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Center STAGE 2017/2018 PROGRAM BOOK OF THE PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER CenterStage is sponsored by

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40 YEARS

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FEATURING THE

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SEASON MEDIA SPONSOR:

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN Welcome to the Providence Performing Arts Center’s 2017/2018 Season! “Indulge your love of Broadway” with the Rhode Island premieres of seven award-winning shows and the National Tour Launches of LES MISÉRABLES and CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE. We are very excited about this year’s entire Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series and Encore Series schedules, which are sure to create an unforgettable season! With the support of our loyal patrons, donors, underwriters, and sponsors, PPAC undertook one major capital improvement project this year: replacement of the fabric wall covering throughout the entire Theatre. The previous fabric was installed almost 40 years ago and the new fabric is an exact replica. Our Community Outreach Initiative continues to provide free or low cost programs to individuals who would otherwise be unable to experience the magic of live theatre. We would like to thank Textron Charitable Trust for 17 years of continuing support of our ARTS Scholarships Program, which awarded 36 scholarships this year to talented students statewide with financial need. To date, over 540 scholarships have been awarded to Rhode Island students, making it possible for them to attend summer arts programs. PPAC’s Bank of America Arts Showcase brings Rhode Island middle school students, teachers, and artists together, embodying the true spirit of a community arts program. Each year, approximately 8,000 middle school students attend live performances of dance, music, or theatre at PPAC during regular school hours, creating a lasting educational experience that goes beyond the walls of a classroom. Last season, PPAC hosted almost 600 Rhode Island service members and their families to see a variety of shows through our Seats for Service Members program. PPAC’s Big Dreams Begin With Broadway program hosted several dozen “bigs” (mentors) and “littles” (children) from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State to see MATILDA THE MUSICAL. Next Stop Broadway® is a week-long theatre arts program connecting professional artists with students aged 10-17 who are interested in the performing arts. In partnership with The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation, ten scholarships were granted to children to pursue their interest and develop their artistic talents. FIRSTFED also sponsors From Books to Broadway, a partnership between PPAC and Rhode Island schools which gives students the opportunity to experience the magic of Broadway by underwriting tickets and providing interaction with cast members and shows. Our free Wurlitzer Concert Series is still as popular as ever for young and old alike. This concert series is made possible thanks to the support of our Annual Fund donors. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for your continuing patronage of our presentations and programs. Your attendance and support is vital to PPAC and our community! For more information on PPAC and our Community Outreach Initiative, please visit our website at ppacri.org I look forward to sharing with you another fabulous season at PPAC!

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PPAC THEATRE INFORMATION ppacri.org

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE: PPAC Square, 220 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02903 info@ppacri.org • (401) 421-2997, ext. 0 • Hours: Monday – Friday, 9A - 6P PPAC BOX OFFICE: PPAC Square, 220 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02903 ppacri.org • (401) 421-ARTS (2787) • Hours: Monday – Friday, 10A – 5P; Saturday, 10A – 2P and two hours prior to curtain times on performance days. Holiday and Summer hours vary; call for times.

BE SAFE, BE SMART! The PPAC Box Office is your ONLY OFFICIAL ticketing source for tickets to a PPAC show. The only secure way to buy tickets to a PPAC production is via the Box Office window, online at ppacri.org and by phone. Purchasing from unauthorized sources can put you at risk for receiving counterfeit tickets. PATRON SAFETY NOTICE: PPAC requests that all guests arrive as early as possible and bring minimal personal belongings to the Theatre. Guests entering PPAC are subject to search at the discretion of management, which may include pat down or scan by metal detector wands. All bags are subject to search; bags that pass inspection must fit comfortably under a Theatre seat. PPAC does not provide an area to check bags, coats, or any personal belongings. Laptops, briefcases, suitcases, and outside food and beverages are NOT allowed in the building. Any items confiscated will not be returned. Please note that a Providence Police detail is on site at all PPAC events. PPAC Management reserves the right to change the security policy or implement any security measures required for any performance without advance notice. HOUSE MANAGERS are stationed at the House Manager’s Desk on the Orchestra Level in the Grand Lobby. If any problem should arise during the performance, please ask an Usher to see one of the House Managers; someone will assist you promptly. CAMERAS & OTHER RECORDING DEVICES are not allowed in the Theatre. Taking photos or recordings of a live performance is strictly prohibited; you may be asked to relinquish your mobile/electronic device. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

