 2016

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Josh Davis Joins Billie Wildrick in THE PAJAMA GAME at 5th Avenue Theatre; Cast Complete!Josh Davis Joins Billie Wildrick in THE PAJAMA GAME at 5th Avenue Theatre; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

This winter, The 5th Avenue Theatre will have Seattle adjusting its radiators with a steaming hot new production of the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical theater hit, The Pajama Game. With direction by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this sultry stunner features Bob Fosse-inspired choreography by Bob Richard and music direction by Joel Fram. (more...)

ArtsWest Announces Final Extension of PETER AND THE STARCATCHERArtsWest Announces Final Extension of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

In response to continued strong ticket sales and critical acclaim, ArtsWest will further extend the run of Peter and the Starcatcher through Friday, December 30. The additional performances are scheduled for Wednesday 12/28, Thursday 12/29and Friday 12/30 at 7:30pm. Tickets for the added performances can be purchased immediately at artswest.org. (more...)

ArtsWest Announces Extension of PETER AND THE STARCATCHERArtsWest Announces Extension of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

In response to strong ticket sales and critical acclaim, ArtsWest will extend the run of Peter and the Starcatcher through Tuesday, December 27. The additional performances are scheduled for Monday 12/26 and Tuesday 12/27 at 7:30pm. Tickets for the added performances can be purchased immediately at ArtsWest.org. (more...)

BWW Review: Enjoy Childlike Wonder with Magical PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at ArtsWestBWW Review: Enjoy Childlike Wonder with Magical PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at ArtsWest
by Amelia Reynolds - Nov 25, 2016

We get to be children again! Laugh at the fart jokes! Stare with wonder at the choreography! Giggle at the man playing an uptight Nanny! ArtsWest extends its hand, beckoning audience members to use their imagination in their delightful production of 'Peter and the Starcatcher.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE: ArtsWest Releases First Teaser for PETER AND THE STARCATCHERSTAGE TUBE: ArtsWest Releases First Teaser for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2016

ArtsWest is pleased to announce PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the Tony Award-winning musical about the early adventures of Peter Pan, opening at the ArtWest Playhouse and Gallery on November 17. PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is appropriate for all ages and most fun for ages 10 & up. The performances will run Thursday through Friday until December 23, and BroadwayWorld has the first look at the production! (more...)

ArtsWest Announces PETER AND THE STARCATCHERArtsWest Announces PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

ArtsWest is pleased to announce PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the Tony Award-winning musical about the early adventures of Peter Pan, opening at the ArtWest Playhouse and Gallery on November 17. PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is appropriate for all ages and most fun for ages 10 & up. The performances will run Thursday through Friday until Decemeber 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rufus Bonds, Jr., Nova Payton, Don Darryl Rivera and More in 5th Avenue Theatre's MAN OF LA MANCHAPhoto Flash: First Look at Rufus Bonds, Jr., Nova Payton, Don Darryl Rivera and More in 5th Avenue Theatre's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Broadway's Rufus Bonds, Jr. takes over the role of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at 5th Avenue Theatre. Bonds was recently seen as Porgy in The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess in London's West End, and was a member of the original Broadway casts of RENT and Parade. This new production is the first of The 5th Avenue Theatre's 2016/17 season and also features Don Darryl Rivera as Sancho and Nova Payton as Aldonza with direction by Allison Narver and choreography by Maria Torres. (more...)

The 5th Avenue Theatre's Second Annual NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals Launches This WeekendThe 5th Avenue Theatre's Second Annual NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals Launches This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Some of Seattle's most talented actors will be hard at work in collaboration with writers from around the country in the rehearsal halls of The 5th Avenue Theatre this month as the company's NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals launches its three week intensive development cycle this weekend. (more...)

Norm Lewis to Star as 'Don Quixote' in MAN OF LA MANCHA at 5th Avenue TheatreNorm Lewis to Star as 'Don Quixote' in MAN OF LA MANCHA at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Just announced, Norm Lewis will star in the iconic dual roles of Cervantes/Don Quixote in the legendary Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha at The 5th Avenue Theatre. (more...)

The Ordway to Present PAINT YOUR WAGON, 8/9-21The Ordway to Present PAINT YOUR WAGON, 8/9-21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts opens its 2016-17 season with an exciting new 'revisal' of Lerner & Loewe's Paint Your Wagon, Aug. 9-21. Featuring an all new book by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Jon Marans, the show opened at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in June 2016. Twin Cities audiences will be among the first in the world to experience this updated sweeping saga of the mythic West and the pursuit of the American Dream. Tickets for Lerner & Loewe's Paint Your Wagon start at $37 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office. (more...)

