To nurture, advance and preserve all aspects of America’s great indigenous art-form: The Musical. We achieve this by creating extraordinary theatrical experiences that enrich, entertain, and inspire current and future audiences everywhere.
To be the pre-eminent musical theater company in the world - achieving the highest levels of artistic achievement, production quality, audience engagement, and community impact.
We are committed to the preservation of the historic and irreplaceable 5th Avenue Theatre as a cultural center for the region.
We are dedicated to achieving consistently high standards of excellence by showcasing world-class performers and creative artists, utilizing full live orchestras, and staging exceptional and imaginative productions.
We place special emphasis on the employment of our outstanding regional community of performers, technicians, and theater professionals.
Each season, we program a vibrant and dynamic mix of productions that attract, delight, and retain a large and diverse audience and reflect the broad scope and cultural significance of the American Musical - past, present, and future
We ensure our future by serving as a creative incubator for the production of New Works, by engaging our community through Educational programming of the highest caliber, and by maintaining exceptional standards of fiscal responsibility.
The non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre is the nation's premier incubator for new musical theater. Since 2001, the Seattle-based company has produced 17 new musicals. To date, nine (including the sensational hit Disney’s Aladdin) have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 15 Tony Awards®, including two for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.
Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this non-profit theater company attracts an annual attendance of more than 300,000, including over 25,000 subscribers—one of the largest theater subscriptions in North America.
In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive educational outreach programs. For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.5thavenue.org.
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
Edmonds-Woodway High School
College Success Foundation
Pacific Century Holdings
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