Inaugural ‘Sunday Brunch at the Encore’ A Great Success

Sunday, October 20, 2019, marked the day of our first Sunday Brunch in a series of monthly brunches in the newly-renovated Encore Room adjacent to the lobby in Arizona Broadway Theatre. Patrons were treated to a delicious omelet bar as well as an assortment of meats, pastries, fruit, desserts and freshly-made breads. The bar was open for the duration, and mimosas and bloody marys flowed. Nicole Pesce, pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger, dazzled everyone with her unique blend of virtuosity, humor, and pizzazz.

The idea behind Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE comes from ABT leadership and the City of Peoria who got together to bring this fresh new approach to the arts and dining to the West Valley.

Pianist Nicole Pesce with Marylou Stephens

We spoke with Marylou Stephens, Arts & Events Manager of the City of Peoria, who gave us some insight into this new venture.

“The City of Peoria wants to encourage the arts in all its forms,”  says Stephens. “Participation in the arts is a direct connection to the quality of life we experience in this beautiful city.  By supporting artists in a variety of mediums, we are encouraging more artists to create here in Peoria, and our residents are the winners that get to enjoy an ‘arts-rich life’ right in their own backyard.  ABT already understands the connection between great food, great art, and great company – the Sunday Brunch series was a perfect way for the City to support this endeavor and make more arts opportunities accessible to more Peorians and attract art lovers throughout Maricopa County to this great destination.”

When asked to expound on the city’s goals for the future of this event, Marylou replied, “I hope it will continue to grow so that we can include a wide variety of artists that will entertain the current ABT audience and entice music lovers from around the Valley to make the Sunday Brunch Series a monthly tradition.”

Artistic Directors at Arizona Broadway Theatre chose a diverse collection of local quality artists to grace the stage at The ENCORE to create that special upscale entertainment environment.

The next Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE will be on November 17, 2019, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, featuring Curt Cichon. Curt is a Flamenco/Rumba-style Guitarist that has been playing for over 25 years. With the intense rhythms, strumming, and scale runs, his sound is guaranteed to be a beautiful and intense sound to the ears. Playing many other styles such as Bossanova, Classical, Jazz, and Pop and many others, diversity is key. Curt had studied in Sevilla, Spain, learning how to accompany Flamenco singers and Flamenco dancers thus creating the cohesive sounds blending all three aspects to create the magic or “Duende” in the room.

The cost for the generous buffet is $29. The bar opens at 10 am, and full beverage service is available for purchase throughout the event. View all upcoming artists and purchase tickets by CLICKING HERE.

What people are saying about Sunday Brunch at the Encore:

“Entertainment was outstanding, it was great to be so close to the performer.”

“Never seen so much fantastic food with great variety.”

“The bar makes a mean Bloody Mary!”

“Educational component provided by the musician was incredibly insightful.”

“We didn’t know ABT had such an amazing culinary team!”

Arizona Broadway Theatre Opens 6000sf Encore Room

Improved Encore Room Will Advance Programming, Community Accessibility, and Engagement

PEORIA, ARIZONA: Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), Arizona’s Leader in Musical Theatre and the Valley of the Sun’s highest attended LIVE theatrical venue, cut the ribbon on the newly expanded Encore Room on March 23, 2018. The space went from a small 1,000sf meeting room to a 6,000sf hi-tech multi-media performance, banquet, and conference space. By more than doubling the existing footprint, ABT is able to offer Valley arts enthusiasts a more diverse and varied roster of shows, concerts, guest artists, and special events as well as provide much-needed banquet, conference, and seminar meeting space for West Valley businesses, associations, and organizations.

In the 12 years since opening its doors in the Phoenix market on November 5, 2005, ABT has grown to be a nationally recognized producer of Musical Theatre – drawing top talent to the Valley of The Sun from New York City and from the vast pool of exceptional talent here in Arizona. Through its Mainstage shows, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Academy for Young Performers programs, as well as through special events and banquet bookings, ABT has seen over 900 thousand patrons pass through its doors.

“Today was extremely special for all at ABT and for the entire ABT community, the city of Peoria, and the West Valley,” said Brad York, ABT’s director of marketing. “Perhaps most exciting are the opportunities this new space will provide. From much-needed banquet, conference and event space in the West Valley to an entirely new opportunity for a variety of programming at ABT, the new Encore Room is going to take what our patrons have come to call the ‘ABT Experience’ to a whole new level!”

The first ABT program to take advantage of the new space will be a concert and talkback with Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown on May 7. Jason’s appearance at ABT will coincide with ABT’s production of his 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, The Bridges of Madison County, on stage at the Theatre April 13 – May 13, 2018. The evening will include a performance of selections from Jason’s extensive repertoire, performances by members of ABT’s cast of The Bridges of Madison County, and a talk-back with the composer and audience moderated by the host of ABC15’s Sonoran Living, Susan Casper.

For more information about this performance, please contact ABT’s Box Office at 623-776-8400 x0. For information on rental of the Encore Room, please contact Diane Hetrick at 623-776-8400 x104 or

Ribbon Cutting

Co-Founders Kiel and Cassandra Klaphake cut the ribbon to the all-new Encore Room at Arizona Broadway Theatre

Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown


Tables set for elegant event

An evening of elegance awaits