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One of the musicals featured in Woodbury Community Theatre's Broadway revue, "Stars on Broadway," is "Mary Poppins." The shows open March 23 at the Loft Stage.

Bringing Broadway to Woodbury stage

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Woodbury Community Theatre will be taking on Broadway later this month.

"Stars on Broadway," a Broadway revue-style show, opens March 23 at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School. The show will run through March 31.

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The production will highlight eight different shows - "The Lion King," "Wicked," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Hairspray," "Annie," "Mary Poppins," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables."

"We all just had a vision of having a show with great songs and great talent," said director Lori Sager. "These are star songs from star Broadway shows."

"Stars on Broadway" will be slightly different than other Broadway revue shows, Sager said, since it will be performed in a concert style.

Rather than performing full scenes from the various musicals, Woodbury Community Theatre will perform multiple songs from each musical in 15- or 20-minute vignettes.

Some of the musicals have also been combined into the same vignette, such as "Annie" and "Mary Poppins," and "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Hairspray."

"We're going to just have a wonderful night of song," Sager said. "Each musical has something special."

Since so many different songs will be highlighted, Sager said all of the nearly 90-person cast will have a chance to shine.

"It's almost like everyone has a lead role to a certain degree," she said. "Everyone has been very gifted and talented so we've tried to use them as much as possible."

Sager said trying to get the large cast together has been the biggest challenge of "Stars on Broadway."

"The challenges are very minimal," she said. "Every show has its challenges, but in comparison to other shows, it hasn't been that bad.

"We're just trying to get every song in every vignette clean and polished."

Another unique aspect of "Stars on Broadway" is that the cast will perform in minimal costume.

The majority of the cast will perform in formal black outfits. However, for those actors who take on the lead roles for the individual songs, various costume items will then be added.

When it came to selecting which musicals and songs to highlight, Sager said she looked for the musicals that were family-friendly.

"I looked at shows that would be really great for younger kids as well as adults," she said, "because Woodbury Community Theatre just stands for that."

Sager said she is optimistic that audiences will enjoy "Stars on Broadway" since it will allow them to relive some of their favorite Broadway moments.

"The show just highlights people's favorites," she said. "You're picking out pieces that people love from the shows and you don't have to wait through all the dialogue to get to the next song.

"I know the show will be a phenomenal success -I'm thrilled with how it's coming together."

Woodbury Community Theatre's production of "Stars on Broadway" runs at 7:30 p.m. March 23-24 and March 30 and at 3 p.m. March 24 and March 31 at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and $12 for seniors. The Woodbury Community Theatre will be collecting jars of peanut butter during all performances to be donated to the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.woodburycommunitytheatre.org

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