Past Productions

5th Avenue Theatre Retrospective:

           18 Years of Thrilling Musical Theater

 

A Room With A View

 

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"Director David Armstrong takes a ton of awesome, admirable risks in this production, and the standout success, the thing that brought the house down halfway through act two, causing a near-riot of whooping and hollering and a genuine dynamic moment between characters, is the way Armstrong does the skinny-dipping scene. Three guys. Full frontal. A near-riot, I tell you. Of sheer delight.

 The set is great, the cast is great, the score is great, the singing is great.  The murder scene in the streets of Florence is staged perfectly—the lights, the blocking, the emotional whiplash—and the song George sings right after it, “Something Tremendous,” is something tremendous. "

                                        The Stranger

 

“Room” sports a breathtakingly arboreal scenic design by Walt Spangler, an able new director (5th Ave artistic head David Armstrong), and a cast dominated by fine Seattle actor-singers. Composer-lyricist Jeffrey Stock’s lush  score includes lovely arias and choral pieces, and draws knowingly on Italian opera and the oeuvres of Broadway masters Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim."

                                       Seattle Times

Anything Goes

 

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"David Armstrong presents the 1934 Broadway hit as a musical comedy, with slapstick, farce and pun-filled wordplay getting equal time with Cole Porter's well-known music and lyrics. He's also assembled a strong-voiced cast, headlined by Dee Hoty."

               Seattle Post-Intelligencer

 

"Don't miss this boat - director David Armstrong captains a smash hit version of Cole Porter's vintage musical. "

                                          City Search

 

"The show's director,  new 5th Avenue Theatre artistic head David Armstrong, has applied a tap-happy verve and a bright coat of sheen to this vessel. The show looks divine, with a swiveling art deco shipboard set, swank '30s apparel and a cast of agreeable music comedy pros. Those Porter songs, meticulously staged by Armstrong with double-decker panache, seem as fresh and sparkly as a just-opened magnum of champagne."

                     Seattle Union Record

 

"The 5th Avenue's David Armstrong has created a new production of the Porter classic that's bright, often hilarious and relentlessly upbeat. Suffice to say it's fall-down funny and the cast sparkles through Armstrong's inventive choreography."

                                     Seattle Times

 

"Directed triumphantly by new artistic director David Armstrong. If this is the caliber of production we can expect from  him i can't wait for the rest of the season."

                              Seattle Gay News

Arms and the Man

 

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