Best of Broadway opens tonight with special premiere show

COVID-19 may have shuttered last year’s Best of Broadway production, but Susanville’s Best of Broadway returns this March as more than 100 community and staff members of all ages light up the Veterans Memorial Hall with eight big shows. Best of Broadway has become the largest performing arts program in Lassen County.

Best of Broadway’s cast presents numbers from the musical Oklahoma. Photo by Matthew Vorlicky.

This year’s Best of Broadway production, dubbed “Home Again,” opens with a special premiere performance at 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, March 2 that includes a performance of “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the musical Hamilton — an additional song that will be performed only at this show.

Other performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday March 4; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday March 5;  6 p.m. Wednesday March 9; 7 p.m. Friday March 11; and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday March 12.

This year’s line up includes, The Greatest Showman, directed by Mikalah Gray, featuring, “The Greatest Show,” “A Million Dreams” and “From Now On;” Frozen, directed by Mikalah Gray, featuring, “For The First Time In Forever,” “In Summer” and “Fixer Upper;” Sweet Charity, directed by Doria Dalu, featuring, “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now;” Hamilton, directed by Emily Vorlicky, featuring “Alexander Hamilton” and “Non Stop;” Beetlejuice, directed by Emily Vorlicky, feauturing, “Girl Scout,” “The Whole Being Dead Thing” and “What I Know Now;” Oklahoma! directed by Rikki Bird, featuring, “Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” “The Farmer And The Cowman” and “Oklahoma!” and Shrek, directed by Emily Vorlicky, “What’s Up Duloc?” “Who I’d Be” and “Freak Flag” (finale).

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Susanville’s Best of Broadway was founded by Julie Newton in 1998 based on a similar program running in Sacramento, California. Julie and her daughter Jessica went on to routinely produce a show for our community for the next 14 years. In 2013, the Newtons retired, passing on their responsibilities to Lisa Bernard. As the new production manager, Bernard continued to present our audience with an inspiring show, bringing us to the 20th anniversary production in 2019. That special show featured 20 songs from 20 different shows in an ambitious and nostalgic review. For the 2022 production, the reins were passed to long-time Best of Broadway performer Emily Vorlicky. Best of Broadway has consistently grown in success, quality, and outreach over the years, reaching an average annual attendance of 1,400 community members.

Advance tickets are available at Margie’s Book Nook, Zaengles Home & Floor and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call 530-310-4302 or visit susanvillebestofbroadway.org.