White Christmas – Musical – Review – The 5th Avenue Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Irving Berlin’s White Christmas musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre complete with an audience singalong at the end. Starring Ashley Day & the rich-voiced Cayman Ilika. Showcasing a diverse repertoire of choreography in an old-timey glamour showbiz standards motif. #whiteChristmas

Recommendation
See it, especially if you’re looking for a standard Christmas show … with pop standards!


Synopsis from the Theatre: Based on the beloved, timeless film, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas comes just in time for the holiday season. After World War II, two veterans, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, begin a successful song and dance act, following two singing sisters to their Christmas gig at a Vermont resort lodge. With classic standards such as the titular hit, “Sisters,” “Snow,” “Blue Skies,” and “I Love a Piano,” White Christmas is a stirring and delightful musical that stands the test of time

Attended Performance Date: Opening Night 12/1/23 – See my previous preview posts here.

Type: Musical

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Static (Stationary) Set?: No

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but I wonder if you’d appreciate the show more if you saw the original film. I didn’t see the original film, but I enjoyed the live show.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes

Equity Actors: All

Total Number of Actors: Too many to count

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium Speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.5 hours

Was there an intermission? Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • Music and Orchestra: From the NYC-like swinging jazzy overture hook, I knew the orchestra and score would be fabulous in this show.
  • Choreography: This musical was heavy on dance. I was thrilled to discover that my favorite dance modality (tap dancing) filled this show. “Blue Skies” featured clean, tight choreography with a touch of Fosse. Additionally, the dancers in “I Love a Piano” showcased good dance synchronicity. There was also an earlier number in the first act with a little Latin flair.
  • Rich Voices: Cayman Ilika (as Betty Haynes) has such a rich, developed voice with a slight transatlantic accent quality. It was immediately distinctly noticeable in her first number “Love and the Weather.” I also didn’t know that Candice Song Donehoo (as Martha Watson) could belt it until she sang “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy.” Unfortunately, her previous role in Cinderella didn’t allow her to show off her pipes like she could in White Christmas.
  • Snow: Snow wasn’t isolated to just the stage. It also fell throughout the audience. They must spend a lot of time vacuuming after every performance!
  • Favorite Lines:
    • While holding her boobs, Betty said, “Am I lopsided?”
    • “Put up a show in 5 days? Why not. They say God took a week.”
    • “I told you to work on the second chorus, not the second chorus girl.”
    • “I will just go to my dressing room and have a scene”

Rant(s)

  • Theatre Temperature: Just like in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s December show last year The Wiz, the theatre was freezing! I overheard audience members behind me mention the same thing. I ended up wearing my wool coat and gloves during the performance. For tickets that can cost upwards of $200, I imagine one of the premium seats could pay the heating bill for one night!

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Holiday Inn: The premise in White Christmas is so similar to Holiday Inn that it’s almost lazy writing and I felt a little cheated. It’s akin to how Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas movies blatantly reuse the same old formula with a dash of weak plot conflict. That being said, I enjoyed both shows and I’d see either one again. Plus, I wouldn’t fault the musical’s book author too much since they were just basing the shows on the original films.
  • Christmas Tree: Why was the Christmas tree moving during “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)?” I kept wondering if someone would jump out for comic relief … which would have been leftfield for a touching scene!
  • Zac Efron: Is it just me or does Ashley Day look like Zac Efron?

Theatre Company: The Fifth Avenue Theatre

Venue: The Fifth Avenue Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Price: Medium to Expensive

Tickets: https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2023-2024/irving-berlin-s-white-christmas/

Ticket Affordability Options: The 5th Avenue Theatre often partners with organizations you’re affiliated with for discount tickets. For example, they sometimes offer a discount for my employer affiliation.

Dates: November 25 to December 24, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: When I don’t walk to the theatre or park on the street, I park in the paid garage at the Motif Hotel northwest of the theatre. The entrance is on 5th Ave. Do NOT park in the Hilton garage (entrance on 6th Ave). That’s where most of the audience (and I think the subscribers) parks, so it’s a nightmare to leave. However, the Hilton garage is the closest garage to the theatre and you can access the theatre through a tunnel if you want to avoid the elements. But, in my opinon, this benefit is not worth the time wasted leaving the garage.

