June 6
11:37 AM 2012


The Boca Raton Theatre Guild's 2012-2013 season will begin with a comedy, and end with a classic. A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, and Kander & Ebb's Chicago will run in September and March at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park.

Director Genie Croft will helm Sylvia, which will run September 28th through October 14th. Croft, who recently directed the BRTG's sold out production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, has also been responsible for guiding the Guild's successful productions of Neil Simon's Broadway Bound and Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Sylvia is the comic tale of a middle-aged couple who move back to New York City. However, their new life is humorously upended when the husband adopts a most unusual canine. A.R. Gurney (Love Letters) has tapped into the fragility of human relationships, and the joys and frustrations of pet ownership and has created what most people feel is his best work - a delicate balance of humor and poignancy. Patti Gardner (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) Jacqueline Laggy (Other People's Money, Chapter Two), Keith Garsson (Other People's Money, Broadway Bound), and Mario Betto (The Sisters Rosensweig, playwright - Combing Through Life's Tangles) will star. (Tickets: $25)

In Chicago, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse created a work that flawlessly evokes its vaudeville setting. Flamboyant flappers, crooked lawyers, and merry murderesses are all part of a sparkling script and a classic score that includes "All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango" and "Razzle Dazzle." Chicago's songbook immediately became an integral part of the Broadway lexicon during its original Broadway run in 1975.

Two of South Florida top talents will join director Keith Garsson to lead Chicago's creative team: Choreographer Ron Hutchins and Music Director Eric Alsford.

Says Garsson, who also serves as the BRTG's Artistic Director: "Hopefully our audiences will be pleased with our continued evolution away from community theatre. Each year our productions have grown significantly in both ambition and execution. With Chicago we intend to leverage even more of South Florida's top talent." (Tickets: $27 if purchased before January 1st, 2013, $30 if purchased after January 1st).

The Boca Raton Theatre Guild is also pleased to welcome the Women's Theatre Project to the Willow Theatre. "We have had great success importing TWTP's The Year of Magical Thinking and Bridge & Tunnel into our past two seasons," says Keith Garson. "Their provocative plays will add a new and critical dimension to the theatre at Sugar Sand Park. Their artistic Director Genie Croft has directed all of our plays for the past several seasons, so their move to the Willow is both logical and inspiring."

The Boca Raton Theatre Guild is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing professional productions and advancing the art of theatre in the South Florida community.

All productions will take place in the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. The theatre is located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton, just south of Palmetto Park Road. Tickets for Sylvia will go on sale on August 1st, and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948.

For more information about the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, please visit


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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


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