BARDWAY, BABY! Returning to Utah Shakespeare Festival, 8/7

BARDWAY, BABY! Returning to Utah Shakespeare Festival, 8/7

Bardway, Baby! is back at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for its sixth annual night of musical entertainment. Bardway, Baby! is a late-night concert event which, this year, will feature the music of Walt Disney productions. Performed by Festival actors, the concert will be August 7 at 11:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Theatre. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating and are available now at the Festival ticket office, online at www.bard.org, and by calling 1-800-PLAYTIX.

Not only is Bardway, Baby! an evening of delightful show tunes, but it's the largest annual fundraiser for the Festival's Artistic Initiative Fund, which was established by Artistic Directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn. The fund serves to increase the size and scope of the Festival's production design aesthetic, as well as increase the Festival's national and international presence.

"We are thrilled to once again produce Bardway, Baby! for our guests," said Ivers. "This special evening of performance showcases the incredible talents of our company and raises money for the Artistic Initiative Fund which directly benefits the productions on our stages each season. I hope our community and beyond will support this exciting and unique event!"

This year will be "A Night of Disney Magic" in honor of the Festival's 2016 production of Mary Poppins. Songs include "Baby of Mine" from Dumbo, "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid, "Reflection" from Mulan, "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King and many more.

Brandon Burk and Anthony Simone, actors in this year's company, are co-hosting and directing. According to Burk, "Bardway, Baby! is a great opportunity for actors to be involved in the Festival Experience and showoff their range of talent. It's a real treat for patrons to see the breadth and scope of these performers."

Simone said, "Disney brings so much love and joy into people's lives. This event will be a great way for families to come and share in the delight of Disney magic."

Performers include Melinda Pfundstein, Michael Scott Harris, Christine Jugueta, Samantha Ma, Nigel Huckle, Allie Babich, Bree Murphy, Natasha Harris, Zack Powell, Michael C. Thatcher, and Kaitlin Margaret Mills. Musical direction is by Todd Olson.

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