Transvestites and naked men — it's that kind of season for Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. Hairspray takes its pre Broadway bows at the venue May 30-June 23, while The Full Monty, in a brand new national tour, stops by Nov. 19-Dec. 8.
The rest of the season is a bit more conventional. The Tony winning brass extravaganza, Blast!, plays Oct. 8-27 with the classic musicals A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and 42nd Street following in 2003. Chorus Line, Jan. 28-Feb. 16, and Fair Lady, Feb. 25-March 16, will be the 5th Avenue's own productions while 42nd Street, May 21-June 8, is a part of the Broadway revival's national tour.
Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's musical comedy based on the cult John Waters film, stars Marissa Jaret Winokur and Harvey Fierstein. Winokur, who made her Broadway debut in the Grease! revival and appeared in the Reprise! concert staging of Hair is set to put her hair in a Maryland beehive "'do" for Hairspray. Winokur plays Tracy Turnblad, the plain jane, TV-dance show devotee essayed by Ricki Lake in the movie. A la Divine, Fierstein of Torch Song Trilogy and "Mrs. Doubtfire," stars as her mother, Edna.
The new national tour of The Full Monty kicks off in L.A. April 16-June 8, 2002 at the Ahmanson Theatre before traveling to Boston and Seattle. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, the David Yazbek musical follows six out-of-work men who turn to amateur stripping in a desperate attempt to raise some cash in depressed Buffalo, New York.
The physical production of My Fair Lady is shared by a handful of not-for-profit venues, including Paper Mill: The State Theatre of New Jersey, which is mounting a separate staging this spring. For season subscription information, call (206) 292-ARTS. The Fifth Avenue Theatre is located at 13-08 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.