Meet the Cast: South Pacific

MARK BACON (Hamilton Steeves/Lt. Buzz Adams) is thrilled to revisit South Pacific and join the ABT Family! Most recent: Sky in Mamma Mia! at Phoenix Theatre. NYC: DuBarry was a Lady, Couplets, Broken City, The Proust Virus; Selected Regional: Brigadoon (Tommy), Cabaret (Cliff), A Funny Thing…Forum (Hero), Heathers (JD), Joseph….Dreamcoat (Reuben). Love and gratitude to Cassandra, Kurtis, Andy, and Joe. Shout out to my Divine 9! BFA Music Theatre FSU

BLAIR BEASLEY (Lt. Genevieve Marshall) is very excited to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre! She was previously in ABT’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Disciple). Off- Broadway: Urinetown: The Musical Revival (Little Becky Two Shoes, American Theater of Actors). Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Madame/Congregation, Ogunquit Playhouse), Footloose (Wendy Jo, Eldorado Resort Casino). Other credits include: West Side Story (Anita), RENT (Seasons of Love Soloist), The Wedding Singer (Holly). BFA Acting from Syracuse University. She would like to thank her beautiful family, friends, and angels for all of their love and support.

TAYLOR CAPRARA (Ensign Connie Walewska) is thrilled to be returning to the Arizona Broadway stage for its 13th season. Taylor is from Missoula, Montana, and made her ABT debut last season as the Strawberry Seller in Oliver! Favorite roles include Jane (Disney’s Tarzan, Fort Peck Theatre), Sandy (Grease!, Fort Peck Theatre), Brooke Wyndham (Legally Blonde: The Musical, University of Montana), Maria (The Sound of Music, Missoula Community Theatre), and Hope Cladwell (Urinetown: The Musical, Missoula Community Theatre). Taylor couldn’t be happier to be back in Arizona and would like to thank her family for their never-ending support.

CHUN YING CHIANG (Liat) is originally from Taiwan, now based in NYC. She finished her professional training at National Taiwan University of Arts and AMDA NY. Chun’s favorite credits in Taiwan include Molly in Dame Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and Ingrid in Peer Gynt. She made her Off-Broadway solo debut in Chun Ying sings Cole Porter and friends, a one-woman show at the renowned Triad Theater in 2016. Chun also appears in Everything is Wonderful, starring Bond girl Tonia Sotiropoulou (Skyfall, Hercules). This film is participating in the Chelsea Film Festival and made its premiere in October 2017. Website: www.chunyingchiang. com Instagram @onechunonly

SEAN DAVID COOPER (Emile De Beque) enjoys a diverse artistic life comprised of singing, acting, writing, directing, and lecturing. Standout credits include Baz Luhrmann’s Production of Puccini’s La Bohème on Broadway, Riverdance on Broadway, and Lifetime’s YOU (2018). Favorite roles include El Gallo (The Fantasticks), the Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), and Daddy Warbucks (Annie). Companies include Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, and Flat Rock Playhouse. Dr. Cooper attended Carnegie Mellon University, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Memphis. Sean is a teacher of Yoga and TRX and is also a guest lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. coopersean.com

PAYSON CYPHERT (Jerome) Born in Phoenix, Payson was raised in the mountains of Colorado where he got his first taste of acting at Lake Dillon Youth Theater. Educated at home, Payson is 12 years old. His credits include School of Rock, Junie B. Jones, Cinderella, and he just finished the production of Annie at Theater Works. Payson is stoked to be in his first show at ABT, and he can’t wait to entertain you.

JAELY DAMASCO (Ngana), 12, is a seventh-grader at Glendale Preparatory Academy. She is happy to return to ABT for the second time on the ABT Mainstage. Other roles Jaely has enjoyed playing are Annie JR (Orphan, Theater Works), Oliver (Ensemble, ABT), School of Rock (Carlina, SYT), South Pacific (Ngana, SYT) and ABT Academy show Shrek the Musical Jr. In her spare time, Jaely likes to sing and dance while helping in the kitchen baking. She loves to entertain and make her friends and family laugh. Jaely thanks her family, friends, the Klaphakes, Kurtis, Rob, and everyone at ABT for this amazing opportunity.

