Seattle Growth Podcast 4.8: The evolution of musical theater

Over the past two decades, nine of the 18 original musicals developed at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre have gone on to Broadway runs, including the Tony Award winning productions of Hairspray and Memphis.

Episode 8 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, season 4, explores the city’s vibrant musical theatre scene.

David Armstrong, the long-time executive producer and artistic director of the 5th Avenue Theatre, discusses the city’s rising profile in musical theater and describes how the city is both producing and attracting top-class musical theater talent. He also offers unique insight into how Seattle’s growth is affecting business at the historic theater.

Two of the actors drawn to Seattle by its thriving musical theater community discuss their transition to the growing city and its music scene.

Porscha Shaw, named one of “Four Seattle artists you should know about” by KUOW, recounts her rise to prominence.

And Andre Brown shares what is happening in Seattle to facilitate the creation of art across several media.

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.

  • Steve Danielson

    If Musical Theater in Seattle is such a vibrant, thriving scene, why isn’t UW doing more to invest in its musical theater students? The program is dying and students are jumping ship because the support from the university is dwindling. I’m only an accompanist for some of these talented students, but I know they are extremely frustrated by the growing lack of understanding and concern from the UW administration about their plight.