For The 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle, the only thing as exciting as creating today’s must-see musicals is imagining tomorrow’s. And tomorrow’s must-see musical is onstage right now, created by The 5th. Don’t miss your chance to see “Marie, Dancing Still,” playing through April 14, 2019, before it goes to Broadway.
The story of the young ballerina who inspired a master artist to create one of his greatest works, “Marie, Dancing Still” is a sumptuous musical with the kind of Broadway pedigree that musical theater aficionados dream of. This new Broadway-bound musical is written by the Tony Award-winning creators of “Ragtime” and “Once On This Island,” Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; and directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Susan Stroman’s of “The Producers.” It even stars New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck, who one might recognize as the star of the Hulu documentary “Ballet Now.” These key individuals, and many more, serve integral roles in the making of a musical, but there is only so far any musical can grow without one final person: you. “We could rehearse and re-work and refine forever,” said Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry. “But until we have an audience in the theater, we will never truly know what is going to succeed and what needs to be adjusted. The audience is the most important collaborator—particularly at this stage of development on a Broadway-bound musical.”
“The creative team always learns so much from an audience,” Composer Stephen Flaherty agreed. “Especially an audience of theatergoers! As the audience listens to the show, we listen to THEM.”
This is one of the reasons that Susan Stroman is so excited to bring “Marie, Dancing Still” to Seattle. “The audiences are very savvy, totally engaged. And I feel Seattle has a great affection for dance. ‘Marie, Dancing Still’ is unique because it is a real cross-fertilization of ballet, musical theater, and art—all things that a Seattle audience appreciates… The team and crew that make up The 5th Avenue Theatre family have a flawless reputation in NYC. Everyone who has worked there talks about the professionalism and graciousness. That combined with the opportunity to perform in front of Seattle audiences makes The 5th the number one theater to try out a new musical.”
The 5th Avenue Theatre recognizes the power great musicals have to inspire, entertain, lift the spirit, and sweep us away. “Marie, Dancing Still“ marks the 20th new musical produced by The 5th, nine of which have made it to Broadway, and others becoming some of the country’s most popular musicals—Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Hairspray,” “Shrek,” “Memphis,” and more.
“We chose to become a part of this project because we saw something truly transcendent in this show,” Berry said. “Whether you’re producing high art or rich satire, whether you’re creating a low-brow comedy or a stirring tragedy, the musical must have that transcendent emotional core in order to truly succeed. We feel strongly that Marie, Dancing Still is a musical poised to take its place as one of the great works for the stage.”
“Marie, Dancing Still” plays through April 14, 2019. Tickets available here.