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Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents ‘Broadway Now and Then’

Grant Haralson
Special to the Daily |

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What: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s presentation of “Broadway Now and Then”

When: Sept. 24 and 27 at 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Dillon Theatre Company, 176 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon

Cost: Tickets are $38 each for table seating and $28 for general reserved seating and may be purchased by visiting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company website lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) continues its 21st season with the annual fall cabaret “Broadway Now and Then,” an evening celebrating classic and contemporary Broadway.

“Broadway Now and Then” will feature classic Broadway music and pay tribute to current Broadway tunes.

“Musical theater is a uniquely American art form with its roots dating back more than 100 years,” said Chris Alleman, LDTC producing artistic director. “We are taking our audiences on a journey through the many successful years of Broadway, celebrating songs and shows from years ago and also presenting the music from the new shows that continue to open each year in New York.”

WHY CABARET?

Originating in 19th century Paris, cabarets originally showcased poets and artists performing comedy, burlesque and even sociopolitical satire in tight spaces for audiences.

Today, cabaret is once again finding its footing among crowds seeking a more intimate and meaningful performance experience.

Cabaret is different from a fully produced musical theater performance, or even a musical revue, because the performer herself or himself is part of the presentation.

“Cabarets are fun because they truly let you make a song your own,” said performer Brett Figel. “You aren’t tied down to the context of a show and have the opportunity to be a little more personal and show a little more of you.”

FOR ONE WEEKEND ONLY

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company Cabaret Series offers concert engagements throughout the year celebrating the music of Broadway and beyond while introducing Summit County to local and New York-based professional artists.

“Broadway Now and Then” is a one-weekend-only event featuring returning Lake Dillon Theatre Company performers Melanie Beck (“Silvia,” “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” “Grace”), Jessica Kahkoska (“Ring Of Fire”), Brett Figel (“39 Steps,” “Fox and Fairway”) and Grant Haralson (“1940’s Radio Hour”). Chris Alleman directs the production with musical direction by Cameron Kinnear.

Colorado is home to Kahkoska, who is excited to get out of New York City for a short time and enjoy the mountains once again. In addition, Kahkoska got her equity card while performing “Ring Of Fire” last summer at LDTC.

“This marked the start of my professional acting career, which is a very meaningful memory for me” she said.

CLASSIC AND Contemporary BROADWAY

While the music from long ago may seem unrelated to the Broadway musical today, the music of the Golden Age still resonates with writers and performers today.

“Broadway has had such a transformation over the years and I can truly say that I appreciate its past as well as its present,” Figel said. “I love those old-fashioned songs about love but I also love the brashness and dark humor of new shows like ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Book of Mormon.’ ‘Broadway Now and Then’ is more personal for both the audience and the singers, so hopefully we will all feel like we know one another by the end of it

Performances are Sept. 24 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 each for table seating and $28 for general reserved seating and may be purchased by visiting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company website http://www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386.


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