Lone Star Love, Whistle Down the Wind, Mame to Play 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle

News   Lone Star Love, Whistle Down the Wind, Mame to Play 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle
Musicals — new and old — will fill the new season at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, including the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman and John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Camelot, starring Michael York, now plays the Washington state stage (through April 8) with Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands (April 25-May 13) and West Side Story (May 26-June 17) scheduled to conclude the current season.

The new 2007-2008 season (subject to change) follows:

  • Lone Star Love (Sept. 11-30)
    Billed as a "new Broadway-bound musical," the work resets Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor in post-Civil War Texas. Conceived and adapted by John L. Haber, the musical features music and lyrics by Jack Herrick with contributions from Michael Bogdanov, Bland Simpson and Tommy Thompson.
  • Whistle Down The Wind (Nov. 13-Dec. 2)
    The musical features Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, Jim Steinman's lyrics and a book by Patricia Knop, Gale Edwards and Lloyd Webber. Based on the original novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the screenplay penned by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, Whistle Down the Wind concerns a "fugitive caught between the cynicism of adults and the innocence of children."


  • Jersey Boys (Dec. 11-Jan. 2, 2008)
    The 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about the group The Four Seasons. Des McAnuff directs the musical which features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with the music of Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
  • Into The Woods (Feb. 5-24, 2008)
    With Stephen Sondheim's score and James Lapine's book, this musical retells a number of fairy tales interweaving the characters as they "cross paths when they journey into the woods in search of their Happily Ever Afters."
  • Cabaret (March 25-April 13, 2008)
    The John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics) musical (with book by Joe Masteroff) delves into "the decadent world of 1930s Berlin."
  • Mame (May 27-June 15, 2008)
    "The eccentric Auntie Mame takes her orphaned nephew on one whirlwind adventure after another" in the musical by Jerry Herman (music and lyrics), Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (book) based on the novel by Patrick Dennis. Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre has previously hosted the pre-Broadway debuts of Hairspray and The Wedding Singer. It was announced that the world-premiere run of the Broadway-bound musical Cry-Baby would also grace the stage, but plans were nixed due to lack of a Broadway house. La Jolla Playhouse will now host the new musical.

    Tickets to shows at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA, are available by calling (206) 625-1900 or visit the box office. For more information visit www.5thavenuetheatre.org.

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