Arizona Broadway Theatre’s twelfth season begins on October 14, with the Broadway hit Funny Girl which will run through November 13.
“We’re excited to be leading off our twelfth season with such an iconic show,” said Kiel Klaphake, founder and CEO. “ABT has become known for bringing incredible professional productions to Phoenix’s West Valley, and this year features some of Broadway’s biggest hits. Add in our recent upgrades, including upgraded chairs in our auditorium, and a fantastic show menu by renowned chef Jon Mortimer, and ABT is without a doubt one of the best entertainment experiences in the Valley.”
About the Cast
Cassandra Klaphake, ABT’s Casting Director and Artistic Producer, has gathered a cast of new and familiar faces for ABT’s version of Funny Girl. Liz Fallon will portray Fanny Brice in the part that made Barbra Streisand a household name. Currently a resident of New York, Fallon appeared as Fiona in ABT’s production of Shrek this summer, as Charity Hope Valentine in the 2015 ABT production of Sweet Charity as well as West Side Story and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Appearing as Nick Arnstein, Fanny’s love interest, is Jamie Parnell. A native of Montana, Jamie has been seen in ABT productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel; A Christmas Carol, Sweet Charity, Phantom, and Footloose.
Also returning to the ABT stage are: Phil Sloves (A Christmas Carol, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) as Eddie Ryan; T. V. Reeves (White Christmas) as Florenz Ziegfeld; Tim Shawver (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Lucky Stiff, Church Basement Ladies, It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play) as Tom Keeney; Johanna Carlisle (Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, Annie) as Mrs. Strakosh; Carolyn McPhee (La Cage Aus Folles; Bye Bye Birdie; Lend Me a Tenor; The Drowsy Chaperone; Grease; Into the Woods) as Mrs. O’Malley; Anasofia Gallegos (Shrek) as Mrs. Meeker; Tony Blosser (The Secret Garden, Lucky Stiff, Fiddler on the Roof, Shrek) as Renaldi.
About Funny Girl
Funny Girl is the semi-biographical story of Fanny Brice as she follows her dreams of becoming the greatest star despite the discouragement of friends and neighbors. Made famous by the Tony-nominated and Oscar-winning performance of Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl is a triumphant story of success and a bittersweet love, cast in the elegance of 1920s Broadway. Featuring unforgettable songs like “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”
About Arizona Broadway Theatre
ABT, Arizona’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning, state-of-the-art professional dinner theatre, showcases locally and nationally acclaimed artists both onstage and behind the scenes. ABT’s twelfth season includes Funny Girl (October 14 – November 13), A Christmas Story (November 25 – December 28, 2016); Camelot (January 13 – February 11, 2017); Jesus Christ Superstar (March 17 – April 16, 2017); Oliver! (April 28 – May 21, 2017); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (June 2 – July 2, 2017); Saturday Night Fever (July 21 – August 20, 2017); and Hands on a Hardbody (September 1 – 24, 2017)
ABT’s luxurious Mainstage showroom comfortably accommodates 400 guests with unobstructed views from every seat, each one new this year. The theatre offers a number of performances year-round with a variety of prices and times to fit every lifestyle. Gracious wait staff serve made-to-order selections created by Executive Chef Jon Mortimer, author of The Idaho Table, host of the weekly wine and food radio show Radio Café, and adjunct professor to Boise State University School of Culinary Arts and the California Culinary Academy. The theatre can facilitate luncheons, meetings, parties, and special events in its private banquet room, expansive lobby or Mainstage showroom. Groups can purchase an entire performance as exclusive entertainment. Discounts are extended to groups of 10 or more.
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 about gift cards, special events packages, Theatre for Young Audiences, the Academy for Young Performers program, or to become an ABT subscriber, call the Box Office at 623.776.8400 or visit www.azbroadway.org.
Arizona Broadway Theatre’s twelfth season is proudly sponsored by Arrowhead Cadillac.