‘The Biggies’ features LDTC 2015 Summer Theatre Season Company
If you go
What: “The Biggies,” part of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company Summer Sundays Cabaret Series
When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26
Where: Lake Dillon Theatre, 176 Lake Dillon Driver, Dillon
Cost: Tickets are $38 for reserved seating and $28 for general seating
More information: Visit www.lakedillontheatre.org, or call (970) 513-9386
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company Cabaret Series continues its summer cabaret season with “The Biggies” on Sunday, July 26, featuring company members from the 2015 Summer Theatre Season and current production of “La Cage Aux Folles.” “The Biggies” is a one-night-only event featuring award-winning music and classic scores from some of Broadway’s biggest, most memorable hits.
“Audiences have been loving this summer’s cabaret series,” said Chris Alleman, LDTC producing artistic director. “This week’s cabaret concert promises a wide variety of the best-known shows in Broadway history, including some of the greatest classics, as well as some of biggest hits in recent years.”
Something for everyone
The Lake Dillon Theatre Cabaret Concert Series usually provides a wide range of music for audiences throughout the summer season. But this week’s lineup features more popular fare spanning decades of material.
“We constantly strive to provide ‘something for everyone’ through our diverse programming, especially in our theater season and Sunset at the Summit free concert season each summer,” Alleman said. “‘The Biggies’ may include the most diverse music selection of any other concert all season long. The performers will certainly present songs that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. It will be a special night at the theater.”
“‘The Biggies’ is such a wide-ranging topic that audiences can expect to hear tidbits spanning all of Broadway’s history, from good old Rogers & Hammerstein and Cole Porter, up through Stephen Sondheim and even those South Park guys,” said performer Mark Woodard.
A night at the cabaret
This Sunday marks the third concert in the four-part Summer Sunday Cabaret Series. Alleman said audiences enjoy seeing the cast members from “La Cage Aux Folles” performing different songs and as different characters in the cabaret concerts.
“Doing ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ every night is a joy, but it is lovely to mix it up with new material and have the chance to tell different stories,” said performer Victoria Bundonis. “The company of ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ is a wonderfully talented group, and it’s fun to see everyone step out of their roles in ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ and share a wider range of their acting and singing gifts.”
“I’m excited to perform with my castmates in a way that we don’t get to (in ‘La Cage Aux Folles’) because of how the show is structured,” Woodard said. “I’m never really onstage with the actors playing ‘The Cagelles’ until the finale and curtain call. So this is a fun way to bond and collaborate with these talented folks as a group.”
Cabaret as an art form continues to be a popular style of musical performance across the country for audience members who want a unique and intimate experience, Alleman said.
“Cabaret is, by definition, an intimate art form,” Bundonis said. “In a cabaret, the songs are the plot. Each one is a story unto itself. I think it challenges both the singer and the audience to look at a familiar song in a new way when it is taken out of a show’s context.”
“As artists, we want to let the audience see us a little more as ourselves and show a more personal side to ourselves as performers,” Woodard said. “This cabaret setting lets us do that.”
“The Biggies” features Bundonis, Woodard, Deon Oliverio, Morgan Reynolds, Matthew Tyler Horn and Adam Brody with music direction and accompaniment by Cameron Kinnear.
“The show is filled with well-known songs from Broadway musicals of the last 80 years,” Bundonis said. “The songs range from heart-breaking to side-splitting. This is definitely a one-night-only performance where you will leave humming the score.”
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