March 28 – April 28, 2019
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 works from Rodgers and Hammerstein hits such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Carousel, The King and I, and Cinderella; as well as lesser-known shows like Allegro, Flower Drum Song, and Pipe Dream. Audiences are invited to experience these classics anew through artful arrangements and clever interpretations – it’s “something wonderful” for any lover of classic musical theatre!
Directed by SHARON MARONEY
Music by RICHARD RODGERS • Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II • Musical Arrangements by FRED WELLS
Orchestration by MICHAEL GIBSON and JONATHAN TUNICK • Conceived by WALTER BOBBIE
Originally produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, in 1993.
Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, OR
A Grand Night for Singing is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
After ten-plus years in New York City and Los Angeles, Caitlin is now a Portland-based actor, musician, and instructor. She holds an M.F.A. in acting from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Otterbein University. Recent work includes: Harold Hill in The Music Man at Third Rail Repertory, Rose in Dogfight at San Francisco Playhouse, Paulina in The Winter's Tale and Adriana in The Comedy of Errors at Texas Shakespeare Festival, Clara in Passion at Claire Trevor Theatre, and Clytemnestra in The Electra Project (dir. Mihai Măniuțiu) at Romanian National Theatre. More at www.CBrookeCreative.com
Joey Côté is ecstatic to be returning to the Broadway Rose! Having been away for far too long, his last appearance was as Joe the Bartender in Adrift in Macao (2015) and before that as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! You may also remember him from The World Goes 'Round, part of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man, or as Dopey in Snow White as a part of the summer drama camps. Other recent shows include: Chess, Godspell, Man of La Mancha, and Spamalot at Lakewood Theatre Company; Ivy + Bean at Oregon Children’s Theatre, and Billy Elliot, La Cage aux Folles, and Beauty and the Beast at Pixie Dust Productions.
Deborah Mae Hill
Deborah Mae Hill is excited to be making her Broadway Rose debut! Originally from the Midwest, Deborah has performed roles with Kentucky Opera, StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Pandora Productions, and Acting Against Cancer. Favorite roles include: Grace Farrell in Annie at TCTC, Ellie May in Show Boat at Kentucky Opera, Clara in Passion at Pandora, and Wednesday in The Addams Family and Susan/Karessa in Tick,Tick… Boom! with AAC. Most recently, Deborah was seen as Miss Shields in A Christmas Story at Elsinore Theatre, Grace Farrell in Annie at Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Yellow Girl in SHOUT! The Mod Musical at Enlightened Theatrics, Martha in The Secret Garden at Opera Bend, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast at Pentacle.
Kelly Sina feels blessed to be back with her Broadway Rose family! She was last seen here as a Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls and previously starred in Gypsy as Louise (Portland Area Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Female Actor). Kelly was most recently seen in Pippin (Catherine), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Godspell (Drammy Best Ensemble), and 1776 (Martha Jefferson) at Lakewood Theatre Company. Other local credits: The Music Man (Marian) at Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre, Stumptown Stages, and Fertile Ground Festival.
Joe Theissen is thrilled to be returning to the Broadway Rose stage! You may have seen him this past summer as Nathan Detroit in Broadway Rose's production of Guys and Dolls. Other Broadway Rose roles include The Narrator in Fly By Night, Harold Hill in The Music Man, and Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Other regional credits include Beauty and the Beast and La Cage Aux Folles at Pixie Dust Productions, Heathers: The Musical and [title of show] at triangle productions!, and Junie B. Jones at Oregon Children’s Theatre. Joe has sung with the Trinity Consort and has provided studio vocals for Oregon Catholic Press recordings and Pink Martini.
Thursday, March 28, 7:30 PM PREVIEW—Limited Availability
Friday, March 29, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT—Limited Availability
Saturday, March 30, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Sunday, March 31, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 4, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Friday, April 5, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT Saturday, April 6, 2:00 PM—Post-show talk-back*—SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 6, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Sunday, April 7, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 11, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Friday, April 12, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT Saturday, April 13, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 13, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Sunday, April 14, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT Thursday, April 18, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Friday, April 19, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 20, 2:00 PM—Audio description available—Limited Availability
Saturday, April 20, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Thursday, April 25, 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 26, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Saturday, April 27, 2:00 PM—Limited Availability
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
*Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.
Directed by Sharon Maroney
Music Direction by Jeffrey Childs
Choreography by Dan Murphy
Set Design by Braden Graves
Light Design by Gene Dent
Prop Design by Jeff Duncan
Costume Design by Darrin J. Pufall
Sound Design by Brian K. Moen
Stage Manager Jessica Junor
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: SHARON MARONEY
In reading about Rodgers and Hammerstein in the book Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, I was struck by the persistence that led to their now undeniable success: “As failure piled on top of failure Oscar Hammerstein grew more depressed but did not lose his sense of humor. In 1938 he wrote an old friend, ‘Forgive me for not writing sooner. I have been so busy producing flops that I haven’t had time for anything else.’” Hammerstein had hit a dry patch that would last for eleven years. Ouch.
When Richard Rodgers suggested collaborating with Hammerstein on a musical based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs (resulting in Oklahoma!), the new partnership was sealed with a handshake and neither man’s life would ever be the same. The result was musical theatre magic, with shows like The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, and State Fair.
This revue is a celebration of their work, and I chose to make the production simple and elegant to keep the focus where it should be, on the music. These singers are exceptional, and the song list is everything that attracted me to musical theatre in the first place: songs that are funny, tragic, and moving.
I’m writing these notes just one week into rehearsals, and last night as I was watching the cast, I found myself getting lost in the beauty of the show. When that happens, I know that we’ve got something special.
Enjoy the show.
Jefferey Childs Piano/Conductor
Mieke Bruggeman-Smith Reeds
Alex Geffel Percussion
Hannah Hillebrand Cello
Amy Roesler Bass
News, Reviews, and Buzz
GOLDEN ERA OF MUSICALS
by Janae Easlon
Hillsboro Tribune, Apr. 10, 2018
“My thought when putting this together was like a jewel box in that the performers are like gemstones singing. We have outstanding singers, but they are also wonderful storytellers. That is what makes the show sparkle.” … Read more.
BWW Review: At Broadway Rose, It’s A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Indeed
by Krista Garver
BroadwayWorld.com, Apr. 3, 2019
They all have gorgeous voices individually, and when they all sing together, it’s divine… If you like musicals, you’ll love it…. Read more.
Oklahoma! through The Sound of Music
by Judy Nedry
JudyNedry.com, Apr. 3, 2019
As musical reviews go, this is as good as it gets. Each song has its own special charm… Read more.
One Enchanted Evening
by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews, Apr. 2, 2019
The vocal work is exquisite – lush harmonies, powerful solos, witty and original arrangements all conspire to keep the audience fully engaged… Read more.
A Grand Night For Singing @ Broadway Rose
by Kristopher Haines
The Crippled Critic, Apr. 2, 2019
These songs are a lot to have on a single person’s shoulders, but the vocalists at Broadway Rose never disappoint… Read more.