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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Jun 8 – Jul 2, 2017

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Run time for Romy & Michele: approximately 2.5 hours, including one intermission

Where should I sit?
Try the Mezzanine! Sometimes called the Grand Tier, seats in this section (rows A-J upstairs) are often considered the best in the house and have a sweeping view of the entire stage. They're closer to the action than you may think! The Mezzanine overhangs about halfway above our Orchestra level seating. It is a prime location for enjoying large-scale choreography, taking in the full effect of the set designs in each scene, and it happens to be Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstong's favorite location in the house. Check out the view from our interactive seating chart by hovering your mouse on a seat.

Preview Performances June 8-June 14
Official Press Opening June 15


Book by Robin Schiff
Music & Lyrics by Gwendolyn Sanford & Brandon Jay
Directed by Kristin Hanggi
Choreographed by Peggy Hickey

Go behind the scenes at our promotional photoshoot! Read all about it on the blog.

World Premiere!

Two of the quirkiest and most endearing best friends in pop culture will make their musical theater debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre this spring. Join us at the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film.

Romy and Michele are two inseparable best friends whose relationship is put to the test when they invent fake careers to impress people at their 10-year high school reunion. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion features a creative team including Rock of Ages' director Kristin Hanggi and a book by the film's screenwriter, Robin Schiff. With an all new '80s and '90s pop/rock-inspired score from Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay, composers of Orange is the New BlackRomy and Michele's High School Reunion is the coolest thing since the invention of Post-its®.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

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Cortney Wolfson and Stephanie Renee Wall Star in the World Premiere of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion!

Check out these shots from our photoshoot with Wolfson and Wall, and find out more about them below. 

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion Cast (click for bios):

CORTNEY WOLFSON

CORTNEY WOLFSON
Romy White

CORTNEY WOLFSON

CORTNEY WOLFSON
(Romy White)

Wolfson is thrilled to be making her 5th Ave debut with Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion! Broadway credits include Kinky Boots (Nicola), The Addams Family and Les Misérables (First Revival). First National Tours: The Addams Family (Wednesday) and Legally Blonde (Serena, Brooke Wyndham). Other stage favorites: Up Here by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (dir. Alex Timbers), Kinky Boots (NYC Readings), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage) and The MUNY. Film/TV: Are You Joking? and The Battery’s Down. Proud Indiana native and graduate of The University of Michigan, BFA. Thanks to Mom, Abrams and God. C+C. Twitter/Instagram: @cortneywolfson.

STEPHANIE RENEE WALL

STEPHANIE RENEE WALL
Michele Weinberger

STEPHANIE RENEE WALL

STEPHANIE RENEE WALL
(Michele Weinberger)

5th Ave debut. Elsa in Frozen: Live at the Hyperion at Disney’s California Adventure. Recent credits include: Michele in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (NY and LA workshops), Elle in Legally Blonde (3D Theatricals and Performance Riverside), Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (Performance Riverside), Fiona in Shrek (Performance Riverside), Louise in Gypsy (West Coast Ensemble, directed by Richard Israel), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou and Missy u/s – original LA company), Clara in The Light in the Piazza (West Coast Regional Premiere). Wall performed in Top Rock with LiveItUp! Productions and as Alice with the Mad T Party Band in Disney’s California Adventure. Insta: @stephiewall.

MICHAEL THOMAS GRANT

MICHAEL THOMAS GRANT
Sandy Frink

MICHAEL THOMAS GRANT

MICHAEL THOMAS GRANT
(Sandy Frink)

Grant is so excited to make his 5th Avenue debut! Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Grant now lives and works in Los Angeles. You may have seen him on Roadies (Showtime), The Fosters (ABC/Freeform) or at any number of theater and cabaret events around Los Angeles!