EASTON DANA (Jerome) is thrilled to perform in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s South Pacific. He made his debut at ABT playing Tiny Tim in the 2015 production of A Christmas Carol and returned last year as Ralphie in A Christmas Story. He is currently an 8th grader at Candeo in Peoria. In his spare time, Easton referees soccer tournaments, performs magic tricks, follows politics, and reads. He loves to entertain and make his friends and family laugh. He is delighted to have the chance to work with such a talented and welcoming cast and crew.

SKYLAR GAMBLE (Henry/Abner) is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Skylar grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and is thrilled to be a part of Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of South Pacific. Skylar has performed professionally at the La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Seussical (Wickersham Brother), Cinderella (Ensemble) and Hairspray (Ensemble). Skylar wishes to thank his family and friends for their undying love and support. You can keep up with Skylar on Instagram: @sky.gamble and Facebook: Skylar Gamble.

LaRON HUDSON (Stewpot) is so excited to be back this season after ending last season with a dream show as Ronald in Hands on a Hardbody. Previous credits include The Full Monty at Stageworks Fresno and with Patrick Dorow Productions, A Christmas Carol Off Broadway, Zuccotti Park at the 2016 Fringe Festival directed by Luis Salgado from On Your feet, Lysisarah at Hudson Warehouse, Animal Story, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Mary Poppins, American Idiot, and Hands on a Hardbody with Rex Smith. Thanks to my beautiful family for all their support. #Staymoisturized #stayhydrated #grateful #boop

NICHOLAS STEVEN KING (Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey) is thrilled to be joining Arizona Broadway Theatre on this amazing show. He recently performed on Disney Cruise Line as a mainstage performer, playing Peter Pan, Maximus in Tangled the Musical and Gus Gus. Other previous roles include Finch in How to Succeed, Mark in Altar Boyz, and Will Parker in Oklahoma! He would like to thank Lyn, his mom, Dave, and his friends and family for all their support!

NOELLE KRUGMAN (Ngana) is age 11 in 6th grade at Fireside. She’s been in Performing Arts since age 3. Noelle has been in award-winning ensemble casts for Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast and School of Rock. She has performed in California, Chicago, and Phoenix. In addition to musical theater, Noelle is involved in Student Council, Yearbook Club, Orchestra (violin), and Choir at school. She wishes all the best to the cast and crew of South Pacific!

KATE MARSHALL (Ensign Nellie Forbush) is thrilled to return to the stages of the Valley! Kate grew up in South Dakota and obtained a music education degree from South Dakota State. She also represented her home state at the Miss America Pageant and was featured on Miss America: Reality Check on TLC. While earning her Master’s degree from ASU, Kate performed at Phoenix Theater, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Tempe Little Theater (Grey Gardens) and the Lyric Opera Theater (Rocky Horror Show/Riff Raff, ariZoni nom). Other credits include the national tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly), The Full Monty (Engeman Theater), Shrek (Fiona), and Legally Blonde (Vivienne).

ASHLEY NICOLE MARTIN (Ensign Bessie Noonan) is thrilled to be spending her winter with the ABT family! Regional: Hairspray (Tammy), White Christmas (Mrs. Snoring Man), Legally Blonde (Serena, Plays-In-the-Park), Footloose (Wendy Jo). NYC: Wonderland (Dance Captain/ Ensemble) at the York. Thanks to every member of the cast and crew as well as her family and friends for their tireless hard work and love. Proud MMC grad. Proud instagrammer @ashwithasplash

JAY McGILL (Lt. Joseph Cable) is thrilled to be joining ABT! Jay has previously played Tin Man in the National Tour of the Wizard of Oz and has appeared as Tony in West Side Story and Sky in Mamma Mia with RMRT, as well as in Les Mis, The Who’s Tommy and South Pacific with WVPT. On television, he has appeared on Being Erica (CBC), The Latest Buzz (Family Channel) and Super Why (PBS Kids/Netflix). BFA in Musical Theatre from CCM. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and The Price Group. Enjoy the show!

