Sparks will fly this spring when Eric Ankrim and Kelly Karbacz go looking for love in the world premier of First Date, a co-production between ACT – A Contemporary Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theatre.

This hilarious, sexy new musical about one date, two people, and all the voices in their heads, also features Seattle stars Benjamin Harris, Vicki Noon, Brandon O’Neill, Rich Gray, Greg McCormick Allen, and Sonya Meyer, in roles including old boyfriends, ex-fiancées, best friends, and pushy relatives, not to mention fellow diners who intrude on the couple’s blind date. The 5th Avenue’s Producing Director Bill Berry directs this clever and quirky world premiere romantic comedy with musical staging by Broadway’s Josh Prince. With a book by seasoned screenwriter Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by the dynamic writing team of Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, this irreverent comedy chronicles the perils and pitfalls of blind dating and the journey from “tragic mistake” to “true love.” Or at least to a second date.

First Date plays March 10 – May 20 at ACT-A Contemporary Theatre in the Falls Theatre (700 Union Street, Seattle 98101). Tickets (starting at $15.00) may be purchased at both theatres via The 5th Avenue Box Office, 206.625.1900 or online at; and the ACT Ticket Office, 206.292.7676 or at

This is the second production produced in partnership by ACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre.