Best Theater Company: 5th Avenue Theatre

The people have spoken.

Who doesn’t like a good musical? Since 1989, the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company has been delighting audiences with renditions of famous works like Hairspray, Jeckyll and Hyde, and The Wedding Singer. By its own admission, the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company seeks “To be the pre-eminent musical theater company in the world.” That’s a pretty high bar to set, but somehow this crew makes it seem like an attainable goal.

First runner-up: ACT Theatre

Second runner-up: Seattle Repertory Theater

Honorable mention: Seattle Shakespeare Company, Theater Schmeater

Read about the rest of the Best of Seattle Reader Poll winners here. If you didn’t get a chance to vote this go-round, make sure your voice is heard next year. Email us at and we will let you know when nominations open for BoS 2017.