Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Weekly Update - 4/8/2009

A Night at The 5th

Here's a sneak peek at two hot new Live Auction items!!!

Live Auction Item #14

You have the once in a lifetime opportunity to have your very OWN song written by Tony Award winning Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman of Hairspray and the upcoming Catch Me If You Can. Loved those tunes in Hairspray?..."Good Morning Baltimore"..."Welcome to the 60s"...well then let them write a song that you will never forget. Anniversary? Birthday? Graduation? You pick the occasion, and these Broadway composers will work with you to write a tune that will make lasting memories play on and on...

Marc Shaiman is a Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winning composer. He won both a Tony and a Grammy for the score to the smash hit Broadway Musical Hairspray, and an Emmy for co-writing Billy Crystal's "Oscar Medleys".

Besides his acclaim for Hairspray, his gold, platinum, multi-platinum and Grammy winning albums include: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Bette Midler's Beaches, Some People's Lives, For The Boys, Bathhouse Betty, Harry Connick Jr.'s When Harry Met Sally and We Are In Love.

He has been nominated for five Academy Awards for the films Sleepless In Seattle, The American President, The First Wives Club, Patch Adams, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Marc has composed, adapted and arranged music, served as music supervisor and written lyrics for over 40 other films, including When Harry Met Sally, Beaches, Sister Act, City Slickers, The Addams Family, and A Few Good Men. As musical director, producer or arranger, Mr. Shaiman has worked with a pantheon of performers from Eric Clapton to Billy Crystal to Rosemary Clooney!

Scott Wittman, Marc's long-time partner and collaborator, also won the Tony and the Grammy award for his work as co-lyricist on Hairspray. As a lyricist, writer and director, Scott has worked with many Broadway performers including Andrea Martin and Christine Ebersole. Scott conceived, directed, and wrote the lyrics for Martin Short's Broadway special, Fame Becomes Me. He also conceived and directed the Patti Lupone concerts Matters of the Heart and Patti Lupone on Broadway.

Together these two are teaming up again to bring The 5th Avenue Theatre the world premiere musical, Catch Me if You Can, based on the Steven Spielberg hit movie created in 2002. Can't wait to see it? Well you don't have to! It will be right here in Seattle - July of 2009.

Live Auction Item #5
Connecting The Dots

In a dynamic collaboration with the Northwest's visual arts community, The 5th Avenue Theatre commissioned six local artists to create original works inspired by Georges Seurat's piece "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." These six pieces have been an integral part of Connecting The Dots, the innovative collaboration between The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Northwest's visual arts community. Featured on our show poster, and in a number of art gallery receptions throughout the city, these originals can now be yours! Check them out, NOW! (click on "Connecting Artist")

You can also view these pieces during the Silent Auction period of the Gala, from 6:30P.M. – 8:00P.M. onstage.

For more information, visit our website at

Art Isn’t Easy—In Seattle Or Anywhere Else!

Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre launches “Connecting the Dots,” a celebration of visual art in conjunction with “Sunday in the Park with George

SEATTLE – The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle’s premier home of musical theater, is pleased to announce the Connecting the Dots program, a unique effort to highlight the work of Seattle’s visual artists through commissioned work, public forums, gallery receptions, museum partnerships and artists-in-schools programs, all focused on the Georges Seurat masterpiece “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”

Seurat’s painting was the inspiration for Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer-prize winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which explores what it takes to create a masterpiece—and what it costs to love an artist. This production opens April 21 and is helmed by Olivier- and Tony-nominated director Sam Buntrock, who brings his design team to the stage of The 5th to recreate the astonishing computer animated projections that stunned audiences and critics in London and New York.

With Connecting the Dots, The 5th reaches out to the artists and patrons of the visual art community to explore how contemporary Seattle artists deal with the cost—in time, money, and personal life—of creating art.

In 2008, the Theatre commissioned six local artists, Michiko Tanaka, Leslie Stoner, Eric Olson, Deborah Bell, Amy Johnson, and Sheryl Westergreen to create original works inspired by Seurat’s masterpiece. The canvases and sculpture of these six artists are featured at Seattle’s Benham Gallery through the run of the show and during the upcoming Gala—A Night at the 5th—the pieces will be auctioned off, with half of the money raised going to the artists.

