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The Making Of Miracles

It’s not even Halloween yet and the Arvada Center is getting ready for our popular holiday production of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.

The traditional holiday favorite that will put you in the spirit of the season when its magic comes to our Main Stage Theater. This musical version of the joyful and nostalgic classic movie includes memorable songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” ,“Pinecones and Hollyberries” and more. As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we all need a little break to remember that miracles do happen. Miracle on 34th Street is pure family entertainment – make it part of your holiday celebration!

Making Musical Miracles

Now – how about a little taste of what Miracle has to offer?

Musical Director David Nelhs and Artistic Director Rod Lansberry have already been working hard on the music of Miracle that makes this production so special… in more ways than one!

In late September and early October, part of the cast of the musical “Miracle on 34th Street” recorded a song from the production that will be used on the  “Carols for a Cure” annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA).

These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. The Arvada Center was the only selected Regional Theater asked to participate in this years Carol for A Cure project!

Featured on the track from the production, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” are Heather Doris, Shannan Steele, and Valerie Hill and choreographer Piper Arpan (who performs the tap sequence on the track, along with Tracey Zimmerman). Other Arvada Center staff of Audio Engineer Grant Evenson, Musical Director David Nehls and the Arvada Center staff musicians completed the ensemble for performance and recording.

David shares his story…

Musical Director David Nehls has been a part of Carols for A Cure since its inception in 1998.

“I have been involved with Rock-It Science records since 1998 when the Broadway Cast of the revival of The Sound Of Music decided to put together a holiday themed CD to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BCEFA).  That project was so successful, the next year was a Broadway wide CD using every cast in a show running that year.  We recorded in a church sanctuary on Christopher Street {in NYC} in what was like Guerrilla warfare style recording—crazy!  Every year became more and more successful and now it is recorded in top of the line studios with top of the line engineers and has included many stars.  I was lucky enough to work with such Broadway celebrities as Antonio Banderas, Idina Menzel, Jon Secada, Phyllis Newman and Nick Jonas as a little kid playing Chip in Beauty and the Beast plus countless Broadway companies!

Arvada’s connection started in 2003 when I started working here and during the run of the Honky Tonk Angels Christmas Spectacular, we offered that year’s CD to the Arvada audiences and it went over very well and we have been involved ever since to some degree.  Being asked to record for this year’s CD is doubly exciting.  We are the only regional theatre invited to be on the CD and we are able to offer something to our patrons that they have just experienced to take home with them, an Arvada first!  The song, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” is the Act 1 ending for Miracle on 34th Street, so it is a small cast recording type situation where the audience can take home a piece of the show while raising money for this great organization.  I did the arrangement and the musicians are the musicians we used in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, some of whom will be playing the Miracle run.  The biggest challenge was scheduling during the tech/ previews of Dirty Rotten, but we made it happen!

BCEFA has also grown, it not only helps to service those with AIDS to receive daily needs such as groceries to medical needs, it also helps with breast cancer organizations like the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative plus countless other nation wide organizations dealing with health and well being.”

Miracle on 34th Street Choreographer Piper Arpan
Piper Arpan, Choreographer

Piper’s Piece

Miracle Choreographer Piper Lindsay Arpan was asked to choreograph and perform the tap sequence in the song…

“I am so honored to be a part of Carols for a Cure!  BCEFA became an important part of my life while I was in NYC–they’re an organization that I really stand behind because of the incredible ways they use their funding.  I am so grateful to have an outlet to continue to support this great organization now that I am a Denver based artist.

Luckily we have several NYC transpants here in Denver, including David Nehls who put together the wonderful arrangement that we recorded.  It is also being used in our upcoming Christmas production of Miracle on 34th Street, and the tap choreography that you hear on the CD will be seen in that show!”


Find A Miracle This Holiday Season

Main Stage TheaterBuy Tickets Now
Previews Nov 23-25
Show Runs Nov 27 – Dec 23

Talk Backs
Friday, Dec 7 after 7:30 p.m. show
Wednesday, Dec 12 after 1:00 p.m. show

Times & Pricing:

Previews Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30 p.m. $36
Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; center $73, prime $67, value $59
Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m. and Wed, 1:00 p.m.; center $66, prime $60, value $53

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