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@showsiveseen @Irving Berlin's "White #Christmas" #musical at @The 5th Avenue Theatre complete with an audience singalong at the end. Starring Ashley Day & the rich-voiced @Cayman Ilika. Showcasing a diverse repertoire of choreography in an old-timey glamour showbiz standards motif. Review: showsiveseen.com/7598 #whiteChristmas #xmas #theatre #showsiveseen #irvingBerlin ♬ White Christmas – Michael Bublé
Phillip Attmore and Taryn Darr in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Ashley Day and company in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Ashley Day and Gia Pellegrini in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Phillip Attmore, Ashley Day, and Brandon O’Neill in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Tracy Martin.
Cayman Ilika, Taryn Darr, and company in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
The cast of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Taryn Darr and Phillip Attmore in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Tracy Martin.
RoleName
Bob WallaceAshley Day
Phil DavisPhillip Attmore
Ralph SheldrakeBrandon O’Neill
General Henry WaverlyReginald André Jackson
Ed Sullivan AnnouncerTy Willis
TessieCristin J. Hubbard
RitaAnia Briggs
RhodaTrina Mills
JimmyEric Polani Jensen
Betty HaynesCayman Ilika
Judy HaynesTaryn Darr
QuintetCristin J. Hubbard
Eric Polani Jensen
Charlie Johnson
Trina Mills
Brandon O’Neill
Train ConductorJohn David Scott
Mr. Snoring ManTy Willis
Mrs. Snoring ManCristin J. Hubbard
Martha WatsonCandice Song Donehoo
Susan WaverlyBeatrice Cramer, Gia Pellegrini
EzekielSean G. Griffin
MikeTy Willis
Regency Room DancersDavione Gordon
Charlie Johnson
Rico Lastrapes
Jonathan Luke Stevens
EnsembleAnia Briggs
Kristin Burch
Davione Gordon
Cristin J. Hubbard
Eric Polani Jensen,
Charlie Johnson
Ashley Lanyon
Rico Lastrapes
Trina Mills
Richard Peacock
John David Scott
Jonathan Luke Stevens
Katy Tabb
Jaclyn Wheatley
Carolyn Willems Van Dijk
Shelby Willis
Bob Wallace Underestudy Michael Sharon
Phil Davis UnderstudyCayel Tregeagle
General Henry Waverly UnderstudyTy Willis
Ralph UnderstudyJohn David Scott
Betty Haynes UnderstudyMiranda Antoinette
Judy Haynes UnderstudyMallory Cooney King
Mr. Snoring Man/Mike/Ed Sullivan Announcer/Ezekiel UnderstudyErlc Polani Jensen
Mrs. Snoring Man/Tessie/Quintet UnderstudyAnn Cornelius
Martha Watson UnderstudyCristin J Hubbard
SwingsMaggie Darago
Jordan King
Katie Marshall
Christopher Sweet
Dance CaptainMaggie Darago
ConductorBeth Grimmett-Tankersley
Keyboard 1Dwight Beckmeyer
Keyboard 2Rebecca Smith
BassTodd Gowers
DrumsAlec Wilmart
HornJill Jaques
Trumpet 1Brad Allison
Trumpet 2Richard Titterington
Trumpet 3Michael Van Bebber
Trombone 1Dan Marcus
Trombone 2Keith Winkle
Trombone 3Antonio Portela
PercussionPaul Hansen
Reed 1Dane Andersen
Reed 2Jory Tindall
Reed 3Derek Smith
Reed 4Lori Shepard
Reed 5Jay Easton
ViolinLynn Bartlett-Johnson
CelloChristine Lee
Keyboard CoordinatorMichael Matlock
Music AssistantAndrew Pang
Rehearsal PianistDwight Beckmeyer
Rehearsal DrummerAlec Wilmart
DirectorsJames A Roco and David Armstrong
ChoreographerJames A. Rocco
Music DirectorMatt Perri
Producing PartnerMarleen And Kenny Alhadeff
Composer and LyricistIrving Berlin
OrchestrationsLarry Blank
AuthorsDavid Ives and Paul Blake
Vocal and Dance ArrangerBruce Pomahac
Scenic DesignerAnna Louizos
Associate DirectorJimmy Shields
Costume CoordinatorHeidi Zamora
Director of ProductionJoan Toggenburger
Costume DesignerCarrie Robbins
Associate Music Director/ConductorBeth Grimmett-Tankersley
Costume AssociateDanielle Nieves
Production ManagerRyan Gastelum
Lighting DesignerHeather Gilbert
Associate ChoreographerMaggie Darago
Associate Lighting DesignerThorn Michaels
Technical DirectorMathew Carleton
Sound DesignerHaley Parcher
N.Y. Casting DirectorStephanie Klapper
Associate Sound DesignerLiam Steckler
Costume, Wardrobe, & Hair DirectorShannin Strom
Hair/Wig & Makeup DesignerKelley Jordan
Seattle Casting DirectorBrodrick Santeze Ryans
Assistant Hair/Wig & Makeup DesignerJuliette Lewis
Production Stage ManagerJR Welden
Assistant Stage ManagersJamie J. Kranz
Erin B. Zatloka
Swing Stage ManagerJeffrey K. Hanson
Producing Artistic DirectorBill Berry
Managing DirectorKatie Maltais
Production AssistantLarcyn Burnett
Child Actor GuardianAmy Jurkiewicz

