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2013 Press Releases
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January 11 – February 17, 2013
(Peoria, AZ. December 17, 2012)
Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is proud to announce the opening of Hello Dolly! on January 11, 2013; on stage through February 17. Hello Dolly! marks the Theatre’s 56th Mainstage production since opening its doors in November of 2005.
“No season would be complete without bringing to our stage a show as full of life and as vibrant as Hello Dolly!,” said ABT’s Executive Producer, Kiel Klaphake. “Whether you’ve seen the show before on stage or film, or if our production will be your first time, you’re sure to leave calling Hello Dolly! a favorite. It’s shear audience enjoyment!”
Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, Hello Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical along with nine other awards. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into a 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand that was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Hello Dolly! tells the story of the charming widow and beloved matchmaker Dolly Levi and includes a number of memorable songs, including “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “It Takes a Woman,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and the title song, “Hello Dolly!”
Returning to the ABT stage for this production are three audience favorites: Morgan Springer as Dolly Levi, Kurtis W. Overby as Cornelius Hackl, and James Rio as Horace Vandergelder. Award winning Director/Choreographer Michael Susko (Choreography/Singin’ in the Rain ’11 and Director/Disney’s Tarzan ‘12) also returns in the dual role of Director/Choreographer.
Arizona Broadway Theatre, recognized as the “Best Playhouse of the Valley” by PHOENIX Magazine and winner of WESTMARC’s “2011 Best of the West” Award, is a state-of-the-art professional dinner theatre that showcases actors and designers from New York City, the greater Phoenix area, and around the country. Additionally, over the past eight seasons ABT has grown to be the highest attended year-round theatre venue in the Valley of the Sun. ABT Performing Arts Association Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, call the box office at 623.776.8400, or visit azbroadway.org.
ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE and TERRY DAVIES (formally of Skye Supper Club)
Join together to bring the ultimate
NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA to the Valley of the Sun!
(December 3, 2012 Peoria, AZ)
EVENT: Fabulous Vegas: Then & Now
WHEN: December 31, 2012
WHERE: Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT)
WHAT: Arizona Broadway Theatre has teamed up with Terry & Anne Davies of Tad Management (formerly of Skye Supper Club) to present the celebration of all celebrations this New Year’s Eve!
Over the past five years, the two grandest New Year's Eve Galas on the West Side of the Valley were held at Skye Supper Club and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Guests were treated to fine dining and the very best in live entertainment anywhere in the city. This year, guests will get the best of both worlds!
Arizona Broadway Theatre stars of past and present Kiel & Cassandra Klaphake, Kurtis W. Overby, Brad York and others join Terry, Anne and Nick Davies and a stage full of talented performers in FABULOUS VEGAS: Then & Now. Enjoy a musical journey through the history of Vegas with tributes to performers such as Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow and Elton John.
The fabulous AbbaFab will lead the crowd into the midnight celebrations with a spectacular medley of Abba hits that promises to turn all into "Dancing Queens!"
With an evening hosted by Cory McCloskey of Fox 10 Arizona Morning, and musical accompaniment provided by the fabulous AbbaFab and Piano Man live bands, guests will be transported into 2013 by the Valley's #1 party dance band; The Chris Parker Project. This WILL be the “party of all parties!"
EMCEE: Cory McCloskey, Fox 10 Arizona Morning
COST: Prices begin at $150.00 per person (all inclusive); tables for four and six are available at a discounted rate.
The night’s countdown to twelve will include:
• Cocktail reception and passed hors d’oeuvres
• Elegant dinner
• Gambling and other festive delights
• Entertainment and dancing
• Midnight balloon-drop and champagne toast
Delectable cocktails, partnered with good-natured gambling and dancing, make ABT the place to be when the clock strikes 12! And don’t forget: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
THE SUN WILL COME OUT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AT ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE
November 30 – December 30, 2012
(Peoria, AZ. November 6, 2012)
Annie, one of the best-loved family musicals of all time, takes center stage at Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) from Friday, November 30, through Sunday, December 30, 2012.
“The holidays are all about quality time with family, and Annie is a wonderful opportunity for all generations to enjoy the arts, and theatre, together,” said ABT’s Executive Producer, Kiel Klaphake. “There’s nothing that gives us as much joy as seeing the smiling faces of young theatre-goers experiencing the magic and wonder of theatre for the first time. Annie is sure to inspire and ignite a passion in more than one young actor, dancer or singer who attends!”
