COVID-19 Updates, March 2020-current

Update September 15
FALL INTERIM PROGRAMMING ON SALE (CURRENTLY, ONLINE ONLY)

We’re ON SALE!
From the ABT CONCERTS SERIES featuring some of the best talents from the ABT stage (and in the Valley of The Sun) and the welcoming back of partners like TAD MANAGEMENT and the TAD CONCERT SERIES as well as MURDER AND A MEAL DINNER THEATRE, to the all new BROADWAY BINGO! nights, our MIDWEEK CLASSIC MOVIE MUSICAL showings hosted by Valley theatre and movie critic David Appleford, and the “UNPLUGGED” CONCERT SERIES – we’re excited to be taking one step forward following what has been an unexpected, and unprecedented “intermission” in programming since March 15.
Nothing means more to all of us at ABT than the friendship and community we’ve fostered with each of you over these past 15 years. Today is a beginning, but more importantly, it is something we can ALL look forward to. Here’s to many more steps forward to come!
The show WILL go on, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the theatre again soon!
*For all programming and COVID-19 information along with new details about attending ABT, please visit our FAQs page at https://azbroadway.org/about-us/frequently-asked
*ABT will be following all Executive Orders and Government & CDC recommendations with regard to physical-distancing and mask mandates. Additional sanitation and safety protocols have been implemented. Masks are REQUIRED when attending ABT until which time local mandates have been lifted

Update September 11, 2020
FALL INTERIM PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED

To our ABT Family,

We’ve missed you! It’s hard to believe that as we approach mid-September it will be six months since the last time we gathered together at ABT for dinner, and a show. After over 120+ productions, thousands of “places” calls, and countless magical memories created as we shared the emotional ride that only Musical Theatre can ignite, it all stopped. It has been…the most challenging chapter in our short 15 year history.

But today, it’s with an overwhelming sense of excitement and hope for the future that we’re thrilled to extend an INVITATION for you to RETURN TO ABT! Come mid-October we will begin offering limited-occupancy in-person Fall Interim Programming on the ABT Mainstage and in the Encore Room. October, November and December event dates and times will be available online on Monday, September 14, 2020 at azbroadway.org and on all ABT social media platforms.

FALL INTERIM PROGRAMMING TO INCLUDE…

ABT Broadway Concert Series* (Mainstage)

A Celebration of Song! Join us as we pay homage to the most beloved melodies of Broadway, Hollywood and the Holidays. This Mainstage series features the extraordinary vocal talent of esteemed ABT Stars of the past, present and future! Concert themes include Music of the Night: A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hooray for Hollywood: A Salute to the Movie Musical and Home for the Holidays: Celebrating the Spirit of the Season!

TAD Management Concert Series* (Mainstage)

Building on our 10+ year partnership, TAD Management and ABT are again coming together to bring eight incredible tribute acts to the ABT stage. Upcoming concerts include Piano Men: Generations featuring Terry & Nick Davies, Voyager: A Tribute to Journey, One of These Nights: The Eagles Tribute, Mick Adams & The Stones: A Tribute to The Rolling Stones, A Tribute to Whitney & Aretha starring Chelsea Lockhart, Garth LIVE: A Tribute to Garth Brooks, December ’63: A Tribute to the original Jersey Boys as well as a to-be-announced TAD Holiday Extravaganza concert!

Broadway BINGO!* (Encore Room)

Join us for fun and games, and something completely NEW! What could be better than Broadway AND Bingo! This unpredictable, interactive cabaret-style event, hosted by ABT’s very own Kurtis Overby, is the coolest game in town. With the song list determined by the numbers called, you could win the chance to pick your favorite Broadway Hits to be performed by our special local guest stars! Come play for fun and fabulous prizes! Each “show” will be completely unique, and chock-full of (physical-distanced) comedy and camaraderie.

The “UNPLUGGED” Concert Series* (Encore Room)

Get up close and personal (safely). This distinctive concert series showcases outstanding local musicians in the intimacy of ABT’s Encore Room. Nationally recognized artists will include Piano-composer phenom and Valley favorite Nicole Pesce with When October Goes: Songs that celebrate Autumn and Fall, Jared Mancuso (Buddy in ABT’s ’12 production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) with his new Rock ‘N Roll Reignited concert, and ABT’s own Resident Music Director Josh Condon and his equally talented better-half Lexy Condon with an intimate cabaret-style tribute to the holidays!

Midweek Movie Musicals* (Encore Room)

Everybody loves a matinee! Hosted by David Appleford, award-winning Valley film and theatre critic, these special screenings of classic movie musicals are a perfect way to spend the afternoon. October through December showings will include Singin’ in the Rain, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Paint Your Wagon, Meet Me in St. Louis, and of course, Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas!

Murder Mystery Series* (Encore Room)

ABT is excited to welcome back to the Encore Room our friends from the long-running Murder & A Meal Mystery Theatre. Murder & A Meal has been serving-up heaping platefuls of belly-laughs in the Valley of the Sun since 2005. A fully-interactive entertainment experience, Murder & A Meal is set in an intimate (yet COVID-conscious) environment where audience members become part of the action. Participants will enjoy a 3-course meal re-imagined to meet with current health & safety protocols. Shows to include CLUE, MURDER ON THE MOVIE SET and MURDER AT THE SILVER SKUNK SALOON (show descriptions and menus will be posted on azbroadway.org).

