The Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents its annual fall concert, "Broadway Then," an evening of Broadway show tunes and classic jazz standards, opening tonight and running through Sunday. The LDTC's "Broadway Now" and "Broadway Then" concerts are dual events that together celebrate the spectrum and diversity of Broadway.Each April, "Broadway Now" showcases the newest Broadway musicals and most successful revivals playing each spring season. "All the best new shows open in New York each spring, which is the Tony Award voting season," said Chris Alleman, the theater's producing artistic director. "Our spring concert lets people know about the newest and most acclaimed shows on Broadway each year."Each November, "Broadway Then" serves as the counterpoint, paying tribute to the great musical classics and standards of Broadway's Golden Age. "Musical theater is a distinctly American art form," said Joshua Blanchard, LDTC executive director. "The creators of the Golden era shows laid the foundation for today's emerging songwriters, and there is a sense of nostalgia as we remember these classics."Each "Broadway Then" concert dedicates its second act to a legendary composer, with past tributes including Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. "This year, we are stepping outside the box and dedicating an act to the music of The Beatles," said Alleman. "We wanted to do something fun and different. The Beatles wrote classic songs about love and life that would translate well onto the Broadway stage. Audiences will enjoy the tribute while also getting to hear new arrangements of some of their favorite Beatles classics.""Broadway Then" is a three-night-only event with performances taking place tonight through Sunday.Alleman and Blanchard will take the stage, along with returning LDTC musical director Jonathan Parks. Former LDTC actor Brett Figel ("The 39 Steps") rounds out the cast, returning to Summit County for this concert after a 10-month stint on the national tour of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein.""'Broadway Then' is one of the things that makes the Lake Dillon Theatre Company special because it connects us with our audiences in an intimate way," said Mari Geasair, who came on board as the theater's director of development this summer. "It is a great chance for friends and neighbors to relax together after being out of town or busy during the shoulder season. It's an exciting kick off for the winter."Producing partners for "Broadway Then" include the town of Dillon, Summit Foundation and Summit Daily News.Info & tickets: www.lakedillontheatre.org
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