Preview Post – White Christmas – Musical – 5th Avenue Theatre

Amazing seats to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas musical opening night at The 5th Ave Theatre. Performing until 12/24/23 Christmas Eve. Stay tuned for my full review! #whiteChristmas #xmas #irvingBerlin #showsiveseen #theatre

Full Final Review (Posted 12/18/23): https://www.showsiveseen.com/white-christmas-musical-review-the-5th-avenue-theatre/

Tickets: https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2023-2024/irving-berlin-s-white-christmas/

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Cambodian Rock Band – Musical – ACT Theatre & 5th Avenue Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band musical at ACT Theatre w/ 5th Avenue Theatre featuring music from Dengue Fever, directed by Chay Yew, starring Brooke Ishibashi & the talented Joe Ngo. Good dialogue, difficult decisions, & poetic/artistic story. Music was so Seattle. #showsiveseen #theatre #Cambodia #KhmerRouge #DengueFever #Cambodian #karma

Recommendation
See it, especially if you like rock music reminiscent of Seattle


Synopsis from the Theatre: Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Lauren Yee brings us an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

Attended Performance Date: 10/5/23 (Opening Night) – See my previous preview posts here.

Type: Musical

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Static (Stationary) Set: No

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but you’d probably enjoy this more if you’re familiar with Cambodian history or Dengue Fever songs.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes, the actors were the band

Equity Actors: 6

Total Number of Actors: 6

Perceived Pace of the Show: Slow, especially with the heavy dialogue

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.75 hours

Was there an intermission?: Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show?: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now?: Probably not, but it was good

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Versatile Talent: Almost all the actors were also part of the band. Special shout out to Joe Ngo (who played Chum) with his many character personas.
  • Well-written Dialogue: I especially enjoyed the argument at the twist reveal, which BTW I’m proud to have predicted!
  • Asian Representation: I’m always thrilled to see shows that feature Asian actors or Asian stories since we’re so underrepresented in entertainment. This musical realistically depicted the interactions between first- and second-generation Asian family members, especially with the parental disapproval!

Rant(s)

  • Subtitles: The songs were in desperate need of subtitles since some lyrics were in Cambodian and the music genre was that muffled grungy Seattle-esque rock. The audience needs to understand the lyrics in a musical, so the songs add significance to storyline. Imagine how much the audience would miss if they didn’t understand the lyrics to “Part of Your World” in The Little Mermaid.
  • Hook: The musical began like a rock concert with two songs. In my eyes, this was akin to two musical overtures where you start losing the audience at the second song especially if they don’t even know the song. I suggest cutting or moving the second song.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Dancers: Who were the random people that danced on-stage at the end of the show?
  • Preventable Problems: It’s a bit unsatisfying when a major calamity the main character experienced was easily preventable. But I guess a story often needs a calamity to be interesting!
  • Loose Ends: I feel like the Comrade Duch’s story was left unresolved.

Theatre Company: National Tour Brought by ACT Theatre and 5th Avenue Theatre

Venue: The Falls Theatre at ACT Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 700 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

Price: Medium to Expensive

Regular Tickets: https://acttheatre.org/2023-24-season/cambodian-rock-band/

Ticket Affordability Options: You can self-select lower ticket prices on the ticketing website. Also, check out the the theatre’s official discounts page.

Dates: September 29 to November 5, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Paid lot or paid street parking. If I don’t walk to this theatre, I park in the Convention Center garage with the entrance between Seneca and Pike. There is indoor access from the garage to the ACT Theatre walking through the old convention center.

