June 6th, 2019

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Musicals of yesterday intersect with sensibilities of today
Local productions address cultural shifts, specialized skills and financial challenges of beloved shows.

By The 5th Avenue Theatre

Think of a classic American musical. Something like “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” or “West Side Story.” If you picture the stage, it’s filled with actors – singers and dancers joyfully performing musical numbers that have imprinted on our hearts and minds even if we aren’t musical theater fans. What you may not think about is the process it took to fill that stage. Finding the talented triple threats it takes to perform this complex choreography and sing an iconic score can be a challenge even for organizations like Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, one of the largest musical theaters in the country.
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