5th Avenue’s 2012-13 schedule packed with blockbusters

  • Wed Mar 14th, 2012 1:57pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

You might think the 5th Avenue Theatre’s new 2012-13 season is just too good to be true.

But if you’re a fan of such Broadway blockbuster musicals as “Jersey Boys” you better pinch yourself, because it’s coming back.

Contemporary musicals such as “Jersey Boys” and “Memphis” share the 5th Avenue stage along with a couple of musical classics and other favorites for a total of seven musicals during the theater’s new season.

The 2012-13 lineup:

• “Memphis”: Sept. 18. A young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t in the 1950s: rock ‘n’ roll and an electrifying black singer.

• “The Addams Family”: Oct. 24. Based on the bizarre family of characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, this Broadway musical features an original story starring Wednesday Addams, who has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.

• “ELF — The Musical”: Nov. 30. The funny tale of Buddy, who was mistakenly raised as one of Santa’s elves, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

• “The Music Man”: Feb 7. Con man Harold Hill rolls into River City, Iowa, to hoodwink the town out of money, but his scheme is complicated when Marian the librarian sees right through his act, then falls in love with him. The songs include “Ya Got Trouble,” “‘Til There Was You” and of course, “76 Trombones.”

• “Grey Gardens”: March 16, 2013. Edith and Edie Beale, Jackie Kennedy’s outrageous and reclusive relatives, are the stars of this brilliantly twisted, bizarrely beautiful true-story-turned-musical.

• “Jersey Boys”: April 4, 2013. This musical follows the rise of rock n’ roll hall-of-famers The Four Seasons, telling the tale of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Featuring hits such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh, What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,”

• “The Pirates of Penzance”: July 11, 2013. This Gilbert and Sullivan classic has a band of tender-hearted pirates celebrating the coming-of-age of Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. But Frederic may not be gone after all when the Pirate King points out a leap-year loophole that threatens to keep Frederic apprenticed to the pirates for 63 more years.

All shows are at the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Subscriptions are on sale now at www.5thavenuetheatre.org or by calling 206-625-1900 or toll-free at 888-584-4849.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.