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Seattle’s 5th Avenue Announces 2012-13 Season

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The 5th Avenue’s dynamic 2012-13 season will feature something for everyone – an exciting mix of contemporary musicals and timeless classics, plus Seattle’s first peek at some of Broadway’s greatest new hits!

The 2012-13 season opens with the triumphant return of the Tony Award-winning Memphis (September 18-October 7), now on its first national tour. The rock ‘n’ roll musical takes audiences on an incredible journey through the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated ’50s. A young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock ’n’ roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupts when a DJ’s vision meets a singer’s voice and the music changes forever.

Arriving in time for a particularly ghoulish Halloween is the Seattle premiere of The Addams Family (October 24 – November 11), based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. This hit Broadway musical features an original story that is every father’s worst nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole Addams family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Ringing in the holidays is the candy cane comedy ELF – The Musical (November 30 – December 31). The 5th Avenue production will be the first post-Broadway production of this wildly successful 2010 holiday musical, ELF – The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young boy who, as an infant, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Raised as an elf, Buddy is blissfully ignorant of his humanity until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York to find his real father, a man desperately in need of a transfusion of Christmas spirit.

Following its long-standing tradition of staging classic musicals, The 5th Avenue Theatre will mount a spectacular production of The Music Man (February 7 – March 10). When con man Harold Hill rolls into River City, Iowa, with a scheme to fool the locals into buying uniforms and instruments for a fictional boy’s band, he gets more than he bargained for. While the rest of town is suckered in by Hill’s plan to clean up the town’s youth, the town’s librarian Marian sees right through his act, but finds herself falling head-over-heels in love with him in spite of herself. With book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, The Music Man features countless beloved songs including “Ya Got Trouble,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “’Til There Was You,” and of course, “76 Trombones.”

In the spring, The 5th Avenue will again mount a co-production with ACT – A Contemporary Theatre: Grey Gardens (March 16-May 26). From the height and grandeur of an Edie’s high society East Hampton engagement party, to the sensational tabloid headlines about the reclusive cat ladies living in a run-down mansion that rocked the Kennedy clan in 1973, Grey Gardens is by turns, brilliantly twisted, bizarrely beautiful, and madly entertaining.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of the smash hit Jersey Boys (April 4 – May 11). This fantastic Broadway sensation brought audiences to their feet in 2007 when it became the highest attended show in 5th Avenue history. Jersey Boys is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about rock ‘n’ roll hall-of-famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. The musical tells the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

Closing its 32nd season is a music-lover’s delight that has not been seen on The 5th Avenue stage since 1980: The Pirates of Penzance. This W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan classic will run July 11 – August 4, and will be directed by 5th Avenue Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. This punchy, outrageous comedy boasts a fanciful story and some of the wittiest, most memorable music in musical theater history.

Subscriptions for the 2012-13 season are available beginning March 4 Online — Beginning Sunday, March 4, at 9:00pm online at http://www.5thavenuetheatre.org.

By phone beginning Monday, March 5, at 10:00am at 206.625.1900 or 888.5TH.4TIX (584.4849) and in person at the box office – 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.

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