The Best Love Songs From ABT’s Season 15 for Valentine’s Day

We are into our third show of Season 15 here at ABT and have already heard some incredible music from stage. A few stand out as good picks for Valentine’s Day as they talk about love in one sense or another. And, speaking of Valentine’s Day, we have another great stage performance prepared — The Tapestry Album: The Music of Carole King.

The price of your ticket includes a long stem red rose for your significant other, fresh bread basket, choice of soup or salad, and choice of included entrée from our menu. You will also receive a special chocolate treat. Not included: beverages, appetizers, entrée upgrades.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO BUY TICKETS

Now to our list…

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetJohanna

Elf The MusicalNever Fall in Love (with an Elf)

La Cage aux FollesWith You On My Arm

Chicago –  My Own Best Friend

Bonnie & ClydeYou Love Who You Love

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatClose Every Door

Flashdance The MusicalI Love Rock-n-Roll

Happy Days A New MusicalDancing on the Moon

Anti-Bullying Impact Project Is Important Part Of Theatre’s Vision

BULLYING FACTS

Only 20-30% of students who are bullied tell adults or authorities.

Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others.

The most common types of bullying are verbal and social.

20% of students ages 12-18 experience bullying.

Most bullying happens in middle school.

70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.

41% of school staff witness bullying once a week or more.

15% of students ages 12-18 were bullied online or by text.

29.3% of middle school students have experienced bullying in the classroom.

29.2% of middle school students have been hit, slapped, or kicked by bullies.

Adults often don’t know how to respond when they recognize bullying.

When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

RESOURCES

StopBullying.gov

CrisisTextLine.org – Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

AZ Teen Helpline: 602-248-8336 (TEEN)

Meet The Mill Avenue Chamber Players Quintet – Playing Next At ‘Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE’

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Mill Ave Chamber Players (MACP) will be performing during Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE.

MACP is a professional chamber music ensemble based in Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2007, MACP has received local and national recognition: City of Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Awards nominee (2016), Governor’s Arts Awards nominee (2017), and Chamber Music America recognition for work in community building at the 2017 national conference.

Embarking on its twelfth season, Mill Ave Chamber Players seeks to strengthen communities by presenting quality chamber music performances across the Valley. During the 2019-2020 season, MACP will celebrate its tenth season of concerts at the United Church of Sun City (Sun City, AZ), seventh season at the Glendale Public Library, sixth year as artists-in-residence at Cicero Preparatory Academy (Scottsdale, AZ), fourth year of working with the Phoenix Public Libraries, and second year as artists-in-residence at Changing Hands Book Store.

MACP will be the entertainment made possible by the City of Peoria at ABT’s Sunday Brunch on January 26, 2020.

Reserve tickets here

Let’s meet them…

Rose French

Rose French is the founder of the Mill Ave Chamber Players and residential faculty at Phoenix College. She has been a contributing artist at the International Horn Symposiums in Ithaca, Los Angeles, London, Natal (Brazil), Brisbane (Australia), and Cape Town (South Africa), where she also the won the Dorothy Frizelle International Horn Excerpt Competition. In the Southwest, Rose is principal horn of the West Valley Symphony and performs with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Monterrey, and Orquestra de Baja California. She’s toured China twice as principal horn of the American Festival Orchestra.

Rose has been a guest artist and chamber music coach at the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Arizona Chamber Music Experience. She serves as Exhibits and Advertising Coordinator for the International Horn Society, maintains a private studio, and teaches at Rosie’s House: a non-profit music academy that provides free instruction and instruments to under-served youth.

Thomas Breadon

Dr. Thomas Mark Breadon Jr. is an active educator, bassoonist, and composer living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently adjunct faculty at Glendale Community College where he teaches bassoon and composition lessons, chamber music, music theory, and humanities courses. He is also in his first year as Band Director at Arizona School for the Arts and maintains a private bassoon/composition studio in the greater Phoenix area. For the last three summers he has taught bassoon, chamber music, improvisation, and composition at the Mill Ave Chamber Players Summer Chamber Music Camp.

Dr. Breadon performs as a bassoonist with Mill Ave Chamber Players, West Valley Symphony, and a myriad of ensembles throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. In addition to orchestral and chamber music, he performs as an improviser with many varying artists including Provisions DJ Collective, Oh My Ears, and Black Air.

