Cast: Valerie Hill (Leona Samish), John Paul Almon (Renato Di Rossi), Jennifer DeDominici (Signora Fioria/US
Leona), Emily Van Fleet (Jennifer Yeager),
Brian Hutchinson (Eddie Yeager/US Di Rossi), Kendra Kohrt (Giovanna/US Fioria),
Deborah Persoff (Mrs. McIlhenny), Paul Page (Mr. McIlhenny), Eli Carpenter (Mauro), Jason Short (Vito), Daniel
Langhoff (Male Ensemble/US Eddie & Mr. McIhenny), Michelle Paul (Female
Ensemble/US Mrs. McIhenny, Jennifer & Giovanna), Noah Wilson (US Mauro
Production Staff: Jamibeth Margolis (Director), Seth Weinstein (Music
Director), Keith Ewer (Assistant to Music Director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck
(Choreographer), Nikki Harrison (Costume Designer), Gail Gober (Lighting Designer/
Production Coordinator), Rebecca E. Dorneden (Props), Brian Mallgrave (Scenery
Designer), Steve Stevens (Sound Designer), Sara Opstad (Wigs), Lisa Cook (Stage
Manager), Lisa A. Kurtz (Assistant Stage Manager), Adam Stolte (Technical
Manager), Nick Cimyotte (Technical Director), Scott Little (Master Electrician),
Dave Cimyotte (Lead Technician), Elizabeth Harris (Head of Wardrobe), Grant
Evenson (Lead Sound Technician) Kathleen Murphy (Performing Arts Assistant), Rod
A. Lansberry (Artistic Producer), Kathy Kuehn (Producer)
ARVADA, CO – Do I Hear
a Waltz? is a musical romp through Venice and a romantic tale of one woman's
search for love. Leona Samish, an unmarried American "of a certain age," who
has humbly dedicated her life to raising her younger siblings, decides it's her
turn and travels to Venice – the city of water and romance. There, Leona yearns
for the kind of love she has only dreamt of and serendipitously meets Renato, a
handsome and robust Italian shopkeeper. Is he the match to Leona's romantic
ideals? Join us and watch the story unfold in this quaint little pension in Venice!
Do I Hear A Waltz? is a play featuring
music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by Arthur Laurents – adapted from Laurents' play The Time
of the Cuckoo.
It was no secret that Rodgers and Sondheim had a not-so-colorful history together, but despite their friction, Do I Hear a Waltz? garnered three Tony
Award® nominations, including Best Actress in a Musical , Best Composer and Best Lyricist. The musical
was also the basis for the hit movie Summertime,
starring Katharine Hepburn.
I Hear a Waltz? is
directed by Jamibeth Margolis, who was
last seen at the Arvada Center in 2004 when she directed Jekyll and Hyde. Margolis spent the
majority of 2006 serving as the Assistant Director on the Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny of Court Martial by
Herman Wouk and starring David SSchwimmer. Other recent NYC directing credits
include Great Googley Moo at Sage
Theatre, Family Dinner at Arias
Theatre and Theatre 315's production of Berlin. Margolis specializes in the development of new musicals and
is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Valerie Hill returns to the Arvada Center in the lead role of Leona Samish.
Hill played in both productions of the Center's smash hit The Full Monty, and most recently starred in Hats at the Denver Civic Theatre. Other favorite roles include
Guenevere in Camelot, Sister Robert
Anne in Nunsense, Maria in The Sound of Music and Carlotta in Phantom.
Colorado native John Paul Almon makes his first appearance at the Arvada Center as Renato, Leona's hunky love
interest. Broadway and National Tour credits include Side Show, Phantom, Parade and Candide. Almon can be seen performing his one man show around the
globe on fine cruiseliners, and was most recently high-kicking it with the
Rockettes as Santa in The Radio City
Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
Jennifer DeDominici makes her Arvada Center debut in the role of Signora Fioria.
In 2002 and 2003, DeDominici was selected out of 1,000 singers to participate
in the prestigious Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Artist Program, where she
covered the roles of Dorabella in "Cosi fan tutte," Filipyevna in "Eugene
Onegin" and Feklusha in "Katya Kabanova." In addition to being a regular member
of the Central City Opera, she toured with the group from 2004 – 2005. Most
recently, DeDominici played the role of Pitti Sing in "The Mikado" with the
Central City Opera and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
For tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200, log on to arvadacenter.org or visit the Arvada Center box office at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO.
range from $36 – $46 (Preview performance tickets are $25; see below for
April 17 – May
– Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
matinees at 1:00 p.m.
Performances run April 13 - 15,
2007 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20 at 6:00
Friday pre-show reception – Set the mood for the evening's voyage to romantic Venice
with a feast of Italian delicacies. Tickets available for $15 or as a prime
theater seat/reception package for $53. Advance reservations required by April
Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30
Night Out pre-show reception – Gather your girlfriends and join us for a
pre-show reception featuring a taste of Italy.
Tickets available for $10 or as a prime theater seat/reception package for $46.
Advance reservations required by April 20.
Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. & Wednesday, May 2 at 1:00
p.m.—Talk back with members of the cast and
production team following the performance.
Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m.—Audio-described
performance, to accommodate patrons who are blind or have low vision.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one
of the metro area's largest cultural attractions, devoted to all
aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by the Scientific &
Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and located two and a half miles north of
Interstate 70 on Wadsworth Blvd.
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