Inspired by the sentiment that fans would listen to their favorite stars "sing the phone book," the gala concert evening will feature Tony-winning Broadway talent performing some of their favorite and signature tunes "with the lyrics replaced either mad lib style or with names from pages ripped randomly from the phone book. A third performance option includes a variation of the title where performances are crafted with words from pages ripped from a dictionary," according to press notes.
Tickets for the general public range $40-$110. However, those patrons selecting the $2,000 private sponsorship package will have the opportunity to fill out Broadway show-tunes in mad lib format, which will then be presented to the performers to sing live during the event.
The private sponsorship packages range from $500 for a premium orchestra seat, gift bag and sponsorship program credit to $2,000, which includes a front-row ticket, gift bag, autographed window card, sponsorship credit, VIP room access and the opportunity to fill out the mad lib forms or rip pages from the dictionary and phone book, which will then be autographed by the performers.
Broadway Sings the Phone Book was created by a trio of young producers — Sarah Melissa Rotker, Joe Tropia and Jonathan Tessero — who explain, "In the beginning, we were met with tremendous trepidation, however once we were able to convince everyone that the objective wasn't to deliver a polished, coherent replacement set of lyrics, but rather a platform where the magic of spontaneous, live theatre could give rise to once-in-a-lifetime performances that evoke nothing but laughter and joy, our jobs got much easier and the evening began to take a truly enchanting shape.”
A Tony winner for her performance in The Little Dog Laughed, White leads a cast of talent currently being assembled. Participants will be announced shortly. Individual tickets for the 7 PM Broadway Sings the Phone Book gala concert will go on sale in the coming weeks. Sponsorship ticket information is available by e-mailing BroadwayPhoneBook@cultureverb.com.
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