Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents ‘Broadway Then’
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What: “Broadway Then,” an evening of Broadway standards and the music of Carole King
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8
Where: Lake Dillon Theatre, 122 Lake Dillon Dr., Dillon,
Cost: Tickets are $38 each for table seating and $28 for general reserved seating
More information: Purchase tickets by visiting www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company continues its 20th anniversary season and year-round cabaret series this weekend with its annual fall concert, “Broadway Then,” an evening celebrating the great musical classics and standards from the Golden Age of Broadway.
“Musical theater is a uniquely American art form with its roots dating back more than a hundred years,” said Chris Alleman, Lake Dillon Theatre’s producing artistic director, who also directs the concert. “The shows and songs from years ago are still alive and vibrant today, as Broadway producers and regional theaters often produce revivals of the classics.”
“Broadway Then” features returning Lake Dillon Theatre performers Diane Huber (“Big River,” “Pinocchio”), Brittany Jeffery (“The World Goes Round,” “My Way: The Music of Frank Sinatra”), Frank Sansone (“Xanadu,” “Scapin”), Andrew Tebo (“The Sunshine Boys,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”) and Nina Waters (“Sweet Charity,” “Big River”). Cameron Kinnear is the musical director.
“I’m ecstatic to be performing such beautiful iconic music in ‘Broadway Then,’” Tebo said. “It’s going to be a splendid night of timeless music.”
PART OF MUSICAL HISTORY
While the music from long ago might seem unrelated to today’s Broadway musicals, the music of the Golden Age still resonates with writers and performers.
“This era of musical theater is the foundation today’s Broadway is built on,” Tebo said.
“The Golden Age musicals are the foundation of modern-day musical theater,” Sansone said. “They consist of some of the greatest American songs of the 20th century, many of which have been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and countless others.”
As part of the concert, Lake Dillon Theatre will dedicate the second act of “Broadway Then” to a legendary composer. While past tributes have included the classic writers Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, the theater also embraces nontraditional artists who have influenced the Broadway stage indirectly as the popularity of “juke box” musicals continues to rise.
“In recent years, we have highlighted the music of the Beatles, whose songs have been featured in the Broadway shows ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,’ and of Billy Joel, who is a Tony Award winner himself for his work on the show ‘Movin’ Out,’” Alleman said.
This year, “Broadway Then” features the music of legendary songwriter Carole King, whose life and music are currently on stage in the Tony-winning hit “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”
“I’m really excited to be doing the fabulous music of Carole King, because she is one of the greatest songwriters America has ever been able to call their own,” Huber said. “King not only wrote amazing chart-topping hits but also performed many of them with much success and four Grammy awards to boot. She is an incredibly influential women and someone who I truly look up to and admire.”
“As with all of our cabaret performances, audiences get a close look at the artists but, more importantly, an intimate performance of some of the best music ever written for the Broadway stage,” Alleman said. “Plus, with this concert, a closer understanding of the importance of Carole King in the landscape of the singer-songwriter.”
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