A TIME OF FUNDRAISING…

Our phased reopening over the coming months is just the beginning of a still uncertain future. With the loss of 6 Mainstage musical productions, concerts and special events due to the mandatory COVID-19 shut-down, the financial challenges for the organization and impending deficit are tremendous. The revenue generated from our Fall Interim Programming marks the beginning of a Fundraising campaign vital to the future of ABT. Your participation in our efforts to overcome this unprecedented time is critical to our future. Thank you for sticking with us!

HEALTH & SAFETY…

ABT will be following all existing Executive Orders and Government & CDC recommendations with regard to additional sanitation, physical-distancing protocols, and local mask ordinances. Masks will be REQUIRED when attending ABT. Additional information and FAQs will be posted to azbroadway.org on Monday, September 14.

We look forward to seeing each of you at the theatre this Fall!

The ABT Team

*Programming dates subject to change

Update August 26, 2020

WE NEED YOUR HELP to spread the word to join the #RedAlertRESTART event Tuesday, September 1 at 9pm. When you see this on the news, you can be proud to know you helped.

To call attention to the deep financial plight of the Live Event Industry and venues like Arizona Broadway Theatre, a nationwide event will take place on Tuesday, September 1 2020, from 9pm – 12midnight. The event will see as many as 1,500 buildings across North America – including ABT- lit in red.

The goal is to raise public awareness that the Live Events Industry is on Red Alert for its very survival and create congressional pressure to act now.

#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA represent a major call to action, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to the Live Events Industry which has been shuttered since March, 2020. Additionally, the movement is to support ExtendPUA.org in their efforts towards continuation and extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Act to provide relief to those without work due to COVID-19.

PLEASE SHARE this message far and wide and join by lighting your house or business red and posting it on social media. This is our opportunity to show the world the scale of what it really takes to make events possible.

#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART #ExtendPUA #SaveOurStages


Update August 11, 2020

To our ABT Family,

First and foremost, we hope this message finds you and your family happy, healthy, and safe. We want to take a moment to let you know how we’ve been managing these extraordinary times and provide an update on plans to resume programming at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

It’s been nearly 5 months since we shuttered our doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following CDC recommendations and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order restricting large gatherings within the state of Arizona, the curtain came down on our new production of Chicago a mere two days after opening, resulting in hundreds of employee layoffs and the indefinite postponement of all theatre and educational programming.

Since then, our Executive Leadership Team has been working diligently to determine a path forward that will give audiences some idea of when the theatre can reopen safely. Based on recent national industry projections including Broadway and the Actor’s Union, all prudent indicators point to a January 2021 reopening. Most importantly, we are committed to reopening with protocols and procedures in place that address the health and safety of our patrons, employees, and volunteers.

Chicago will be the first full production to return to the ABT stage. Everything is ready. The set is still there, the costumes are hanging on the racks, and the talent is standing by. We can’t wait to breathe life back into this long-awaited show. Along with the return of Mainstage musical theatre productions, plans for additional Fall interim programming are in development.

These programs include outdoor performance opportunities for family and senior audiences as well as tentative plans for larger outdoor productions to be staged in the West Valley. We all need something to look forward to, and since it is not safe yet to gather indoors, we are working hard to find creative ways to bring ABT directly to you. Future announcements regarding these programs as well as a 2021 show schedule will be forthcoming on the theatre’s website and social media platforms in the weeks to follow.

Although the thought of reopening is tremendously exciting, we have a long road ahead of us to get to January, as the costs to maintain our facility are substantial. ABT’s ticket sales account for 90 percent of our operational budget, and with no revenue coming in since March, the financial stress is significant.

In recent weeks, Kiel has had numerous conversations with the City of Peoria staff regarding the potential devastation that a continued shutdown will have on ABT as a cherished Peoria non-profit theatre company and event destination. We remain optimistic about the City’s willingness to uphold its commitment to local arts by playing a pivotal role to mitigate the catastrophic economic impact of COVID-19 on small businesses like ABT.

“The arts add to the exceptional quality of life that we know and love in Peoria, support our mental and general well being, and highlight the unique characteristics of our residents and our community,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat back in June of this year. “Our city is not complete without a strong representation of the arts.”

Prior to the postponement, Arizona Broadway Theatre was the largest producer of musical theatre in the state with robust educational programs and additional entertainment offerings.

We want you to know this is only an intermission. We will survive. The overwhelming support of patrons, friends, and fans like you – both locally and from across the country – has been incredible. As one longtime patron recently said to us…”we were with you in 2005 when you had to open the first show in a tent and we’re going to be with you now…be it in a tent, in a parking lot, or wherever you can make the magic happen. The virus is not your fault. We will do what it takes…for however long it takes…because we love you.”

We can not thank you enough for sticking with us. The show will go on!

Sincerely,

Kiel & Cassandra Klaphake
Producers | Arizona Broadway Theatre


Update June 24, 2020
As we continue to see daily reporting of record-breaking COVID-19 infection rates in Arizona and as this Pandemic continues to create great concern in our community and across the nation, Arizona Broadway Theatre will remain at an indefinite “Intermission.”

ABT staff have prepared plans for a TBD phased reopening that will first address the safety of our patrons, employees, and actors ahead of all else. While we want nothing more than to raise the curtain on another amazing ABT production, we must first acknowledge the reality that this crisis is far from over. We encourage Arizonians to adhere to all safety protocols, guidelines, and local ordinances:

– wear a mask when out in public
– continue to social distance
– wash hands frequently
– stay home

The sooner the numbers go down, the closer we will be to getting BACK ON STAGE!

We are currently evaluating our online programs and scheduling. Please check back regularly in the days and weeks to come.

We miss you, we care for you, and we want nothing more than to again share in the magic, imagination, and joy of LIVE theatre with all of you as soon as we possibly can.

