Scottsdale Center to Delve Back Into Live Musical Theatre with THE WORLD GOES ROUND
For the first time since 2009, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is producing live musical theater - nine performances of the award-winning musical revue The World Goes 'Round - featuring all local professional actors, singers, musicians and technical staff.
The revue, which showcases the songs of multi-Tony Award winners John Kander and Fred Ebb, won the 1992 Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Musical" off-Broadway, and Drama Desk Awards in 1991 for "Outstanding Director of a Musical," "Outstanding Musical Revue" and "Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical."
Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, The World Goes 'Round is a musical celebration of life and the enduring human spirit. From Cabaret to Chicago, the hit parade features unforgettable gems, including "Mr. Cellophane," "My Coloring Book," "All That Jazz," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Money, Money," "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York."
Reviewing the show in 1991, Frank Rich, then-critic at The New York Times, wrote, "The evening is an unexpected delight: a handsome, tasteful, snazzily staged outpouring of song and dance that celebrates all the virtues of the Kander-Ebb catalog while scrupulously avoiding most of the cloying clichés of and-then-I-wrote anthologies."
Scottsdale Arts' last musical theater production was the three-week run of Girls Night: The Musical in 2009.
Theatre 4301, an off-site venue for Scottsdale Arts located in the former IMAX Theater at the Scottsdale Galleria, was open from 2004-2009. The theater was a prime spot for performances of Girls Night, Menopause The Musical and Golf: The Musical.
"I am always interested in creating opportunities that provide income for the amazing performing artists we have in Arizona," said Meribeth Reeves, managing director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
"The World Goes 'Round is the perfect fit for Stage 2. It is an intimate production featuring five amazingly talented artists who will be up close and personal. We are thrilled to have such a great cast joining us for our first foray into this new venture at Stage 2."
Sharing directing duties are two Broadway professionals, Michael Wallot, a 2018 ariZoni nominee for his direction of Fools at Fountain Hills Theater, and Tracey Mitchem, who also is the choreographer. Music director is Joshua Condon.
- Woman 1: Savannah Alfred
- Woman 2: Victoria Fairclough
- Woman 3: Kathleen Berger
- Man 1: Patrick Russo
- Man 2: Michael Paul
Tickets $45 (M $37) for cabaret tables in front / $38 for theater seats
A full bar and light bites will be available for purchase