Copperstate Productions announces the return of Broadway Jukebox, “the world’s first and only interactive Broadway musical,” revue on weekends through Oct. 10 on the Fountain Hills Theater Drive-In Theater stage.
Patrons will remain safely in their cars while enjoying a live theater experience designed for the whole family at Broadway Jukebox’s drive-in presentation, according to a press release.
“After having been shuttered since March 26, it is only natural that our patrons and actors throughout the Valley are craving social interaction, yet will hesitate to participate in social gatherings as our state reopens.
Broadway Jukebox in FHT’s Drive-in Theatre is our exciting contribution to begin easing back with a one-of-a-kind experience for both performers and audience,” said Peter J. Hill in a prepared statement.
He created Broadway Jukebox in 1999, the release noted.
Reminiscent of drive-in movie theatres of the past, but with a twist, Broadway Jukebox’s Drive-in Theatre attendees will enjoy the live production from the comfort of their vehicles while being entertained by the Valley’s “best performers” on the constructed outdoor stage.
Provided by sponsor, Kern Entertainment, the sound for the production will be broadcast on an FM closed-circuit radio signal through their vehicles’ sound system. No two shows are ever the same, the release said.
Describing the challenges and excitement for the performers and audience, as a great part of the show occurs backstage out of the audience’s sight, Broadway Jukebox's cast of actors' versatility is tested each night as they adapt to the demands of each evening’s audience.
During the half hour before curtain, the cast collects audience members’ jukebox selections for the evening as those selections are carried backstage where the choices are quickly tallied and the most requested songs are compiled.
With the help of the staff, songs are arranged in dramatic and comedic order, divided by style, duets and ensemble numbers. Then, with minutes to go until curtain, the final list is copied on to a giant whiteboard posted backstage in time for the cast to make their first entrance.
Broadway Jukebox is produced by Copperstate Productions, created/directed by Mr. Hill, choreographed by Noel Irick and musically directed and accompanied by Jay Melberg. Broadway Jukebox stars Lacey Dixon, Victoria Fairclough, Alex Gonzalez, Peter J. Hill, Noel Irick and Michael Wallot.
Performances are 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $45 per carload. A carload is, according to the release, defined as the number of seatbelts in any given vehicle.
All performances are held at Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.
Tickets are available through the Box Office at 480-837-9661 ext. 3; and at www.fhtaz.org. Limited Box Office hours are 12-3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.