Show Talk presentations take patrons deeper into the world of musical theater and our productions. 

These engaging lectures and panels are hosted by Artistic Associate, Albert Evans with the occasional special guest. Show Talks are 45-minutues long and are free and open to the public (no show tickets required). 

For Annie, Albert presents:
“Put On a Happy Face” with the music of Charles Strouse

Charles “Buddy” Strouse is the composer of 29 musical shows, including three that won the Tony Award for Best Musical: Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, and Annie.

During the holiday run of Annie, our 5th Avenue Theatre Show Talks will explore the amazing output of this remarkably talented man, still active at age 90.

Strouse’s output has not been limited to Broadway, but includes TV theme songs (“Those Were the Days” from All In the Family), movie scores (Bonnie and Clyde), and advertising jingles — some of which later showed up in … well, wait and be surprised!

Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30PM
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30PM

Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30PM
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30PM

Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30PM
     - with special co-host, Marta Zekan (KING FM), and guests, Billie Wildrick (Annie, Director) and Caryl 
      Fantel (Annie, Music Director)
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30PM

Friday, Dec. 14 at 7PM - A special talk with our Annie partners, Fostering Together, hosted by Director of Education and Engagement, Orlando Morales.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30PM
Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6:30PM

Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 6:30PM
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 6:30PM

Show Talks take place in Studio E at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Directions to Studio E.



Following select Sunday night performances, members of the audience are invited to meet the cast, crew and creative team (if available) and ask questions about the show. Post-Show Talkbacks are hosted by Education staff. Requires a ticket to the performance.

Post Show Talk Back Dates:

December 9, 2018 - Annie
February 17, 2019 - Rock of Ages
April 7, 2019 - Marie: A New Musical
June 16, 2019  - West Side Story

If you are interested purchasing a Sunday Night Talkback subscription package, please contact Guest Services at 206-625-1900. 


On select dates, members of the audience are invited to participate in moderated discussion about the themes and issues that each show addresses. Post Show Discussions do not involve cast, crew or creative team members and are moderated by Education staff and special guests. Requires a ticket to the performance.