After the popularity of the first three annual BROADWAY TODAY concerts, Megan McQueen has slated an evening of more than twenty varied selections from eighteen musicals that played Broadway within the last year.
March 31, 2018
ASNMSU Center for the Arts
Presented by American Southwest Theatre Company and The City of Las Cruces, this year's production includes a cast of over 50 people, ranging from students of the current NMSU musical theatre course to community members who have rich performing histories in Las Cruces and beyond. The evening includes the sensational Mark Klett, Mandy Bradford, Della Bustamante, Janet Beatty-Payne, Marybeth Torres, and James Gier.
Reserved first floor seating is $20, and both balconies are reserved seating for $15 each. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or at the Pan Am Ticket Office (1810 E University Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88003. Their number is 575-646-1420 and their hours are 8am-6pm Monday to Friday).
As the event is being produced to raise funds for the American Southwest Theatre Company, we are seeking sponsors for the musicals we are presenting. For a gift of $100, sponsors will receive:
Shows still available for sponsorshop are highlighted below. Please call 575-646-5122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to be a sponsor.
"Waiting For Life" from Once On This Island sung by senior Asiah Thomas-Mandleman.
Bass Player James Gier.
The sponsorship line up so far:
Director and Emcee Megan McQueen and musician Matt Reiter - Sponsored by Caryl Kotulak
Pianist Mark Klett - Sponsored by Cathy & John Boeker
Percussionist Brandon Brown - Sponsored by Guy & Judie Aurada
AMELIE - Sponsored by Wil Kilroy Dubbed “aggressively cute and quirky” by The New York Times, this delightful musical didn’t last long, but has a beautiful score that balances darkness and sentimentality. “Halfway” beautifully expresses themes of the show while uniting young Amelie with her older self.
ANASTASIA -Sponsored by Dr. William Storm The compositional team that brought Seussical and Ragtime to life has transformed the score of their 1997 animated hit to take to the stage. The well-loved ballad “Journey to the Past” will feature current Miss New Mexico Taylor Rey and a choral ensemble.
CAROUSEL- sponsored by Steve St. John Currently in previews, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s impeccable score is being revived for the fifth time. Seniors William Steele and Heather Hosford will sing the sweetly romantic “When the Children Are Asleep.”
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY- Sponsored by the Borsodis Roald Dahl’s family favorite brought “The Candy Man” back into prominence. Talented elementary and middle school children will bring the well-known song to life.
COME FROM AWAY - Sponsored by Ted & Mary Lee Shelton tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 passengers stranded on 9/11 and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. As the surprisingly successful musical composed by unknowns wraps a year of outstanding sales, Della Bustamante will sing the spirited “Me and the Sky.”
DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Sponsored by Ed Aylesworth, Johnny Harvey, Cindy Robbins & Mary Beth Reinhart. We’ll offer two numbers from the show that was dubbed by TIME Magazine as a “heart-scorching musical about the struggle to connect that feels like a hallmark of this particular moment in history.”
FROZEN - Sponsored by the family of Rowland Smith The stage incarnation of this 2013 Academy Award-winning Disney film features twice as much music as its inspiration. This year’s Frozen feature will be sophomore Rowland Smith’s not-to-be-missed, “adorkable” interpretation of “In Summer.”
HAMILTON - "My Shot" - Sponsored by Mike Cook While it’s still nearly impossible to get a ticket for this current cultural sensation, you can hear two more outstanding songs from this thrilling musical presented by a mix of students and community members. "My Shot" will include Julian Alexander, Juan Apodoca, Lajuana Davis, Yamilex Holguin, Isaac Lucero, and Mark Kitanga.
HAMILTON - "The Room Where It Happens" - Sonsored by Thomas & Joan Dalton While it’s still nearly impossible to get a ticket for this current cultural sensation, you can hear two more outstanding songs from this thrilling musical presented by a mix of students and community members. "The Room Where It Happens" will include Julian Alexander, Juan Apodoca, Lajuana Davis, Yamilex Holguin, Isaac Lucero, and Mark Kitanga.
HELLO DOLLY - Sponsored by Bill & Julia Brogan Whilst Bette and Bernadette have caused the world to love this oldie but goodie all the more, we in Las Cruces will be graced with a little “Elegance” from Calvin Chervinko, Bethany Hayes, Rowland Smith, and Palma Tavenner.
HELLO DOLLY -"Ribbons Down My Back" - Sponsored by Bill & Julia Brogan Whilst Bette and Bernadette have caused the world to love this oldie but goodie all the more, we in Las Cruces will be enjoy " Ribbons Down My Back” by Jenna Ivey.
MISS SAIGON - Sponsored by Ed & Karen Clark The composers who brought us Les Miserables aren’t nearly as well known for this epic musical inspired by Madame Butterfly despite it’s ten year original Broadway run. Juan Apodoca will offer one of the songs that make this score unforgettable: “Why God?”
MY FAIR LADY - Sponsored by Barb & Irv Ross With its fourth revival as evidence, this musical has delighted generation after generation. Senior Torrie Hughes will present Eliza Doolittle’s melodic rant, “Show Me.”
NATASHA AND PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Prologue) - Sponsored by Deborah Storm The 14 students in NMSU’s first advanced musical theatre course will provide the spirited “Prologue” of this incredible score based on a section of “War and Peace.”
NATASHA AND PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Charming) - Sponsored by Jim & Ieva Rasmussen The 14 students in NMSU’s first advanced musical theatre course will provide the spirited “Prologue” of this incredible score based on a section of “War and Peace.”
ON YOUR FEET-Sponsored by Deborah & Kevin McKeown The incredible story of Gloria and Emilio Esefan comes to life through their music. Senior Daniela Castorena and sophomore Yamilex Holguin will wow with “Mi Tierra.”
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - Sponsored by Janet McQueen Broadway Today regulars Marybeth Torres and Asiah Thomas-Mandlman will each offer a powerful number from this captivating, wholesome musical. The “Romeo and Juliet”-meets-“The Little Mermaid” musical will come to life with a fabulously fun ensemble including Larry Jackson, Danya Linares, Monty Moroni, Cindy Pitts, and more.
PRINCE OF BROADWAY - Sponsored by Bill and Julia Brogan The most Tony-winning artist in history, Hal Prince, celebrated six decades of work on Broadway with a revue of material from many of his beloved projects. Junior Melis White will stun with the classic “Cabaret.”
SCHOOL OF ROCK - Sponsored by Denise Welsh & Robert Pirtle After how hard the kids rocked out on this musical based on the zany Jack Black film in 2017, we couldn’t help but invite some adults to get their rockstar on this year. James Gier will tell us all about “When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock” as Mark Klett, Matt Reiter, and Brandon Brown help him get there on guitar, bass, and drums respectively.
WAITRESS Trio Sponsored by Candis Stern Based on the independent film of the same name, outstanding songsmith Sara Bareilles has crafted an impeccable musical. A fabulous group of nearly 30 performers will bring “Opening Up” to life to kick off the evening, led by the trio of Amy Whipple, Cindy Pitts, and Iree Herren.
WAITRESS Ensemble Sponsored by Bob & Mary Sherman Based on the independent film of the same name, outstanding songsmith Sara Bareilles has crafted an impeccable musical. A fabulous group of nearly 30 performers will bring “Opening Up” to life to kick off the evening, led by the trio of Amy Whipple, Cindy Pitts, and Iree Herren.
WAR PAINT Sponsored by Tom and Karen Warren Who could tackle the roles of cosmetic giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden? Why, Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, of course! And when they’re not available, Janet Beatty-Payne and Amanda Bradford will more than suffice in “Face to Face.”