Musicals celebrate dreams and dreamers. Through song and dance, costumes and characters, we can glean inspiration from the joys and sorrows, hopes and fears of stories shared. Broadway Rose Theatre Company is proud to present their 2024 Season for Dreamers. This 2024 lineup of musicals comprises six stories for the dreamer in everyone: enjoy the zany antics of three Broadway hopefuls, return to the days of yesteryear with nostalgic hits from the Golden Oldies, witness the touching tale of a young girl seeking redemption, delight in an endearing true story of friendship featuring country music great Patsy Cline, cozy up with a heartwarming holiday romance, and experience the extraordinary saga of groundbreaking music legend Carole King. Broadway Rose is calling all Dreamers to join them for the incomparable magic of live musical theatre for their 33rd season.
First up is The Double-Threat Trio, a madcap musical comedy playing January 25 – February 18 at the New Stage. To make it on Broadway a performer has to be a triple-threat — they have to sing, dance, AND act. In a city of rising stars, Nina, Kenny, and Jamison are out of luck. Nina sings, but can’t act; Kenny dances, but can’t sing; and Jamison, a classically trained actor, can’t dance. Enjoy the screwball hijinks of these three Broadway hopefuls as they pool their talents to pursue their dreams. The production will be directed by Dan Murphy.
Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Sh-Boom! Live Could Be a Dream is the second show of the season playing April 4 – 28 at the New Stage. Meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doowop singing group hoping to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Return to the days of yesteryear with nostalgic hits from the Golden Oldies, “Fools Fall In Love,” “Tears On My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” and “Unchained Melody.” Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering — let’s hear it for the boys! The production will be directed by Dan Murphy.
Our next production of the year, described as “Soul-satisfying” by The New York Times, is The Spitfire Grill, playing May 30 – June 23 at the New Stage. Based on the 1996 film, The Spitfire Grill is a touching and inspirational musical tale of perseverance, grace, and friendship. Percy, a spirited parolee, follows her dreams to the small town of Gilead, hoping to create a new life for herself. She takes a job working for the Spitfire Grill, which has long been up for sale with no takers. Percy convinces its owner, Hannah, to raffle it off with a letter-writing contest, and the entire town is changed as a result. The production will be directed by Abe Reybold.
The one and only production to be featured at the Deb Fennell Auditorium next summer is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the inspiring true story of this legendary musician and her journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Playing July 18 – August 18, Beautiful features such unforgettable classics as “You’ve Got A Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “So Far Away,” “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” “Up On The Roof,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman.” Don’t miss this musical phenomenon filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget. The production will be directed by Lyn Cramer.
Back by popular demand, Always…Patsy Cline tells the true story of this country music legend’s unlikely friendship with a fan, Louise Seger, cemented by years of letter writing. Always…Patsy Cline is playing September 19 – October 13 at the New Stage. Featuring a wealth of Cline’s beloved hits, such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall To Pieces,” and “Crazy,” this heartfelt revue features Sharon Maroney as Louise and Sara Catherine Holder reprising the title role. The production will be directed by Chan Harris.
Cozy up for a musical holiday special with Five Golden Rings, an affectionate parody of America’s favorite greeting card channel playing November 27 – December 22 at the New Stage. Join Holly, a business executive from the big city, as she gets snowed in at a quaint Vermont bed and breakfast for Christmas, and begins to fall for its rugged yet charming owner. From flannel shirts to flirtatious snowball fights, it’s everything you want in a “Greeting Card Christmas Show.” Don’t miss this humorous and heartwarming holiday romance. The production will be directed by Annie Kaiser.
Season tickets are now on sale. For a full listing of show performances or to order season tickets visit www.broadwayrose.org, call 503.620.5262, or visit the box office at 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard. Single tickets go on sale December 15. Tickets are priced from $30 to $60 for adults (depending on date and section). Tickets in the upper section for ages 6-18 are $20 and ages 19-35 are $25. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more for evening productions only. Two $5 tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders for each production through the Arts for All program.
Performances are held in Tigard at the Broadway Rose New Stage at 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard or at the Deb Fennell Auditorium located at 9000 SW Durham Road in Tigard.
Broadway Rose’s 2024 season is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the City of Tigard. The title sponsors are Harvey and Sandy Platt. Show sponsors are Buster & Lilly’s Doggie Daycare, Neil Kelly, Precision Door Service, Pavelcomm, Portland Spirit, Bonnie Conger,and CTA Pathology.