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Seattle Times

“First Date,” a new musical that debuted at Seattle’s ACT Theatre in 2012, has a date this summer with Broadway.

An irreverent and romantic dissection of a blind date, from the contrasting perspectives of a single man and woman meeting for the first time, the show was a runaway hit in Seattle as a coproduction of ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatre. It received four 2012 Seattle Times Footlight Awards.

Written by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, “First Date” is slated to begin preview performances at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre on July 9, and open on Aug. 4.

5th Avenue Theatre associate artistic director Bill Berry, who staged the show at ACT, will again direct. Josh Rhodes will choreograph and Tony Award-winner David Gallo will design the set.

The show’s lead producer is Junkyard Productions, whose partners include longtime 5th Avenue supporters and philanthropists Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff of Seattle. The group previously produced the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” on Broadway, after a tryout run at the 5th Avenue.


Broadway Buzz

It’s a Date! The new musical comedy First Date is coming to Broadway this summer. Featuring a book by Austin Winsberg, music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and directed by Bill Berry, First Date begins performances July 9 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is set for August 4. Casting will be announced shortly.

First Date explores the most dangerous human endeavor in existence—the dreaded blind date. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one?

Winsberg’s TV writing credits include Gossip Girl, Jake in Progress, Still Standing and Glory Days. Zachary and Weiner are the composers of Secondhand Lions and Twice Charmed. Perry is the producing director of the 5th Avenue Theatre, where the musical previously ran in spring 2012.

The new musical features choreography by Josh Rhodes, set design by David Gallo, costume design by David Woolard, lighting design by Mike Baldassari and sound design by Kai Harada.


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