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7 productions mark 5th Avenue season

The 5th Avenue has announced seven productions for its 2010–2011 season, including a mix of premieres of new works, hot shows direct from Broadway and Golden Age classics featuring Seattle performers and artists.

First up is "In the Heights," the story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights that's on the brink of change. It won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Next is "A Christmas Story–The Musical," inspired by the classic 1983 movie that follows the adventures of young Ralphie Parker and his desperate quest to receive the most desirable and forbidden of all Christmas presents – “An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.”

The Northwest premiere of "Vanities–A New Musical" comes next, the story of three best friends as they travel from high school cheerleaders, to sorority sisters, to housewives and liberated women.

Another current Broadway smash, "Next to Normal," will follow. The show got its start locally when writer and lyricist Brian Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt premiered it under the title Feeling Electric at Issaquah’s Village Theatre as both a reading and a workshop. Now this Tony-winning musical, an emotional powerhouse about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other, returns to Seattle.

Spring will have "9 To 5: The Musical," which is adapted from the popular film that tells the story of three overworked and harassed secretaries who turn the tables on their chauvinistic boss.

The season will conclude with two timeless classics from the Golden Age Of Broadway, beginning with "Guys & Dolls," Damon Runyon’s stories of the denizens of New York’s underworld, including fast-talking Nathan Detroit.

The season closes with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Oklahoma!"

Season subscriptions are now available over the phone by calling 206-625-1900 and in person at the box office at 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle.

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