Transcendence Theatre Company is proud to present their first ever Pride Night on Saturday, July 1. In partnership with Sonoma County nonprofits Positive Images and Face to Face, Transcendence will present an evening for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to come together in a safe space to enjoy a night of Broadway Under The Stars. The evening will include a pre-show picnic with delicious fare from LGBTQIA+ owned and operated vendors such as Corner 103 and Noble Folk, signature cocktails, special pre-show performances, and more. A portion of all wine and beverage sales from the evening will be donated to participating nonprofits.
“The LGBTQIA+ community has always been a wonderful supporter of the arts here in Sonoma County, and we are happy to celebrate Pride at Transcendence by creating an environment that is affirming and enjoyable for all.” added Miller.
Transcendence Theatre Company, California Wine Country’s award-winning, premiere entertainment experience, has announced casting for The Beat Goes On, the company’s first show in their Broadway Under the Stars 2023 season of original outdoor musical revues. The Beat Goes On runs June 16 through July 2 on the breathtaking grounds of Belos Cavalos in Kenwood.
Tickets for The Beat Goes On start at $35 and are on sale now. Groups of ten or more save up to 20%. Visit BestNightEver.org or call 877-424-1414 for more information.
Transcendence brings talented musical theatre artists from all over the country – many from the stages of Broadway – to perform for Bay Area audiences. The cast of The Beat Goes On features veteran Transcendence Theatre Company members Carl Draper (Spamalot – National Tour), David R. Gordon (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – National Tour), Aaron LaVigne (Broadway’s Spiderman), Cory Lingner (Broadway’s An American in Paris), Courtney Kristen Liu (Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera), Kelly MacMillan (The MUNY’s Footloose), and Erin Maya (The Hangar Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors). Making their Transcendence debuts are Juli Biagi (Anderson Symphony Orchestra’s South Pacific), Elise Frances Daniells (Harmony – Off Broadway), Joseph Lee (North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre’s Songs For A New World), Ariel Neydavoud (The Secret Garden – National Tour), Jenna Lea Rosen (Goodspeed’s Anne of Green Gables), Macy Watts (Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s May We All), and Tray Wright (Argyle Theatre’s Footloose).
“We are so excited to work with this incredible group of performers, and to delight the Sonoma Valley audience with their talents,” said Amy Miller, Transcendence Theatre Company’s artistic director.
Conceived and directed by beloved Transcendence veteran Susan Draus (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), The Beat Goes On celebrates the grooviest, hippest, and most rockin’ hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Originally slated to be a part of the 2020 season lineup before the pandemic shutdown, this musical time-traveling show marks Draus’ Transcendence directorial debut.
“I am delighted that we get to open the season with a show that honors all the throwback hits that so many generations love and grew up listening to,” shared Draus. “Music has the ability to bring joy and spark memories, and it’s my hope that the audience will feel that same joy they felt the very first time they heard their favorite songs.”
Joining Draus on the creative team are Sierra Lai Barnett (Associate Director/Choreographer), Cory Lingner (Associate Choreographer – ’70s), Alex Hartman (Associate Choreographer – ’80s), Eryn Allen (Music Director), and Matthew Zweibel (Associate Music Director).
Production team includes Alisha Ramos-Epps (Production Manager), Jeffrey Porter (Technical Director), Paul Hudson (Lighting Designer), Brett Rothstein (Sound Designer), Jenny Foldenauer (Costume Supervisor), Rachel Anderson (Props Coordinator), Sarah E. T. Jackson (Production Stage Manager), and Lily Archambault (Assistant Stage Manager).
CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF THE ’60S, ’70S AND ’80S!
Jam to the music of The Beatles and the Stones, the Mamas and the Papas, Donna Summer, Prince, Madonna, and more. And if the music moves you, break out the bell bottoms, miniskirts, leggings, and scrunchies. Whether this cool collection of song and dance brings back memories or creates new ones, you’re sure to love every beat!
The 2023 season also includes:
THE FULL MONTY
Broadway’s hit musical comedy
July 28 – August 20, 2023
Jack London State Historic Park
AN ENCHANTED EVENING
A magical night of Broadway and beyond
September 8 – 17, 2023
Jack London State Historic Park
TRANSCENDENCE’S BROADWAY HOLIDAY
An intimate celebration of cozy holiday cheer
December 1 – 10, 2023
Hanna Boys Center