The theatre hosts the world premiere commercial production Aug. 9-28. The show will open on Broadway in fall 2005 with the same Seattle cast.
As previously reported, Brent Barrett will play Hollywood hunk Kevin Finch, who shows up at daughter Miranda's (Jenny Fellner) prep school to commandeer a musical version of "A Little Princess" that is being mounted by eccentric music teacher Ms. Nibbey, played by Donna English.
5th Avenue announced April 19 that the gaggle of boarding school girls who go gaga over the movie star will include Sierra Boggess, Mary Faber, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Anne Letscher, Moeisha McGill, Lindsay Mendez, Dequina Moore, Patti Murin, Anisha Nagarajan, Marissa Perry, Jacqui Polk, Sarah Spradlin and Kelly Stensland.
Produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre by special arrangement with Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the new musical-within-a-musical played a developmental run at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in fall 2004.
The show's creative team is David Zippel (concept, lyrics, direction), Matthew Wilder (music) and Bill and Cheri Steinkellner (book). The entire cast and creative team for Princesses will arrive in Seattle mid-July to begin rehearsals.
Here's how 5th Avenue characterizes Princesses: "In this sensational new musical comedy, a clique of jaded private school girls reluctantly stage a production of the beloved Victorian novel 'A Little Princess.' The show is a disaster until America's hottest action hero arrives on the scene to direct it. The boy-crazy teens are wild for him, except for one — his daughter. Will she finally have her father back, or will he rush off to Hollywood when he gets a better offer? The fresh, hip score blends contemporary pop and traditional theatre tunes in this innovative musical-within-a-musical, developed by a multi-award-winning and nominated (Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy) creative team."
Tickets go on sale April 22 and range in price from $18-$70. Subscribers can purchase tickets at a discount. Tickets are available over the phone through Ticketmaster at (206) 292-ARTS (2787), online at ticketmaster.com or in person at any Ticketmaster Ticket Center as well as The 5th Avenue Theatre box office, 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. There is no service charge when purchasing tickets in person at The 5th Avenue Theatre box office.