Unfortunately, subscriptions are no longer available for our 2019/20 Season. You can still buy individual tickets for the remaining shows in our season.
But never fear: The 5th has big plans to tell you big stories in new, exciting, and original ways during our 2020/21 Season too! Stay tuned for our season announcement on Tuesday, March 17.
Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all guests. We strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production listed below.
Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.
Please note: Content guidelines are based solely on the text of the script. We create our shows just for you, so there may be additional sensitive content based on the direction of the show which we are not aware of until the show opens. Additional content warnings will be posted in the lobby when you attend a performance, or you can call our Guest Services team for more information, once a show has opened, at 206.625.1900.
Sister Act, adapted from the popular 1992 film, tells the story of a nightclub singer who takes refuge from gangster hit men by disguising herself as a nun and hiding in a convent; her life and the lives of the nuns are changed forever by this encounter.
Sexual References: The show’s protagonist, night club singer Deloris, is having an affair with gangster and club owner Curtis; she is devastated that the card in his Christmas gift is addressed to his wife.
Drugs/Alcohol: One of Deloris’s backup singers offers her a Quaalude to deal with her disappointment. Smelling incense in the convent church, Deloris declares, “Somebody smokin’ weed in here!” She attempts to smoke a cigarette but is not allowed. Deloris will eventually escape to a nearby bar where she will order a beer.
Adult Language: There are a few hells and damns. The expressions, “Christ on a stick!” and “Jesus Christ!” are heard.
Violence/Scariness: Curtis and his henchmen sing what sounds (and choreographs) like a love song but with very different lyrics (“And when I find that girl / I’m gonna kill that girl / Gonna wham! Bam! Blam! And drill that girl”) that give a new meaning to “When I find my baby / Ain’t never lettin’ her go.” The scene is played for humor rather than scariness.
A character is shot to death onstage, and the shooter and his cronies chase an innocent witness, firing their guns (and missing). During a chase scene, some of the gangsters are hit on the head or kneed in the groin. Several characters are threatened with guns and one character is shot in the shoulder. (All of the violence is stylized, not explicit; it is played for humor, not shock, and there is no blood.)
Once on This Island is a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid; it is set on a fictional island (resembling Haiti) in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. The show’s love story (a peasant girl falls in love with a wealthy man from the other side of the island) is a fairy tale told to a small child by the chorus (the villagers).
Please note: This production features theatrical haze, fog, live flame, sand, and water elements.
Violence/Scariness: In a song about the origin of the beauxhommes, the light-skinned island gentry, the chorus tells of a Frenchman, Armand, who came to the island in the time of Napoleon and married a pale blonde woman, but also “took his pleasure with the women / Who served him / Black peasant girls from the village beyond.” Today, the chorus points out, “They despise us for our blackness / It reminds them where they’re from.”
A character is threatened by a deadly flood and shelters in a tree. During a storm, another character is injured in a car crash. The show’s staging of these events (the car crash, the storm) is theatrical rather than realistic.
A character approaches a grand hotel, but he is refused entry by the guard at the gate, who knocks him down.
A character is given a knife and told that she must take another’s life; she raises the knife, but does not use it.
Sexual References: Sexual references are implied or suggested, rather than explicit.
A man invites a woman to “stay the night and show me your powers. Make me forget this pain.” The chorus surrounds them and hides them from view. There is no explicit sex.
Adult Language: None.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None.
Evita is the classic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Parents and concerned theatergoers should peruse the following guidelines carefully.
Mature Themes: Evita is the tale of a historical figure, Eva Perón—considered a saint by some and a demagogue by others—who rose from a hardscrabble background to become the most powerful woman any Latin American country had ever seen. It deals with a number of themes, including the improbable rags-to riches ascension of an unlikely heroine, the use of propaganda and populism to affect public perception, and the effects of “star quality” as a campaign and governing tactic.