The ABT Team


Update June 22, 2020
ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE joins 17 other Arizona arts & cultural organizations requiring patrons and visitors to wear masks upon reopening Click Here


Update June 10, 2020
COVID-19 Reopening Update – Wednesday, June 10, 2020 (sent via email) Click Here


Update June 9, 2020
Craft 7 of MAKERS-MONDAYS with ABT Prop Master MARY ROONEY Click Here


Update June 5, 2020
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, KIEL KLAPHAKE talked with AZFAMILY Ch3 CBS 5’s Monica Garcia about the challenges ABT faces to reopen. Click Here


Update June 4, 2020
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, KIEL KLAPHAKE talked with FOX10’s Stephanie Olmo about the plans for reopening. Click Here


Update June 2, 2020
ABT PATRON COVID-19 SURVEY Click Here


Update May 30, 2020
EP7 MEMORIES: STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS Click Here
E10 TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: “Quarantined” AFTER DARK CABARET (recorded May 29) Click Here


Update May 29, 2020
THROWBACK-THURSDAYS with ABT alums Tommy Bracco and Mark DiConzo (recorded LIVE May 28) Click Here


Update May 27, 2020
Class 8 of WORKOUT-WEDNESDAYS with ABT alum Samantha Ross Click Here


Update May 25, 2020 (MEMORIAL DAY and NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY)
HAPPY NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY Click Here


Update May 23, 2020
EP6: NATURE  – STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS Click here
HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR “Quarantined” AFTER DARK CABARET (recorded LIVE May 22) Click Here


Update May 22, 2020
THROWBACK-THURSDAYS with ABT alums Jennifer Bell and Michael LaMasa (recorded LIVE May 21) Click Here


Update May 20, 2020
Class 7 of WORKOUT-WEDNESDAYS with ABT alum Samantha Ross Click Here


Update May 19, 2020
Class 7: TAP-A-LONG-TUESDAYS with Kurtis Overby Click Here


Update May 16, 2020
COMEDY TONIGHT! EP8 of “Quarantined” AFTER DARK CABARET (recorded LIVE May 15) Click Here


Update May 15, 2020
THROWBACK-THURSDAYS with Valley Music Director James May and ABT Resident Music Director Josh Condon (recorded LIVE May 14) Click Here


Update May 14, 2020
Class 6 of WORKOUT-WEDNESDAYS. This week with ABT alum and Personal Trainer ALISSA TUCKER Click Here


Update May 12, 2020
Class 6 of TAP-A-LONG TUESDAYS with KURTIS OVERBY Click Here


Update May 9, 2020
MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL “Quarantined” AFTER DARK CABARET (recorded LIVE May 8) Click Here
Episode 4 MUSIC: STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS Click Here


Update May 7, 2020
THROWBACK-THURSDAY with Brad York and Renee Koher – Gomez & Morticia Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019) CLICK HERE


Update May 6, 2020
Week 5/ Class 5 of WORKOUT-WEDNESDAYS with ABT alum Lindsey Clayton CLICK HERE


Update May 5, 2020
Class 5 of TAP-A-LONG-TUESDAYS with Kurtis Overby CLICK HERE


Update May 4, 2020
Class 2/Craft2 of MAKERS-MONDAYS with ABT Prop Master MARY ROONEY (Recycles Items) CLICK HERE


Update May 2, 2020
Episode 6 “Tale As Old As Time” – Storybook Musicals of the “Quarantined” AFTER DARK CABARET (Recorded Fri, May 1) CLICK HERE
Episode 3 “EVERYTHING OCEAN” of STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS CLICK HERE


Update May 1, 2020
Episode 4 “Director’s Cut” of THROWBACK-THURSDAYS with Directors Danny Gorman (Hands On A Hard Body, Bridges of Madison County, Titanic and The Addams Family) & Clayton Phillips (The Producers, Funny Girl, Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins and La Cage aux Folles) CLICK HERE


Update April 28, 2020
Announcing all-new MAKERS-MONDAYS with ABT’s Prop Master Mary Rooney (every Monday at 3 pm AZ MST).

Looking to fill some downtime? Need a craft project for the kids? ABT’s Prop Master Mary Rooney has some easy at home crafts that will give you (or the kids) a little something to do, and maybe even spark the “maker” in you!

While Mary has always been a crafty person, it goes without saying she is truly a “Master of her Craft.” For much of the past 15 years, she has been building, making and creating the props for ABT’s Mainstage productions. From everyday tchotchke that makes a home feel like a home to specific esthetics and items that can define a certain period in history, it’s Mary’s keen eye for detail and incredible talent that has brought the ABT stage to life.

Class 1/Craft 1 (Magic Wands) CLICK HERE


Update April 25, 2020
Episode 5 “Quarantined” AFTER DARK CABARET – Musical Theatre Classics! (Recorded LIVE Friday, April 24) CLICK HERE
Episode 2: STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS (Outer Space) CLICK HERE


Update April 15, 2020

All-new storytime series to air weekly on Saturdays at 10 AM MST on the theatre’s Facebook page. Episode 1 will air Saturday, April 18.

STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS is a 30-minute storytime led by ABT alum Renee Koher. Renee played Mary Poppins in ABT’s 2018 production of Disney’s Mary Poppins.

“Of all the characters I’ve ever played, Mary Poppins holds a dear place in my heart,” said Renee. “Mary is a character who emulates care, concern, but most of all love. I’m excited to bring a little piece of her to the kids each Saturday morning!”