JORDAN KAI BURNETT

JORDAN KAI BURNETT
Heather Mooney

JORDAN KAI BURNETT

JORDAN KAI BURNETT
(Heather Mooney)

5th Ave debut! Green Day's American Idiot at La Mirada Theater (Whatsername). Side Show (Violet Hilton, American Theater of Actors), Seussical (Cat in the Hat, Dir: Marcia Milgrom-Dodge) and Granola! The Musical. The Max Factor Factor (Eva), Hello! My Baby! opposite George Wendt (Frances, Rubicon Theater Co.), Falling for Make Believe (Colony Theater), Lippa’s The Wild Party (Kate),  A Chorus Line (Cassie), Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield (Benvolia) opposite Corbin Bleu. Co-creator of "Penelope, PCSA" and "Daisy & Jordan's Sunday Brunch of Shame, with Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan Thanks to Anthony at DDO, Kristin, & the cast/creative team. For momma & poppi. Insta/Twitter: JKaiB.

HANNAH SCHUERMAN

HANNAH SCHUERMAN
Toby Walters

HANNAH SCHUERMAN

HANNAH SCHUERMAN
(Toby Walters)

Schuerman is elated to be back at The 5th after being seen most recently in The Pajama Game, and last season in The Sound of Music. She is also happy to return to this show, as well as this role, after being part of the Production Lab last fall. She is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University. This one’s for Bella, Eddie, Ian and Tuck—here’s to new adventures.

TESS SOLTAU

TESS SOLTAU
Christie Masters

TESS SOLTAU

TESS SOLTAU
(Christie Masters)

Soltau is so excited to be a part of Romy and Michele! 5th Ave debut. Broadway: Wicked, Addams Family. Regional: Into the Woods (Public Theatre), Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), Diner (Signature Thetare), Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse), White Noise (Royal George Theatre). Film/TV: Love and Other Drugs, White Collar and Law & Order: SVU. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. Love to Matthew, Mom and Andrew.

ERIC ANKRIM

ERIC ANKRIM
Ensemble

ERIC ANKRIM

ERIC ANKRIM
(Ensemble)

Bio to come.

KATE E. COOK

KATE E. COOK
Cheryl Cook, Ensemble

KATE E. COOK

KATE E. COOK
(Cheryl Cook, Ensemble)

Cook is honored to make her 5th Avenue debut! Seattle credits: Singin’ in the Rain and Great Wall (Village Theatre) and Bonnie and Clyde (Studio18). Select regional: Chicago, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, Dames at Sea, Footloose, Damn Yankees. Enjoy!

AUTUMN GUZZARDI

AUTUMN GUZZARDI
Lisa Luder, Ensemble

AUTUMN GUZZARDI

AUTUMN GUZZARDI
(Lisa Luder, Ensemble)

5th Ave debut! Broadway: 9 to 5 (Doralee u/s). Off-Broadway: Trip of Love (Crystal u/s), The City Club (Rose). Tours: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 9 to 5 (Doralee). Regional: The Nutty Professor, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever. TV: Blue Bloods, Nashville.

DANIELLE KELSEY

DANIELLE KELSEY
Kelly Possenger, Ensemble

DANIELLE KELSEY

DANIELLE KELSEY
(Kelly Possenger, Ensemble)

5th Avenue debut! Off-Broadway: Revolution In The Elbow…National Tours: Billy Elliot (u/s Mum), Young Frankenstein (u/s Inga). Other NYC/Regional: The Producers (Ulla), Chicago (Roxie), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). @diary.confessionals.

TRINA MILLS

TRINA MILLS
Ensemble

TRINA MILLS

TRINA MILLS
(Ensemble)

From Seattle, Mills earned her BA in acting from WWU. 5th Avenue selected: West Side Story (Velma), A Chorus Line (Sheila), How to Succeed… (Miss Krumholtz), A Christmas Story, RENT, ELF, Spamalot. Love to Josh.

TAYLOR NIEMEYER

TAYLOR NIEMEYER
Ensemble

TAYLOR NIEMEYER

TAYLOR NIEMEYER
(Ensemble)

Niemeyer is thrilled to be part of this hilarious production! Past 5th Avenue credits: Allana (The Little Mermaid), Bebe (A Chorus Line), Zaneeta Shinn (The Music Man). Next Up: Newsies at Village Theatre! Love to Tim.

MICHAEL STARR

MICHAEL STARR
Billy Christianson, Ensemble

MICHAEL STARR

MICHAEL STARR
(Billy Christianson, Ensemble)

5th Avenue debut! UCLA Grad. Regional: Frozen – Live at the Hyperion; A Chorus Line; West Side Story; Wonderful Town; Salome; Footloose; Carrie; Empire; Kiss Me, Kate; Legally BlondeGreaseSpamalot and Big Fish. Thanks to a wonderfully supportive family! @mjstarr77.

