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03 Apr: Behind the Tie Dye: Karissa Noonan and Escape to Margaritaville

PEORIA, Arizona, March 30 — The wardrobe for Arizona Broadway Theatre’s (ABT) Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville got a personal touch, as the costume department called on assistant stage manager, Karissa Noonan, to put her tie dye skills to work. Aside from putting in countless hours as ABT’s assistant stage manager, Karissa runs her own small business, “Peace, Love, Tie Dye”, where she sells her colorful creations.
ABT’s Costume Director, Dr. Heather Striebel, approached Karissa and asked her to craft tropical designs that reflect the traits and characteristics of each Escape to Margaritaville character. The product of this partnership can be seen in Tammy’s bathing suit cover-up, JD’s t-shirts, Jamal’s shirts, and other ensemble costumes.


The highly anticipated Broadway musical, Jimmy’s Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville opened last Friday at Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) with a nearly sold-out performance. ABT is the first professional theatre in Arizona to produce and premiere this Broadway musical. Jimmy Buffett himself posted his delight and excitement last Thursday on social media.

Audiences are swarming to this hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest storytellers. The musical comedy getaway features both original songs and some of the most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” ”It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more.

02 Mar: 23 | 24 Season Announcement

(Peoria, Arizona) March 1, 2023 The wait is finally over! Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) proudly announces its 23 | 24 Season with musicals audiences love including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Arizona Professional Theatre Premiere, and the highly-anticipated return and summer production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

17 Feb: 24 Hour Musical

(PEORIA, Arizona) February 17, 2023 — Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is inviting teens to perform Mean Girls Jr. as part of a 24-Hour Musical Fundraiser that will be held April 21–22. Teens ages 14–19 will audition for, rehearse, and perform a fully-staged production of Mean Girls Jr. in just 24 hours to raise funds for ABT’s arts education programs.

08 Mar: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

(Peoria, AZ) March 8, 2022, Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day this year by featuring the women working at ABT and highlighting the diverse roles available to women in the performing arts. Like many theatres across the globe, Arizona Broadway Theatre continues to rebuild itself from the pandemic. Amid this daunting task, co-founders Cassandra and Kiel Klaphake seized the opportunity to restructure the organization with up-and coming artists and leaders. On the grand scale, men may still dominate many top theatre jobs; however, at ABT, that is not the norm. In its 17th year of existence, Cassandra, Artistic Producer, is changing that narrative at the theatre by including talented females eager to break the stereotypes found behind the scenes. …


(Peoria, AZ ) March 2, 2022 Arizona Broadway Theatre’s 22 | 23 Season best can be described as a melting pot of hilarious musicals from Monty Python’s Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and two newer Broadway musicals, Disaster! and Escape to Margaritaville to the classics, Mame, Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol. Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), a nonprofit performing arts organization, is known as the premier destination for musical theatre and produces high caliber productions showcasing locally and nationally acclaimed artists. …