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 West Side Story: THE JOY OF LENNY

The spectacular music score of West Side Story — brutal and tender, angry and ecstatic — comes from the unlimited imagination of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most honored musical visionaries. From Broadway to the Philharmonic to the lecture hall to the political ramparts, Lenny always had more to write, more to say, more to give.

Join Show Talk host Albert Evans as he explores Bernstein’s beloved score, its sometimes surprising origins, its classical and jazz roots, and its wicked reliance on the Devil’s Tritone!

Mark your calendars now for our West Side Story Show Talks in June!

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30PM
Thursday, June 6 at 6:30PM

Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30PM
Thursday, June 13 at 6:30PM

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

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


For Marie, Dancing Still, SUSAN STROMAN, 5-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, discussed her amazing career, her latest musical, Marie, Dancing Still, as well as past triumphs, including Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers.



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.

Coming to see Urinetown?

May 5, 2019 After the 7:00pm performance

Post Show Talkback: Conversations with cast members, facilitated by The 5th Avenue Theatre's Director of Education and Engagement, Orlando Morales.

May 7, 2019 After the 7:30pm performance

Post Show Dialogue: Join us as we compare the dark world of water management in Urinetown to the current state of our water right here in Seattle! Featuring special guests Jourdan Keith (Seattle Public Utilities Watershed Educator, Founder and Director of Urban Wilderness Project and Seattle 2016 Poetry on Buses Poet Planner), Mami Hara (Seattle Public Utilities General Manager/CEO), and Kelly O’Rourke (Seattle Public Utilities Water Conservation Manager Planner), and facilitated by ACT Education and Engagement Manager, Tracy Hyland. Be sure to stick around after the performance!

Post Show Talk Back Dates:

May 5, 2019 - Urinetown (at ACT)
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.


A Place for Us: A Celebration of West Side Story

Monday, May 20, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
presented by The 5th Avenue Theatre and The Seattle Public Library
Free Admission

Seattle Public Library-Central Library
1000 4th Ave
Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1
Seattle, WA 98104

Join us for a celebration of the American masterpiece, West Side Story. Since its premiere in 1957, West Side Story has continued to resonate with new audiences and new generations. 

This special event will feature esteemed Seattle theater critic and arts writer, Misha Berson, along with community members and artists reflecting on the impact this piece has had throughout history and how its call for love and social justice continues to echo in our own communities and neighborhoods.