JAMES TABEEK

JAMES TABEEK
Ensemble

JAMES TABEEK

JAMES TABEEK
(Ensemble)

5th Ave debut. Broadway: Mary Poppins, Taboo, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Sweet Charity ( Workshop). Other NYC: Babes in Arms, Die Fledermaus, Christmas Spectacular. LA: Wonderful Town, Serrano, Sunday Dinner. Vegas: Idaho!. Europe: WSS. Film: Naked, The Best Date Ever, Retrograde, Northbound, Hail Caesar. Web series: The Residuals. @jamestabeek.

LEIGH WAKEFORD

LEIGH WAKEFORD
Ensemble

LEIGH WAKEFORD

LEIGH WAKEFORD
(Ensemble)

5th Avenue debut! National Tours: The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago. Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Ogunquit Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, La Mirada Theatre. Film: First Period. Thanks to Kristin and Peg. Love and light! Follow @leighwakeford.

LOUIS WILLIAMS, JR.

LOUIS WILLIAMS, JR.
Ensemble

LOUIS WILLIAMS, JR.

LOUIS WILLIAMS, JR.
(Ensemble)

5th Ave debut. Education: Webster University BFA, The Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Regional: Steve Wynn’s SHOWSTOPPERS, Salome, La Traviata (Principal), A Chorus Line and Hairspray. Music Artist: Fergie. Thank you to Peggy Hickey.

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.

Run time for Romy & Michele: approximately 2.5 hours, including one intermission

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.

Weather

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

Children

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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 included for each show. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

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, and Special Needs

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, assistive listening headsets, 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. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid. 

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. 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. The 5th cannot guarantee that ticket donations are tax deductable and does not produce tax receipts for these donations. 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 video or 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.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Recommended for audiences ages 13 and up.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a new musical based on the 1997 film. Please note that because this is a new script, there will be some changes made throughout the show’s run.

Romy and Michele, who graduated from high school in 1987, planned to attend their reunion until they realized that in ten years they have accomplished very little – how can they impress the popular girls? And how will Romy finally attract the man of her dreams – Billy, the captain of the high school football team?

 

Adult Language:

A couple of “damns” are heard and one exclamation of “Jesus!” “Screw” is heard a couple of times, but never in a sexual sense (“Screw these people!”). One character is called a “dickhead” and another a “credit whore” (for stealing someone else’s idea). Heather, who is thoroughly disillusioned with relationships, sings “Love is . . . ,” which uses the word “bullshit” twelve times. A few vulgar expressions are also used  (examples:  “Piss off!,” “You are a jerk-off!,” “He is such a douchebag,” “You’re shittin’ me,” “asshole”). The head cheerleader, Christie, is described as “a bitch.”

 

Sexual References:

Romy and Michele enter a night club and watch dancing couples making flirtatious and suggestive moves. When Romy and Michele dance together (since no one else asked), Romy observes, “Sometimes I wish I was a lesbian.” When Michele jokingly asks if they should try it, she says the idea “creeps me out,” but “if we’re not married by the time we’re thirty, ask me again.” Later the two of them will discuss who lost her virginity first.

In a flashback at Sagebrush High School, the popular girls/cheerleaders dance while singing their inner thoughts: “You can look but you can’t touch / We’re too good for you / Don’t you wish that you were us? / Such a shame you’re you!”  The boys voice their own longings:  “How I wish I could see them naked!”

In a dream sequence, Michele sees Romy sitting on a (shirtless) Billy’s lap; they are making out.

In an interview at a department store, Michele uses the “jerk off” hand motion to describe how she can convince customers they look good in anything.

Two characters who have fallen in love disappear together into the dressing room of a boutique. We do not see them emerge.

 

Alcohol/Drugs:

Heather, Romy and Michele’s high school classmate, is seen smoking both in flashbacks set in “Sagebrush High School” and at the reunion ten years later.

Attendees at the reunion are seen drinking beer; a few are seen smoking marijuana. One character is revealed to be “sloppy drunk.”

 

Violence: None.