The 5th Avenue Theatre, one of the most impressive production companies in the city, just announced their 2019/2020 season today. The full lineup, which is listed below, includes heavy hitters like Evita, Shrek the Musical, Jersey Boys, and more. As of now, only subscription renewals are on sale, but we recommend marking your calendars now—and stay tuned for news about single ticket sales.
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Austen Pride: A New Musical of 'Pride and Prejudice'
This brand-new musical by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs brings us into the life and mind of Jane Austen as she writes Pride and Prejudice. Look forward to songs from Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and all the other beloved characters.
NOVEMBER 26–DECEMBER 29
Shrek the Musical
Your favorite Disney ogre will clomp onto the 5th Avenue stage for the first time since his Broadway debut in Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire and Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori's family-friendly fairy-tale hit.
JANUARY 31–FEBRUARY 23, 2020
Stu for Silverton
Celebrate the true story of Stu Rasmussen, the first openly trans mayor of an American town, in this musical by Peter Duchan (Dogfight) and Lady Gaga collaborator Breedlove. Stu for Silverton premiered in an earlier form in 2013 with Intiman Theatre and has been developed since, with new choreography by James Alsop; of the earlier version, former Stranger critic Brendan Kiley wrote that the score "sneaks in little jabs of Americana that feel both loving and satirical."
MARCH 13–APRIL 4, 2020
Sister Act is based on the super-popular 1992 comedy/musical film starring Whoopi Goldberg. You know the premise: a raunchy lounge singer must go undercover in a convent to save her own life, hilarity ensues. This new staging will be directed by Lisa Shriver.
APRIL 14–19, 2020
"Jersey Boys is a buffed and shiny thing, an entertainment machine greased with pomade whose engine hums in four-part harmony." So wrote Brendan Kiley when the musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons migrated to Seattle. You can experience the story of the working-tough crooners as a season extra at the theater (it's not included in a season pass).
MAY 12–24, 2020
Once on This Island
The theater will present the Olivier Award-winning musical Once on This Island (from the Tony Award-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty), a Caribbean adaptation of The Little Mermaid, in which a peasant girl named Ti Moune rescues and falls in love with a wealthy boy, Daniel, from the other side of the island. Michael Arden, who directed the Spring Awakening revival, will helm this one.
JUNE 12–JULY 3, 2020
Songs! Fashion! Fascism! Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón, gets the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical treatment. The score boasts some of musical theatre's most beloved numbers ("Don't Cry for Me Argentina" et al.). This production will close out the theater's 2019-2020 season with a bang.