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Rachel Y. DeGuzman
The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts proudly presents Babes in Arms on the Callahan Theater stage at the Arts Center on April 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and April 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. The April 17 performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Babes in Arms is the ultimate “showbiz” musical where the kids save the day! Boasting a hit-filled score by Rodgers and Hart including “The Lady is a Tramp” and “My Funny Valentine,” the show exemplifies the simple virtues of a ‘30s musical comedy and is peppered with socio-political issues that have remained resonant for more than six decades. Tickets to Babes in Arms are $17 regular admission, $16 for students and children; and $15 for seniors. To purchase tickets, call 585-389-2170 or visit the Arts Center box office at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. The regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://boxoffice.naz.edu.
The Nazareth College production of Babes in Arms is directed by Melissa Rain Anderson who played Baby Rose in the 1999 New York City Center ‘Encores’ production. The creative team also includes Nazareth faculty Don Kot, as music director, and Nikki Swoboda as choreographer. (The original production had choreography by George Balanchine).
The Babes in Arms cast of talented students includes Scott Duell (Val LaMar), Anne Murphy Girven (Billie Smith), Owen Jones (Marshall Blackstone), Christina Michelle (Dolores Reynolds), Brian Ziemann (Gus Fielding), Katie Ganem (Baby Rose), Angelo Jasa (Irving de Quincy), Scott Charles (Peter), Zak West (Lee Calhoun), Erin Hassett (Belle Calhoun), Katie LeSuer (June and Renée Flambeau), Marissa Bregande (Betty), Bre Melino (Libby), Marissa Davis (Nancy), Chris Mauro (Joe and Nat Blackstone), Brent Burkhardt (Dan LaMar), Marlena Dater (Maizie LaMar), L-zay Whalen (Emma Blackstone and Penny McCabe) and Andy DeRado (Sheriff Reynolds). The characters of Dan & Maizie LaMar and Nat & Emma Blackstone dance their vaudeville act during the overture.
One of the great, depression era musicals, Babes in Arms opened and closed on Broadway after 289 performances in 1937. According to Don Kot, “This is a classic “Let’s put on a show” show! The beautiful Rodgers and Hart score is a gem. Almost every tune is a classic.”
The film version of Babes in Arms was released in 1939 and starred Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts offers undergraduate programs in Theatre Arts, Theatre Arts with Adolescent Certification in English, Theatre Arts with Inclusive Education Certification, and Music Theatre. The department presents an annual production season at the Nazareth College Arts Center each academic year. Nazareth College was named one of the best college theaters in 2010 by The Princeton Review. It’s third year ranked among the top ten theater programs in the country.
Nazareth College Arts Center is the Rochester region's premiere mid-size theater and venue for world-class dance, children's theatre and international entertainment. The Arts Center brings to Rochester many of the same shows enjoyed by audiences at New York's Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.) The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Rochester Children's Theatre and the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. For additional information, visit www.naz.edu/artscenter.