Arizona Theatre Company brings the new musical comedy “Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook” to the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix, Arizona. Previews begin Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at 8 p.m., and the closing performance takes place Sunday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.
The show features lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote the music and lyrics for such smash Broadway hits as “Wicked” and “Godspell.” In an innovative new musical format, Schwartz reimagines some 25 songs from 12 of his previous shows, breathing new life into the familiar tunes. Some of the songs featured in “Snapshots” are “All Good Gifts” (from “Godspell”), “Meadowlark” (from “The Baker’s Wife”), “Popular” (from “Wicked”) and “That’s How You Know” (from Disney’s “Enchanted”).
With book by David Stern, “Snapshots” is a romantic comedy suitable for all ages. The story follows a couple from their childhood friendship through the decades to the point where, after 20 years of marriage, they think they simply have nothing left to say to each other. That is, until they find a box of photos in the attic, photos that trigger their memories and bring life back to their relationship.
Mallory King and Ben Wynant play the couple in their youth, then known as Susie and Danny. Mallory holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and recently finished a run as Serena in “Legally Blonde” for the Norwegian Cruise Line. Wynant studied theater at Seattle Pacific University.
Tracy McDowell and Jim DeSelm portray the couple, known as Susan and Daniel, in their young adulthood. DeSelm has numerous credits to his name, including his portrayal of a televangelist preacher in Bailiwick Chicago’s “Violet,” Judas in Theater at the Center’s production of “Godspell” and Perchik in Paramount Theatre’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”
The empty nesters in the story’s present, Sue and Dan, are played by Beth DeVries and Hugh Hastings. In addition to many other roles, DeVries played Italian film director Guido Contini’s wife, Luisa, in the Showtunes Theatre Company production of “Nine” and starred as bipolar matriarch Diane Goodman in the Seattle premiere of the rock musical “Next to Normal.” Hastings is a Seattle-based actor with years of professional experience with Northwest theater venues, including the Seattle Shakespeare Company, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Some of his roles include Jim Boyd in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s “Damn Yankees,” Daddy Warbucks in Showtunes’ “Annie Warbucks” and Buffalo Bill in Village Theatre’s “Annie Get Your Gun.”
“Snapshots” is a co-production with Village Theatre in Issaquah and Everett, Washington, and is directed by Daniel Goldstein, who directed the 2011 Broadway revival of Schwartz’s “Godspell.” The creative team includes R.J. Tancioco, music director; Steve Tomkins, musical staging; David Farley, scenic design; David Farley and Tracy Christensen, costume design; David Lee Cuthbert, lighting and projection design; Abe Jacob, sound design; Steve Orich, orchestrations and musical arrangements; and Brenda K. Walker, production stage manager.
Tickets for “Snapshots” can be purchased at the Herberger Theater Center Box Office, online or by calling 602-252-8497.