 

Monica Sauer Anthony

Monica Sauer Anthony, flutist, enjoys a very versatile career – performing and educating in the Phoenix area. She performs with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and Symphony of the Southwest. Prior to performing with these ensembles, she was the founder of the Red Mountain Winds and Sonora Flute & Guitar Duo. Monica has been a frequent musician with the West Valley Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Opera, and Opera Southwest. As a lover of new music, she regularly performs with Crossing 32nd Street New Music Ensemble. Monica has been a guest recitalist all over the Southwest and Midwest.

Monica has been a faculty member at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) since 2006. She developed a progressive approach to prepare young woodwind players to enter the performing and academic world beyond high school.

Nikolaus Flickinger

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nikolaus Flickinger is the owner-operator of OBONIK, a company that specializes in handmade oboe and English horn reeds, and a longtime member of Mill Ave Chamber Players. Nikolaus received his Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Arizona State University and is currently the principal oboe player of the West Valley Symphony. Prior to moving to Arizona, Nikolaus attended the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.

Katherine Palmer

Katherine Palmer, clarinetist and educator, enjoys a multifaceted musical career and works as a performing musician, educator, and arts administrator. Katherine plays with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and has appeared with a variety of musical groups throughout Phoenix and Arizona. She is the Curator of Education at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix where she oversees educational content. Additionally, Katherine is an adjunct instructor of clarinet and music humanities at Paradise Valley Community College, a Faculty Associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at ASU, and maintains a private teaching schedule.

Katherine is the Executive Director of Daraja Music Initiative (DMI), a non-profit organization that provides music and conservation education in Moshi, Tanzania during the summer months to primary and secondary students. Aiming to bridge the arts and sciences, DMI promotes sustainability of African Blackwood trees that clarinets – and other instruments – are constructed from.

Arizona Broadway Theatre Launches La Cage aux Folles Teen-Youth Anti-Bullying Community Impact Project in Partnership with Other Valley Community Organizations

By Maddy Dowler, Communications Manager

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) – known for its high-quality musical theatre productions since opening its doors in 2005 – is now creating opportunities to give back to the community through show-specific Impact Projects that correspond to the subject matter of the show running on stage. The first Impact Project is a teen-youth anti-bullying campaign entitled, “I Am What I Am,” which includes partnerships with Herberger Theater Center (HTC) and other Phoenix-based community organizations such as One Community and One n Ten.

Beginning January 24, La Cage aux Folles will run on ABT’s Mainstage in Peoria through February 28, 2020, and then transfer to Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix March 6-22.

With music by the late Jerry Herman (Mame, Hello, Dolly!) and book by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Hairspray, Kinky Boots), La Cage Aux Folles is the winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and has become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Opening in 1983, the show broke barriers for LGBTQ+ representation by becoming one of the first hit Broadway musicals centered around a same-sex relationship (later made into the movie “The Birdcage” with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane). The show’s now-infamous torch-song, “I Am What I Am,” has become an anthem within the greater LGBTQ+ community.

“While the central theme of La Cage may focus on the issues of inclusion and acceptance related to the LGBTQ+ community,” says Brad York, ABT Director of Marketing & Development, “our intent with the ‘I Am What I Am!’ teen-youth anti-bullying Impact Project is to broaden the focus of inclusion and acceptance among all people, regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, national origin or socio-economic background; especially teen-youth who confront the demands and pressures inflicted by today’s modern, fast-paced social atmosphere. At the end of the day, we should all be accepted for who we are.”

On January 11, the cast of La Cage will perform at the One Community Block Party for Equality in downtown Phoenix, and several ABT and HTC staff will lead a panel along with other local arts organizations on the importance of inclusion in the arts and in the state of Arizona. Find more information on the Block Party at http://bit.ly/OCBPE2020.

 ABT will also partner with One n Ten, whose mission is to serve LGBTQ+ youth and young adults ages 11-24. One-n-Ten provides empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices.

As part of this partnership, ABT will host fifty-six One n Ten participants at the opening night of La Cage  in Peoria on January 24. The youth will be treated to chartered transportation to and from ABT, a free performance of La Cage aux Folles, and complimentary dessert at intermission, followed by a meet and greet with the cast after the show. On March 11, ABT and HTC staff, project sponsors, and the cast of La Cage will visit the One n Ten facility in downtown Phoenix to learn more about the important work One n Ten is doing to improve the lives of young adults. Learn more about One n Ten at https://onenten.org/.