Each week’s storytime will have a specific theme and include the reading of two children’s books, learning opportunities, and a simple craft project. Renee will be joined weekly by other “special guests.” Viewers can leave comments or questions for Renee in the post’s comment section.

“We know people are looking for online content; especially Moms and Dads with kids at home not able to go to school or attend daycare,” said Brad York, Director of Marketing & Development.” Who better than Mary Poppins to bring a little joy (and good manners) to kids who are stuck at home during this time. Renee is such a pro and we’re so happy to be able to provide something educational and fun to our family community.”

STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS has been created as part of the theatre’s continued commitment to serve its community during these difficult times. ABT needs the communities support more than ever before. Please consider donating to the ABT RELIEF FUND to help assure ABT can begin the journey forward after this current crisis. Donate today at https://bit.ly/DonateABTReliefFund


Update April 6, 2020

ABT has launched an all-new “online” virtual Bootcamp as part of its HyRev program  (Youth Performance Troupe).

Led by HyRev instructors Mark & Lynzee Foreman, the HyRev Bootcamp is a high-octane 90-minute virtual online class session that will help kids stay in shape during this time of “self-quarantine” and “shelter-in-place” orders.

Each virtual session will begin with a warm-up (both physically and vocally) followed by musical instruction and intense choreography. At the end of each session, both pieces (music and choreography) will be combined to create a full-out performance. Following the session and throughout the coming week, each student can submit their performance via email to the instructors for notes and critiques – all part of helping participants become the best performers they can be!

“Kids are looking for things to do, and this can be a great outlet – both physically and emotionally. Anyone can participate, and this might just be the perfect opportunity to ‘give-it-a-shot!’ The Bootcamps are a safe environment where kids can learn and work at their own pace. More than anything, we want kids to feel like they have something fun to look forward to each week.” Lynzee Foreman, Instructor

WHO: All performers ages 10-19 are welcome (do not need to be a current member of the HyRev program to participate).

WHERE: Online (via Zoom*).

WHEN: Saturdays at 2 pm (AZ MST).

WHY: HyRev Bootcamps will focus on all aspects of maintaining the performance skills needed to become a true “triple threat” performer (singer, actor, dancer).

COST: $10 per session.

REGISTRATION: Please contact Lynzee & Mark Foreman at LJP4man@gmail.com. Please provide participants name, age, email address along with parent/guardian name, and parent/guardian email address.

PAYMENT: Once registered, payments can be made through Venmo or Zelle. These apps can be found via the app store on all mobile devices. Once payment is received, participants will receive an email notification and invitation to join the scheduled Zoom Bootcamp (the Zoom app is also available through the app store).

Started in 2018, HyRev is specifically for young performers ages 10-19 some previous music theatre/dance/show choir experience. The program includes two performance troupes: HyperToneZ (advanced troupe) and Sonic Revolution (elite troupe) – both build upon and improve participants’ performance strengths and include Valley-wide performances (with future out-of-area performances as time and scheduling allow). For more information, visit https://azbroadway.org/hyrev.

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Update April 3, 2020

ABT kicks Mask Relief Effort into high-gear as national and local authorities call for all Americans to consider wearing a protective mask (or other covering) to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Since launching its Mask Relief Effort on March 24, ABT Costume Shop staff and volunteer community members have built and mailed-out close to 300 masks to healthcare facilities in New Jersey, Oregon, and Colorado. The Mask Relief team also fulfilled mask requests for distribution by the National Guard to the Navajo Nation in NE Arizona.

“Thank you for the wonderful masks for the Navajo Nation as we, the Army National Guard, push forward to supply this community with much-needed masks. We are so grateful for your generous donation of masks and I know the Navajo are too. From the bottom of our hearts, we honor and thank you.”
Lieutenant Coronal Joann Cole Shoffner, Army National Guard

ABT has called upon all sewers and crafters within the community to assist and organize a volunteer effort to provide aid for the immediate need for non-N95 tested medical face masks – both locally and nationally*.

“The response from our community has been incredible,” said Lottie Dixon, ABT’s Costume Director and the lead for the theatre’s Mask Relief Effort. “From the donation of yards of fabric to people asking for mask kits, which they can assemble within their own homes – it’s been incredible to see our community pitch-in to support this cause. I’m so thankful!”

As the call for more masks continues to increase, here are ways the community can continue to help:

1) DONATE MATERIALS: the theatre is in need of ¼ inch, ⅛ inch or round elastic, and lightweight cotton or cotton/poly blend fabric. Materials can be dropped-off at ABT’s main entrance at 7701 W Paradise Ln. in Peoria (place at foot of front doors – staff will collect)

2) SEW FROM HOME: the community is encouraged to use their own material where they can. Guidelines for appropriate fabrics and construction can be found at: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a…/Documents-Mask/Mask, or by watching the instructional video found here: https://youtu.be/9tBg0Os5FWQ

3) GET AN ASSEMBLY KIT (to be sewn by others): the theatre is putting together individual mask assembly kits, which can be sewn by others at home. For information on getting an assembly kit contact lottie@azbroadway.org. General inquiries can be directed to info@azbroadway.org.

*While masks from this program will not go to the front-lines, it is ABT’s hope that the masks will provide an opportunity to conserve and ration the medical-grade PPEs by offering a replacement option when N95 grade mask needs are not warranted


Update March 31, 2020

Episode II of “Quarantine” Virtual After Dark Cabaret set for Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:30pm (AZ MST)

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, our Virtual After Dark Cabaret Series will return again this Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm (AZ MST) LIVE on the ABT Facebook page (@ArizonaBroadway) with Episode II

WHEN: FRIDAY, APRIL 3 @ 7:30pm (AZ MST)

WHERE: LIVE on ABT’s Facebook page (@ArizonaBroadway)

Grab yourself a drink, find a comfy spot, and join host Kurtis Overby and a few ABT alums – direct from across the country and the comforts of their own living rooms – performing some of their favorite musical theatre selections!

