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Seattle’s 5th Avenue Invites You to a FREE Spotlight on RENT

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credit: Mark Kitaoka/ www.5thavenue.org

credit: Mark Kitaoka/ http://www.5thavenue.org

The 5th Avenue Theatre will take Seattle behind-the-scenes of this summer’s electrifying hit, RENT, at the latest installment of the 5th’s wildly popular – and FREE – Spotlight Night series. Hosted by 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, the event will take place on at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 20, and will introduce audiences to the passionate young cast of Seattle-based stars, and will feature thrilling musical performances, and conversation with the creative team behind this exciting new approach to the beloved rock-opera.

RENT is the musical that changed it all, defining a new generation of musical theater fans. Now the 5th brings Seattle its own new vision for the long-standing hit. Fresh from the sell-out hit First Date (a co-production between The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT – A Contemporary Theatre), RENT director Bill Berry will sit down with Spotlight Night Host David Armstrong to talk about the first time he saw the show as a young artist in New York in the ’90s, and his innovative, new approach to the rock musical today.

This fresh direction for RENT comes with a local cast of up-and-coming stars in roles sure to redefine their careers on Seattle stages. At Spotlight Night, audiences will have the opportunity to meet castmembers including Daniel Berryman, Aaron C. Finley, Naomi Morgan, and Ryah Nixon, and hear musical excerpts from their breakout roles in the show.

The 5th will give the Spotlight Night audience a captivating overview of the evolution of the rock musical, from Bye, Bye, Birdie to RENT, and take a look at how Broadway both resisted and embraced this new genre. Seattle’s brightest up-and-coming musical theater stars will sing selections from a number of shows that have changed the art form over the last few decades, shows that have bridged the gap between the Golden Age of Broadway and the current era of rock and pop musicals.

To reserve tickets to this spectacular FREE event, or for additional information, please visit HERE, call 206.625.1900, stop by the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

RENT plays July 21-August 19 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Tickets start at $29, and may be purchased at http://www.5thavenue.org.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is located at:
1308 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

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