Broadway Rose to present theater's first-ever, streamed-only musical
Broadway Rose Theatre Co. will host its first-ever full-length, streamed production with the musical "Daddy Long Legs."
The two-person show, which features Malia Tippets and Joe Theissen, will be available for streaming from Oct. 9 through Oct. 25.
"It will not be a live-stream," said Alan Anderson, the theater company's marketing director. "Instead, we will do a three-camera shoot of a run-through, edit it together, and make it available for rent on a streaming platform that has partnered with Music Theatre International, the show's licensing company."
Rentals of the musical are $25 for one week. The show can be viewed on a single device, and multiple viewers can watch the production.
In addition, $5 tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders through the Arts for All program.
"Daddy Long Legs" is based on a 1912 novel by Jean Webster, which inspired the 1955 Fred Astaire movie that combines a Cinderella story with soaring melodies, according to a Broadway Rose news release.
The play follows the life of a witty and tenacious writer, Jerusha, and the anonymous benefactor who funds her college tuition — with the only caveat being that she must write her patron monthly letters outlining how her progress in school is going.
"Daddy Long Legs" is directed by Sharon Maroney, with music direction provided by Jeffrey Childs.
Maroney called the play a "charming love story," saying she's grateful for both the technology and the generous donor support that makes such a production possible during an "extraordinary time."
"We are artists, and we miss performing. Even though we are not able to perform live right now, we are thrilled to produce a full-length musical and make it available to rent online," said Maroney. "Our stage was empty for so many months, and now it has a set on it. It's so exciting to have music in our theater again."
The remaining part of the artistic team includes Sean O'Skea, set designer; Vanessa Elsner, costume supervisor; Phil McBeth, lighting designer; Liz Carlson and Jeff Duncan, prop designers; Brian Karl Moen, sound designer; Mark Daniels, videographer; and Jeff Duncan, production stage manager.
Although the play won't have a live audience, Broadway Rose is still working to keep staff and artists safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes stringent backstage protocols, including social distancing and wearing masks.
However, since Theissen and Tippets are a real-life couple who share a home in Tigard, the actors are able to safely perform their on-stage scenes.
This year's Broadway Rose performances are funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission and the city of Tigard. The title sponsor is Pearson Financial Group, and The Oregonian/OregonLive is the media sponsor.
For more information, visit broadwayrose.org.
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