After being unable to perform a show with a live audience since for the past year-and-a-half, the Broadway Rose is getting back on stage.
The Tigard-based theater company returns with a musical comedy that features a record store owner, an admirer who is not so secret and a deal with the devil.
"Analog and Vinyl" opened on July 8, and continues through July 18.
There will be additional performances added as needed.
"I can't wait to have an audience back in the theater for the first time in 16 months," said Sharon Maroney, a Broadway Rose co-founder and director of the upcoming performance. "Even though the size of the audience will be limited, we look forward to seeing our friends and performing live again. It's the first step to getting back to normal."
"Analog and Vinyl" follows the life of Harrison, a vintage record shop owner, who is obsessed with old-style LP records. At the same time, a hip woman known as Rodeo Girl is obsessed with him.
"With the Melrose store about to go under, the two are visited by a mysterious stranger with a devilish offer that could change their young lives — but at what cost?" reads the play's official synopsis. Featuring an original score influenced by artists like The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Stephen Sondheim and Brian Wilson, the show packs Broadway Rose's time-tested musical comedy chops with philosophical questions.
"Think Faust meets Nora Ephron," the synopsis concludes.
"'Analog and Vinyl' is a dynamite new show and I'm a sucker for a good love story peppered with humor and nostalgia," Maroney said. "I hope our audience finds it as endearing and entertaining as I do."
The last live performance for the Broadway Rose was "Up and Away," which closed in February 2020. A month later, the theater was preparing for a production of "Ain't Misbehavin." Sets had already build and costumes half-sewn when everything came to a screeching halt as statewide COVID-19 pandemic protocols shut down in-person events.
Luckily, the theater staff salvaged everything they could with hopes of someday putting on the performance in the future.
Maroney said since expansion construction of the Broadway Rose Theatre Co. building is underway, they've had to be creative with their space.
"I think it will be a fun and eclectic time for our patrons to see all the costumes we've stored in the lobby," she said.
After years of planning, Broadway Rose, located at 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., recently broke ground on its expansion of its New Stage theater. The $3.3 million expansion includes new studio and rehearsal space, a new costume space, enlarged scenic shop and additional administrative offices.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Dacie Grayber, the theater will be receiving $350,000 in federal funds to help out with improvements, distributed through the state as part of President Joe Biden's pandemic recovery plan.
The theater company has occupied its current location since it renovated the former C.F. Tigard Elementary School's cafetorium in 2008.
The cast of "Analog and Vinyl" includes Alec Cameron Lugo as Harrison, Molly Duddlesten as Rodeo Girl and Jessica Brandes as "The Stranger."
Music and lyrics for the performances are by Paul Gordon. Jeffrey Childs serves as musical director.
"Analog and Vinyl" creative teams include Robert Vaughn, set designer; Carl Faber, lighting designer; Allison Dawe, costume designer; Liz Carlson and Jeff Duncan, prop designers; Brian Karl Moen, sound designer; Mark Daniels, videographer; and Jessica Junor, production stage manager.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students ages 6 through 18 and $25 for ages 19 through 35. At the same time, tickets for Oregon Trail Card holders are $5 each, available through the Arts for All program.
Those wishing to see "Analog and Vinyl" have several options to view the performances. The theater will have a show fully open to ticket holders without restrictions, as well as shows for vaccinated patrons. Proof of vaccination is required.
Broadway Rose will also offer masked performances, which will include physical distancing at all times, regardless of vaccination status, and will make the show available for streaming who those unale to attend a live show.
Visit broadwayrose.org to order tickets or to check on performance dates.
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