A Valentine Concert featuring a 30-piece orchestra
SEATTLE, WA–A constellation of Seattle’s brightest musical theatre stars, backed by a full 30-piece orchestra, present My Funny Valentine, Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs at The 5th Avenue Theatre Saturday February 12 at 8:00 PM and Sunday February 13 at 3:00 PM.
The 90 minute concert of Broadway’s greatest songs about love features new love, old love, young love, love gone awry, love that went away, and love that is here to stay.
Ian Eisendrath, resident music director for The 5th Avenue, conducts the concert. Seattle singers Shelly Burch (local cabaret performer whose Broadway credits include Nine and The 5th’s production of Company as Joanne), Nick Garrison (hugely popular local actor/performer, lead singer of local band The Love Markets, and Emcee in The 5th’s Cabaret), Kirsten Helland (Contemporary Classics stalwart, and featured as Ado Annie in next season’s Oklahoma! at The 5th), Mimi Hines (fabled Broadway vet whose credits include the original production of Funny Girl, a world tour in the title role of Hello Dolly!, and The 5th’s production of Pippin), Kim Huber (Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, featured in The 5th’s productions of 1776, Pippin, and The Sound of Music, where she played Maria), Michael McGowan (whose Broadway credits include Ragtime and The Producers, and whose appearances at The 5th include as the “hunk of Teutonic beefcake” Maximilian in Candide), (Brandon O’Neill) 5th Avenue favorite whose recent appearances include Candide, Joseph, Wonderful Town, and A Christmas Story, as well as Sky Masterton in our upcoming production of Guys and Dolls), and Sarah Rudinoff (favorite local performer and singer who’s appeared on most of Seattle’s stages, including stand-out performances in The 5th’s productions of Smokey Joe’s Café, Wonderful Town, and as the wisecracking cab driver Hilde in last season’s On the Town).
Audiences will hear music by Cole Porter ( “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “So In Love”) Rodgers & Hammerstein (“Some Enchanted Evening,” “If Ever I Should Leave You”), Rodgers & Hart (“I Wish I Was in Love Again”) George and Ira Gershwin (“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”), Leonard Bernstein (“Maria”), Irving Berlin (“I Got Lost in His Arms”), Andrew Lloyd Webber (“I Don’t Know How to Love Him”), and Stephen Sondheim (“Being Alive”), to name just a few.
Tickets for My Funny Valentine are available by calling 206-625-1900/toll-free 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849), at the box office at 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, or online at 5thavenue.org.
Special thanks to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2010-11 season co-sponsors Safeco Insurance and US Bank.
More about The 5th Avenue Theatre
The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation’s premier incubators for new musicals. In the past decade, it has produced ten premiere musicals, four of which have been produced on Broadway, and two of which have won Tony Awards for “Best Musical” (Hairspray and Memphis). The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.
Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine Griffin and Producing Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theatre attracts an annual attendance of more than 287,000 and ranks among the nation’s largest and most respected musical theater companies.
In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive Educational Outreach Program which includes: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Student Matinee Program, and Spotlight Nights. For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit http://www.5thavenue.org.