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Enjoy an ‘An Evening on Broadway’ in Beaver Creek

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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” This weekend the Vilar Center will host “An Evening on Broadway Goes Hollywood” performed by the Vail Valley Theatre Company. This year is the seventh incarnation of the annual benefit event. While the idea behind each year’s show is the same ” “An Evening on Broadway” ” the theme of each show has become as varied and original as Broadway itself. So even if you’ve seen past year’s shows, this performance will be different.

Past themes include 2004’s “Not Your Father’s Broadway,” an irreverent look at the lesser known side of Broadway, 2006’s “Now, That’s Cole” which showcased the works of Cole Porter, and 2007’s “Now Playing!” which introduced the audience to the shows that were playing on Broadway at that exact time. This year’s theme, “An Evening on Broadway Goes Hollywood” takes the show in a new direction, changing the focus from the Great White Way to the Silver Screen, a move that will bring the show to a whole new group of audience members.

“An Evening on Broadway” premiered in 2002 as the brain child of David Priboth, a long-term member of the theatre company, as a way to raise charitable donations in the wake of 9/11.

“I wanted the theater company to be able to give something back to the community,” he says of the break-out performance. Because the idea was to make the show an exclusive benefit, it was only performed for one night with “canned” music, and the associated costs were minimal. But after selling out two years in a row with only the most grassroots of marketing, the directors of the Vilar Center began to take notice.

In February of 2004, “An Evening on Broadway” made its first step into the big time, enlisting the help of Broadway veteran Beth Swearingen to direct the hip, updated show, and piano legend Bob Finnie to take over musical direction. On top of those changes, the show expanded to two nights and took on a live band, stepping up the energy, pace and excitement for both the audience and the performers, and ensuring the show an annual place on the Vilar Center’s winter calendar.

This weekend’s performance will reach the next level in local performance through the integrated use of music, dance, and historical imagery to show the progression of the movie picture from the 1920a through modern times. Some of the movies that are highlighted are “White Christmas,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Dirty Dancing,” “The Graduate” and more. With this range of musical choices, there is sure to be a number that brings back the memories of the first time you heard it, and remind you of the innocence and joy that can be experienced through the stage and screen.

To purchase tickets for Saturday or Sunday’s performances, contact the Vilar Center box office art 845-TIXS or visit their website at http://www.vilarcenter.org. The Vail Valley Theatre Company can be contacted online at http://www.vvtc.org.

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