Broadway Meets Anaheim - Nov 5, 2011

APAC Foundation Presents “Broadway Rocks Anaheim 2011”
at The Heritage Forum

Star-Studded Cast Includes Shirley Jones, Lea Thompson,
Valarie Pettiford, Vicki Lewis and Ace Young

 The Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation (APACF) announced today that it will host an evening of singing and dancing to continue raising money for the capital campaign for the building of a new performing arts center in Anaheim.  The production, Broadway Rocks Anaheim 2011 will feature some of Broadway’s brightest stars. 

 “We are very excited about this performance and very appreciative of the generosity of the artists donating their talents and time to support our dream of bringing an arts complex to Anaheim and north county residents”, stated Linda Knohl, President and one of the founders of the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation.

 The event will take place on November 5 at 8:00 pm at the Heritage Forum in Anaheim.  Tickets range from $30-$250.  Patrons will be offered the following ticket options:  $250 Level-Dinner at The Muzeo and invitation to post show reception with the cast of Broadway Rocks Anaheim 2011, $125 Level-Invitation to post show reception with the cast of “Broadway Rocks Anaheim 2011”.  General Admission tickets are $30.00 and $60.00.  All seats are reserved.  

Tickets may be ordered online at, or by calling 714-980-0505 .  Any ticket can be upgraded to attend the post show reception for $65 at the theatre on the day of the performance.
 Broadway Rocks Anaheim 2011, will be produced by Ronn Goswick, directed by Calvin Remsberg with musical direction by Ron Abel.  Lighting Design is by Steven Young, Sound Design by Philip G. Allen and Wardrobe by Byron Batista.  A few of the notable performers include:

 Shirley Jones – Went from her hometown of Smithton, Pa to Broadway.  At the age of 18 she was put under a personal management contract to the Rodgers & Hammerstein partners (first and last time ever) and almost immediately was screen testing in Hollywood for the super-coveted role of Laurie in the film version of the Broadway show – Oklahoma!  We all know what happened next.  From Carousel, The Music Man, April Love to her Academy Award performance in Elmer Gantry to the harried head of The Partridge Family, Shirley doesn’t know when to stop. 
 Lea Thompson is best known for her roles in Back To The Future and as the star of NBC’s Caroline In The City.   Some other films include All The Right Moves, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Beverly Hillbillies, Space Camp, Dennis The Menace, Article 99, Jaws 3-D, Red Dawn, Splinterheads, Mayor Cupcake, The Convincer and the now infamous Howard The Duck.  Some of Lea’s television films include The Substitute Wife, Stolen Babies, The Right To Remain Silent, The Unspoken Truth, Montana, Nightbreaker the NBC miniseries, A Will Of Their Own, Stealing Christmas; A Life Interrupted.  Her television series also include Lifetime’s For The People and Hallmark’s Mystery Movie series Jane Doe, where Lea made her directorial debut. The more recent highlights of Lea’s extensive theater work include The Vagina Monolouges, LA Reprise Series revival of I Love My Wife, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Caroline In Jersey, and as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Studio 54. 
Valarie Pettiford – A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in NY, she began her Broadway career as a dancer for Bob Fosse.  She appeared in West Side Story, Showboat and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Fosse.  Other shows include Chicago opposite Chita Rivera in the West End.  TVHalf and Half  Film:  Jumping the Broom, The Wiz, Glitter and Stomp the Yard.
 Other cast members were born, raised and some still live in the OC including:
  Joan Ryan – Raised in Newport Beach – graduate of Newport Harbor High School.  TV:  Saved by the Bell Stage:  Footloose, Ruthless, Little Shop of Horrors and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Alli Mauzey – Raised in Anaheim Hills.  Broadway:  Wicked, Crybaby and Hairspray
Jill Marie Burke – Born in Bellflower and raised in LaMirada, Jill is a former Miss Anaheim.  Stage:  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night, Lovelace:  A Rock Opera
Matt Zarley – Raised all over SoCal including Fullerton, Placentia and Huntington Beach.  Currently a recording artist whose theatre credits include Broadway productions of A Chorus Line, Cats, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Chicago
Melissa Mitchell – Born and raised in Anaheim Hills and still is a resident of Anaheim.  Stage:  Summer of Love, Annie and Cinderella
Matthew Koehler – Resident of Irvine.  Stage:  Glory Days, Ray Charles Live, West Side Story and Cabaret
 Filling out the rest of the cast are:    
 Ace Young – TV:  American Idol  Broadway:  Hair and Grease
Vicki Lewis – Broadway: Chicago, Damn Yankees, TV: News Radio
Will Collyer – Stage:  Ovation nomination for Big: The Musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson TV:  Melrose Place, Pushing Daisies
Patrick Cassidy –Broadway:  Assassins, 42nd Street, Aida  Stage:  I Love My Wife, The Music Man
David Burnham – Broadway:  Wicked, Light in the Piazza
Jennifer Shelton – National Tour: Ragtime, Hot Mikado
Derek Klena – TV:  American Idol  Stage:  Glory Days and the 2012 Off-Broadway production of Carrie
David Hernandez – TV:  American Idol  Stage:  Ballroom With a Twist, Cinderella
James Snyder – Broadway: Cry Baby, TV: Gilmore Girls, Without a Trace, Eli Stone
Daniel LeClaire – Stage:  Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl, High School Musical and All Shook Up
Kelli Provart – Broadway:  Aida  Stage:  All Shook Up, Cats, Ring of Fire and The Wedding Singer
Julie Garnye – Stage:  Les Miserables  Concerts:  Hair, Chess and Heathers
Valarie Perri – Stage:  Recording breaking performance in Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story
Damon Kirsche – Stage:  Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, Annie, 1776
Alex Robert Holmes – Stage:  Glory Days and Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production of Love.
Ian Littleworth – Stage:  Glory Days, The Hasty Heart
 For more ticket information visit or call 714-980-0505.

THE ANAHEIM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER will be the permanent home for a resident stage theatre company, the Anaheim Ballet and the Anaheim Symphony as well as the offices of the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. 


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