To nurture, advance and preserve all aspects of America’s great original art form: the musical.
The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America's leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theatre company and our region's largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state.
Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow's audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit
When The 5th Avenue Theatre was forced to close its doors in 1978, 43 local companies and community leaders joined forces to save the glorious, historical building. In 1979, this visionary group formed the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association, and raised $2.6 million for renovations.
Following a spectacular $2.6-million renovation, the theatre re-opened in 1980, more beautiful than ever and emerged as Seattle’s premier home for touring Broadway shows
In 1989, with the generous assistance of company sponsors, The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company was established. The new non-profit company expanded its mission to include not only presenting touring shows but producing top quality musical theater productions of its own.
We offer our gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the commitment and vision of our founders who were responsible for the 1979 renovation and who made saving The 5th Avenue Theatre a reality:
We also offer our sincere appreciation to the following company sponsors who were responsible for the 1989 establishment of the Musical Theatre Company:
The Seattle Downtown Historic Theatre District is one of the premier collections of operating, historic theatres’ in the United States with over 1,000 live performances every year. The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of five theatres that was constructed between 1907 and 1928. Through the years, all have served as important cultural landmarks and venues for artistic expression. They have hosted entertainers and dignitaries from around the world and today serve as one the most premiere collections of fully operating, historic theaters in the United States. To learn more, please click HERE.
Stephen P. Reynolds, Chairman
Bonnie Towne, President
Margaret C. Inouye, Secretary
K & L Gates
Sterling Wilson, Treasurer
Wanda J. Herndon, Immediate Past Chairman
Biller Family Foundation
Sharon Gantz Bloome
Robert R. Braun, Jr.
Braun Consulting Group
Barbara L. Crowe
State of Washington
University of Washington
Patrick F. Kennedy
College Success Foundation
Norman B. Rice
Heather Sullivan McKay
Emory Thomas, Jr.
Puget Sound Business Journal
Premera Blue Cross
Seattle Hospitality Group
Eileen Glasser Wesley
Something Rotten! – Sept 12-Oct 1, 2017
Ragtime – Oct 13-Nov 5, 2017
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn – Nov 24-Dec 31, 2017
Mamma Mia! – Feb 2-25, 2018
Ride the Cyclone – Mar 10-May 20, 2018 * A Co-Production performed at ACT Theatre
Kiss Me, Kate – April 6-29, 2018 *Produced as part of the Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare citywide festival
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – June 1-24, 2018