Adult Language: The language is mild for the most part. There is one use of the word “screw” (as an expletive, not a sexual term), and Eva’s critics refer to her as a “bitch” and a “whore.” There are a few vulgar expressions (“up yours”) and a couple of uses of “hell.”
Sexual References: Eva is only 15 when she begins working as an actress; she encounters powerful men who exploit her, while offering to help her career and enhance her fame. There are no explicit scenes to convey her early history.
A young girl, a military officer’s mistress, is replaced and unceremoniously evicted to survive as best she can.
The military officers (never friends with Argentina’s first lady) are wary of Eva’s influence and power and reduce her to sexual terms. Sample: “Her only good parts are between her thighs / She should stare at the ceiling, not reach for the skies / For she could be his last whore. / The evidence suggests / She has other interests / She should know that she’s not paid / To be loud but to be laid.”
Violence/Scariness: A character is clubbed by government officials and dragged backstage after a Perón rally.
Jersey Boys contains strong language and sexual situations. Parents are advised to peruse the advisories carefully.
A Word about the Language in Jersey Boys:
Full Disclosure: The characters in Jersey Boys, like many of the real people they portray, sometimes use language that may shock some members of our audience. But it is certainly not our intention to offend. We have no wish to take anybody in the theater “out” of the show, only a desire to honestly tell the story of four guys who were more likely to end up in Sing Sing than the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To give you an authentic experience, we present the Four Seasons songs as they sounded on the records, and present the guys themselves as they sounded on the streets – where tough language was nothing less than a badge of honor and a means of survival.
--Rick Elice, co-writer of Jersey Boys
Adult Language: Very strong adult language is used throughout the show; the “f” word is used a little over thirty times, always as an expletive rather than a sexual term (sample: “I’ll tell you what the f--n’ problem is!”). The Four Seasons and their associates were working-class Italian Americans who hailed from Mob-dominated, crime-ridden, poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Prison records were common among these young men and the profane “Jersey Language” in the script was an authentic part of their culture. As Frankie Valli puts it, “We didn’t have playgrounds and after-school programs. What we had was hanging out on the corner and B and E’s” (Breaking and Entering).
Drugs/Alcohol: Characters are seen smoking and drinking. One character dies (offstage) from a drug overdose.
Sexual References: One character has his sexual initiation (offstage) with a girl in a Chicago hotel.
Please note: exchanges can only be processed on a laptop/desktop only. Mobile exchanges are not available at this time.
*Tickets can only be exchanged for the same show. Exchanges are fee free for subscribers, but upgrade fees may apply.
The 5th Avenue provides American Sign Language-interpreted performances for hard-of-hearing and Deaf patrons. Reserved seating located close to the ASL interpreters is available for our guests needing those services*. Ticket prices for ASL performances vary. To purchase tickets to individual ASL performances online, visit www.5thavenue.org/asl.
To purchase ASL tickets on a mobile device, select the ASL interpreted date you want to attend. Enter promo code ASL by tapping on the box under the show title. Once your code is applied, tap "Get Tickets" to select your seats in the front of the orchestra level on the left side of the house.
*These seats are reserved for our Deaf and hard-of-hearing guests who require the services of an interpreter and for their companions. For students learning American Sign Language, we offer a student discount for our ASL performances. Please contact Guest Services at 206.625.1900 or visit our box office to discuss seat availability in a nearby section at the student rate.
Open captioning designed for those with mild to complete hearing loss so you can enjoy theater as never before. Performances with this service feature a text display located to one side of the stage. The dialogue and lyrics of the show scroll across the display in synchronicity with the actual performance. Now you can catch quick punch lines, fast-patter lyrics, and hushed dialogue. For more information, please visit the Box Office, email GuestServices@5thavenue.org or call 206.625.1900 or 888.584.4849 (voice).
In our 2018/19 season, ASL interpretation and open captions will take place during the same performance. All ASL/Open Caption dates will happen on the third Sunday matinee of the respective production. Dates below.