In addition, Connecting the Dots is sponsoring a series of pre-show receptions at various galleries within walking distance of the Theatre. These events take place every Tuesday-Saturday through the run of the show from 5:30 to 6:30, and offer our audiences the relaxed experience of viewing contemporary art over wine and light snacks, as well as learning about how Seattle’s galleries interact with the larger artistic community.

The 5th Avenue also has partnerships with several Puget Sound museums, including SAM, Bellevue Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, and the Henry Art Gallery, to provide museum patrons an opportunity to purchase tickets to the show, with a portion of each ticket going back to the museum.

Other programs include artist-in-school classes focused on the Seurat painting, a “Color and Light” exhibition featuring student art pieces, a Town Hall public forum on the state of Seattle art, a book club led by the 5th’s artistic director David Armstrong, and a tour through the Olympic Sculpture Park with Armstrong and Marisa Sanchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

For details on all of these programs, go to the program’s website,



Regular Deadline – April 4, 2009

13th LA Shorts Fest July 23-30, 2009 The largest short film festival in the world. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences accredited. In past years, 33 participants have earned Academy Award nominations including 11 Oscar winning short films! The festival annually attracts more than 10,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals looking for the hottest new talent. We have honored some of Hollywood’s legends of the past: Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Robert Wise; along with actors Martin Landau, James Woods, Gary Oldman and directors Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Jan de Bont, Paul Haggis and Shane Black.

Final Deadline – May 8, 2009

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Open Circle Theater
Center of the Universe >April 24 - May 23, 2009

DASS Dance Company
Fighting Water >April 10 - 11, 2009 at 8pm

Seattle Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice >March 12 - April 5, 2009
The Tempest >June 4 - 28, 2009

Taproot Theater Company
Tuesdays With Morrie >March 25 - April 25, 2009
Around the World in 80 Days >March 20 - June 20, 2009
Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming >July 18 - August 15, 2009
Enchanted April >September 25 - October 24, 2009

Seattle Children's Theater
The Tale of Two Cities >March 20 - April 12, 2009
Goodnight Moon >April 10 - June 14, 2009
I Was a Rat! >May 1 - June 14, 2009

Intiman Theater
Crime and Punishment >March 29 - May 3, 2009
A Thousand Clowns >May 15 - June 17, 2009
Othello >July 2 - August 2, 2009
The Year of Magical Thinking >August 21 - September 20, 2009
Abe Lincoln in Illinois >October 2 - November 15, 2009

Seattle Repertory Theatre
Wishful Drinking with Carrie Fisher >through May 3, 2009
Breaking Hearts and Taking Names >April 9-May 10, 2009
Hay Fever >October 2 - 25, 2009
August: Osage County >October 27 - November 1, 2009
Opus >October 30 - December 6, 2009
Equivocation >November 18 - December 13, 2009
Speech and Debate >January 15 - February 21, 2010
Glengarry Glen Ross >February 5 - 28, 2010
Fences >March 26 - April 18, 2010
An Illiad >April 9 - May 16, 2010

ACT Theater
Information Available
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde >April 10 - May 10, 2009
Below the Belt >May 22 - June 21, 2009
The Break/s >June 17 - July 12, 2009
Das Barbecii >July 31 - September 6, 2009
Runt of the Litter >September 18 - October 11, 2009
Rock N Roll >October 9 - November 8, 2009

Seattle Opera
Marriage of Figaro >May 2 - 16, 2009
Wagner's Ring Cycle >August 9 - 30, 2009
La Traviata >October 17 - 31, 2009
Il Trovatore >January 16 - 30, 2010
Falstaff >February 27 - 13, 2010
Amelia >May 8 - 22, 2010

CATS >April 15 - 19, 2009
Frost Nixon >May 6 - 10, 2009
RENT >June 16 - 21, 2009
Wicked >September 2 - October 4, 2009
August: Osage County >October 27 - November 1, 2009
Fiddler on the Roof >November 27 - December 5, 2009

The 5th Avenue Theatre
Sunday in the Park With George >April 21 - May 10, 2009
Grease >May 12 - 30, 2009 - on sale Feb. 6
Catch Me If You Can >July 23 - August 14, 2009
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat >October 13 - November 1, 2009
Irving Berlin's White Christmas >December 1 - 20, 2009
South Pacific >January 29 - February 18, 2010
Legally Blonde >February 23 - March 14, 2010
On The Town >April 13 - May 2, 2010
Candide >May 25 - June 13, 2010


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