Broadway Rose presents musical superhero parody
Broadway Rose Theatre Company kicks off its 2020 Season of Boundless Vision with "Up and Away" at Broadway Rose New Stage.
Opening night is Friday, Jan. 24 and performances continue through Feb. 23. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and matinees are on select Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced from $30 to $50 for adults; tickets in the upper section for ages 6-18 are $20 and ages 19-35 are $25. For a full list of show performances or to order tickets visit broadwayrose.org or call 503-620-5262, or visit the box office at the theater located at 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard.
Not much happens in Farmtown, USA, home of brothers Joe and Jerry Jessup. So when Joe realizes he has superpowers he hightails it out of town to seek fame and fortune in Big City. When he finds trouble instead, jittery Jerry is forced to follow — and their boring life is turned upside down into a rip roarin' adventure. Toss in an eccentric billionaire, a plucky reporter and dastardly villains and you've got one epic tale of the world's first superhero.
"I saw the premiere of the show in Pittsburgh two years ago," said director and Broadway Rose co-founder Dan Murphy. "The show was so fun that I knew we needed to bring it to Broadway Rose." A musical comedy spoof of comic book crusaders, "Up and Away" combines old fashioned stage magic with rapid-fire character changes and plot twists to sweep audiences off their feet. Five actors play more than 40 characters.
Book and lyrics are by Kevin Hammonds with music by Kristen Bair. The Broadway Rose production will be directed and choreographed by Dan Murphy, with music direction from James Pick. The creative team includes Phil McBeth, Vanessa Elsner, Joel Ferraro, Brian Karl Moen and Jessica Juor.
The cast comprises Paul Wrona as Joe Jessup, Colin Stephen Kane as Jerry Jessup, and Malia Tippets as Susie Dare, and supporting cast members Joe Theissen and Danielle Valentine.
—For The Review, Tidings
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