A Night on Broadway - The Music of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II

Outdoor Amphitheater

7:30 pm

A Night on Broadway
The Music of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Featuring the Arvada Center Chorale
Lakewood Symphony Orchestra and
the stars of the Arvada Center Main Stage!

Ticket Prices: $10 Child (Lawn); $15 Lawn; $25 Covered; $30 Premium Covered

The Arvada Center Chorale showcases favorites from lifelong friends Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Timeless tunes such as Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Last Time I Saw Paris transport the audience to the golden age of American Musical Theater when Showboat, considered the first true American musical play, premiered Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man. The Chorale will be joined by some of the Arvada Center’s most popular performers; Beth Flynn (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Laura Ryan (Langley Concert), Milton Craig Nealy and Brian Kelly (The Full Monty). Join us for an evening of music and memories.

Beth Flynn is an award winning actress that has graced our stages for years. She was seen recently at the Arvada Center as “Mona” in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which earned her a Colorado Backstage Spotlight award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Henry Awards. In 2004 she received the title Top Actress in Musical Theatre by Rocky Mountain News’ “Top of the Rockies” which included performances in Menopause the Musical, Honky Tonk Angels, and Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. She worked at the Denver Center for Performing Arts in Always…Patsy Cline for five years and was a guest artist in the first national tour of The Vagina Monologues. Other Arvada Center credits include “Hildy” in On the Town, for which she won Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and “Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls. An audience favorite, the Arvada Center is excited to have her onstage again performing with our very own Arvada Center Chorale.

Brian Kelly appeared in the Broadway productions of The American Dance Machine, Pirates of Penzance, A Chorus Line (as Mike), and La Cage Aux Folles (originating the role of Francis). Since moving to Colorado, his favorite theater has been The Arvada Center where he has appeared in Anything Goes, Singin' in the Rain (as Cosmo), On the Town (as Chip), Guys and Dolls (as Benny Southstreet), Crazy for You (as Billy), and in both runs of The Full Monty (as Harold). Brian is grateful to Rod Lansberry and the Arvada Center staff for all of these performance opportunities. He feels fortunate to have performed with some remarkable talent here at The Arvada Center including the extraordinary artists performing tonight. As always--Nan, Rainey and Nessa--you rule
my world.

Milton Craig Nealy is happy to return to the Arvada Center after having appeared as Jacob (the Butler/maid) in La Cage Aux Folles, Noah “Horse” T. Simmons in both runs of The Full Monty here at the Arvada Center, as well as The Leading Player in Pippin. On Broadway he appeared in the original production of Dreamgirls. He also originated the roles of Awage in Once On This Island and Four-Eyed Moe in Five Guys Named Moe. Other Broadway credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Miss Saigon (also London and Sydney, Australia), and most recently Caroline Or Change. National tours include: The Full Monty (also in Australia), Caroline Or Change, Five Guys Named Moe, Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Jesus Christ Superstar. Mr. Nealy can be heard on the original Broadway cast CD’s of Five Guys Named Moe, and Once On This Island.

Laura Ryan began her professional career here at the Arvada Center as Anita in the Center’s first production of West Side Story. She was part of the Center’s first and last resident acting company in 1990/1991 and proudly performed in the children’s shows as well as the mainstage theatre season. More recently, audiences will remember her as Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Rizzo in Grease, and most infamously as Getrune in Das Barbecu. Other regional credits include: Patsy and Louise in Always Patsy Cline, and Woman One in My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, both with Denver Center Attractions. She also performed with the Denver Center Theatre Company in Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver. Ms. Ryan recently retired from show business in order to spend more time with her children, and spent the first part of her new career again here at the Arvada Center! “Returning to the Center is like coming home – it’s a place I simply love to be!”

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