When the 5th Avenue Theatre celebrated its grand opening on September 24, 1926, the crowd was enormous—newspapers at the time reported that the throng was even larger than the crowd that gathered in Seattle for the Armistice celebration at the end of World War I.
The 5th Avenue flourished those early years. Its grand building (the architect also designed the Lake Quinault Lodge and the Seattle Times building) showcased both the best of vaudeville touring circuit and the best entertainers the Puget Sound had to offer.
Decades later, it is now a nationally recognized musical theatre company, involved in all aspects of the American musical, past, present and future. From Spamalot to Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes to Les Miserables, the 5th Avenue Theatre provides the highest levels of production excellence.
The company is not just dedicated to the musicals we already know and love. On the contrary, the 5th Avenue Theatre is dedicated to expanding American musical theatre by creating new works. Under the guidance of Artistic Director David Armstrong, the 5th Avenue is one of the nation’s leading producers of new work. In the past decade, they have premiered over 14 original musicals, many of which have gone on to Broadway, some of which have won Tony Awards. Major musicals like Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, A Christmas Story, Aladdin and Shrek: The Musical were all born at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
What’s next for the theater? Producing the highest-quality musicals the art form has to offer.
For more information about the Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.5thavenue.org.