LAUREN MORGAN (Ensign Dinah Murphy) is so excited to return to ABT for her ninth production. A few favorites include Hairspray (Lou Ann), Rock of Ages (Constance), White Christmas (Rhoda), and Saturday Night Fever. Other regional credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Chicago, Cats, Mary Poppins, and Into the Woods to name a few. Lauren has a BFA in dance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Thanks to Kurtis, Cass, and Kiel for this opportunity. Happy holidays!

JASON PLOURDE (Cmdr. Harbison) Previously seen as Caiaphas (JCS) and the Captain (Man of La Mancha), Jason is thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre as Commander Harbison (South Pacific). A versatile performer, Mr. Plourde has nearly 20 years’ experience in opera, theatre, and musical theatre. Some most notable credits have included Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Falstaff and Macbeth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Jekyll and Hyde), Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Dr. Craven (The Secret Garden), Padre (Man of La Mancha), Tom (The Norman Conquests), Tony Wendice (Dial M for Murder), and Eddie (Lost in Yonkers). He has performed with the Indianapolis, Sarasota, Central City, and New York City Operas, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, the Gretna and Broward Stage Door Theatres, the Missoula and Portland Symphony Orchestras, the Caramoor International Music Festival, and the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where he created the role of Burton in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. For upcoming performances, videos and more, visit www.jasonplourde.net.

TV REEVES (Capt. Brackett) Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so proud and excited to be back for my third production at Arizona Broadway Theater. You may remember me as General Waverley in White Christmas or Flo Ziegfeld in Funny Girl. I have been so very fortunate to perform in every aspect of the performing arts. In 1982, I starred in my first SAG production for a Chrysler film right out of college and it went on from there. There was a television production of the Wonder Years where I played a police officer which was nominated for an Emmy. We did not win. Close but no cigar. I am also a proud combat veteran from Vietnam. I am the luckiest man in the world.

JONNY ROUSE (Yeoman Herbert Quayle) is so excited to be back at the Arizona Broadway Theatre! ABT Credits: Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Sweet Charity, The King & I. Off‐Broadway: The Wizard of Oz. National Tours: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. Regional Credits: West Side Story, Hairspray, Gypsy, Seussical, Billy Elliot, Grease, Singin’ in the Rain, Parade, Memphis, Mary Poppins, Annie, and Inherit the Wind. Jonny holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University at Buffalo. He would like to thank everyone here at ABT and his family for all the love and support!

MATTHEW RUFF (Professor) is delighted to be in Arizona for this amazing production. Matt is an NYC actor pursuing his passion of acting. He graduated from UF with his BFA in Musical Theater in ‘15. Recent roles include Padre (Man of La Mancha AZ), Charles Ingalls (Laura Ingalls Tour NYC), Soapy Smith (Days of 98 show AK), Rev. Smith (Henry Box Brown NYC), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd FL), and Lil Jake (Annie Get Your Gun FL). He thanks God, his family, and friends for their love and support.

BRAD RUPP (Luther Billis) is so happy to be back home on the ABT stage for South Pacific, which marks his twentieth Mainstage production at ABT. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Arizona State University (Bachelor of Music). Favorites at ABT include Oklahoma! (Jud Fry), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), Sunset Boulevard (Max), Carousel (Jigger) and Les Misérables (Thenardier), among others. As always, thank you to Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Rob, Andy, and everybody at ABT. And special thanks to Mom, Dad, Barrett, Alissa, and Simon. Enjoy the show!

