The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage, will return to The Playhouse for two performances of their popular, annual concert of Broadway show tunes and holiday favorites on Saturday, December 17, 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 18, 3 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse. Tickets are $30 and $40.
Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, The Broadway Boys add elements of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk to their repertoire and explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers.
Their concert repertoire will include holiday songs such as "Hark!," "Little Drummer Boy," "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and "The Lights (O Hannukah)," and Broadway show tunes including "Lullaby of Broadway," "Aquarius" and "Seasons of Love."
The Broadway Boys were created in 2005 to play a single night at a club in New York City. The overwhelming response forced the club to bring the boys back again for another sold-out evening. Realizing that this group had serious growth potential, The Broadway Boys decided to focus and develop their product into the "symphony of sound" that they have become.
Two members of The Broadway Boys' band are Westport natives: Dan Asher, bass, and Drew McKeon, drums. Other band members are Zach Dietz, piano and Craig Mangano, guitar.
Other "Winter at The Playhouse" events include "The Nutcracker," a holiday ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 1 and 5 p.m.; rock band GrooveLily in "Striking 12," a concert-musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," on Saturday, December 10, 4 and 7 p.m.; "A Season of Miracles" by Pushcart Players, a sparkling collection of holiday tales from different cultures set to music, on Sunday, December 11, 1 and 4 p.m.; and "Holiday" by Philip Barry, a Script in Hand reading of the beloved romantic comedy upon which the film starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn was based, Monday, December 12, 7 p.m.
As a community service during all of the "Winter at The Playhouse" holiday events, The Playhouse will collect gently used coats/jackets to benefit the Community Closet of Bridgeport. Collection boxes will be in The Playhouse lobby through December 18. In addition, the theater is hosting a Holiday Memories Writing Challenge for area students, grades K - 8. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 2. For more information, visit www.westportplayhouse.org.
Holiday special events corporate partner is Pitney Bowes.
For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to The Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse) or get an insider's peek on The Playhouse Blog (www.theplayhouseblog.org).
About The Playhouse
Reimagining itself in recent years, Westport Country Playhouse is rapidly emerging as a nationally recognized professional theater. Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management direction of Michael Ross, The Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from April through November. Its vital mix of works---dramatic, comedic, occasionally exploratory and unusual---expands the audience's sense of what theater can be. The depth and scope of its productions display the foremost theatrical literature from the past---recent as well as distant---in addition to musicals and premieres of new plays. During the summer, The Playhouse is home to the Woodward Internship Program, renowned for the training of aspiring theater professionals. Winter at The Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season---Family Festivities presentations, Script in Hand play readings and a Holiday Festival. In addition, businesses and organizations are encouraged to rent the handsome facility for their meetings, receptions and fundraisers.
As an historic venue, Westport Country Playhouse has had many different lives leading up to the present. Originally built in 1835 as a tannery manufacturing hatters' leathers, it became a steam-powered cider mill in 1880, later to be abandoned in the 1920s. Splendidly transformed into a theater in 1931, it initially served as a try-out house for Broadway transfers, evolving into an established stop on the New England straw hat circuit of summer stock theaters through the end of the 20th century.
Today, the not-for-profit Westport Country Playhouse serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build.