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2019 Season Announcement

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in Announcements, Events, Press Release | No Comments

The Off Broad Street Players and Levoy Theatre are proud to announce our 22nd Anniversary Season for 2019!

As the resident theatre company of the beautiful Levoy Theatre in Millville, our group is constantly discovering all of the things that will make our ‘product’ better for our audiences. We are now pushing every button to make our group the best that we can be to ensure our audiences and subscribers know that THIS IS THE PLACE to spend their hard earned entertainment dollars. As we ‘came home’ during our 2018 season, we are now ready to explore and discover works that are completely new to OBSP.

We look forward to producing these works and it is our hope that you, our valued audience and subscribers, will continue to travel and discover along with us. YOU are the reason we do what we do and always remember that we couldn’t do it without YOU. Enjoy and discover what we have in store for you… have a wonderful journey!

~Walter A. Webster

Founder and Artistic Director- The Off broad Street Players


Into the Woods

Discover your happily ever after.

In Sondheim & Lapine’s delightfully fractured fairy tale musical, a Baker and his Wife embark into the woods on a quest to reverse a curse laid on them by the Witch next door.  Along the way they encounter an ambivalent Cinderella, an aggressive Red Riding Hood, a rebellious Rapunzel, a too-trusting Jack, and a couple of not-so-princely Princes. But when everyone’s wishes are granted, the consequences of their self-centered actions come to haunt them.   Eventually they learn a moving life lesson about working together, the stories we tell our children, and the real meaning of “happily ever after.”

Dates:

Friday, 2/8/19 – 8 pm
Saturday, 2/9/19 – 8 pm
Sunday, 2/10/19 – 3 pm
Thursday, 2/14/19 – 7:30 pm
Friday, 2/15/19 – 8 pm
Saturday, 2/16/19 – 8 pm
Sunday,  2/17/19 – 3 pm

Credits:

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick 

INTO THE WOODS is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

 

 


 

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

Discover adventure.

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr. is a musical for the whole family to enjoy! When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-winning team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen & The Greatest Showman) critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!”

Dates:

Friday, 3/29/19 –  8 pm
Saturday, 3/30/19 – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, 3/31/19 – 3 pm

Credits:

Words and Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the Book
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.  is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

 

 


Driving Miss Daisy

Discover true friendship.

Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, tells the story of two unlikely friends. When 72 year old, Jewish and wealthy Miss Daisy drives her 1964 Chrysler into her neighbor’s yard, her son buys her a new car and hires a chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, an elderly black man. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all societal boundaries placed between them. Driving Miss Daisy has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century.

Dates:

Friday, 5/10/19 – 8 pm
Saturday, 5/11/19 – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, 5/12/19 – 3 pm

Credits:

Driving Miss Daisy
by Alfred Uhry 

Original Music by Robert Waldman 

DRIVING MISS DAISY is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play
Service, Inc., New York.

 

 


Mamma Mia!

Discover yourself!

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Dates:

Friday, 8/9/19 –  8 pm
Saturday, 8/10/19 – 8 pm
Sunday, 8/11/19 – 3 pm
Thursday, 8/15/19 – 7:30 pm
Friday, 8/16/19 – 8 pm
Saturday, 8/17/19 – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, 8/18/19 – 3 pm

Credits:

Complete Billing:
MAMMA MIA!
Music and Lyrics by
BENNY ANDERSSON
BJÖRN ULVAEUS
And some songs with STIG ANDERSON
Book by CATHERINE JOHNSON
Originally Conceived by JUDY CRAYMER 

MAMMA MIA! was originally produced in London by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.

Additional Materials & Arrangements
MARTIN KOCH

Music Published by Universal Music Publishing Group and EMI Grove Park Music Inc. and EMI Waterford Music Inc.

MAMMA MIA! is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

 



Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

Discover truth.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird dramatizes one of the most enduring pieces of American literature. From a young age, Scout has enjoyed the privileges that come with being affluent and white in the racially segregated town of Maycomb, Alabama. When her father, a lawyer, takes on the task of defending a black man against a potential death sentence, Scout quickly learns that growing up means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost.

Dates:

Friday, 10/4/19 – 10 am – SCHOOL DAY SHOW!
Friday, 10/4/19 – 8 pm
Saturday, 10/5/19 –  2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, 10/6/19 –  3 pm

Credits:

Dramatized by Christopher Sergel

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois


Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins

Discover the magic in life.

Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins takes us on a magical and thrilling journey. When a mysterious nanny suddenly appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks, adventure abounds. As she whisks them away to teach them that magic can be found in everyday life, Jane and Michael (and their parents) discover the true meaning of family. Featuring an irresistible story, eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,”and “Feed the Birds,” you won’t want to miss this SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS adventure!

Dates:

Friday, 11/8/19 – 8 pm
Saturday, 11/9/19 – 8 pm
Sunday, 11/10/19 – 3 pm
Thursday, 11/14/19 – 7:30 pm
Friday, 11/15/19 – 8 pm
Saturday, 11/16/19 – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, 11/17/19 – 3 pm

Credits:

The Levoy Theatre and Off Broad Street Players production of:
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
MARY POPPINS
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers
and the Walt Disney Film 

Original Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman 

Book by
Julian Fellowes

New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe 

Co-Created by
Cameron Mackintosh 

MARY POPPINS is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com


Into the Woods- Febuary 8th – 17th
James and the Giant Peach Jr.- March 29th – 31st
Driving Miss Daisy- May 10th – 12th
Mamma Mia- August 9th – 18th
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird- October 4th – 6th
Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins- November 8th – 17th

Subscriptions begin at $111 for our 6 show series. That’s a saving of 25%! You can order your subscription for our 6 show series through the Levoy Theatre box office by clicking here.

 

Into the Woods- Febuary 8th – 17th
Driving Miss Daisy- May 10th – 12th
Mamma Mia- August 9th – 18th
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird- October 4th – 6th
Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins- November 8th – 17th

Subscriptions for our 5 show series begin at $99. That’s still a savings of 25%! You can order your subscription for our 5 show series through the Levoy Theatre box office by clicking here.

 

 

OBSP Awarded CCCHC Grant Funding

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Announcements, Press Release | No Comments

OBSP to receive grant funding from Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Off Broad Street Players Awarded $8,750 Grant

Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Millville, NJ – January 22nd, 2018 

The Off Broad Street Players Board of Directors are thrilled to announce that OBSP has been awarded 2018 grant funding from the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission totaling $8,750!

Funding for the grant is made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The award for the 2018 calendar year marks the highest grant award received in OBSP’s twenty year history.

When asked for comment on the received funding, Artistic Director and OBSP Founder, Walter A. Webster, stated, “with the help of the Commission, we are beyond excited to continue our commitment to producing great community theatre as well as broadening our educational mission for both children and adults throughout South Jersey and beyond”.

OBSP’s mission focuses on promoting the study of Musical Theatre and plays. The organization also serves to promote and provide the public with an opportunity to have a quality, community theatre at affordable prices through the efforts of individuals in Southern New Jersey and the surrounding area who display an interest in theatre productions.

OBSP President Robin Wood reiterated Mr. Webster’s comments noting “OBSP is honored to receive the Cumberland County Cultural Heritage Grant. The funding allows us to continue to expand on our community outreach through our performances. We are blessed to be the resident theatre company in the beautiful and historic Levoy Theatre. We have grown each year through our partnership with the Levoy. Thank you to the Cumberland County Cultural Heritage Commission”.

The arts re-grant from the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission focuses on supporting organizations within Cumberland County that offer a high level of quality programming with anticipated value to the community.

The Grants Review Panel cited OBSP’s ‘great productions, exploring new topics [including] LGBTQ inclusion, and creating a long bench of excellent volunteers.’ The panel was also impressed not only by the organization’s production/acting skills, but the organizations value in training people in non-profit management.

OBSP’s next theatrical production Oklahoma! runs February 9th through the 18th at the beautiful Levoy Theatre in Millville, NJ. Tickets are on sale now at www.levoy.net or by calling the box office at (856)327-6400.

For more information on the Off Broad Street Players please visit our website at www.obsp.org or contact our Director of Marketing, Jason D. Smith, at jsmith@obsp.org


Copyright © 2018 Off Broad Street Players, All rights reserved.

2018 Season Announced!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Announcements, Press Release | No Comments

OBSP Announces its 2018 Season!

