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Arden Theatre Company celebrates 25th Anniversary with one-night only concert
Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7pm
October 17, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company celebrates their 25th Anniversary Season with a special one-night only concert. This lively retrospective of the company’s history of musical theatre will take place on Monday, November 5th at 7pm on the Arden’s F. Otto Haas Stage. Tickets are available to the public for $50 by calling 215.922.1122 or online at www.ardentheatre.org/25concert. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are encouraged.

Philadelphia favorite performers will gather to perform selections from the Arden’s quarter-century of musical theatre history including Jeffrey Coon, Ben Dibble, Liz Filios, Kristine Fraelich, Ann Robinson Frey, Joilet F. Harris, Mary Martello, Michael Ogborn, Steve Pacek, Linda Pierson, and Ann Pinto. Selections from beloved musicals such as A Little Night Music; Baby Case; Candide; Caroline, or Change; Into the Woods; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Sunday in the Park with George; and Violet are included in the evening’s program, with more artists and songs to be announced. The musicians for the evening include Eric Ebbenga on piano, Andrew Nelson on bass, and Mark Cristofaro on drums.

In the company’s quarter-century history, the Arden has produced 30 musicals, which have been nominated for 18 Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, winning six times for Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd; the world premieres of Baby Case and The Flea and the Professor; as well as Winesburg, Ohio and Caroline, or Change. The Arden’s 25th Season includes two musicals: Next to Normal, running now through November 4th, and A Little Night Music, the Arden’s return to the Sondheim masterpiece opening in May 2013.

All proceeds from this fundraising event support the Arden’s 25th Anniversary Season, which includes five mainstage plays, two Arden Children’s Theatre productions, and growing education programs through Arden Drama School and Arden for All. The company is also currently under construction for the new Hamilton Family Arts Center, a building expansion at 62 N. 2nd Street that will be a home for education and innovation which is expected to open in spring 2013.

WHAT:
Arden 25th Anniversary Concert

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

WHEN:
Monday, November 5, 2012
7pm

TICKETS:
$50, available by calling 215.922.1122 or online at www.ardentheatre.org/25concert.

25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SPONSORS: Main Line Health, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

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Members of the press wishing to cover the event should contact Leigh Goldenberg at lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org.

The Arden’s 25th Anniversary Season includes:
Next to Normal,
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt – September 27-November 4, 2012
Freud’s Last Session, By Mark St. Germain – October 25-December 23, 2012
Cinderella, By Charles Way – November 28, 2012-January 27, 2013
Endgame, By Samuel Beckett – January 17- March 10, 2013
A Raisin in the Sun, By Lorraine Hansberry – March 7- April 14, 2013
Pinocchio, By Carlo Collodi, Adapted by Greg Banks – April 10- June 16, 2013
A Little Night Music, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler – May 23-June 30, 2013

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden recently announced an expansion with the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. Once renovations are complete in 2013, this building will be a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, and Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at www.ardentheatre.org/new.

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 58 awards and 276 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
©2012 Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. For tickets, call 215.922.1122.
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