It’s a big, big Susanville Best of Broadway finish by the cast of “Greased Lightning” from the musical “Grease” during 2015’s production. File photo

Best of Broadway celebrates its 20th anniversary

Susanville’s Best of Broadway — a production that’s probably featured thousands of local performers and crewmembers over the past two decades — presents a very special event this year as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

“It’s a pretty ambitious format,” said Lisa Bernard, the show’s director. “We’ve got a lot of really big, hit numbers from past performances. We’ve got stories from past years and cameos from past shows.”

One of the highlights is sure to be a special appearance by Julie and Jessica Newton, the show’s founders 20 years ago. Other past performers will make special appearances as well.

In fact, recognizing the show’s past performers is one of the main features of this year’s show.

“Past performers will be invited on stage to perform the final song with us,” Bernard said. “It’s not anything formal, but if you’re a past member, you’ll be invited to come up on stage at the finale of every show. We just want to recognize people who have performed in the past.”

The Veterans Hall also will be decorated with photographs from the 20 years of Best of Broadway, and Bernard said people are welcome to submit photographs. She said Facebook was probably the best way to submit photos.

“It should be a really fun walk down memory lane,” Bernard said. “Even if you’ve never seen the show before, it will all make sense.”

Bernard said it would be difficult to list every Broadway musical included in the show because there are 20 of them, but she said some of them include “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Les Miserables,” and “Something Rotten.”

And Bernard said the show also will feature some really good new performers, for example, youngster Adelin McClure, who will perform a solo from “Oliver” and Mariah Mankins, a teacher at McKinley School who will be the opening soloist, and Shawn Butterbach, a new performer.

“There are some really good new performers and some of our favorites from years past,” Bernard said.

Best of Broadway performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

Advance tickets are available at Margie’s Book Nook.

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