MEGGIE SIEGRIST (Ensign Pamela Whitmore) is bursting at the seams to be part of such an incredible production at her favorite theater in Arizona. She just appeared in Man of La Mancha but was also seen in Oliver!, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Story last season. She would like to thank the entire ABT family, for always working hard and laughing with her. She would like to give a huge shout out to Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for always giving her an opportunity to grow as a performer, but more importantly as a person. Finally, a very special thanks to THE Andy Meyers for being the best Director, and friend, a dame could ask for.

ELEONORE S. THOMAS (Bloody Mary) is honored and humbled to reprise the role that began her long relationship with ABT eleven years ago. She was most recently seen here as Norma Valverde in Hands on a Hardbody. You may also have spotted her as Madame de la Grande Bouche (the opera singing wardrobe) in Beauty and the Beast and in A Christmas Carol at ABT and the Herberger Theatre Center. Favorite credits include The Royal Christmas Tours starring Andrea Bocelli & Julie Andrews. Menopause the Musical; NYC: The Medium (Taksu Theatre Co.), Diet Monologues: The Musical (MITF), Fairy Tale (NYMF); Regional: Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre); Lady Beaconsfield, Jekyll & Hyde (Arizona Broadway Theatre); Mother Abbess, Sound of Music (New Candlelight Theatre); Saraghina, Nine (City Theatre Company). When not traveling the nation to perform, Eleonore can be found inspiring young minds in the sciences as an educator at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Proud alumna of Westminster Choir College (www.savewestminster.org).

 

Meet the Cast of Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha Cast

GEOFF BELLISTON (Governor/Innkeeper) is ecstatic to be back in the dungeon with this amazing cast! Most recently he was seen, though seldom heard, as Frank Nugent in Hands on a Hardbody. Previous favorite roles include Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (ABT/HTC), Shrek in Shrek the Musical (ABT), Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha (Westchester Broadway), Camber in Foolerie (NYMF), Dave in Full Monty (ABT, Mac Haydn), and Feldzieg in Drowsy Chaperone (ABT). Geoff can also be heard doing VO work in Yu-Gi-Oh, Arc-V and the upcoming animated series Adventures with Don & Janis. Many, many thanks to my second family here at Arizona Broadway, my first family – the Belliston clan, and all of my friends in my “Entourage.” This one’s for you, Annie Jo!

TONY BLOSSER (Lobillo/Anselmo) recently ran away to join the circus, but, after his own harrowing journey, he is back and thrilled to be joining the cast of Man Of La Mancha at ABT! He was last seen in the lobby walking quickly with a look of desperation on his face in the critically acclaimed role of House Manager. Other ABT shows include A Christmas Carol, Funny Girl, Shrek, Fiddler On The Roof, Lucky Stiff, And Secret Garden. A huge thank you to Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Rob and the entire ABT family, especially my Front of House peeps, for welcoming me back with open arms! Joe and James, I am so glad to be working with you both again! Enjoy the Inquisition!

KATY CALLIE (Prisoner/Housekeeper Cover) is excited to be making her debut with Arizona Broadway Theatre! A native Tucsonan, she moved to Phoenix in 2008 and has been frolicking across valley stages ever since. She was last seen as Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (MET). Katy is also a prolific choreographer, most recently working on The Addams Family (DFT). She holds a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University and loves being a part of the growing arts scene here in Arizona. Offstage, Katy can be found daydreaming, scribbling in notebooks, and watching Gilmore Girls with her cat. www.katycallie.com

TAYLOR CAPRARA (Antonia/Gypsy) is thrilled to be returning to the Arizona Broadway stage for its 13th season. Taylor is from Missoula, Montana, and made her ABT debut last season as the Strawberry Seller in Oliver! Favorite roles include Jane in Disney’s Tarzan (Fort Peck Theatre), Sandy in Grease! (Fort Peck Theatre), Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde: The Musical (University of Montana), Maria in The Sound of Music (MCT), and Hope Cladwell in Urinetown: The Musical (Missoula Community Theatre). Taylor couldn’t be happier to be back in Arizona and would like to thank her family for their never-ending support.

