About The 5th

Our Mission

The 5th Avenue Theatre Association exists to develop, produce and present live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community, and to preserve, maintain, and operate the historic and irreplaceable 5th Avenue Theatre.

To achieve this mission, the Theatre will actively pursue the highest standards of artistic excellence and service, enhance and continuously improve all aspects of the facility operations, endeavor to make its programming accessible and relevant to all audiences, and maintain organizational stability.

Our Vision

To be nationally recognized as a pre-eminent musical theater company, involved in all aspects of the American musical (past, present and future) – reflected by the highest levels of artistic and production quality, staff expertise, and audience engagement.

Our Artistic Philosophy

We both produce and present musical theater (America’s great indigenous art form) with the highest standards of artistic excellence.  We place an emphasis on producing and utilizing Northwest-based artists.

We are committed to the development and production of new works.  Each season, we program an appealing mix of productions that reflect the broad scope and cultural significance of the American musical (past, present and future), and attract, delight and retain a large and diverse audience.

We achieve artistic excellence while maintaining fiscal responsibility.  Each season must be both artistically and financially sound.


The 5th Avenue Theatre Today

Since 1926, the magnificent 5th Avenue Theatre has captivated audiences with outstanding performances of all types. In the early days, people eagerly lined up for first-class vaudeville shows, featuring the top touring entertainers of the day. The Theatre later transformed itself into a popular movie palace. In the late 1970s, The 5th Avenue Theatre fell on hard times, but was saved from a wrecking ball by a visionary group of businesses and community leaders.

Today, audiences come to The 5th Avenue Theatre to see the latest touring offerings from New York, along with locally produced, world premieres of exciting new musicals and expertly mounted productions of both contemporary and Golden Age of Broadway hits.  Under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine Griffin and Producing Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theatre attracts an annual attendance of more than 250,000 patrons and ranks among the nation’s largest and most respected theater companies.

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 which include: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, Show Talks, Spotlight Nights, and a host of classes workshops, and special events. For more information about the Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.5thavenue.org.


Saving the Building & Founding the Company

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.

The 5th Avenue Founders

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:

  • Airborne Freight Corporation
  • ALPAC - Pepsi-Cola /Seven-Up
  • Morris and Joan Alhadeff
  • Longacres Race Track
  • American Building Maintenance Industries
  • The Boeing Company
  • Burlington Northern, Inc.
  • Crescent Foods
  • James R. Ellis
  • First Interstate Bank of Washington
  • John Fluke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • Frederick and Nelson
  • Item House
  • Dr. Solomon Katz
  • King Broadcasting Company
  • KIRO Radio and TV
  • KOMO Radio and Television
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Old National Bank of Washington
  • Overall Laundry Services, Inc.
  • PACCAR Foundation
  • Pacific Northwest Bank of Washington
  • Pacific Northwest Bell
  • Pay ’N Save Drugstores
  • Peoples National Bank of Washington
  • Physio-Control Corporation
  • Rainier National Bank of Washington
  • SAFECO Corporation
  • Faye and Herman Sarkowsky
  • Schoenfeld Industries, Inc.
  • Shuck’s Auto Supply, Inc.
  • Seattle-First National Bank
  • The Seattle Times
  • Simpson Timber Company
  • Skinner Corporation
  • UNICO Properties, Inc.
  • Unigard Insurance Group
  • United Airlines
  • Western International Hotels
  • Univar Corporation
  • Urban Investment & Development Co. /Four Seasons Hotels
  • Washington Energy Company
  • Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation
  • Weisfield’s, Inc.
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation

Musical Theatre Company Sponsors

We also offer our sincere appreciation to the following company sponsors who were responsible for the 1989 establishment of the Musical Theatre Company:

  • American Building Maintenance Company
  • The Boeing Company
  • First Interstate Bank of Washington N.A.
  • Fisher Communications
  • John Fluke Mfg. Co., Inc.
  • Joshua Green Foundation
  • KIRO, Inc.
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Puget Sound Bancorp
  • Faye and Herman Sarkowsky
  • Seafirst Bank
  • The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Security Pacific Bank Washington
  • Skinner Corporation
  • Samuel and Althea Stroum
  • UNICO Properties
  • Univar/VWR Foundation
  • US West
  • Washington Energy Company
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation

The 5th Avenue Theatre Association Board of Directors

 Wanda J. Herndon, Chairman

              W Communications

Barbara L. Crowe, Immediate Past Chairman

             Plum Creek

Sterling Wilson, Treasurer

              Zettics T

Margaret C. Inouye, Secretary 

             K & L Gates

Kenny Alhadeff

              Elttaes Enterprises

Linda Anderson


Ann Ardizzone

               Alaska Airlines

Clodagh Ash

             Community Leader

Les Biller

             Biller Family Foundation

Robert R. Braun, Jr.

             Braun Consulting Group

Margaret Clapp

             Community Leader

Larry Estrada

             Goldman Sachs

Mona Fandel

             Community Leader

Maria Ferrer​​​                                                                                                                                                                                             ​
​Gary J. Fuller 

              Nyhus Communications LLC

Sarah Nash Gates

              University of Washington

Christopher Heman

               US Bank

Richard Kagan

              HUB International

SaSa Kirkpatrick

              Community Leader

William W. Krippaehne, Jr.

              North Pacific Realty Advisors

William J. Nichols


Tom Norwalk

              Visit Seattle

Llewelyn G. Pritchard 

             Helsell Fetterman

Gordon Prouty

              Puget Sound Business Journal

David Quinn

             Edmonds-Woodway High School

Ann Ramsay- Jenkins

             College Success Foundation

Stephen P. Reynolds

             Community Leader

Norman B. Rice

             Seattle Foundation

Robert A. Sexton

             Wells Fargo

Elliot Silvers

             Proctor Lane Investments

Kirk A. Soderquist 

             Perkins Coie LLP

Heather Sullivan McKay

             Community leader

Bonnie Towne

            Community Leader

Eric Trott


Tom Walsh

             Community leader

Tracy Wellens

             Gnosis Research

Kenneth Willman

             Russell Investments

Michael Zyskowski

              The Boeing Company


Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about  the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail info@5thavenue.org.

Arrival Time
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

the 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children 4 years of age and older.  Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 5th Avenue productions are generally suitable for ages 8 and above. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines on the production pages of this website.

Emergency Contact
Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

  • Theatre Coat Check Phone:  206-625-1294
  • Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check & Assistive Devices
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats and Braille playbills are available at no charge.  Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Food and drinks, except for bottled soft drinks and water, are not permitted inside the auditorium.

Ticket Exchanges
You may exchange your tickets, if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date.  Subscribers may exchange tickets for free.  Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee.  Please note:  Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit  5th Avenue Theatre and receive a donation receipt for your income taxes. Please call 206-625-1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets
If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Third-Party Tickets
We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

Cameras & Recorders
The use of cameras and audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher
If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the house manager will be glad to assist you.


Production Archive

2013/14 -- Mainstage

2013/14 -- Special Events

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