For the run of La Cage at HTC, partial funding has been provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.

We’d like to thank our sponsors for La Cage and this important impact project, Jim Cramer, Allen Kalchik, Judd Barlow, Matt Peterson, and Linda & Scarlett Buscemi-Spring.

For ticket information to La Cage aux Folles, CLICK HERE.

‘La Cage aux Folles’ cast members to perform at One Community Block Party for Equality!

Kick off the New Year with us at the ONE Community Block Party for Equality!

Held on 4th Avenue south of Van Buren in partnership with Downtown Phoenix, Inc. & The Van Buren, this will be THE celebration to kick off the New Year!

This family friendly event will bring together the diverse LGBTQ and allied community members and Arizonans from around the state to connect with companies and organizations of every kind who support and promote diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans.

In partnership with the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and the Arizona Restaurant Association, the ONE Community Block Party for Equality will be a first-class tasting event as well as featuring fabulous entertainment throughout the day.

Participating Breweries include Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co, Barrio Brewing Co., Four Peaks Brewing Co., Huss Brewing Company, Mother Road Beer, OHSO Brewery- Arcadia, That Brewery & Pub and more!

Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Herberger Theater Center will lead a panel on the importance of inclusion in the arts and in our state. You won’t want to miss the cast of La Cage aux Folles performing “We Are What We Are!”

Arizona Theatre Company will also perform highlights from their 2019-2020 season — songs of lives drawn outside the lines, bending boundaries, defying gender and in the spotlight.

And, Arizona Opera singers will perform the greatest moments from the hit La Boheme.

Sip, nibble, interact and engage with Arizona’s best LGBTQ inclusive businesses and organizations at the ONE Community Block Party for Equality!

When: Saturday, January 11th, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: The Van Buren | 401 West Van Buren Street | Phoenix

Tickets: http://bit.ly/OCBPE2020

Meet The Cast Of Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Production Of ‘La Cage aux Folles’

Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of La Cage aux Folles will run at the theatre in Peoria, AZ January 24 – February 28, 2020 and will then transfer to the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix from March 6 – 22, 2020. We are pleased to announce the cast!

Georges……………………………………………………………………………………… Jamie Parnell

“Les Cagelles”

Chantal……………………………………………………………………………… Chris Hendricks

Hanna…………………………………………………………………………. Stephen Hohendorf

Mercedes…………………………………………………………………………… Eduardo Uribe

Bitelle………………………………………………………………….. Brandon Kazen-Maddox

Angelique………………………………………………………………………………….. Cody Petit

Phaedra…………………………………………………………………………………. Izzy Arrieta

Babette……………………………………………………………………………………. Seana Nicol

Colette……………………………………………………………………………… Michelle Lemon

Francis…………………………………………………………………………………………. DJ Hersh

Jacob………………………………………………………………………………………… Seth Tucker

Albin/Zaza…………………………………………………………………………….. Michael Ursua

Jean-Michel………………………………………………………………………………. Zane Hadish

Anne………………………………………………………………………………….. Alexandra Carter

Jacqueline……………………………………………………………………………………… Kat Gold

Renaud…………………………………………………………………………. Versee Damien Carter

Mme. Renaud…………………………………………………………………………….. Brandi Bigley

Edouard Dindon……………………………………………………………………….. Mark Woodard

Mme. Dindon…………………………………………………………………………. Carolyn McPhee

Final 3 Shows Of Season 15 Go On Sale January 6, 2020!

What’s colorful, flashy and happy all over? It’s the final three shows of Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Season 15! Single tickets go on sale Monday, January 6, 2020. Here’s what’s coming up:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 5 – July 3, 2020, Peoria
July 10 – 26, 2020, Phoenix (Herberger Theater Center)

Generously supported by Dr. Keith and Kim Haar of Epiphany Dermatology

Any Dream Will Do. Made famous on stage and screen by Donny Osmond, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat sizzles with energy, humor, and excitement with the retelling of the Biblical story rife with prophecy, jealousy, famine, forgiveness, and reconciliation. This summer, wrap your entire family in this glorious coat of many colors as Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s vibrant family favorite returns to the ABT stage!