Welcome to the 2018 season of Broadway at the beautiful, majestic Levoy Theatre in downtown Millville! As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Off Broad Street Players, I would like to invite you to experience the wonderful feelings that are associated with home.

As we begin our 21st season, we decided to produce a season of shows that were performed elsewhere during our twenty year rich history. We now have the luxury of producing these timeless classics again with “all of the bells and whistles” at our permanent home in Millville. Fall in love again with Rodgers & Hammerstein, belong again with a group of  Southern ladies who are the dearest of friends, experience your “inner child magic and belief” with a Disney classic, relive family values that are tested with a Neil Simon, Pulitzer prize-winning classic, and finally come home again realizing that “any dream will do” when family sticks together.

WE ARE FINALLY HOME… please, come join our family!

Most sincerely,
Walter A. Webster
Founder & Artistic Director– Off Broad Street Players


First we kick things off with a revival of a classic…

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration, OKLAHOMA!, set the standards of musical theatre forever. In a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Laurey, an independent farmgirl, falls for a charming cowboy, Curly. When romance is threatened by a sinister farmhand, tension rises within the love triangle. Dreams — and nightmares — present themselves, but will the couple part ways forever or will they unite? Although the road to true love never runs smooth, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. With boot-stomping energy, OKLAHOMA! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit.

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Book & Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille

Directed by Walter A. Webster

*OKLAHOMA! is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.


 Then we reintroduce our children’s review with…
Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, Jr.

This new musical, based on the 2000 made-for-television movie “Geppetto,” retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective. It features the beloved classic songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside new songs by Oscar & Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz. Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the true meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto’s wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, he struggles to make his son “the perfect boy.” It is only when faced with the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving his child unconditionally.
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by David Stern
“When You Wish Upon a Star” & “I’ve Got No Strings” Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Ned Washington
from the Walt Disney Motion Picture PINOCCHIO
Directed by Tyler Daddario

Choreographed by Katie Kiessling

Music Directed by Walter A. Webster

*DISNEY’S MY SON PINOCCHIO, JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com


Then we have our spring play just in time for Mother’s Day…
Steel Magnolias

Honey, it’s the 1980s. At Truvy’s beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where anyone who is “anybody” comes to have their hair done, the motto is: “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” These Louisianian women are all sass and brass. Witty Southern banter flows like refreshing sweet tea on a hot summer day. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six Southern spitfires gather each week to gossip. But those bonds are about to be tested when these ladies face a life-changing event. The inspiration for both the 1989 and 2012 films of the same name, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.
By Robert Harling
Directed by Lisa Piccioni

*STEEL MAGNOLIAS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


In the summer we offer a revival of a Disney favorite…

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Step into the enchanted world of this “tale as old as time.” A musical based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated film and featuring all of the beloved songs, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST follows a young woman who stumbles upon a secluded castle occupied by a monstrous beast and a host of enchanted objects trying to break a witch’s spell before it is too late. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love and be loved before the last rose petal falls, but time is running out. If the Beast does not soon find true love, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. “Be our guest” when the Tony Award-nominated, eye-popping spectacle that has won the hearts of countless audiences worldwide sweeps onto the Levoy Theatre’s stage.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Orginally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Directed & Choreographed by John T. Stephan

Musical Direction by Walter A. Webster

*DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


Then we take a closer look at the family unit in…

Lost in Yonkers

LOST IN YONKERS is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story about a very eccentric family by America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon. Like many of Simon’s plays, LOST IN YONKERS is drawn from his experiences growing up in New York City. Set during World War II, two young brothers, Arty and Jay, are sent to live with their formidable German Jewish immigrant grandmother, the sweet but mentally challenged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum running away from gangsters. LOST IN YONKERS tells the story of a family coping with the challenges of keeping together during World War II and the struggles to balance love, duty, devotion, and trust with tough times.
By Neil Simon
Directed by Walter A. Webster

*LOST IN YONKERS is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Lastly we inspire you to dream with…

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

One of the most enduring shows of all time, this roller-coaster ride of a musical promises to be a technicolor extravaganza of Biblical proportions. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT retells the classic story of Joseph, his prophetic dreams, and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, this magical musical is packed full of unforgettable songs set to a cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll. With spectacular designs, foot-tapping rhythms, and high-energy dances, join us as we take you from Canaan, to Egypt, and home again, on the amazing journey of this dreamer.
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd WebberDirected by Tyler Daddario & Walter A. Webster

Asst. Directed/Choreographed by Katie Kiessling

Musical Direction by Shannon Sheridan

*JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP.


