January 10, 2013 |

The 5th Avenue Hosts a Weekend of Fun Free Events with Curtain Up!

A Celebration of Musical Theater at The 5th

February 9 & 10, 2013

Free Performance of The Music Man: February 10, 7:00 PM


(Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – SEATTLE, WA) A new tradition at The 5th, the theater again opens its doors to the public at Curtain Up! A Celebration of Musical Theater at The 5th. In conjunction with its glorious new production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, The 5th Avenue Theatre is hosting a fantastic, fun-filled weekend celebrating our great indigenous art form, the American Musical. The event takes place February 9-10, 2013, including a free performance of The Music Man. Families and patrons of all ages will be welcomed at The 5th to sing, dance, learn, and most of all, have fun!

Free Performance of The Music Man 7:00 PM, February 9-10, 2013

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets to the free performance of The Music Man

(4 per household) may ONLY be picked up in-person at the Box Office

on Saturday, January 26, between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

The 5th will welcome brand new audience members to a FREE performance of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man at 7:00 PM on February 10, 2013. A total of 2,100 tickets will be given away to those who come in person to The 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office on Saturday, January 26, beginning at 10 AM (limit 4 tickets per household). Attendees are expected to range from families who may never have been to the theater, to members of underserved populations who could not otherwise afford a ticket.

Curtain Up! A Celebration of Musical Theatre at The 5th February 9-10, 2013

The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to invite Seattle residents to a free weekend of festivities celebrating our great indigenous art form, the American Musical, February 9-10, 2013. Musical theater belongs to everyone. Come to The 5th and experience the magic of musical theater, perhaps for the first time!

Improve Your Skills

Curtain Up! visitors will have the opportunity to step into the spotlight. Participants of all ages and performers of all skill levels can learn a song from The Music Man or take a spin at a Broadway dance combination in the cast’s rehearsal space! Families can jump into endlessly entertaining crafts and activities throughout the weekend

Go Behind the Scenes

Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the creative team for The Music Man brings the show to life with costume sketches and set designs on display. The display will also explore the history of musical theater and its evolution, from The Pirates of Penzance to Next to Normal.

Additionally, participants will have the chance to tour The 5th Avenue Theatre. Built in 1926 with a design inspired by royal sites in China, the theater is a stunning piece of Seattle history. Tours will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, beginning in the theater lobby at 10 AM.

Get Educated

Attendees will have the chance to hear from community experts, as well as students from The 5th Avenue’s Rising Star Project: The Music Man. Throughout the weekend, Curtain Up! guests can immerse themselves in the world of the musical through informative Show Talks with Albert Evans, The 5th’s resident expert on all things musical, as well as special guests. The talks will focus on the American musical and its impact on our culture, with topics including “American Choreographers,” “Composer and Lyricists of Musical Theater,” and “Women in Musical Theater.” Visitors can also watch a panel discussion with musical theater luminaries, hosted by David Armstrong, as they discuss our great American art form.

Watch a Performance

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company will be visiting over 90 elementary and middle schools this coming spring with their production of It Happened at the World’s Fair. This original (and educational) musical adventure follows two 6th graders, whose field trip to the Seattle Center takes a mysterious and exciting turn when they step off the elevator and find the Space Needle is orange, Elvis is The King, and the year is 1962! Curtain Up! visitors will be among the first to see the acclaimed production before it goes on tour exclusively in schools.

More About The 5th’s The Music Man

WHAT: The 5th Avenue Theatre presents an exuberant new production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, a loving valentine to musical theater. While a full 76 trombones will not find themselves onstage at once, The 5th’s glorious new staging features a full cast of 29 adults and 16 children, not to mention a full 25 piece orchestra, bringing this musical masterpiece to booming brassy life with the full force and excitement of a parade.

WHEN: February 7 – March 10, 2012

Show times vary; please visit the website for details.

WHERE: The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle)

TICKETS: Single tickets start at $31.00. For information, please visit www.5thavenue.org or call the Box Office at (206) 625-1900. Tickets may also be purchased at (888) 5TH-4TIX.

Special thanks to The 5th Avenue Theatre 2012/13 season co-sponsors Safeco Insurance and US Bank, and media sponsor The Seattle Times. Additional thanks to Music Manproduction sponsors Wells Fargo, Puget Sound Energy, and The Washington State Arts Commission, as well as media sponsors KCTS and Encore Media Group.

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