We understand some of you had difficulty finding the Cabaret on our Facebook page this past Friday. We’re sorry for any confusion. Please see the instructions below. We hope this helps clarify exactly “where” you should look.

Important instructions for viewing the Cabaret:

  1. Go to the ABT Facebook page (@ArizonaBroadway) on Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm (AZ MST)
  2. When you arrive on the page SCROLL DOWN to the TOP of the POST(news) FEED. You’ll see an image (likely Kurtis) with a play button (>) and “Zoom” in the bottom right-hand corner of the image
  3. Press the play button (>)
  4. The Cabaret will begin playing in session
  5. Do not return to the original March 31 EPISODE II Virtual After Dark Cabaret post on the ABT Facebook page to view the Cabaret. You will not find it
  6. Do not go to the EPISODE II Virtual After Dark Cabaret Event Page to view the Cabaret. You will not find it
  7. Again, it will be the most recent and latest post at the top of our POSTS (news) Feed

Update March 23, 2020

ABT LAUNCHES MASK RELIEF EFFORT

ABT COMMUNITY – Calling all sewers and crafters! WE NEED YOU!

We are organizing a volunteer effort to provide aid for the immediate need for face masks for our healthcare workers – both locally and nationally. We have been in contact with a number of healthcare organizations directly in Washington, Colorado, New York, and right here in Arizona that need our support.

The ABT Costume Shop, led by Costume Director & Resident Designer Lottie Dixon, will lead the charge by organizing this project.

We might not be able to produce theatre right now, but this we can do. During this dark time at the theatre, we can bring some help to those on the front-line. ABT CAN HELP!

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
1) Donate materials: we’re in need of ¼ inch, ⅛ inch or round elastic, and lightweight cotton or cotton/poly blend fabric. Please drop at the main entrance of the theatre at 7701 W Paradise Ln. in Peoria (please place at front doors)

2) Use your own materials: sew from home following the guidelines found here: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a…/Documents-Mask/Mask. Video instructions: https://youtu.be/9tBg0Os5FWQ

3) Assemble Kits (to be sewn by others): please contact Lottie at lottie@azbroadway.org to arrange pick-up of supplies and instructions

Please return all assembled masks and kits to Arizona Broadway Theatre for distribution.

Thank you for your continued support of ABT. We look forward to working with you on this important project.

Sincerely,
ABT Executive & Artistic Producers, Kiel & Cassandra Klaphake, and the entire Arizona Broadway Theatre Team


Update March 19, 2020

To our ABT Family near and far,

As many of you know, in response to the most recent recommendation from the CDC and Arizona Governor Ducey’s office to restrict public gatherings of 10 or more, this past Monday we announced the cancellation and postponement of all current programming at ABT through March 31. This included all concerts, Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Chicago

Despite our best intentions, it is with a heavy heart I must announce that effective immediately all ABT programming is on indefinite hold until which time we are able to confidently chart a course forward toward a new horizon following the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Today at noon, I announced to the cast of Chicago that the current run has been postponed indefinitely; however, I also let them know it will be the very first show to make a triumphant return to ABT’s Mainstage when we emerge renewed from this current swell of uncertainty.

If you hold tickets to Chicago, there is no action needed. When new Chicago run dates are announced you will be contacted by a Patron Services Associate to reschedule. Because of reduced staffing, please do not call the Box Office. We will reach out to you. Thank you!

If you are unable to attend the rescheduled run of Chicago for any reason, we ask that you choose to donate the value of your canceled tickets to ABT. Your donation is vital in helping us weather these uncharted waters. To donate the value of your tickets, please email our Box Office at tickets@azbroadway.org.

The enormity of the impact on our present and the future remains unknown. Many of you have asked, “What can I do to help?” Thank you for asking! Here are three immediate actions you can take to shore-up ABT’s foundation as we plan for the future:

1)    If you are a current ABT “Broadway Series” 4-7 Flex subscriber, please renew your subscription today. Your renewal forms were sent out via US Mail on Wednesday, March 18. You can return your renewal forms the following ways:

  • Email – please scan and email your renewal form to tickets@azbroadway.org
  • FAX – please fax your renewal form to (623) 776-9974
  • US MAIL – please mail your renewal form to 7701 W Paradise Ln. Peoria, AZ 85382

We are looking ahead to the next season and very excited to bring a whole new season of shows to the stage. By subscribing today, you are lending your support to our future – early – by helping stabilize our revenue – today.

2)    Buy an ABT Gift Card online. Buying a Gift Card for yourself or someone you love is a great way of showing your support for the future of ABT. Of course, you can use your Gift Card for any future show, or subscription. Buy online today at https://tickets.azbroadwaytheatre.com/TheatreManager/1/login?pass=0

3)    Make a tax-deductible donation in any amount today. By choosing to make a donation you are assuring that when this ends, and it will, ABT will be ready and able to provide the community with the quality productions and engagement you have come to expect over the past 15 years. Please make a donation today at https://tickets.azbroadwaytheatre.com/TheatreManager/1/login?donation=0

Over this past week, I have been humbled, and at times left breathless, by the outpouring of support and encouragement from our extended community of patrons, donors, alumni, and friends both locally and from across the country. In moments where I have struggled to find words, your words and expressions of understanding and commitment have lifted me up. I can not thank you enough – but Thank You!

