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Broadway Belles And A Beau!

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The Seventh Show of Our 39th Season

Broadway Belles And A Beau!

directed by Janice Peters

Nov 27 - Dec 20, 2015

A musical review of 30 classic show tunes. 

Cambria's "jewel box" theatre, the Pewter Plough Playhouse, has a tradition of presenting musical shows over the holidays, usually featuring selections from The American Songbook. This year, the show features 30 songs from shows that played on Broadway between 1922 and the present. 

The cast of nine ranges from schoolgirl Ali Burkhead to vintage-song chanteuse Viv Goff, and includes one male: Jeff Walters, the "Beau." Playhouse acting veterans Anita Schwaber and Janice Peters highlight their vocal abilities, while Janine Erlich and Beth Marshall offer some comedic song interpretations.

Two newcomers to the Playhouse, Robin Disbrow and choreographer Susan Hay, complete the cast. The songs range from funny ("I Cain't Say No" and "Happily Ever After") to brassy ("Hello, Dolly" and "All That Jazz") to poignant ("Send in the Clowns" and "The Wizard and I").  In keeping with the season, the show also includes some holiday songs where audience participation is welcome. 

Janice Peters is doing double duty as director of the show. "I chose Broadway show tunes as the theme because they have such long-lasting and universal appeal. Many of these songs I first learned as a child and still enjoy singing. The fact that they are presented out of the context of their show stories changes our perception a bit and makes us appreciate the songs as individual works of art."

Peters is no stranger to the musical revue genre, having created and produced the Morro Bay Fundraiser Follies for five years. She also performed for several years in the annual Women's Shelter fundraisers at the Madonna Inn. "The best part of a revue format is giving the cast the opportunity to perform their favorite songs from shows that may not be produced locally, like one of my choices, "When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago, which is still running on Broadway and therefore not available [as a full show]."

This production and the entire upcoming 2016 season of shows at the Pewter Plough are dedicated to playhouse founder, director and player Jim (JB) Buckley, whose final curtain fell on September 23rd this year. He was 102, attending shows at his beloved Playhouse until the end. The Pewter Plough Players will be holding a celebration of JB's life on December 5th, a day after what would have been his 103rd birthday.