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.
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).
ABT’s balcony section is also available for large party or private group rental, up to 40 patrons.
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.
Just off the lobby is ABT’s Encore Room, a 6000-square-foot space, available for special events, private parties, awards ceremonies, etc.
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.
Arizona Broadway Theatre enriches lives through the power of the performing arts by producing live theatre and other high-quality entertainment.
Arizona Broadway Theatre will be at the heart of a culturally rich community.
The vision and goal of Arizona Broadway Theatre has always been to offer a total entertainment experience – a one-of-a-kind venue combining quality dining and professional theatre – at a great value. However, as the axiom goes, nothing worthwhile comes easy.
When construction began in late fall 2004, ABT’s founders – Kiel, Cassandra, Ronald and Penelope Klaphake – expected the theatre to be completed by September 2005. Construction delays, however, caused a slight detour on the theatre’s way to settling in at 7701 W. Paradise Lane. We forged ahead and opened our first show, Anything Goes, in a large pavilion (okay…tent) at the Peoria Sports Complex. Our patrons experienced food prepared in a dugout kitchen, an array of daytime and nighttime temperatures, baseballs landing on the roof, and street sounds at the most inopportune times. (Not to mention one heck of a show!) But, our customers endured (as did our employees) and we finally opened our new facility on January 3, 2006.
Sellout crowds packed the new theatre for our second show, Brigadoon. At this time, our 3,000-square-foot kitchen wasn’t complete, and meals had to be catered in. The best staging area for this activity was our expansive scene shop. Thus, ABT had to purchase or rent sets until the kitchen became fully functional. It wasn’t until our fifth production, H.M.S. Pinafore, that the kitchen, scene and costume shops were all up and running as initially planned. (Prior to the building’s completion, the costume shop had been located in our costume director’s apartment: five sewing machines in the living room and a work table in one of the bedrooms!)
Despite the obstacles and delays, ABT announced an ambitious second season to the delight of its knowledgeable and loyal patrons, and, during the summer of 2006, kicked off its Academy for Young Performers aiming to enrich the lives of children through the performing arts.
Season Two opened – on time, and rather ironically – with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The Encore Room, a multi-purpose banquet space located off the lobby, was unveiled in November 2006 for holiday parties and special events. ABT initiated its Toys For Tots campaign at its Christmas Tree Lighting and presented a spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala to a sold-out audience.Father time marched on, curtains were raised and lowered, and even greater numbers of audience members responded by becoming season subscribers, recognizing ABT’s commitment to excellence. The all-time favorite Grease enjoyed an extended-run to sell-out crowds, and Pump Boys & Dinettes gracefully closed out our second season, which welcomed 97,000 customers. The ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence announced its nominations, and ABT garnered 24 nominations, a significant feat in its first year of eligibility, and went on to win in seven of 13 categories.
Little Shop of Horrors opened Season Three, showing off some of ABT’s advanced stage capabilities by incorporating a trap door and a multi-level set. The holidays were abuzz with activity: tap shoes were flying with Crazy for You; ABT performers shown brightly among the 1.5 million lights of Glendale Glitters; Peoria Unified School District students entertained guests in the lavishly decorated lobby; the Encore Room took on an added dimension by becoming a venue for Mystery Dinner Theatre and a special Holiday Cabaret.
As 2008 approached, ABT created a new not-for-profit organization – the ABT Performing Arts Association, Inc. – and on January 1, 2008, the founders literally and seamlessly turned the keys to the theatrical operation over to the new entity. With a Board of Trustees in place, the Association is now responsible for the day-to-day activities of the theatre. This approach allows ABT to apply for grants from foundations and governmental sources, to lower its operating costs and to attract sponsorship and advertising dollars.
Productions of the hit show Fiddler on the Roof, followed by Jekyll & Hyde, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Music Man and Nunsense rounded out our third season, and ABT presented its milestone 1,000th performance.
Now in its second decade, ABT continues to strive to be a different kind of dinner theatre, presenting you – our loyal patrons – with a venue unique to the Valley.
May the curtain continue to rise.
ABT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Warren Huebner – Chair – Vice President (Retired), Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives
Steve Matthews – Vice Chair – Owner, Adventure Construction
Sharon Jarnagin – Secretary – Community Member
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
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)
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