Once we know more, you will be the first to know. I ask for your continued patience and understanding over the coming weeks. We are in this together, and we will get through this together.

As always, I look forward to seeing you at the theatre again soon. Be safe and stay healthy.

Kiel Klaphake
Executive Producer/CEO
Arizona Broadway Theatre


Update March 18, 2020

We understand this is an uncertain time and ask for your patience as we continue to work through the constant motion and information flow of the current environment.

Regarding tickets for productions or concerts that have been canceled or postponed:
As a not-for-profit arts organization, the coming weeks and months will be the most challenging we’ve faced in our 15-year history (perhaps even greater than the financial crash of 2008). Because of this, we ask that you consider donating the value of your canceled tickets to ABT. Your donation is vital to our future as we see our way through this unprecedented time. To donate the value of your tickets, please email our Box Office at tickets@azbroadway.org.

If not making a donation there is no need to contact the Box Office. Your tickets will be automatically released, and a credit will go onto your account. This credit will never expire and can be applied to a future performance.

Regarding tickets to Chicago:
If you have tickets to Chicago, your patience is requested. A Patron’s Services Associate will be in touch to discuss rescheduling options. Due to reduced staffing, please let us reach out to you. Thank you

We ask for your understanding, but most importantly, your support as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Dear Arizona Broadway Theatre family,

After many conversations, consideration, and deliberation, at this time we find it most important to heed the recent recommendation from Governor Ducey’s office to protect the health and safety of our patrons, employees, and our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Effective immediately we are implementing the following changes to our current schedule:

Chicago – On hiatus through Tuesday, March 31 (new dates into May TBA)
La Cage aux Folles at Herberger Theater Center – Cancelled
Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac – ABT Concert Series – Monday, March 16 – Cancelled
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Postponed (future dates TBA)
Moody Blues – Go Now! – ABT Concert Series – Monday, March 23 – Cancelled
After Dark Cabaret – Friday, March 27 – Cancelled
Sunday Brunch at the Encore – Sunday, March 29 – Cancelled
Piano Men – Generations – ABT Concert Series – Monday, March 30 – Cancelled

We will continue to assess the fluidity of COVID-19 in our community and address the next steps on a day-to-day basis. ABT and Herberger Theater Center Box Offices will be in contact with patrons in the coming days to address cancellations and rescheduling.

This was a very difficult decision: weighing the importance of public health as a top priority, our financial viability, and the loyalty and commitment we feel toward our staff and patrons has been, quite simply, agonizing. While we’ve received several requests to halt all public performance, the overwhelming outpouring via phone, email, on our social platforms, and at the Box Office has been to weather the storm and to stay open. Unfortunately, that is not possible at this time.

As a not-for-profit arts organization, the coming weeks and months will be the most challenging we’ve faced in our 15-year history (perhaps even greater than the financial crash of 2008). Because of this, we ask that you consider donating the cost of any canceled performance to ABT. Your donation is vital to our future as we see our way through this unprecedented time. To donate the value of your tickets, please email our Box Office at tickets@azbroadway.org.

If not making a donation there is no need to contact the Box Office. Your tickets will be automatically released, and a credit will go onto your account. This credit will never expire and can be applied to a future production.

If you have tickets to Chicago or 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, please let us reach out to you to discuss rescheduling options.

We ask for your understanding, but most importantly, your support as we navigate these uncharted waters.

I wish you and yours good health in the weeks to come.

Sincerely,

Kiel Klaphake, Executive Producer

 

ABT Launches MASK RELIEF EFFORT!

By Brad York
March 23, 2020

Known for its commitment to community and active engagement efforts over the years, Arizona Broadway Theatre will launch a MASK RELIEF EFFORT to supply medical masks to healthcare workers during this much needed time.

The theatre has called upon all sewers and crafters within the community to assist and organize a volunteer effort to provide aid for the immediate need of face masks – both locally and nationally. Representatives from ABT have contacted a number of healthcare organizations directly in Washington, Colorado, New York and right here in Arizona to assess the need. The volunteer effort is being lead by ABT Costume Director & Resident Designer, Lottie Dixon. A number Costume Shop staff will also be volunteering their time and effort.

“We might not be able to produce theatre right now, but this we can do,” said Artistic Producer, Cassandra Klaphake. “During this dark time at the theatre we can bring some light – some help – to those on the front-line. ABT can help – and we will!”

WAYS THE COMMUNITY CAN HELP:
1) Donate materials: the theatre is in need of ¼ inch, ⅛ inch or round elastic, and lightweight cotton or cotton/poly blend fabric. Materials can be dropped-off at ABT’s main entrance at: 7701 W Paradise Ln. in Peoria (place at the foot of front doors – staff will collect)

2) Sew from home:  the community is encouraged to use their own material where they can. Guidelines for sanctioned fabrics and construction can be found at: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a…/Documents-Mask/Mask,  or by watching the instruction video found here: https://youtu.be/9tBg0Os5FWQ

3) Assemble Kits (to be sewn by others): the theatre is putting together individual mask assembly kits. For information on getting an assembly kit, contact lottie@azbroadway.org to arrange pick-up of supplies and instructions

All assembled masks and kits can be returned directly to Arizona Broadway Theatre for distribution. Again, please contact lottie@azbroadway.org for times and availability.