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@showsiveseen Lauren Yee's "Cambodian Rock Band" #musical at @ACT Theatre Seattle w/ @The 5th Avenue Theatre featuring music from #dengueFever, directed by Chay Yew, starring Brooke Ishibashi & the talented Joe Ngo. Good dialogue, difficult decisions, & poetic/artistic story. Music was so Seattle. Review: showsiveseen.com/6905 #showsiveseen #theatre #Cambodia #KhmerRouge #DengueFever #Cambodian #karma ♬ Family Business – Dengue Fever
Brooke Ishibashi and Joe Ngo in Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Joe Ngo, Brooke Ishibashi, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui and Tim Liu in Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Brooke Ishibashi, Jane Lui, Abraham Kim and Tim Liu in Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Joe Ngo and Tim Liu in Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Brooke Ishibashi, Jane Lui and Tim Liu in Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Francis Jue in Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
RoleName
Neary/SotheaBrooke Ishibashi
Rom/JournalistAbraham Kim
Ted/Cadre/LengTim Liu
Pou/S-21 Guard Jane Lui
ChumJoe Ngo
DuchPhil Wong
Neary/Sothea/Pou/S-21 Guard (u/s)Kelsey Angel Baehrens
Ted/Cadre/Leng/Rom/Journalist (u/s)Alex Lydon
Duch/Chum (u/s)Vi Tran
Director Chay Yew
PlaywrightLauren Yee
Music Supervisor & Co-Music DirectorJane Lui and Matt Macnelly
Khmer Vocal Coach Sokunthary Svay
Scenic Designer Takeshi Kata
Co-sound Designers Mikhail Fiksel & Megumi Katayama
Fight Director Aldo Uribe
Costume Designer Linda Cho
Associate Director Graham Schmidt
Stage Manager Merrick A B Williams
Lighting Designer David Weiner
Projection Designer Luke Norby w/ Five Ohm Productions
Associate Lighting Designer David Shocket
Associate Sound Designer Ben Truppin-Brown
Assistant Stage Manager Quy Ton
Production Assistant Max Zamorano
Wig Designer Tom Watson
Associate Scenic Designer Robin Vest
Production Consultant Charles M. Turner Ill
CarpentersMeghan Boyle, Robin Logerstadt
Assistant Lighting Designer Casey Price
ElectriciansKaitlyn Lawrenz, Dave Misner
Sound EngineerRobert “Max” Langley
DressersImelda Daranciang, K.D. Schill
A1Valerie Turos
StagehandsRobin Logerstadt, Martin Sisk
Associate Costume DesignerHerin Kaputkin

Preview Post – Cambodian Rock Band – Musical – ACT Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theatre

Cambodian Rock Band Dengue Fever musical opening night at ACT Theatre w/ 5th Avenue Theatre. Performing until 11/5/23. Stay tuned for my full review! #showsiveseen #theatre #Cambodia #KhmerRouge #DengueFever #Cambodian

Tickets: https://acttheatre.org/2023-24-season/cambodian-rock-band/

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Musical – The 5th Avenue Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre starring Diana Huey & Colman Cummings. Directed by Glenn Casale and music directed by RJ Tancioco. Vibrant set/costumes. Quality rivaled the national tour (which I’ve seen twice). It’s times like these that I wish I had kids to bring to the theatre. #Ariel

Synopsis from the Theatre: One of the most successful Disney musicals of all time returns to The 5th Avenue Theatre in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the original film. Ariel, King Triton, Flounder, Scuttle, Ursula, and Prince Eric tell the story of dreams, love, family, and friendship that has delighted generations. Dive under the sea with Ariel and her friends as they sing some of the best-known songs of the last century.

Attended Performance Date: 9/15/23 (Opening Night)

Type: Musical

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but you’d probably enjoy this more if you’re familiar with the original Disney movie.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes, there was a glorious orchestra

Equity Actors: All

Total Number of Actors: Too many to count

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.5 hours

Intermission Included: Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: No, I’ve attended the national tour production twice

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Of course!

Recommendation: See it, especially if you’ve watched the original Disney movie or if you want to show your kids the magic of live theatre (but it’s not just for kids!)