Inspired by the famous comic strip Little Orphan Annie, which first ran in the New York News in 1924, Annie made its Broadway debut in April 1977 and played 2,377 performances before closing in 1983. The show won seven Tony Awards, including: Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. This heart-warming musical is the rags-to-riches story of plucky young Annie's journey from the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks. Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street" and the legendary "Tomorrow," fantastic choreography, a laugh-out-loud script and, of course, Annie’s best friend, the adorable dog Sandy, it’s no surprise that Anniehas become one of the best-loved family musicals of all time.
Annie will star two talented young ladies: 11-year-old Morgan Goldberg and 14-year old Gabriela Vatistas. Morgan and Gabriela were selected from more than 40 talented girls who auditioned for the role of Annie. Morgan has participated in ABT’s Academy for Young Performers program; most recently playing the role of Cruella de Vil in last summer’s 101 Dalmatians Jr. Gabriela is no stranger to the role having played Annie in Scottsdale Dessert Stage’s 2011 production. Valley favorite and veteran actress Johanna Carlisle will play the role of Miss Hannigan. The cast will also feature David Simmons as Daddy Warbucks.
Arizona Broadway Theatre, recognized as the “Best Playhouse of the Valley” by PHOENIX Magazine and winner of WESTMARC’s “2011 Best of the West” Award, is a state-of-the-art professional dinner theatre that showcases actors and designers from New York City, the greater Phoenix area, and around the country. Additionally, over the past eight seasons ABT has grown to be the highest attended year-round theatre venue in the Valley of the Sun. ABT Performing Arts Association Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, call the box office at 623.776.8400 or visit azbroadway.org.
Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents:
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s American Classic
October 19 – November 18, 2012
(Peoria, AZ. September 10, 2012)
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s American classic was more than a hit – it was the first real phenomenon in the modern Broadway era. Oklahoma! is the story of Laurey and the two rivals for her affections: Curly, a cowboy; and Jud, the hired farmhand. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Oklahoma! also tackles class issues between the farmers and the cattlemen in the rugged landscape of a state in its infancy. This brilliant first collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein set box office records as it ushered in the Golden Age of American Musical Theatre.
ABT’s own Executive Producer, Kiel Klaphake, takes the director’s chair for this beloved musical, adding another favorite show to his list of directorships at ABT, including Cabaret, Gypsy, The Full Monty, and Sunset Boulevard. Klaphake is excited to bring this classic to the ABT stage, and said, “This show ushered in the modern musical theatre where musical expressions were rooted directly in the story. Previously, musical theatre had great songwriters and ‘ok’ scripts. R&H were the first to have a true collaboration.” Oklahoma was truly the first of its kind, and the Broadway world was forever changed by its fresh approach to the theatre. Klaphake said, “ Their process began with Hammerstein writing lyrics and Rogers adding music. A real departure from the past when the songwriters had great melodies, that someone else, sometimes years later, put words to them.”
Acting as leading lady “Laurey” is ABT alumni Jennifer Bell, having played such memorable roles as Maggie in A Chorus Line and Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain. Bell, a graduate of Florida State University’s Music Theatre program, is a New York resident with other notable roles to her credit, including the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly!
Peter Carrier takes the stage as the lovable cowboy, Curly, returning to the ABT stage from his current home in New York City. A graduate of Ithaca College’s Musical Theatre BFA program and a member of Actor’s Equity, Carrier can be remembered from his portrayal of Joe Gillis in ABT’s Season 7’s Sunset Boulevard, and other past credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Tommy in Brigadoon, and Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees.
Arizona Broadway Theatre, recognized as the “Best Playhouse of the Valley” by PHOENIX Magazine and winner of WESTMARC’s “2011 Best of the West” Award, is a state-of-the-art professional dinner theatre that showcases actors and designers from New York City, the greater Phoenix area, and around the country. Additionally, over the past seven seasons ABT has grown to be the highest attended year-round live theatre venue in the Valley of the Sun. ABT Performing Arts Association Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, call the box office at 623.776.8400 or visit azbroadway.org.