 

Flashdance The Musical
July 24 – August 22, 2020

Dance like you’ve never danced before (cue chair and splashing water)! Flashdance The Musical tells the inspiring story of Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. Based on the popular 1983 feature film of the same name, Flashdance is a musical spectacle featuring phenomenal choreography about the power of holding onto your dreams – and love – against all odds. Smash hits include “Maniac,” “Manhunt,” “Gloria,” “I Love Rock & Roll,” and the unforgettable title track, “Flashdance…What a Feeling!”

 

Happy Days A New Musical
September 11 – October 4, 2020

Return to the blue-sky days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops, and jukebox sock-hoppin’ fun. Arnold’s, the famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, is in danger of demolition, so Richie, Fonzie, and the gang team up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. Even Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie’s childhood sweetheart, returns to help and – lo and behold – they rekindle their old flame. Based on the hit ‘70s TV series, Happy Days A New Musical will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all week long!

ABT To Hold Auditions For 2020 Productions On January 8, 2020

Arizona Broadway Theatre will be holding auditions for singer/actor (18 years old and up) on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 5pm to 8pm, for productions in our Broadway Series (Mainstage) and Off-Broadway Series (Encore Room).

We will be auditioning for roles in the following shows:

Broadway Series (Mainstage):
  • Chicago: Rehearsals begin February 24, 2020 and production runs through April 19, 2020
  • Bonnie and Clyde: Rehearsals begin April 13, 2020 and production runs through May 24, 2020
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Rehearsals begin May 18, 2020 and the production runs through July 26, 2020
  • Flashdance: Rehearsals begin July 6, 2020 and the production runs through August 22, 2020.
  • Happy Days: A New Musical: Rehearsals begin August 24, 2020 and the production runs through October 4, 2020.
Off Broadway Series (Encore Room) – (rehearsals will tentatively be held during the evening hours)
  • Some Enchanted Evening: Rehearsals begin January 20, 2020 and the production runs through February 23, 2020.
  • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Rehearsals begin March 2, 2020 and the production runs through March 29, 2020.
  • Next to Normal: Rehearsals begin June 22, 2020 and the production runs through July 19, 2020.

If you are interested in auditioning, please email kurtis@azbroadway.org and submit your information for an appointment time slot. You should include your name, your headshot and resume. You will receive a confirmation email to let you know that you have been accepted for an audition slot. This email will also include a time that you will audition.

IF you receive a confirmation email, you should prepare two contrasting vocal selections (16 bars each). Please bring your music (in the correct key and clearly marked) for the accompanist, as well as a hard copy of your headshot and resume.

Vocal and dance callbacks, if needed, will be scheduled at a later date. If called back, you will be provided materials to prepare.

Audition location:
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Lane
Peoria, AZ 85382

ABT’s HyRev announces its 2019/2020 performers!

HyRev held auditions recently and had many talented teens show up to show off. Here’s a little about HyRev and the list of students that will be working hard at perfecting their talents this coming year.

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 build upon and improve participants’ performance strengths and include Valley-wide performances (with future out-of-area performances as time and scheduling allow).

Here are the performers that made the cut for 2019/2020:

HyperToneZ

Corban Adams
Lyda Armistead
Kiera Crouch
Jaely Domasco
Kendra Goodenberger
Julia Hughes
Tristan Klaphake
Makayla Kovac
Olivia LaPorte
Drea Metzger
Marissa Meyers
Sage Mitchell
Patrick Mullen
Christopher Poulius
Brielle Quintana
Jessica Reed
Corrine Seaver
Dane Sheppard
Jacob Shipley
Abbey Spanko
Bella Swope
Zoey Waller
Hannah Wiegand
Siena Liljegren
Maddie Jones
Grace Kostyk
Amanda Pace
Jayden Rodriguez
Ethan Wallgren ​

Sonic Revolution

Kiara Adams
Liberty Anglin
Alyssa Armstrong
Nick Barritt
Kameron Cochrane
Bennett Curran
Phoenix Cyphert
Jessica Dolyniuk
Jazlynn Domasco
Ethan Drew
Amy Fishencord
Emma Gass
Sabrina Kiepke
Kieran Klaphake
Sadie Krotonsky
Bethany Novatny
Allie Rose
Delaney Spanko
Ada Stanley
Taylor Underwood
Jamie Villarreal
Ally Wright
Brody Wurr
Liv Boscardin
Jack Yampolsky
Nina Smith
Triston Moran
Wesley Owen

Congratulations!