ABT Awards $1,500 Scholarship To Arizona Young Artists’ Competition Performer

By Maddy Dowler

ABT winner, Isabella Brown with ABT Executive Producer, Kiel Klaphake

On February 22, 2020, The 21st Annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, presented by Herberger Theater Center (HTC) and Center Dance Ensemble, was held on Stage West at Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Talented youth, ages 15-20, competed in the disciplines of Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre Voice and Classical Voice.  Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) partnered with Herberger Theater Center to sponsor an additional $1,500 scholarship that was awarded to Isabella Brown. Isabella was chosen by a panel of ABT judges and has been offered an opportunity to perform with one of ABT’s professional cast in an upcoming “Broadway Series” Mainstage production.

The winner in each area received a $1,500 scholarship to help further their education in the arts. Nine awards and almost $8,000 in scholarships were presented to recognize the outstanding talent of these young artists. The audience in attendance voted for their favorite performers in the People’s Choice category. This event was presented with the support of National Society of Arts & Letters, Greater Arizona Chapter.

Brody Wurr, member of ABT’s HyRev and winner of Musical Theatre category.

The winner of the Judges’ Choice Award in the Musical Theatre category was Brody Wurr. Brody is 17 years old and has been involved in musical theatre since 2014 having starred as Avery Arable in Musical Theatre Anthem’s production of Charlotte’s Web. Since 2014, Brody has honed his skills at Arizona Broadway Theatre in a number of “Broadway Series” Mainstage shows. His first show at ABT was Oliver! in 2017 and he has appeared in eight shows in total – most recently Sweeney Todd and Elf The Musical. Brody is currently a member of HyRev, ABT’s teen performance troupe.

HyRev is specifically for young performers ages 13-19 with some previous music theatre/dance/show choir experience. The program includes two performance troupes: HyperToneZ (advanced troupe) and Sonic Revolution (elite troupe) – both built upon and improve participants’ performance strengths and include Valley-wide performances (with future out-of-area performances as time and scheduling allow).

“Promoting arts education, performance opportunities and personal growth is what’s most important to us at ABT,” said Artistic Producer, Cassandra Klaphake. “This is why we have the programs we do and why we provide the additional scholarship to the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition. We are thrilled for winner, Isabella Brown, and look forward to seeing her on ABT’s Mainstage in the season to come!”

Here is the complete list of winners of the 21st Annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition.

People’s Choice:

Musical Theatre – Isabella Brown

Dance – Emma Noel

Acting – Aydan Bruce

Classical Voice:

Lily Grubert

Arizona Broadway Theatre Award:

Isabella Brown

Judges’ Choice:

Musical Theatre – Brody Wurr

Dance – Serah Nicodimus

Acting – Kendra Richards

Classical Voice – Lily Grubert

Photos by Apatrou Photography

ABT Raises Over $140,000 in Support of Artistic & Educational Programming At 7th Annual Broadway Ball

By Maddy Dowler

Arizona Broadway Theatre’s (ABT) 7th Annual Broadway Ball was a spectacular affair overflowing with champagne, chandeliers, guests wearing their very best, live performances, and loads of fun! ABT’s annual event brought out over 300 attendees on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and raised over $140,000 in support of the theatre’s artistic and educational programs. The festivities included a live auction featuring a Viking River Cruise, Sedona “Cool Down” summer get-away, an exclusive in-home dinner for eight featuring ABT’s talented culinary and service team, a silent auction, the all-new “Bubbles & Barrels” sparkling wine and whiskey tasting experience, “Gift Card Frenzy,” and the very popular “Wine Pull.”

Executive Producer Kiel & Artistic Producer Cassandra Klaphake, Brad York, Director of Marketing & Development, Susan Casper, Host of Sonoran Living with husband Sidney

Co-emceeing with Brad York, ABT’s Director of Marketing & Development, was Susan Casper, host of ABC15’s Sonoran Living. Susan joined ABC15 in 2008 as an anchor and reporter before moving to Sonoran Living, the longest-running television lifestyle show in Phoenix. Susan is an executive board member of Dress for Success Phoenix and a founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter. Susan and Brad used an interview-style format with ABT co-founders and Executive & Artistic Producers Kiel & Cassandra Klaphake as well as Associate Artistic Director Kurtis Overby to give Broadway Ball attendees an “insiders” look at the theatre’s mission, vision, educational plans & goals, artistic successes stories, and its influence and impact in Arizona and on the national stage.

Not only was the night informational and inspirational, it was also filled with spectacular music from ABT’s Mainstage shows. The cast of La Cage aux Folles kicked-off the program portion of the evening performing the show’s opening number and the evening wrapped-up with the talented Tiffany Sparks and Liz Fallon, leads in ABT next Mainstage offering, Chicago (Mar 13 – Apr 19), impressing the audience with “Nowadays” and “Hot Honey Rag” from the show.

HyRev, ABT’s teen performance troupe, brought the house down with their high-energy renditions of “Cross the Line” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Bring It On and “A Million Dreams” from the film The Greatest Showman. The versatile group also performed a memorable version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” HyRev teens will benefit specifically from the $16,000 raised for scholarships to help defray the cost of employing the youth in the Mainstage shows for which they will audition and be cast.

HyRev troupe members L to R: Brody Wurr, Alyssa Armstrong, Liv-Boscardin, Jack Yampolsky, Tristan & Kieran-Klaphake

“The theme of this year’s Ball was ‘Raising the stars of tomorrow!’ said Brad York, Dir. of Marketing & Development. “Be it the next big Broadway star or the next star in the classroom, boardroom, on Wall Street or in the ER, ABT’s Academy for Young Performers and HyRev programs provide pre-teen and teen youth with not only the skills to become the best singers, actors and dancers they can be, but also, practical life-learning skills such as self-expression, team building, and critical thinking – quite simply, becoming the best human beings they can be!”

