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Performing Arts

While Seattle is well known as the birthplace of grunge, we’re also home to more traditional musical delights, such as one of the world’s most recorded symphony orchestras and our renowned Seattle Opera, both of which enchant audiences year after year with their compelling performances. This “City of Music” offers more than eighty clubs and venues presenting live music on a regular basis, allowing you to choose anything from a sizzling jazz trio to your new favorite rock band. We’re also recognized as one of the county’s great theatre centers.

Groups like Seattle Repertory TheatreACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre offer everything from world-premieres and new works to award-winning interpretations of the classics. The historic Paramount Theatre and the Moore Theatre host touring concerts and Broadway shows, while over fifty other theatres produce inspired work by emerging artists. And that’s just the beginning. From the grand artistry of Pacific Northwest Ballet to a poetry reading in the most intimate setting, Seattle will set the stage for you.

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

The Secret Life of Bugs

Northwest Puppet Center
5/7/2016 through 5/15/2016

Discover the incredible world of insects in this blacklight puppetry performance. Performed by Spyglass Theatre.

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Mother’s Day Improv Comedy Show

Market Theatre
5/8/2016 through 5/8/2016

Treat your Mom to a night of off-the-cuff comedy as the improvisational wizards at Unexpected Productions delve into …

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Jim French’s Imagination Theater

Kirkland Performance Center
5/16/2016 through 5/16/2016

Mystery, drama, and laughter abound in America’s leading radio drama series regularly featuring Private Detective Harry Nile and …

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600 Highwaymen

On The Boards
5/12/2016 through 5/15/2016

Brooklyn-based 600 Highwaymen make their debut at OtB with a performance inspired by the infamous first performances of …

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John Witherspoon

Parlor Live Bellevue
5/19/2016 through 5/21/2016

Parlor Live is thrilled to welcome comic legend John Witherspoon! You remember him as Ice Cube’s whacky dog-catching …

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The EDGE Improv

Bainbridge Performing Arts – Playhouse and Gallery
5/7/2016 through 5/7/2016

Perfect for Moms and those who have Moms! Don’t miss The EDGE Improv an ingeniously improvised evening of …

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An Evening with Dream Theater

Paramount Theatre
5/11/2016 through 5/11/2016

Dream Theater presents “The Astonishing” Live at Paramount Theatre.

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Bernie’s Apt.

ACT Theatre
5/5/2016 through 5/28/2016

In this modern-day Latin-American exploration of Lorca’s classic tale The House of Bernarda Alba, matriarch Bernie is sequestered …

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Maz Jobrani

The Neptune Theatre
6/2/2016 through 6/2/2016

Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour which first aired on Comedy …

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