The NEA funds a ‘Ripper’ at Broadway Rose

The Broadway Rose Theatre Company received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Access to Artistic Excellence program. The money will help pay for the company’s world premiere of Duane Nelsen’s musical Ripper.  Right off the top, I can’t remember a larger grant specifically for a new theatrical work in the Portland area, and it’s Broadway Rose’s first NEA grant of any kind.

Ripper debuts Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 21 in Broadway Rose’s home in the Deb Fennell Auditorium at Tigard High School. It sports a cast of 23 and an orchestra of 11. Here’s the summary from the company:

“The PennyWise Music Hall is home to an illusionist who saws women in half while real murders are taking place on the streets outside. Reporter Chester Talbot (played by Isaac Lamb) sets out to unravel the mystery — but what he sees may not be what it seems.”

We’ll be getting back to this as opening night draws nigh.

3 Responses.

  1. Bway Rose has been stretching its artistic wings now quite a few years now. Time for a trip to the ‘burbs, all you musical theatre lovers….

    • Barry Johnson says:

      That was quite a grant… I think the Broadway Rose story is well worth telling at greater length!

    • Kittie Larson says:

      The Broadway Rose put you grant to good use. I was at the opening Aug 4th And Ripper will definitely make it to Broadway. It received a standing ovation. The BRTC has never in its 20 years let an audience down and this was no exception. The Sets, costumes and orchestration brought Duane Nelson Ripper to life. Portland has a huge pool of multi-talented actresses, actors, musicians, directors, musical directors, artistic directors & choreographers to pull from and they always bring the best to the stage. Thank you for this grant. I hope you will keep them in mind for future grants,

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