If you are interested in subscribing to our ASL/Open Caption performances, please call 206.625.1900 or email GuestServices@5thavenue.org for more information.
|Come From Away||Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1.30 PM|
|Annie||Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1.30 PM|
|Rock of Ages||Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 1.30 PM|
|Little Dancer||Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 1.30 PM|
|The Lightning Thief||Sunday, April 28 at 1.30 PM|
|West Side Story||Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 1.30 PM|
The 5th Avenue Theatre has Sennheiser Listening System headsets for patrons who are hard-of-hearing. We also offer inductive neck loops. Both devices are complimentary, but subject to availability. You may reserve a headset when you purchase your tickets. To reserve your headset, visit the Box Office, call 206.625.1900 or 888.584.4849 (voice), or e-mail GuestServices@5thavenue.org.
Using the Sennheiser Listening System, The 5th Avenue Theatre offers select audio-described performances for visually impaired and blind patrons. The Sennheiser Listening System works throughout the auditorium so you may purchase tickets in any section of the theater. For more information, please visit the Box Office, email GuestServices@5thavenue.org or call 206.625.1900 or 888.584.4849 (voice).
Hunchback of Notre Dame Saturday June 23 2:00 PM
In our 2018/19 season, all audio-described performances will happen on the third Saturday matinee of the production. Dates below.
If you are interested in subscribing to our audio-described performances, please call 206.625.1900 or email Guest Services at GuestServices@5thavenue.org for more information.
|Come From Away||Saturday, October 27 at 2.00 PM|
|Annie||Saturday, December 15 at 2.00 PM|
|Rock of Ages||Saturday, February 23 at 2.00 PM|
|Little Dancer||Saturday, April 13 at 2.00 PM|
|The Lightning Thief||Saturday, April 27 at 2.00 PM|
|West Side Story||Saturday, June 22 at 2.00 PM|
Wheelchair seating space is located on the orchestra level (main floor) of the auditorium. The seating is located House Right at the end of rows F, K and P and House Left at the end of rows G, J and Q. If no wheelchair seats are available on the website please contact Guest Services by calling 206.625.1900 or 888.584.4849 (voice) or emailing GuestServices@5thavenue.org.
Elevator Access Inside the Theatre
If you’re seated on the balcony level and stairs present a challenge, we can provide you with elevator assistance. However, please note that all balcony seating involves negotiating some stairs. You may proceed directly to the lobby of Skinner Building (located at 1326 5th Avenue, 4 doors north of the Theatre's main entrance) where an usher will meet and assist you. You may also request assistance when you arrive at the Theater doors.
Braille and large print programs are both available, free of charge, at Coat Check, located in the lobby near Aisle 3. Programs are checked out with a valid ID and should please be returned at the end of the performance. Braille programs are subject to availability.
If you would like a script and book light to use during a performance, please request one at Coat Check, located in the lobby near Aisle 3. Scripts may checked out with photo ID, and are subject to availability on a show-by-show basis. To reserve a script and book light, please call the Guest Services at 206.625.1900 or 888.584.4849 (voice) or e-mail GuestServices@5thavenue.org.
The parking garages at City Centre and LAZ 6th Ave (formerly known as The Hilton Garage) both have accessible parking and elevators and are located within one block of the Theatre.
LAZ 6th Ave Garage is connected to the Theatre via an underground concourse; however, if you are in a wheelchair, it will be faster to exit on the street level, not the concourse level, and go around the block to the Theatre’s marquee entrance. If you would prefer using the concourse level, you will need to be escorted by one of the 5th Avenue Theatre ushers to the Skinner Building’s elevators. If you do not see one of our ushers in the concourse, please call coat check at 206.625.1294. The building’s elevators will take you to the Skinner Lobby, and you will then still have to go outside and travel one-half of a block uphill to the Theatre’s marquee entrance. Please be advised: the LAZ 6th Ave Garage is also the busiest of our partner garages on show days, so please expect longer wait times before and after the show.