Tigard, OR – What brings you to the theatre? Is it to hear beautiful music; to be dazzled by phenomenal dancing; to get totally sucked into a powerful story; or just to laugh until there are tears in your eyes? Broadway Rose Theatre Company is pleased to announce its 2019 season of musicals that includes a wacky little comedy, a vocally masterful Broadway fairytale, an energizing choreographic powerhouse, a tender love story, and more. So whatever it is that you wish for when you go to the theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre hopes to make your dreams come true.
First up is the musical comedy Nunsense, playing January 24 – February 24. Join the Sisters of Hoboken for a hysterically haphazard variety show to raise emergency funds for the convent. After a bad batch of Sister Julia’s vichyssoise killed off all but five of the nuns, the survivors emptied the coffers to bury the deceased but ran out of cash before the last few bodies could be laid to rest (don’t worry – they’re in the kitchen freezer). Will their prayers be answered before the health department discovers their secret? With hilarious talent acts, tongue-in-cheek musical numbers, and help from the audience, Nunsense has blessed theatregoers worldwide for over 30 years and is the second longest-running Off-Broadway show in history.
The book, music, and lyrics for Nunsense are by Dan Goggin. The Broadway Rose production will be directed by Sharon Maroney, and Dan Murphy will star as Reverend Mother.
The second show of the season is A Grand Night for Singing, playing March 28 – April 28.
Many of the most beloved, uplifting, and romantic songs in musical theatre history have one thing in common: The incomparable writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. A Grand Night For Singing collects over 30 treasured hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein shows such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Carousel, The King and I, and Cinderella; and invites audiences to experience these classics anew through artful arrangements and clever interpretations. It’s “something wonderful” for any lover of classic musical theatre.
Music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; musical arrangements by Fred Wells; orchestration by Michael Gibson and Jonathan Tunick. The musical revue was conceived by Walter Bobbie and originally produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, in 1993. The production will be directed by Sharon Maroney.
The first show of the summer is Into the Woods playing May 30 – June 30. Take a journey into the enchanted world of magic beans and moonlit nights, towering giants and handsome princes, and fates sealed (and unsealed). Familiar storybook figures such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (with his beanstalk), and Rapunzel cross paths with the childless Baker and The Baker’s Wife on their quest to reverse the Witch’s curse on their fruitless family tree. But as the characters descend deeper into the forest, they find that getting what you wish for doesn’t always end happily ever after. Stephen Sondheim’s witty, powerful score and James Lapine’s imaginative, darkly humorous book combine to make the Tony Award-winning Into The Woods a favorite among musical lovers and a timeless masterpiece.
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by James Lapine. Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The Broadway Rose production will be directed by Jessica Wallenfels.
The second summer show is Footloose playing August 1 – September 1. Celebrate the spirit and optimism of young people fighting for change backed by a soundtrack of ‘80s pop anthems in this stage adaptation of the hit film. When city boy Ren moves to a small town where dancing is outlawed, he finds himself an outsider and a target of the local preacher who pushed for the ban – especially after attracting the attention of the reverend’s rebellious daughter. Through explosive choreography and invigorating songs such as ‘Holding Out for a Hero,’ ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy,’ and the exhilarating title track; Ren challenges the community to reverse the rule and heal from the tragedy that kept their hearts from dancing.
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford, the musical was adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, with music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman. The production will be directed by Peggy Taphorn.
Next, the Broadway will present the 2012 Tony Award winner for best musical, Once, playing October 3 – 27. Fall in love with the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who connect over their shared passion for music on the streets of Dublin. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, accentuated by the inviting, emotional score that earned an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Oliver Award, and a Tony Award. Featuring all of the original songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning ‘Falling Slowly,’ this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all.
Based on the motion picture that was written and directed by John Carney, the book for the stage production was written by Enda Walsh, with music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The Broadway Rose production will be directed by Isaac Lamb.
The season concludes with the holiday musical, It Happened One Christmas, playing November 27 – December 22. Take a fanciful trip to “Santa’s Chalet” in the heart of Grimble’s department store one snowy Christmas Eve. As Walter, the security guard, and Francis, the cleaner, make their evening rounds, their holiday fantasies spring to life in this merry, musical spectacle. The two enjoy a tuneful Christmas dinner together, remembering the magic of the season and discovering that with a wish and a song you are never truly alone. Enjoy your favorite festive tunes and warm your holiday season with this joyful new musical written by Dan Murphy and Rick Lewis, with vocal arrangements by Rick Lewis.
Dan Murphy will direct.
Over the next two years the Tigard Tualatin School District (TTSD) is renovating portions of Tigard High School, including seismic upgrades to the Deb Fennell Auditorium where Broadway Rose performs its summer musicals. Therefore, in 2019 Broadway Rose will present all six musicals at the Broadway Rose New Stage. Broadway Rose is known for producing large musicals each summer. “Not to worry…the shows we selected for next summer are big musicals,” says producing artistic director Sharon Maroney. “We look forward to testing the limits, both physically and artistically, to give these shows their due and offer our audience a Broadway Rose experience like never before!” Broadway Rose will return to the Deb Fennell Auditorium for their summer productions in 2020 when construction is complete.
Broadway Rose’s 2019 season is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the City of Tigard. The Title Sponsor is Pearson Financial Group. Show Sponsors are Bob’s Red Mill, Bonnie Conger, Portland Spirit, Pavelcomm, Curtis T. Thompson, MD & Associates, and The Oregonian is the Media Sponsor.
BROADWAY ROSE THEATRE COMPANY is Oregon’s premier musical theatre company. Under the artistic direction of Sharon Maroney, Broadway Rose has been producing professional musical theatre in the Portland area since 1992, enriching the region’s cultural life and increasing opportunities for Oregonians to participate in the arts. Broadway Rose is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to keeping live theatre affordable and making its productions accessible to all members of the community.