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Aerial Flying Effects: This production included many aerial flying effects to realistically simulate swimming. It must have required some serious core strength and pilates. I don’t remember this much aerial flying in the national tour. I wonder if there’s ever any risk of tangling the cables like in puppetry. Side note, during the show, I wondered how Ariel and Prince Eric unharnessed so quickly between their flying scenes. After reading in the program that Joel Domenico and Megan Felise were Ariel/Eric doubles, it made more sense. Stage magic!
  • “Under the Sea” Song: The bubbles and lights in the audience was a nice touch during “Under the Sea.” However, I was surprised how little costumes of traditional fish appeared in this number.
  • Ursula: Shaunyce Omar was a wonderful choice for Ursula with her inherently rich voice with an attitude.
  • Electric Eels: Cassi Q Kohl and Ethan Carpenter worked well in-sync as Ursula’s minions Flotsam and Jetsam.
  • Costumes: Obviously, as a 5th Avenue Theatre production, the costumes were gorgeous with the vibrant colors and billowing dresses. Ariel’s flowy mermaid dress was designed to also occasionally double as a water splash.
  • Trident Effect: When King Triton wielded his magical trident, the projections shook giving the illusion of the stage shaking.
  • Tap Dance: I don’t remember the “Positoovity” number from the national tour but it was a good artistic decision to include tap dancing in this song since Ariel was just getting used to her legs. I’m always a huge fan of tap dancing in musicals!
  • Scuttle: John David Scott was a delight to watch as Scuttle. I would have liked his character featured more.
  • Favorite Line: “You can’t blame all humans for a few wicked ones.”

Rant(s)

  • White Noise: There was weird audio feedback during one of the ship scenes and one of Ursula’s scenes.
Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Differences from the National Tour: While watching this production, I couldn’t help but compare it to the national touring production I saw twice in Houston, TX.
    • Different Songs: There were some songs missing in this production from the tour and vice versa. For example, this local production didn’t include “I Want the Good Times Back.”
    • Illusion of Water: The mermaid actors in the national tour bobbed their body/arms up and down more to portray the illusion of floating underwater. But I feel like this tour relied more on aerial flying effects, which is more realistic than bobbing. Additionally, the national tour mermaid actors skated more on-stage. However, in this local production, I think only the eels skated and Flounder (played by Keoni Dilay) rode a hoverboard.
    • Flounder’s Age: The national tour flounder was a kid actor, but the 5th Avenue production character was Keoni Dilay who was around the same age as the Ariel actor. I prefer an adult actor for Flounder since it feels weird when a pre-pubescent kid is in love with Ariel. But young audience members probably prefer flounder to be a kid actor. Since the original role was a kid actor, there were unfortunate times in the “She’s in Love” song when Keoni sang an octave lower.
  • Differences from the Movie:
    • Vanessa: Ursula didn’t transform into a human (Vanessa) that sang with Ariel’s voice.
    • Savior: The character who saved the day wasn’t the same person in the movie. I appreciate the modernized messaging to young girls watching the show, but it deviates from the classic Disney story … not that the classic Disney story has been true to the original Hans Christian Andersen tale. I guess we don’t want kids seeing Ariel giving away her tongue and trying to stab the prince!

Theatre Company: The 5th Avenue Theatre

Venue: The 5th Avenue Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Price: Medium to Expensive

Ticket Affordability Options: $30 day-of-show tickets are available for the general public to purchase in person, starting at noon the day of the show you wish you attend! Valid only in Zones 3 (blue), 4 (orange), and 5 (pink). Goldstar or TodayTix usually offer good options too.

Dates: September 8 to October 8, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: When I don’t walk to the theatre or park on the street, I park in the paid garage at the Motif hotel NW of the theatre. The entrance is on 5th Ave. Do NOT park in the Hilton garage (entrance on 6th ave). That’s where most of the audience parks, so it’s a nightmare to leave. However, the Hilton garage is the closest garage to the theatre and you can access the theatre underground if you want to avoid the elements. But this benefit is not worth the time wasted leaving in my opinion.

