5th Avenue Theatre to Feature Kinky Boots, A Christmas Story and World-Premiere Musical Something Rotten! in 2014-15 Season

By Carey Purcell
February 24, 2014

Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season.

The season will open with a resident production of the Tony and Pulitzer-Prize winning musical A Chorus Line, recreating Michael Bennett's original staging and Bennett and Bob Avian's original choreography. It will continue with the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

A Christmas Story, The Musical, which debuted at the 5th Avenue Theatre in 2010 before playing Broadway in 2012, will return to Seattle in November. Launching 2015 will be Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, presented in a co-production with Spectrum Dance Theater, followed by Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. The world premiere of Something Rotten! will be presented in April, directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, followed by a a resident production of the high school musical Grease.

"Every year we try to choose a season that embodies our mission: to celebrate our great indigenous art form, The Musical — past, present, and future," executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong said in a statement. "With an array of shows ranging from a hotly-anticipated Broadway tour to a hilarious world premiere, not to mention celebrated contemporary classics and one of the immortal musicals from the Golden Age of Broadway, we believe that this season truly represents the breadth and depth of what musical theater has to offer."

The season-at-a-glance follows.

A Chorus Line
Sept. 3-28 
Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Co-choreographed by Bob Avian

"The simple story of 17 dancers auditioning for 8 ensemble spots, A Chorus Line broke new Broadway ground as one of the first musicals to be built collaboratively in workshops, telling true stories of true Broadway hopefuls — many of whom never achieved stardom."

Kinky Boots Oct. 7-26 
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell

Based on the Miramax Motion Picture "Kinky Boots," written by Geoff Deane & Tim Firth
"Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world."

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Nov. 25-Dec. 31 
Book by Joseph Robinette
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Based upon the motion picture "A Christmas Story" 
"Set in 1940s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas — a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream."

Feb. 5-March 1, 2015 (A co-production between The 5th Avenue Theatre and Spectrum Dance Theater)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Ferenc Molnar's Play Liliom as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Choreography by Donald Byrd
Directed by Bill Berry

"A tempestuous love story told with heart-breaking tenderness, Carousel follows the passionate romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and the sweet mill worker Julie Jordan. After his untimely death, Billy is given one day — a final chance to redeem his life — he returns to the wife and daughter he left behind to make things right."

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
March 7-May 17 (A co-production between The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT – A Contemporary Theater)
Concept and English lyrics by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman
Music by Jacques Brel
Directed by David Armstrong

"In 1968, a musical revue of songs by a little-known Belgian singer/songwriter opened Off-Broadway at the Village Gate, and astounded audiences who came to see it. It would run for four years and go on to be performed around the world. Packed with wit, intelligence, and raw human emotion, Brel's songs radiate stories of love and loss, hope and despair, and humor and pathos."

Something Rotten
April 29-May 24 
Music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw
Original concept by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick

"The time is Renaissance England, where two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, are desperate to write a hit play. But how can they when the competition is the biggest star of the era, everyone's favorite bard: William Shakespeare? So they seek out the soothsayer Nostradamus. But not the Nostradamus, his nephew Thomas, who gives our heroes a completely original idea from the future — write a play with songs. And thus, the first ever musical is born. But not without much mayhem, madness, and musical mishaps."

July 9-Aug. 2
Book, Music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

"Audiences won't soon forget the timeless tale of the students of Rydell High, Danny Zuko, and Sandy Dumbrowski in this original 5th Avenue production. The perennial musical favorite debuted on Broadway in 1972 and played for eight years, not to mention two wildly successful revivals, a number of national tours, and the film that launched John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John to stardom."

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