5th Avenue Theatre Cancels GIGI Concert Due to Scheduling Conflicts; Moves BALLROOM WITH A TWIST to August 2014
Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre was originally set to present a re-imagined concert version of Lerner and Loewe's Tony Award-winning musical GIGI this May, but the company has been forced to cancel the production due to internal scheduling conflicts. The musical has been announced for a Broadway opening in 2015.
5th Avenue has also announced new dates for BALLROOM WITH A TWIST, which will run August 15-17, 2014. Inspired by and featuring stars from hit TV shows Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance, Ballroom with a Twist will have audiences dancing in the aisles.
Two performers have been announced so far for BALLROOM WITH A TWIST:
- Dancing with the Stars ballroom dancer Sharna Burgess, currently dancing with Charlie White on the hit TV Show. SHARNA BURGESS is currently a Pro dancer and lead choreographer on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, partnering with Olympic medalist Charlie White and on season 16 she competed with comedy actor Andy Dick. She was the lead dancer on the hit dance production, Burn the Floor, on Broadway, West End UK and multiple world tours. She has choreographed for artists such as, KISS, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Karmin, Sugarland, Cobra Starship and many more. She was also the lead Latin Choreographer on Street Dance 2, and co choreographed with Rich and Tone Talauega to create a fusion between hip hop afro cuban and salsa. She was an Australian champion at 15 and Australian representative to the World Latin Championships in 2001.
- Dancing with the Stars latin dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, currently partnered with Wonder Years star Danica McKellar. Valentin "Val" Chmerkovskiy has been a U.S. National Dance Champion 14 times in his remarkable 15-year career. After numerous guest appearances on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Valentin continues to take center stage as a series regular professional dancer. He was paired with model Elisabetta Canalis on season 13, comedian and talk show host Sherri Shepherd on season 14, actress Kelly Monaco for season 15 (the all-stars season), Disney star Zendaya on season 16 (in which they placed 2nd), and Saved by the Bell's Elizabeth Berkley on season 17.
Finally, Lily Tomlin will return to the 5th Avenue stage this summer as planned for two performances only, presenting an array of her greatest hits, June 6-7, 2014. The show business legend played to packed houses in a limited engagement at The 5th in 2011.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.
About The 5th Avenue Theatre: The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation's premier incubators for new musical theater. Since 2002, the celebrated company has produced 15 new musicals. To date, eight (including the 2012 hit First Date) have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 14 Tony Awards, including two for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). A ninth, Disney's Aladdin, has been announced for a Broadway debut in February of 2014. The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.
Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theatre attracts an annual attendance of more than 287,000 and ranks among the nation's largest and most respected musical theater companies.
In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive educational outreach programs which include: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater, the Rising Star Project, Show Talks with Albert Evans, Curtain Up!, the Student Matinee Program, and Spotlight Nights.