MAXXIMILLIAN CARLISLE-KING (Jose/Gypsy) is very excited to make his ABT debut! He recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. As an Arizona native, he has been seen with many of the theatre companies in the Valley. Some of his favorite roles include Bill Bailey in Cats (Interlakes Theatre), Chuck Cranston in Footloose (Interlakes Theatre), and Billy Nolan in Carrie (Musical Theatre of Anthem). A big thank you to the cast and crew for such an incredible experience!

NICHOLAS HURM (Guitarrista/Quinto) is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received a BFA in Musical Theater. Nick developed a passion for the performing arts at a very young age in his hometown of Rockport, Indiana. He has been fortunate enough to perform in several of the largest theme parks in the country such as Busch Gardens, Hershey Park, and Cedar Point. Now, Nick is proud to announce that he will be performing in his third ABT production, having been seen previously in Hands on a Hardbody and Jesus Christ Superstar.

CHAZ INGRAHAM (El Medico/Barber/Juan) is so thrilled to be back with ABT. Recent credits include (Sancho) Man of La Mancha, (Matt) Mr. Burns, (Judas) Superstar, (Enjolras) Les Mis. Soon to be appearing in the European Tour of Hair (Claude U/S & Ensemble). Chaz would like to thank his friends and family for an amazing year.

JOHN KNISPEL (The Scorpion/Pedro) is so humbled making his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut! His favorite credits include “Elvis Presley” in Million Dollar Quartet, “Ritchie Valens” In Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, “Lord Farquaad” in Shrek: The Musical, “Princeton” in Avenue Q, as well as Music Director of the University of Montana’s 2015 production of A Chorus Line. A Billings, Montana, native, John graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. John would like to give a huge thank you to his family, Paul, Berta, Jessica, and Anica, for being so supportive over the years.

JESSICA MEDOFF (Aldonza/Dulcinea) is thrilled to be making her Arizona Broadway Theatre debut with one of her favorite roles. Recently, she portrayed Mayor/Ma Fred in The Toxic Avenger Musical at Farmers Alley Theater, Desirée in A Little Night Music with The Princeton Festival, Mayzie in Seussical: The Musical and Heidi in [Title of Show] at Roxy Theater. She originated the roles of Paula Strasberg, Louella Parsons, and Jackie Kennedy in the world première of a new play, Marilee and Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess at Rio Grande Theatre and starred in a new film, The Heart Outright. www.jessicamedoff.com for more!

ANDY MEYERS (Sancho Panza) has been involved in over 30 ABT productions, most recently appearing as Jean Shepherd (Narrator) in A Christmas Story, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Grantaire in Les Misérables, Mr. Snow in Carousel and Oscar in Sweet Charity, and directing Oliver, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The King and I (winner of 9 Broadway World Awards, including Best Director and Best Musical), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Secret Garden and Annie. In his home state of Montana, Andy is the Artistic Director of Fort Peck Summer Theatre, where he has led the company to record-breaking seasons, and he was previously Managing Director for Performing Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York. Other performance credits include the national tours of Bus Stop and Annie and playing Dick in the 35th Anniversary NY revival of Dames at Sea. Andy is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston, Wagner College in NYC and holds his masters in Musical Theatre from the University of Montana. Later this season at ABT, Andy will be directing South Pacific and appearing in A Christmas Carol and Bridges of Madison County.

TAYLOR MOSKOWITZ (Graciosa/Fermina) is thrilled to be making her Arizona Broadway Theatre debut in Man of La Mancha! An Arizona local, her most recent roles around the Valley include Hope (Urinetown), Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Molly (Ghost), and Heather Duke (HEATHERS). With a BS in Nonprofit Management from ASU, Taylor is humbled to say she also pours passion into her day job at Make-A-Wish America. She is so grateful for her family and friends who give her unconditional love and support every single day!

