No jokes about Hairspray rockin' the joint, please.
The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle will spend all of August and some of September undergoing repairs from a February 2001 earthquake, not damages from the recent world premiere of the new musical comedy.
Seventy-two damaged plaster corbels (decorative workings, set in corners between the wall and ceiling) were removed in March 2001 and will be replaced during the August renovation. Cracked walls will be resealed, walls repainted and damaged plaster decor restored.
Repairs should be finished Sept. 12. The first show of the 2002-2003 season, Blast!, begins performances Oct. 8.
Also planned for the 5th Avenue Theatre are The Full Monty (Nov. 19-Dec. 8), A Chorus Line (Jan. 28-Feb. 16, 2003), My Fair Lady (Feb. 25-March 16, 2003) and 42nd Street (May 21-June 8, 2003). My Fair Lady already has some casting — David Pichette as Henry Higgins, Sean G. Griffin as Pickering, Laurence Ballard as Mr. Doolittle and Louis Hobson as Freddy. — By Christine Ehren