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National Endowment for the Arts awards grant to support summer show



The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced Broadway Rose Theatre Company is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Broadway Rose Theatre Company is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support its upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Cats" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn. The production of the musical will provide specialized technical training in the theatrical arts for young adults through a student technical internship program.

Based on poems from T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," "Cats" tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A musical theater phenomenon, "Cats" opened at London’s New London Theatre in 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years.The show's London success was nearly matched on Broadway, where it ran for just over 18 years.

This musical features the ballad “Memory,” as well as a collection of other whimsical tunes enjoyed by audiences young and old. The production will run June 27 through July 21 at the Deb Fennell Auditorium in Tigard.

“This NEA grant means a great deal to us,” said Broadway Rose Artistic Director Sharon Maroney. “We are proud to be the first Portland metro theater company to produce 'Cats,' and we’re so pleased that the National Endowment for the Arts continues to recognize our artistic strength and the value we bring to our community.”

In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

Broadway Rose has been successfully producing musical theater in Tigard since 1992.

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