MICHAEL O’BRIEN (Duke/Dr. Carrasco) is very excited to return to the ABT stage! Previous ABT credits include Carousel (Billy Bigelow), A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley) and Les Misérables. Other regional performance credits include Putting It Together, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, La Cage Aux Folles, Les Misérables, Sunday In The Park, Children of Eden, Kiss Me, Kate, Anything Goes, Chicago and The Bakers Wife. He would like to thank Cass, Kurtis, Kiel, and the entire ABT family for the warm welcome back!

JASON PLOURDE (Captain) Previously seen as Caiaphas (JCS), Jason Plourde is thrilled to be back at Arizona Broadway Theatre as the Captain (Man of La Mancha) and Commander Harbison (South Pacific). A versatile performer, Mr. Plourde has nearly 20 years’ experience in opera, theatre and musical theatre. Some notable credits include Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Falstaff and Macbeth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Jekyll and Hyde), Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Dr. Craven (The Secret Garden), Padre (Man of La Mancha), Tom (The Norman Conquests), Tony Wendice (Dial M for Murder), and Eddie (Lost in Yonkers). He has performed with the Indianapolis, Sarasota, Central City, and New York City Operas, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, the Gretna and Broward Stage Door Theatres, the Missoula and Portland Symphony Orchestras, the Caramoor International Music Festival, and the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where he created the role of Burton in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. For upcoming performances, videos and more, visit www.jasonplourde.net.

JAMES RIO (Cervantes/Don Quixote) revisits the title role in Man of La Mancha after previous productions in his home state of Connecticut and in Montana (Fort Peck Summer Theatre). ABT credits include Horace Vandergelder (Hello, Dolly!), Man in Chair (The Drowsy Chaperone), Saunders (Lend Me a Tenor), Carrière (Phantom), John Utterson (Jekyll & Hyde), Elisha Whitney (Anything Goes– Season Five) and Lt. Schrank (West Side Story). James has appeared nationwide and abroad in musical theatre, opera and on the concert stage. His European debut was in the Hal Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, Germany. For nine years, James was on the managing staff at ABT where he has directed Camelot, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods (BroadwayWorld.com – Best Director), The Odd Couple, Miracle on 34th Street and A Broadway Christmas Carol. Look for him at the Herberger in downtown Phoenix again this Christmas season as he reprises his role of Scrooge in ABT’s beautiful production of A Christmas Carol. Thank you, Kiel and Cass. It’s always great to be home.

MATTHEW RUFF (Padre/Judas/Tenorio) is delighted to be in Arizona for this amazing production. Matt is an NYC actor pursuing his passion for acting. He graduated from UF with his BFA in Musical Theater in ’15. Recent roles include Charles Ingalls (Laura Ingalls Tour NYC), Soapy Smith (Days of 98 show AK), Rev. Smith (Henry Box Brown NYC), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd FL), and Lil Jake (Annie Get Your Gun FL). He thanks God, his family, and his friends for their love and support.

BRAD RUPP (Torito/Paco/Inquisitor) is so happy to be back home on the ABT stage in this amazing show. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is an Arizona State University graduate. Favorites at ABT include Oklahoma!, Into the Woods, Sunset Boulevard, Carousel and Les Miserablés, among others. As always, thank you to Cass, Kiel, Kurtis, Rob, and everybody at ABT. And special thanks to Mom, Dad, Barrett, Alissa, and Simon. Enjoy the show!

MEGGIE SIEGRIST (Mother Bane/Maria/Housekeeper/Aldonza Cover) could not be happier to be back on the ABT stage with some of her favorite human beings at her home away from home. She was last seen at ABT in Oliver but also appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Story last season. She would like to thank the entire cast and crew who, as usual, put their hearts and souls into this production. She would also like to give a huge shoutout to Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for always giving her an opportunity to grow as a person, and performer. Also thanks to Andy, just because. Dream your impossible dream.

Arizona Broadway Theatre is growing up – and out!

