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When Broadway Rocked Anaheim - Nov 5th

Academy Award winner Shirley Jones.

By Adam Hetrick & M. Buss, 2011-11-14
Academy Award winner Shirley Jones, David Burnham, Ace Young and Lea Thompson gave their voices to Broadway Rocks Anaheim, Nov. 5 at the Heritage Forum.

Funds from the benefit concert will go toward the ongoing capital campaign for the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. Calvin Remsberg directed the 8 PM concert; musical direction was by Ron Abel.

In addition to Jones ("Carousel," "The Music Man," "Elmer Gantry"), Burnham (The Light in the Piazza, Wicked), Young (Grease, Hair) and Thompson (Cabaret, "Back to the Future"), the evening included Valarie Pettiford (Fosse, Chicago), Alli Mauzey (Cry-Baby, Wicked), Vicki Lewis (Damn Yankees, Chicago), Patrick Cassidy (Assassins, 42nd Street), Valarie Perri (Evita), James Snyder (Cry-Baby), Joan Ryan (Footloose), Jill Marie Burke, Matt Zarley (A Chorus Line), Melissa Mitchell, Matthew Koehler, Will Collyer, Jennifer Shelton, Derek Klena ("American Idol"), David Hernandez, Daniel LeClaire, Kelli Provart, Julie Garnye, Damon Kirsche, Alex Robert Holmes and Ian Littleworth.

Singer Ace Young

Broadway Rocks Anaheim lighting design was by Steven Young, sound design by Philip G. Allen and wardrobe by Byron Batista.

APACF Executive Director Linda Knohl declared the concert was an immense success. Approx. 600 people filled the auditorium and left bubbling with enthusian not only for the concert they had just enjoyed but at the prospect of a new Performing Arts Center being built in Anaheim. “Put us on the list”, they said. “We want to support this project.”

Present on the night was Mayor Tom Tait with his wife Julie; and most of the city council members.

Before the concert some 20 people assembled at the Manhattan Supper Club for the $250 dinner (and show). But afterwards the party rocked for all the cast as they enjoyed re-unions and celebrations together.

I am told there will be a video of the show. If I get to see it, I’ll bring you a more intimate report.

You may see pictures from Broadway Rocks Anaheim at Playbill.com and at Broadwayworld.com by clicking the links below.



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