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World’s First Interactive Musical, Broadway Jukebox, Makes Fall Debut in Fountain Hills

Broadway Jukebox, the world’s first and only interactive Broadway musical, will be presented weekends through Oct. 11 on the Fountain Hills Theatre (FHT) Drive-In stage. Patrons will have the opportunity to see a live theater experience up-close and from the comforts of their own car.

This event is meant to be enjoyed by the whole family, and Broadway Jukebox’s drive-in presentation is a way to ensure that “the show must go on,” even in times of challenge. Says Peter J. Hill, “After having been shuttered since March 26, it is only natural that our patrons and actors throughout the Valley are craving social interaction, yet will hesitate to participate in social gatherings as our state reopens. Broadway Jukebox in FHT’s Drive-in Theatre is our exciting contribution to begin easing back with a one-of-a-kind experience for both performers and audience.”

Reminiscent of drive-in movie theatres of the past, but with an important twist, Broadway Jukebox’s Drive-in Theatre attendees will enjoy the live production from the comfort of their vehicles. Some of the Valley’s best performers will entertain on the specially constructed outdoor stage, provided by sponsor Kern Entertainment. The sound for the production will be broadcast on an FM closed-circuit radio signal through their vehicles’ sound system.

Broadway Jukebox challenges the versatility of its performers, and requires them to be tested in their abilities to pivot and quickly adapt to the demands of each evening’s audience. During the half hour before curtain, the cast collects their jukebox selections for the evening. Those selections are then carried backstage, where the choices are quickly tallied and the most requested songs are compiled. 

With the help of the staff, songs are frantically put in dramatic and comedic order, divided by style, duets and ensemble numbers and then, with literally only minutes to go until curtain, the final list is copied on to a giant whiteboard which is posted backstage, just in time for the cast to make their first entrance!Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per carload. (A carload is defined as the number of seatbelts in any given vehicle.) All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The corner of Saguaro and Rand). Tickets are available through the Box Office at 480.837.9661 x3 and www.fhtaz.org.

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