ABOUT ABT

Mission

Arizona Broadway Theatre enriches lives through the power of the performing arts by producing live theatre and other high-quality entertainment.

Vision

Arizona Broadway Theatre will be at the heart of a culturally rich community.

A dream and vision manifested in reality in the fall of 2005 by two working New York City based actors, Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is truly a “family affair” lead by power-couple Kiel & Cassandra Klaphake (Founders and Executive & Artistic Producers of ABT). For the past 15 years, ABT has redefined what it means to “grab dinner and a show!” With high-end sit-down table service and select menu items tailored by Chef Eric Smith to match equally with the Broadway-style creative elements on stage, ABT is an all-in-one entertainment experience unmatched in the Valley of the Sun. With a national reputation for drawing top talent, ABT’s creative team, lead by Cassandra Klaphake and Associate Artistic Director Kurtis Overby, hold bi-annual auditions in New York City as well as regular local auditions in Arizona – casting the best actors, singers and dancers for the ABT’s eight Mainstage musical productions.

In late 2017, ABT was named a “Resident Company” at the Herberger Theater Center (HTC) in downtown Phoenix. This unique and ground-breaking partnership between two of the Valley’s leading arts venues will provide Central and East Valley theatregoers the opportunity to enjoy ABT’s brand of entertainment a bit closer to home. ABT presents two-three musical productions annually on the center stage at HTC.

In March of 2018, ABT dedicated an all new multi-purpose performance and banquet space following a 1 million dollar year-long renovation of the existing Encore Room. The new space offers much needed convention and banquet space to Phoenix’s West Valley, as well as hosts a variety of new and exciting concert and specialty programming. Also in 2018, ABT initiated a teen performance troupe called HyRev in the local community. The group performs valley-wide at various venues which have included the State Fair of Arizona as well as out of state performances in Los Angeles.

ABT has grown to become the highest attended year-round live theatre in the Valley of the Sun. Recognized as the “Best Playhouse” of the Valley by PHOENIX Magazine in 2010, ABT is the Valley’s “It” venue to experience Broadway’s Best! Avoid having to rush around the Phoenix sprawl to enjoy a night out on the town. ABT has everything you need all in one convenient location! For more information and to plan your next visit, please visit azbroadway.org.

Arizona Broadway Theatre* is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization offering youth performance and educational opportunities annually through its Academy for Young Performers programming. *ABT Performing Arts Association, Inc.

Mainstage

ABT’s Mainstage performance space includes a 6,300 square-foot house with table seating for 470 patrons, and every seat in the house has an unobstructed view of the stage. The 40-foot-wide proscenium-style stage includes 2,700 square feet of performance space, with an additional 700 square feet of wing space. The apron of the stage can be fully or partially removed to expose an orchestra pit with room for up to 12 musicians. The single purchase fly system, located stage right, includes 16 line sets (4 line sets are dedicated for electrics) with a max load of 1,000 lbs.

Mainstage Technology

Lighting – The lighting inventory of over 200 fixtures includes both conventional and moving lights and is controlled by an ETC Ion light board.
Sound – The sound inventory includes various wired and wireless microphones, instrument microphones, stage monitors, front-of-house speakers, subs and wired and wireless communication headsets. The soundboard is a Yamaha M7CL digital console.
Projection – The projection inventory includes 2 fixed front-of-house projectors (4,000 Lumens) and 1 F/R projector (6,000 Lumens).

Mainstage Balcony

ABT’s balcony section is also available for large party or private group rental, up to 44 patrons.

Mainstage Dining

Each patron receives tableside service from a full menu of delicious meals. The menu changes for each show, themed towards the production itself (e.g., South Pacific – Asian Cuisine, Big River – Cajun Cuisine). The 3,000-square-foot kitchen can accommodate 3 events simultaneously, and employs 12 cooks, 5 stewards, and 45 service employees. For the current show menu, CLICK HERE.

Encore Room

Just off the lobby is ABT’s Encore Room, a 6000-square-foot space, available for special events, private parties, awards ceremonies, etc.

Lobby Mural

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Title:  1930s Broadway “a portrait”

The 1930s Broadway mural entitled “a portrait” is the culmination of 10 years of research, sketching and painting by ABT’s lobby muralist and co-founder Penelope “Penny” Klaphake. Because the Arizona Broadway Theatre has Art Deco-inspired architecture, Penny decided to carry that same theme into the mural and began researching that reverberating, transitional period in American history – roughly the late 1920s to the early 1940s. Originally a smaller work, the mural has been transformed into a colorful, 14-foot high x 84-foot long piece distilled into a concept encompassing Broadway in New York City that focuses on the following three elements:

Broadway Theatre District: Theatres located on 42nd Street, 43rd Street, 44th Street, 45th Street and Broadway (the street)

Skyscrapers: showing them strategically placed in five vanishing points of each street

People: showing 100 individuals, 48 on the left side, two in the center, and 48 on the right side, most of whom were famous people connected to the performing arts on Broadway

ABT’s art-deco-inspired lobby can accommodate up to 300 patrons, and the space layout varies based on the event being held (e.g.; auction, casino, dance floor, etc.). A fully-stocked bar is available during each show for a pre-show or intermission cocktail.

ABT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers

Warren Huebner  – Chair – Vice President (Retired), Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives
Steve Matthews – Vice Chair – Owner, Adventure Construction
Sharon Jarnagin – Secretary – Community Member

Members

Bob Downing, Retired
Tom Eggleston, Vice Mayor (Retired), City of Glendale
Dr. Kathleen Goeppinger, President & CEO, Midwestern University
Dr. Janet Maurer, Vice President, National Imaging Associates
Greg Olson, CFO, Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

STAFF

Arizona Broadway Theatre

Kiel Klaphake: Executive Producer – ext. 109
Cassandra Klaphake: Artistic Producer
Kurtis Overby: Associate Artistic Director – ext. 112
Barbara Wiswall, CPA: Chief Financial Officer – ext. 123
Rob Watson: Production Manager – ext. 110
Tracy Williams
: Director of Patron Services – ext. 100
Brad York: Director of Marketing & Development – ext. 108
Joshua Condon:  Resident Music Director – 607.207.5591 (cell)
Scott Kann: ABT Playbill Ad Sales– 602.620.0358 (cell)

KLOS Enterprises

Daniell Stelter:  Director, Food & Beverage – ext. 113
David Pearson: Facilities Manager – 623.337.4986
Sarah Blalock:  Food and Beverage Services Manager – ext. 104
David Marker:  Assistant Service Manager – ext. 104