Crest Theatre Announces its 20th Anniversary Season of Performances

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – The Crest Theatre at Old School Square celebrates 20 years of world-class entertainment with an impressive line-up of performances for the 2012-13 Season. FromTonyAwardwinningBroadwaystars,to PBS favorites, to musical theatre and comedy, this will be a banner season. An Old School Square membership drive is now underway. A key benefit of membership is advance purchase of tickets to the intimate Crest Theatre. Member sales open Wednesday, July 11th; group sales open Wednesday, July 18th; public and online sales open Tuesday, September 4th. Call the Box Office at 561-243- 7922, ext. 1 or visit oldschool.org. November 16-18, 2012 TITANIC (Main Stage Series) A brand new, national tour revival honoring the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated journey. Winner of five Tony Awards, this sweeping musical recounts the dreams, hopes and aspirations of those aboard the Titanic through individual stories and breathtaking songs. High-tech imagery takes you inside the historic Titanic. This production features one of the largest casts ever assembled for the Crest Theatre stage! November 30 – December 2, 2012 BOWFIRE – HOLIDAY HEART STRINGS (Main Stage Series) Bowfire puts its unmistakable brand on an all new sounds- of-the-season extravaganza featuring some of the world’s greatest fiddlers and violinists. All time holiday favorites, with added singing and stepdancing, are combined with the best of Bowfire. As seen on PBS, Bowfire’s ensemble takes audiences on an electrifying, high- energy journey. “Bowfire does for strings what Lord of the Dance did for Irish dancing.”

January 28 & 29, 2013 BROADWAY’S ELITE (Broadway Cabaret Series) Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie (center) joins Andrea McArdle and Ken Page to bring you three times the stories, three times the songs and three times the history of the Great White Way in one celebrated evening. McArdle first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical Annie. Since then she has starred in numerous Broadway musicals and appeared in theatres in New York, nationally and internationally. McKechnie, a Tony Award winner for A Chorus Line, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singers, dancers and leading ladies. Page is a Theatre World Award winner who created the roles of Old Deuteronomy in Cats and Fats Waller in Ain’t Misbehavin.

February 4 & 5, 2013 SAM HARRIS (Broadway Cabaret Special Event) As a singer/songwriter, film and television actor/ writer/producer/director, Harris’ career spans more than 20 years. Best known as the winner of TV’s first Star Search, he became an overnight star selling over a million copies of his album “Sam-I-Am” which he also produced. On Broadway, Harris was a Tony Award nominee for Cy Coleman’s The Life which also garnered him Drama League, Outer Critic Circle Award and Drama Desk Award nominations. He also received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune’s Grease. Most recently, he was seen as the hilarious Perry Pearl on the CBS sitcom, The Class and a recurring role on the series Rules of Engagement. February 15-17, 2013 MICHAEL CAVANAUGH in Concert (Main Stage Series) Billboard Magazine called him “The New Voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook.” Hand-picked by Billy Joel to star in the Broadway sensation Movin’ Out, Cavanaugh has since become an international piano/singing sensation who has garnered both Tony and Grammy award nominations. Playing the piano from the age of 7, he went from Orlando to Vegas to Broadway. Cavanaugh travels with an exciting 5-piece band for a fabulous, full sounding show. “Brilliant”– Variety. “Phenomenal”– Chicago Sun Times. February 22-24, 2013 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Main Stage Series) Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this family show is considered one of the great works of the American Musical Theatre. It was one of the first shows to surpass 3,000 performances on Broadway. No other musical has so woven music, dance and story into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. It is a universal story of love, hope and tradition. From the company that brought you this year’s smash hit Brigadoon, the little town of Anatevka comes to the Crest. Relive the tradition! March 4 & 5, 2013 ELAINE PAIGE (Broadway Cabaret Series) Called “The First Lady of Musical Theatre,” Paige is an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster. She has created some of the most celebrated, award winning roles in musical theatre history — most notably Eva Peron in Evita and Grizabella in the original production of Cats. Among her many theatre credits are Anything Goes, Piaf and Sunset Boulevard, performed in London and on Broadway. Paige has performed in concert worldwide from The White House to The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, from the Bolshoi to Sydney Opera House. Most recently, she sold out the Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center and won rave reviews for her performance as Carlotta in the revival of Follies on Broadway. March 8-10, 2013 TAP, THE SHOW (Main Stage Series) Celebrating the artistry of tap dance from around the world, this show is a non-stop explosion of rhythmic energy. Wrapped in dazzling costumes and backed by a soaring orchestral score, the cast of award-winning dancers and singers travel seamlessly through decades of styles from Broadway and big band, to world music and pop/rock. Relive some of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly’s greatest dance numbers, enjoy the precision of Irish step and look to the future of tap with street performers. March 18 & 19, 2013 DONNA MURPHY (Broadway Cabaret Series) This two time Tony Award winner is one of Broadway’s most accomplished and versatile actresses. Murphy received her first Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Drama League Award for her performance in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion. Her second Tony Award and Drama League Award were for her portrayal of Anna in the highly acclaimed revival of The King & I. She has also won an Emmy Award and Cable Ace Award as well as being featured on Grammy Award-winning recordings. Ben Brantley of the New York Times calls her, “perhaps the most sophisticated practitioner of musical comedy alive today.” Look for her in August of 2012 in the film Bourne Legacy with Edward Norton.

March 22-24, 2013 BILOXI BLUES (Main Stage Series) Winner of the Tony Award for best play, Neil Simon’s 25th play to reach Broadway follows the hilarious Eugene Jerome and his antics as he navigates his basic military training to serve in World War II. Considered one of Simon’s best plays, its non-stop laughs with a little worldly wisdom that can only be served up by one of America’s master playwrights. Produced by the touring Montana Repertory Theatre. April 1 & 2 TERRI WHITE (Broadway Cabaret Series) Terri White’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Barnum, Ain’t Misbehavin, Welcome to the Club, The Club (Obie Award), Nunsense I & II, Nuncrackers, Finian’s Rainbow (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations), Stepping Out at Radio City with Liza Minnelli, and Chicago (Mama Morton). Her most recent Broadway appearance was as Stella Deems in Follies. Other shows include Showboat, Damn Yankees, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Jungle Book, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Little Shop of Horrors (as Audrey 2) and many others. She can be seen on VHS and DVD in Nunsense I & II with Rue McClanahan, Liza Live at Radio City Music Hall, Boys on the Side, and Law and Order Criminal Intent (Shibboleth).

The Crest Theatre at Old School Square, restored from its historic roots as Delray High School (c. 1925) and dedicated in 1993, has become one of the most successful performing arts theatres in South Florida. The Crest also serves as a showcase venue for other area community and professional arts organizations and continues to be in demand for a variety of music, dance and theatre performances as well as town meetings, corporate, private and media events. Crest Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, the Florida Arts Council and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. For information on programs, exhibits, classes, membership or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit www.oldschool.org.