Fourth annual event raises awareness of and funds for the performing arts at ABT

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), the Valley leader in musical theatre, hosted its Fourth Annual Broadway Ball on March 4, 2017, raising more than $100,000 for the nonprofit performing arts organization.

The formal event was attended by arts-minded donors and supporters and sponsored by some of the West Valley’s leading names in philanthropic support including Season 12 and “Times Square” level event sponsor Arrowhead Cadillac and “Tony Award” level sponsor TC Schuttler. Other sponsors included the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Arrowhead Dermatology and the Honorable Cathy Carlat, Mayor of the City of Peoria.

“It is more important than ever that we continue to raise awareness about why arts funding is so crucial. Professional arts programs benefit artists, patrons, children, and everyone in the community,” said Ellen Versen, Development Director at Arizona Broadway Theatre. “We are extremely grateful to our community partners who stepped up this year to sponsor such an exquisite event in support of the arts at ABT.”

Ball guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the theatre’s lobby followed by a three-course meal created by ABT Executive Chef Erik Angelo. Silent and live auctions, raffle opportunities and a wine pull offered friendly rivalry among guests. The live auction featured unique experiences including cooking classes in the ABT kitchen, a Disney’s Beauty and the Beast birthday party for 12 during ABT’s production of the show and a “Queen + Adam Lambert” rock ‘n’ roll experience for six. Members of the all-volunteer Broadway Ball committee, led by co-chairs Sharon Jarnagin and Michele Meewes, were on hand to welcome guests and oversee the successful event.

Kiel and Cassandra Klaphake, Producers and Co-founders of the Arizona Broadway Theatre, spoke on behalf of the organization and introduced live entertainment representative of ABT’s Mainstage and children’s programming including previews of Jesus Christ Superstar and Man of La Mancha. The evening brought attention to the impact ABT has had on residents and visitors to the Valley of the Sun for nearly 12 years as one of Arizona’s premiere performing arts destinations.

The date of the Fifth Annual Broadway Ball has been tentatively set for Saturday, March 3, 2018. For more information about ABT and The Broadway Ball, please call the ABT Development Office at (623) 707-8842 or visit

Broadway Ball Co-chairs Michele Meewes and Sharon Jarnagin

Fourth Annual Broadway Ball Committee

CEO & Executive Producer Kiel Klaphake

Arizona Broadway Theatre Returns to Center Stage at the Herberger Theater Center

Will Produce both Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and A Christmas Carol in 2017

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) and Herberger Theater Center (HTC) today announced that they will co-present both Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and A Christmas Carol: The Musical on the HTC Center Stage. Valley audiences will delight in the opportunity to see these classic tales set to music at their favorite downtown venue by the Valley’s leader in musical theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be on stage July 7-16; A Christmas Carol: The Musical will run December 9-24.

“With ABT’s vast experience bringing quality musicals to life, this full-scale production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is sure to delight theatergoers of all ages,” says Mark Mettes, HTC’s President and CEO. “A Christmas Carol: The Musical was a family favorite last year, and we are excited and proud to partner with ABT to bring these spirited family-oriented musical productions downtown this year.”

ABT CEO and Executive Producer Kiel Klaphake shares the excitement of Mettes.

“Last year’s production proved that this can be a successful partnership. We’re thrilled to be able to extend that partnership with the addition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this summer as well as restaging A Christmas Carol: The Musical this holiday season. As the leading musical theatre producer in the state, we are delighted to bring our bold approach to this premier venue.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 10, 2017, at For more information, visit or call the Box Office at (602) 252-8497.


About Arizona Broadway Theatre

ABT, Arizona’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning, state-of-the-art professional theatre showcases locally and nationally acclaimed artists and provides palate-pleasing sit-down table service with themed menu items prepared fresh daily to accompany the award-winning on-stage fare. With one reservation, you can enjoy a full night’s entertainment without having to rush around the Phoenix sprawl between meal and show! ABT is conveniently located south of West Bell Road off Loop 101 in the P83 District east of the Peoria Sports Complex. Parking is free. For tickets and additional information call the Box Office at 623.776.8400 or visit Arizona Broadway Theatre’s twelfth season is proudly sponsored by Arrowhead Cadillac.

About the Herberger Theater Center: Where the Audience Meets the Art

The Herberger Theater Center (HTC) is a 501(c)(3) Arizona non-profit organization that supports and fosters the growth of the arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate. Opened in 1989 and fully renovated in 2010, the HTC is home to several Valley theater and dance companies; and offers three theater venues, an art gallery and rentable event space for a variety of community uses. During the last 27 years, four million patrons have enjoyed more than 11,000 performances at HTC. Proceeds from annual fundraising benefit its Youth Outreach Programs, designed to give Arizona children (ages 3-19) opportunities to excel, learn and heal through the arts.