BWW Review: Rewritten PAINT YOUR WAGON at 5th Ave is Better but Still Has ProblemsBWW Review: Rewritten PAINT YOUR WAGON at 5th Ave is Better but Still Has Problems
by Jay Irwin - Jun 10, 2016

I'll admit unfamiliarity with Lerner and Loewe's "Paint Your Wagon" before recently. Never saw the original, never saw the movie, and had only a passing familiarity with the bigger songs in it. So to educate myself before seeing this production I watched the movie, which was also rewritten from the original musical version but what I had available to me. Wow, what a train wreck that is! Horrific story, songs that move nothing along and a movie that seems to be there solely for Lee Marvin to mug to the camera. So I was trepidatious to say the least about this rewritten version at the 5th Avenue Theatre and after seeing it I'm of two minds. (more...)

5th Avenue Theatre's Starry PAINT YOUR WAGON Opens Tonight5th Avenue Theatre's Starry PAINT YOUR WAGON Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

The 5th Avenue Theatre presents an exciting new 'revisal' of the sweeping saga Lerner & Loewe's PAINT YOUR WAGON. Featuring an all-new book by Pulitzer Prize nominee John Marans, this show has taken an incredible journey over the last five years from developmental workshops to The 5th Avenue stage this season. And BroadwayWorld is happy to report that the company has just announced the full cast and creative team. (more...)

Robert Cuccioli, Kendra Kassebaum, Justin Gregory Lopez to Lead Revised PAINT YOUR WAGON in Seattle; Full Cast Announced!Robert Cuccioli, Kendra Kassebaum, Justin Gregory Lopez to Lead Revised PAINT YOUR WAGON in Seattle; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

The 5th Avenue Theatre presents an exciting new 'revisal' of the sweeping saga Lerner & Loewe's PAINT YOUR WAGON. Featuring an all-new book by Pulitzer Prize nominee John Marans, this show has taken an incredible journey over the last five years from developmental workshops to The 5th Avenue stage this season. And BroadwayWorld is happy to report that the company has just announced the full cast and creative team. (more...)

VIDEO: Rehearsal Preview of Robert Cuccioli in 5th Avenue Theatre's PAINT YOUR WAGONVIDEO: Rehearsal Preview of Robert Cuccioli in 5th Avenue Theatre's PAINT YOUR WAGON
by Michael Dale - May 20, 2016

The Lerner and Loewe classic score will be performed with a new book by Pulitzer finalist Jon Marans. (more...)

Robert Cuccioli, Kendra Kassebaum, Justin Gregory Lopez to Lead Revised PAINT YOUR WAGON in Seattle; Full Cast Announced!Robert Cuccioli, Kendra Kassebaum, Justin Gregory Lopez to Lead Revised PAINT YOUR WAGON in Seattle; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The 5th Avenue Theatre presents an exciting new 'revisal' of the sweeping saga Lerner & Loewe's PAINT YOUR WAGON. Featuring an all-new book by Pulitzer Prize nominee John Marans, this show has taken an incredible journey over the last five years from developmental workshops to The 5th Avenue stage this season. And BroadwayWorld is happy to report that the company has just announced the full cast and creative team. (more...)

ArtsWest Monday March Cabaret Series to Feature Matt Owen on 3/7ArtsWest Monday March Cabaret Series to Feature Matt Owen on 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2016

Monday, March 7th 7:30 p.m.   The first leading gent of our Monday March Cabaret series is none other than the hilarious and multifaceted Matt Owen.  (more...)

ArtsWest's AFTER HOURS WITH MATTHEW WRIGHT Returns in MarchArtsWest's AFTER HOURS WITH MATTHEW WRIGHT Returns in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

ArtsWest is pleased to announce the return of After Hours with Mathew Wright, now in its third iteration after this past December's Holiday Edition. Hosted by Artistic Director Mathew Wright, these one-night only events feature five of Seattle's (and Broadway's) brightest stars: Matt Owen (3/7), Frederick Hagreen (3/14), Eric Ankrim (3/21), and Justin Huertas and Kirsten DeLohr Helland (3/28). These performers were at the vanguard of musical theatre in Seattle in 2015, key creative and artistic talent behind smash-hits like Lizard Boy and Come From Away (Seattle Rep), Green Day's American Idiot(ArtsWest), and The Sound of Music (5th Avenue Theatre), just to name a few. Backed by Mathew Wright on piano, these are the performers that are making theatre history, and they are up-close-and-personal in these exclusive and intimate encounters. (more...)

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