West Valley Theatre announces expansion of existing Encore Room space to advance programming, community accessibility and engagement

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), Arizona’s Leader in Musical Theatre and the Valley of the Sun’s highest attended LIVE theatrical venue, announced plans to expand their existing 1,000 square foot multi-purpose Encore Room to a 3,500 plus square foot hi-tech multi-media performance, banquet and conference space. By doubling the existing footprint, ABT will be able to offer Valley arts enthusiasts a more diverse and varied roster of shows, concerts, guest artists and special events as well as provide much-needed banquet, conference and seminar meeting space for West Valley businesses, associations and organizations.

“As one of the Valley’s premier arts organizations and West Valley entertainment destination, it goes without saying that today is a very special day for ABT,” said Brad York, ABT’s Director of Marketing. “But perhaps most exciting for me is what this new space will mean for the variety of diverse programming we’ll soon be able to offer as part of the ever growing ‘ABT Experience.’ There’s a lot to look forward to!”

In the 12 years since opening its doors in the Phoenix market on November 5, 2005, ABT has grown to be a nationally recognized producer of Musical Theatre – drawing top talent to the Valley of The Sun from New York City and from the vast pool of exceptional talent here in Arizona. Through its Mainstage shows, Theatre for Young Audiences and Academy for Young Performers programs, as well as through special events and banquet bookings, ABT has seen over 900 thousand patrons pass through its doors.

“To be able to further diversify our existing programming beyond the big, bold, classic Broadway-style Musical Theatre productions we’ve become known for to a more eclectic and wide-ranging mix of programming is beyond exciting,” said Kiel Klaphake, ABT’s Executive Producer and co-Founder. “The expansion of our Encore Room has been a long time in the planning, and now it’s here. I couldn’t be more excited for our team, our patrons, and for the city of Peoria.”

Ground breaking is scheduled for late August 2017 with a tentative completion of construction set for early 2018.

For more information, please contact ABT’s Marketing Department at 623-776-8400 x127.

BROADWAY BALL BENEFITS ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 

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 azbroadway.org.

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 herbergertheater.org. For more information, visit herbergertheater.org. or call the Box Office at (602) 252-8497.

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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 www.azbroadway.org. 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. HerbergerTheater.org

 

Funny Girl

ABT Launches 12th Season with Iconic Funny Girl

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.

ABT and Herberger Theater Center Partner to Present A Christmas Carol This Holiday Season

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) and Herberger Theater Center (HTC) extend their partnership, announced earlier this year, by co-presenting A Christmas Carol on Center Stage at HTC  December 10 – 24. Valley audiences will delight in the opportunity to see this classic tale set to music at their favorite downtown venue by popular West Valley theatre company ABT. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 16, 2016, at herbergertheater.org.

Kiel Klaphake (l) and Mark Mettes (r) celebrate the partnership of ABT and HTC.

Kiel Klaphake (l) and Mark Mettes (r) celebrate the partnership of ABT and HTC.

“We are excited and proud to partner with ABT to bring this spirited musical production to family audiences in downtown Phoenix during the holiday season,” says Mark Mettes, HTC’s President and CEO. “With ABT’s vast experience bringing quality musicals to life, this full-scale production made possible through our partnership is sure to delight theatergoers of all ages.”

ABT produced A Christmas Carol on stage in Peoria in 2015 and will bring this hugely successful version with an unexpected and uplifting twist to HTC for the enjoyment of Valley audiences. ABT CEO and Executive Producer Kiel Klaphake shares the excitement of Mettes, “As the leading musical theatre producer in the state, we are delighted to bring our bold approach to this premier venue. We have long sought a partnership with an arts organization that has the leadership of HTC and a respected position in the community for advancing performing arts in the Valley. We look forward to a long relationship.”

Broadway’s Best Party Comes to Peoria When Rock of Ages Opens May 27

Revisit your glory days as the cast and classic rock music take you back to the 1980s.

Arizona Broadway Theatre

Rock of Ages

Arizona Broadway Theatre

 

Arizona Broadway Theatre is cranking it up to 11 with the 6th show of the 11th Season, Rock of Ages! The Broadway smash about rock and roll dreams set to the biggest classic rock hits of the 1980s runs from May 27-June 19.

