The Lake Dillon Theatre Company Presents Broadway Now and Then The LAKE DILLON THEATRE COMPANY 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 the classic Broadway music we’ve all come to love and also pay tribute to what is hip, new and beautiful about current Broadway.
“Musical theatre is a uniquely American art form with its roots dating back more than 100 years” explains 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”.
Originating in 19th century Paris, cabarets originally showcased poets and artists performing in tight spaces for audiences reveling in their one-of-a-kind comedy, burlesque and even sociopolitical satire. 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 theatre 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 exciting 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 performer Jessica Kahkoska who is excited to get out of New York City for a short time and enjoy the mountains once again. In addition Jessica got her equity card whilst 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” said Kahkoska.
CLASSIC AND CONTEMPARY BROADWAY
While the music from long ago may seem unrelated to the Broadway musical today, the music of the Golden Age still resonate 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” said Figel. “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”.
Performer Grant Haralson said “Audiences can expect some beautiful classic tunes, probably some they haven’t heard for a long time, and some fun contemporary show tunes.
Figel said “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 September 24 & 27 @ 6.30pm and September 25 & 26 @ 7.30pm. 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 www.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling 970.513.9386. Proud producing partners of Broadway Now and Then include The Town of Dillon, The Summit Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and The Summit Daily News.