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@showsiveseen @Disney "The Little #Mermaid" #musical at @The 5th Avenue Theatre starring @Diana Huey & @Coleman Cummings. Directed by Glenn Casale & music directed by RJ Tancioco. Vibrant set/costumes. Quality rivaled the national tour (which I've seen twice!). It's times like these that I wish I had kids to bring to the #theatre. Photos: Tracy Martin & Mark Kitaoka. Review: showsiveseen.com/6680 #Ariel #showsiveseen #Disney #theLittleMermaid #littlemermaid ♬ Under the Sea – Daveed Diggs & Cast – The Little Mermaid & Disney
John David Scott, Gabriel Corey, Kayden Oliver, Diana Huey, and Jordan King in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Coleman Cummings and Diana Huey in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s original production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Cassi Q Kohl, Shaunyce Omar, and Ethan Carpenter in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s original production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
The cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Cassi Q Kohl, Diana Huey, and Shaunyce Omar in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Photo Credit: Tracy Martin.
Jason Weitkamp and Kevin Smith Kirkwood in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s original production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Photo Credit: Tracy Martin.
RoleName
Ariel Diana Huey
Pilot Jason Weitkamp
SailorsGabriel Corey
Joel Domenico
Sheldon Henry
Nehemiah Hooks
Kayden Oliver
Prince Eric Coleman Cummings
Grimsby Rob Burgess
Flounder Keoni Dilay
Scuttle John David Scott
King Triton Terence Kelley
Sebastian Kevin Smith Kirkwood
Aquata (Mersister)Nalica Hennings
Andrina (Mersister)Kristin Burch
Arista (Mersister)Carly Corey
Atina (Mersister)Bethanie Willis
Adella (Mersister)Mackenzie Neusiok
Allana (Mersister)Shelby Willis
UrsulaShaunyce Omar
Gulls Gabriel Corey
Jordan King
Kayden Oliver
MaidsKristin Burch
Carly Corey
Megan Felise
Nalica Hennings
Mackenzie Neusiok
Bethanie Willis
Chefs Gabriel Corey
Joel Domenico
Sheldon Henry
Nehemiah Hooks
Jordan King
Kayden Oliver
Princesses Kristin Burch
Carly Corey
Nalica Hennings
Mackenzie Neusiok
Bethanie Willis
Shelby Willis
Ensemble Kristin Burch
Carly Corey
Gabriel Corey
Joel Domenico
Megan Felise
Nalica Hennings
Sheldon Henry
Nehemiah Hooks
Jordan King
Mackenzie Neusiok
Kayden Oliver
Jason Weitkamp
Bethanie Willis
Shelby Willis
Swings Cy Paolantonio
Christopher Sweet
Madison Willis,
Josh Zacher
Flotsam Cassi Q Kohl
Jetsam Ethan Carpenter
Chef Louis Jason Weitkamp
Prince Eric Double Joel Domenico
Ariel DoubleMegan Felise
Scuttle (Understudy) Gabrlel Corey
Ursula (Understudy) Ann Cornelius
Flotsam/Jetsam (Understudy) Joel Domenico
Sebastian (Understudy)Nehemiah Hooks
King Triton/Grimsby (Understudy) Sheldon Henry
Prince Eric (Understudy) Kawika Huston
Chef Louis (Understudy) Jordan King
Flounder (Understudy)Kayden Oliver
Ariel (Understudy) Caitlin Sarwono, Carly Corey
SwingsCy Paolantonio
Christopher Sweet
Madison Willis
Josh Zacher
Dance Captain Josh Zacher
Flight Captain Cy Paolantonio
DirectorGlenn Casale
Music Director/ConductorRJ Tancioco
Choreographer John Macinnis
Composer Alan Menken
Lyricists Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Playwright Doug Wright
Orchestrations Danny Troob
Incidental Music & Vocal Arrangements Michael Kosarin
Dance Arrangements David Chase
Scenic Designer Kenneth Foy
Associate Director Michael Heitzman
Charlie Johnson
Costume Designers Amy Clark
Mark Koss
Costume Coordinator Taya Payne
Director of Production Joan Toggenburger
Costume Associate Heidi Zamora
Lighting Designer Charlie Morrison
Associate Choreographer Josh Zacher
Associate Lighting Designer Thorn Michaels
Associate Sound Designer Lawrence Schober
Sound Designer Ed Chapman
Production Manager Ryan Gastelum
Casting Director Dedra D. Woods
Associate Music Director Michael Nutting
Hair/Wig and Makeup Designer Kelley Jordan
Costume, Wardrobe, and Hair Director Shannin Strom
Assistant Hair/Wig & Makeup Designer Juliette Lewis
Production Stage Manager Jeffrey K. Hanson
Assistant Stage ManagersRachael Dorman
Laurel Nichols
Swing Stage ManagerErin B. Zatloka
Flying Sequences Choreographer Paul Rubin
Associate Music Director/Keyboard 1 Michael Nutting
Keyboard 2 Benjamin Bentler
Keyboard 3Rebecca Smith
Bass Chris Jones
Horn Jill Jaques
Trumpet Brian Shaw
Drums Alec Wilmart
Percussion Brian Kirk
Reed 1 Dane Andersen
Reed 2 Koryn Orcutt
Reed 3 Derek Smith
Violin 1 Kimberly Rosenberg
Violin 2 Rachel Nesvig
Cello Emily Hu
Keyboard Coordinator Brendan Hogan
Music Assistant Andrew Pang
Rehearsal Pianists Benjamin Bentler, Michael Matlock