Jenifer Lewis plays Herman’s Dolly.

I don’t usually go to the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Spotlight Nights—billed as their "behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming shows"—because I’m afraid I’ll have to sit through another one of artistic director David Armstrong’s opening night curtain speeches about what a "sophisticated Seattle audience" we are. If we’re so sophisticated, why is he explaining Hello, Dolly! to us?

But tonight’s program looks promising content- and talent-wise so I’ve signed up. And if you’re curious about Jerry Herman’s brash, ebullient Dolly and/or Stephen Sondheim’s peerlessly beautiful Sunday in the Park with George you should be there, too.

The night will compare and contrast the work of the two musical theater giants—Herman, since we’re on the subject, was a real bitch onstage at the Tonys when his La Cage Aux Folles trumped Sondheim’s Sunday—with appearances from Dolly‘s divine lead Jenifer Lewis and Sunday’s lady, Billie Wildrick (who told me she’ll be singing that show’s memorable "Move On" as well as "Time Heals Everything," a great song from Mack & Mabel, a good Herman show that flopped).

The program starts at 7 and runs about an hour and a half. Get your free tickets online by registering and printing out a form here.

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