The Broadway Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center started off with a hit on Dec. 30 with Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway.” The near sold-out show featured Berg and five Broadway artists performing some of Broadway’s finest pieces from classic shows such as “Les Miserables” and “Evita.” The series continues at the Vilar this season with “Man of La Mancha,” “Mamma Mia,” “Tao,” “The Ten Tenors” and “Midtown Men.”
Many of the shows at the Vilar Performing Arts Center would not be possible without the generosity of the underwriters and sponsors. Underwriters David and Elizabeth Ginsberg were on hand at the May Gallery to explain their involvement in bringing the series to the VPAC’s stage.
“We saw ‘Rock of Ages’ on Broadway and I was laid out. We both love Broadway shows and wanted to be part of the Vilar Center. So, that is how we got involved,” David Ginsberg said.
The Ginsbergs compared seeing shows here and in New York to apples and oranges.
“We saw ‘Rock of Ages’ here and in New York and it was apples and oranges. Seeing any show at the Vilar Center is totally different than seeing a show on Broadway. It is a different atmosphere. It is like watching it in your living room,” David Ginsberg said. “‘Mamma Mia’ is coming here and I have never seen the show ... if you see it at the Vilar, you are going to love it.”
The Beaver Creek Property Owners Association, which sponsors the Broadway series, is a “not for profit” corporation managed by a board of directors who work closely with the organizations that affect the quality of life in the community. The mission statement reflects the group’s commitment to enhancing and protecting the Beaver Creek mountain community. Among many projects, including fire safety and transportation, they are involved with Vilar Center programming and social events.