New Musical First Date Will Debut in Seattle With Eric Ankrim and Kelly Karbacz

News   New Musical First Date Will Debut in Seattle With Eric Ankrim and Kelly Karbacz Casting has been announced for the world premiere of First Date, a new musical about a couple on a blind date, which will debut in a co-production between the 5th Avenue Theatre and Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre in March.

5th Avenue producing director Bill Berry will stage First Date, which has a book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, who are also collaborating on the Broadway-aimed musical Secondhand Lions. It will run March 10-May 20 at ACT. It officially opens March 29.

The cast will include Eric Ankrim (Oklahoma!) and Kelly Karbacz (Broadway's Rent, The Sound of Music), as well as Benjamin Harris, Vicki Noon (Wicked), Brandon O’Neill (Saving Aimee), Rich Gray (Saving Aimee), Greg McCormick Allen and Sonya Meyer.

Here's how First Date is billed: "This hilarious, sexy new musical [is] about one date, two people, and all the voices in their heads, including old boyfriends, ex-fiancées, best friends, and pushy relatives, not to mention fellow diners who intrude on the couple's blind date. This irreverent comedy chronicles the perils and pitfalls of blind dating and the journey from 'tragic mistake' to 'true love.' Or at least to a second date."

Josh Prince (Shrek, The Kid) is choreographer. The creative team also includes Dominick Amendum (music supervisor), August Eriksmoen (orchestrator), R.J. Tancioco (associate music director/conductor), Matthew Smucker (set design), Frances Kenny (costume design), Alex Berry (lighting design) and Kai Harada (sound design).

For tickets, visit 5thavenue.org or acttheatre.org. A.C.T. is located at 700 Union Street in Seattle.

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