The 5th Avenue Theatre

Since 1926, the magnificent 5th Avenue Theatre has captivated audiences with outstanding performances of all types. In the early days, people eagerly lined up for first-class vaudeville shows, featuring the top touring entertainers of the day. The Theatre later transformed itself into a popular movie palace. In the late 1970s, The 5th Avenue Theatre fell on hard times, but was saved from a wrecking ball by a visionary group of businesses and community leaders.

Today, audiences come to The 5th Avenue Theater to see the latest touring offerings from New York, along with locally produced, world premieres of exciting new musicals and expertly mounted productions of both contemporary and Golden Age of Broadway hits. Under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theater attracts an annual attendance of more than 250,000 patrons and ranks among the nation’s largest and most respected theater companies.

In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive Educational Outreach Programs which include: The Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company; The 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater; the Rising Star Project; Show Talks with Albert Evans; Spotlight Nights; and a host of classes and workshops, and special events for audiences of all ages.
Our Mission

To nurture, advance and preserve all aspects of America’s great indigenous art-form: The Musical.  We achieve this by creating extraordinary theatrical experiences that enrich, entertain, and inspire current and future audiences everywhere.

Our Vision

To be the pre-eminent musical theater company in the world - achieving the highest levels of artistic achievement, production quality, audience engagement, and community impact.

Our Artistic Philosophy

We are committed to the preservation of the historic and irreplaceable 5th Avenue Theatre as a cultural center for the region.

We are dedicated to achieving consistently high standards of excellence by showcasing world-class performers and creative artists, utilizing full live orchestras, and staging exceptional and imaginative productions. 

We place special emphasis on the employment of our outstanding regional community of performers, technicians, and theater professionals.

Each season, we program a vibrant and dynamic mix of productions that attract, delight, and retain a large and diverse audience and reflect the broad scope and cultural significance of the American Musical - past, present, and future.

We ensure our future by serving as a creative incubator for the production of New Works, by engaging our community through Educational programming of the highest caliber, and by maintaining exceptional standards of fiscal responsibility.


Adventure Musical Theater

Since 1994, The 5th Avenue's Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company has brought the wonder and joy of live musical theater to elementary and middle school students throughout the Northwest. Adventure Musical Theater musicals engage youth through storytelling, song and dance. Our productions are created by local composers and writers and tell the stories of our region’s unique history and culture. Adventure Musical Theater productions are designed to incorporate standards-based educational content.

The 5th Avenue Theatre supports teachers of all disciplines in their efforts to incorporate musical theater into core curriculum and to introduce young minds to all art forms.

  Northwest Bookshelf, 2007. Photo by Chris Bennion

 Northwest Bookshelf, 2007. Photo by Chris Bennion