Subscribe To Our 2018 Season!

You can subscribe using one of the following methods:
– selecting your own seats & ordering online at the Levoy’s website here.
– ordering by phone with credit card by calling 856-327-6400
– visiting the Levoy box office at 130 N High Street, Millville NJ 08332

Subscription series choices:

6 Show Series– Oklahoma, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, Jr., Steel Magnolias, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lost in Yonkers, & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor  Dreamcoat (you will receive the same seat for all 6 shows):

-1st week – Fridays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-1st week – Saturdays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-1st week – Sundays at 3:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)

-2nd week – Fridays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-2nd week – Saturdays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-2nd week – Sundays at 3:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)

5 Show Series– Oklahoma, Steel Magnolias, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lost in Yonkers, & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor  Dreamcoat (you will receive the same seat for all 5 shows):

-1st week – Fridays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-1st week – Saturdays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-1st week – Sundays at 3:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)

-2nd week – Fridays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-2nd week – Saturdays at 8:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)
-2nd week – Sundays at 3:00 pm- only $111 (*+$6 ticket fee per subscription)

The benefits of being a subscriber include:
– a special subscribers only talkbacks with the director or creative team members of the show
– an opening night reception with the cast & crew of the show
– one ticket to the Wally Awards ceremony
– one special pre-season preview event

We hope you enjoy our 2018 Season!

 

2016 Season Wally Award Winners

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Announcements, Press Release | No Comments

The winners of the 11th Annual Wally Awards were finally announced last night on June 23rd at the Wally Awards Gala at the Levoy Theatre in Millville, NJ! The first Wally Awards to be held at the Levoy Theatre included dinner catered by Masso directly on the stage, special performances by the casts of the shows nominated for Best Production, and the official announcement of our 2018 season!
Photo Courtesy of
Bernadette Carbonara-Santini


The winners are as follows:

-Winner of the Lynn Duffy Girtain Memorial Award: Shannon Sheridan
-Winner of the Matthew J. Mixner Scholarship: Mary Kate Drechen
-Winner for Most Promising Youth: Matthew Lischen as Flounder in The Little Mermaid
-Winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Rocco Barbera as King Triton in The Little Mermaid
-Winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Yasenia Wagner as Justice in Rock of Ages
-Winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Derek Davis as Franz in Rock of Ages
-Winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Jada Mayo as Ursula in The Little Mermaid
-Winners for Best Actor in a Play: Timothy Koob as Mr. Kirby & David Buckley as Martin Vanderhof  in You Can’t Take It With You
-Winner for Best Actress in a Play: Marissa Mast as Essie in You Can’t Take It With You
-Winner for Best Actor in a Musical: Don Fransko as Tommy Albright in Brigadoon
-Winner for Best Actress in a Musical: Victoria Mozitis as Ariel in The Little Mermaid
-Winners of the Director’s Choice Award: Ragan Hoffman and Rachel Burghen
-Winner for Best Ensemble: The Mersisters in The Little Mermaid
-Winner for Best Production: The Little Mermaid
-Winners of the Lifetime Membership Award: Janet Christy and Mary Boner

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

(Left to Right)  Yasenia Wagner, Winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical;Philip Hopf, Director of Rock of Ages; and Derek Davis, Winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Photo Courtesy of Philip Hopf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Shop of Horrors Replaces The Full Monty in OBSP’s 2017 season

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Announcements, Events, Press Release | No Comments

We are excited to bring you a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT :
Little Shop of Horrors will be replacing The Full Monty for our 2017 season.

Little Shop of Horrors will be directed by our Director of Production, Domonic Barnes who is teaming up with musical director, Walter A. Webster, who is also our Artistic Director, for this show!

Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. What happens when a hapless skid row floral assistant discovers an exotic breed of man-eating plant? From the award-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, this delightfully demented, charming musical blends doo-wop, rock and Motown into an affectionate cult classic send-up of B-movie horror flicks. A true classic of camp comedy, this is the musical that’s sure to grow on you!

If you are interested in auditioning for this production please check out our Auditions page and The Little Shop of Horrors Page.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets please check out our Order Tickets page.