Corporate sponsors for the evening included “Tony Award” sponsors A.L.S.REM, Arrowhead Cadillac, Midwestern University, New Valley Construction, and Renew Dental; “42nd Street” sponsors The Jason Mitchell Real Estate Group, Red Bird Farms, Sun Health, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, Warren & Delores Huebner, and Birt & Louisa Kellam. Table sponsorships for this year’s Broadway Ball reached record numbers, which was vital in assuring the success of the event.

Group Bonding at Arizona Broadway Theatre

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Announcing the Cast of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ ‘Off Broadway at the ENCORE’

The much-anticipated hit is on its way and the cast has begun rehearsals!

Here’s the cast!

Keilani Akagi (Marcy Park)

Pierre Brookins (Mitch Mahoney)

Cassie Chilton (Logainne “Schwartzy” Schwartzandgrubenierre)

Bennett Curran (Leaf Coneybear)

Alyssa Gardner (Olive Ostrovsky)

Kira Galindo (Rona Lisa Peretti)

Nicholas Hambruch (William Barfee)

Charlie Rabago (Charlito “Chip” Tolentino)

Tim Shawver (Vice Principal Douglas Panch)

Buy tickets HERE!

Actors’ Equity Night Out To ‘La Cage aux Folles’ at Herberger Theater Center

Local members of the Actors’ Equity Association will be coming together for Equity Night Out on March 8th, at 7pm to attend the Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) production of La Cage Aux Folles at the Herberger Theater Center. Actors’ Equity Association (“Equity”), is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.

ABT has continued their commitment to Actors’ Equity, and to hiring local artists for their Mainstage, Encore Room, and Herberger productions. They will be offering a discount code to Equity members for this performance.

La Cage aux Folles is Jerry Herman’s (Mame, Hello, Dolly!) 6-time Tony Award-winning production that tells the story of Jean-Michel and Anne who are newly engaged, and now her strait-laced parents want to meet his. The only problem? His birth-mother is out of the picture, his dad owns a drag nightclub, and his mom is the star of the show! Jean-Michel wants just one night with his parents playing it “straight” to impress Anne’s parents. What’s Albin to do? Based on the original 1973 French play of the same name, and later the hit motion picture The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, the ground-breaking La Cage aux Folles celebrates performers, the LGBT community, and non-traditional families. The show also features two Equity artists, Michael Ursua who plays Albin/Zaza and Seth Tucker, a local member, in the role of Jacob.

La Cage Aux Folles
March 8th | 7:00pm
Herberger Theater Center
222 E Monroe St., Phoenix

To find out more information and receive the discount code please email: actingupseries@gmail.com

ABT’s Own Josh Condon and Lexy Romano to Perform at ‘Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE’

You may not know Josh Condon by looking at him, but you have definitely seen his talents in action! As Resident Music Director for Arizona Broadway Theatre, Josh Condon arranges and oversees all the music for ABT’s productions. Currently the conductor for Chicago: The Musical, he most recently conducted Elf: The Musical, My Way, and An American in Paris. Elsewhere in town, he is Music Director/Conductor for Xavier/Brophy College Preparatory’s Theatre Arts Department. A versatile jazz and classical pianist, Josh has performed everything from piano concertos with symphony orchestras to jazz piano of all styles. Last year, Josh premiered his own show, A Tribute to Oscar Peterson at Phoenix’s premier jazz club, The Nash.

Previous credits as Music Director include Scottsdale Arts (The World Goes ‘Round), Xavier/Brophy Theatre (Seussical, The Music Man), Arizona State University (Legally Blonde, Shrek), Cider Mill Playhouse (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Norwegian Cruise Line (Rock of Ages).  Josh’s career has taken him worldwide as a Music Director/Pianist with the Norwegian, Celebrity, and Princess Cruise Lines, where he collaborated with numerous West End and Broadway performers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre/Opera Music Direction from Arizona State University.

Lexy is a singer, actress, host and reporter who is originally from southern California. She has lived and worked in New York City, and has traveled the world singing on cruise ships and as a member of the USO show troupe. She has also performed off-Broadway in New York City and has opened for top-name artists such as Katy Perry and Tim McGraw. Lexy originated a lead role in Stephen Schwartz’s Magic to Do for Princess Cruises and Orchid the Show in Miami, and most recently performed as a lead in the ABBA MANIA national tour. Lexy also performs regularly for Steve Beyer Productions at all the Mastro’s Steakhouse locations in Scottsdale, and all over the country with the San Diego-based Liquid Blue Band. After initially having met on a Princess cruise ship, Lexy and Josh married in June 2018.  Collectively, the couple has visited over three dozen countries as performers, and were seen together most recently in Arizona and Florida performing in the roles of Agnetha and Benny for TAD Management’s AbbaFab show. Lexy is also the founder and host of Phoenix Finds​, a social media show exploring the best of Phoenix. Find her on Instagram: @phx_finds.

Josh and Lexy will come together to perform at ABT’s Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE on Sunday, March 29, 2020. What better way to spend a Sunday morning than with friends and family and the delicious aromas of freshly baked bread, an array of delicious entrées, and desserts all while enjoying lyrical songstress, Lexy Romano, and virtuoso pianist, Josh Condon? They will perform a concert of pop favorites and Jazz standards that engages audiences with the mind and heart, paying tribute to the songs and the artists that inspired them to pursue a life of performing.

Bar service starts at 10:00am featuring Mimosas and Bloody Marys and will be available throughout the event.

You can learn more about Josh Condon HERE and Lexy Romano HERE.

Reservations are required; please contact the Box Office by calling 623.776.8400 or ONLINE to book yours today.