Making its Arizona debut, Rock of Ages chronicles the love between aspiring rocker Drew and would-be actress Sherrie set to a soundtrack featuring the music of REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison, and more.

Visiting talents, Seth Hunter and Laurie Gardner, bring Drew and Sherrie to life in ABT’s production, joined by a tremendous cast and behind the scenes crew. Hunter shares his enthusiasm for this role, “Everyone has an inner rock star that just wants to break out,” and his excitement for the audience, “The show is just a giant party. This show does a great job making people forget about their lives outside of the theatre and pulls them into this fantastic world.”

“Rock of Ages is such a fun show, because it never takes itself too seriously,” says Director/Choreographer Kurtis W. Overby. “It’s like being part of a music video; it moves quickly and is full of nostalgia for all things 1980s.” The live band onstage and playlist of classics is sure to provide a great time for everyone.

ABT has planned drinks, a menu and several surprises for the run of the show. From guest appearances to special interactions for patrons with the cast and set, Rock of Ages will be Peoria’s biggest party. Get your tickets in person, online or call the box office at (623) 776-8400.

Shrek The Musical Runs July 15-August 14, 2016

Everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life in Peoria when Arizona Broadway Theatre presents Shrek The Musical, a lively song-and-dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film. The show will run from July 15-August 14, 2016.

Featuring Jason E. Simon as Shrek, back on the ABT stage after huge acclaim as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof earlier this year. The second to the last show in a well-received Season 11, ABT now brings Valley audiences this faraway kingdom with a twist. In the Kingdom of Duloc things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a headstrong princess. Throw in a donkey that won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, this live stage version of Shrek The Musical was nominated for eight Tony Awards including best score and best book for a musical when it originally opened on Broadway in 2008. “Shrek the Musical” is part romance, part fractured fairy tale and 100% irreverent fun for the whole family.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the Arizona Broadway Theatre box office at (623) 776-8400, or buy online.

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WHERE:
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Lane
Peoria AZ 85382

SHOW DATES:
July 15-August 14, 2016

CURTAIN TIMES:
Tuesday – Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. (July 28, August 4)
Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Friday: After Dark Cabaret at 10 p.m. (July 29)

BOX OFFICE:
(623) 776-8400
Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Summer Concert Series Announced

TAD Management will bring three concerts to the stage at Arizona Broadway Theatre this summer. Don’t miss Piano Men: Generations, Rod Stewart Tribute featuring Gregory Wolfe, and Those British Girls. Dinner and show tickets or show only tickets available, starting at 26.00 for show only. Early seating for dinner at 5:30pm; concerts begin at 7:30pm.

PIANO MEN: GENERATIONS is on stage June 13, 2016, and celebrates the musical influences of BILLY JOEL and ELTON JOHN, music that transcends four decades. This show is brought to you by the amazing Father and Son team of Terry & Nick Davies. Join Terry and Nick on this journey through the careers of two music icons.

ROD STEWART TRIBUTE by Gregory Wolfe hits the ABT stage on July 18, 2016. Gregory’s first taste in music came at a very young age, listening to crooners like Nat King Cole and Andy Williams. He has since taken his act worldwide. From Singapore to South Carolina, and Bangkok to Berlin, Gregory’s entertained them all over the globe! You’ll hear all the great Rod Stewart hits from “Hot Legs,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “Maggie May” and many more.

THOSE BRITISH GIRLS is a hit-filled concert coming August 29, 2016. This show takes you on a journey through the music of the UK’s ready steady female star vocalists of the 1960s through to the chart-topping and record-breaking superstars of today. Britain was the world’s undisputed pop culture hub of the 1960s, and although male groups dominated the UK charts, each of the top four recording labels had their own female superstars, including Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, and of course…Adele! Get ready for a night out where the boys take a backseat, and the ladies take center stage.