CELL PHONES: Please turn off your cell phone for the duration of the performance. EMERGENCY INFORMATION: The Theatre emergency number is (401) 421-2997. Before coming to the Theatre, please inform someone of your exact seat location, so you may be located quickly in the case of an emergency CHILDREN’S POLICY: To ensure the enjoyment of all patrons, children under the age of six are not permitted to attend PPAC performances unless they are designated as a Family Show. Please call the Box Office to see which shows are appropriate for younger children. Designated Family Show

DELAYED ARRIVALS: Please allow adequate time for travel and parking so you may be in your seat before curtain time. Touring shows mandate that we hold latecomers in the Lobby until an appropriate moment in the performance before seating them in order to minimize interruptions. ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES/ELEVATOR/ RESTROOMS: The Arcade, Grand Lobby, and Orchestra Level are fully accessible from the Weybosset Street entrance. An elevator is located on the first floor across from the Grand Lobby and adjacent to the Lobby Lounge. The elevator provides access to the Mezzanine, and First and Second Dress Balconies. Please notify the Box Office in advance of any physical limitations that may restrict seating assignments. First floor restrooms, payphone, and water fountain are fully accessible; restrooms off of the walkway behind First Dress Circle are also fully accessible. Ushers are available to assist patrons. Please ask for additional assistance at the House Manager’s Desk in the Grand Lobby.

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ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis in the Grand Lobby across from Aisle 5’s entrance. A driver’s license or credit card will be requested as a security deposit. HEARING AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED SERVICES: We are pleased to offer ASL Interpretation, Open Caption, and Visual Description upon request. Please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) for more information. ATM: An ATM is located in the Arcade adjacent to the Box Office window. CONCESSIONS are available in the Arcade, the Grand Lobby, and on the Mezzanine Level; patrons may bring concessions into the Theatre. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the Theatre. PAYPHONE: A payphone is located on the first floor adjacent to the Grand Lobby near the Richmond Street entrance. SMOKING: PPAC is a smoke-free facility. The use of E-Cigarettes is also not permitted inside the Theatre. Patrons may smoke outside under the Marquee at scheduled intermissions. LOST AND FOUND: Patrons who lose personal belongings while attending a performance may make all inquiries and claims with the PPAC Administrative Office at (401) 421-2997, ext. 0, Monday through Friday, 9A to 5P.

SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or Sharon Corcoran in Direct Response at (401) 574-3136 to learn more about becoming a subscriber to our Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series and/or Encore Series – there are many special benefits and payment plans available! INDIVIDUAL TICKETS are available for purchase by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), at the Box Office window in the Theatre’s Arcade, or online at ppacri.org – all major credit cards are accepted. GIFT CARDS may be purchased in any denomination when ordering by phone or at the Box Office window. Only specific denominations are offered online at ppacri.org (i.e. $25, $50, $75, etc.). Gift Card sleeve includes special pre- and post-show offerings from Gracie’s Restaurant and Ellie’s Bakery, both located in downtown Providence. GROUP SALES & SHOW SHUTTLE: Groups of 15+ for most Broadway shows and 10+ for most Family Show enjoy discounted rates and the Best of Broadway with their friends, family, co-workers, or classmates! For Group Sales, contact Paul Hiatt at phiatt@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3162. Ask about booking receptions for your group and about Show Shuttle, which is our dinner, show, and trolley ride to and from PPAC. BROADWAY BUNCH: If you are a solo Tuesday night subscriber, you can be a part of the Broadway Bunch! Broadway Bunch is a great group of like-minded solo theatre fans. Enjoy a preshow dinner followed by a show on Tuesday nights. For complete details, contact Betty Benedetti at bbenedetti@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3119.

Please be considerate of other audience members by refraining from talking, singing, or loud snacking during the performance. Please be kind and remain seated until after the cast bows. The performers give their all to make each performance special.

Enjoy the show! COVER PHOTO CREDITS: Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in FINDING NEVERLAND. Photo by Jeremy Daniel; Deborah Cox in THE BODYGUARD. Photo by Joan Marcus; Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan and Mauricio Martinez as Emilio Estefan, ON YOUR FEET! © Matthew Murphy; Kate Shindle as ‘Alison’ in FUN HOME. Photo by Joan Marcus; John Owen-Jones as Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES. Photo by Matthew Murphy; Sara Esty and McGee Maddox in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Photo by Matthew Murphy; Photo courtesy of THE ILLUSIONISTS; Carnegie Hall. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”) in BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Photo by Joan Marcus; Scene from LOVE NEVER DIES; Cast of the SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Joseph W. Walsh, Esq. – Chairman Mark T. Ryan, Esq. – First Vice Chairman Thomas A. Tanury – Second Vice Chairman Ellen Barnes – Secretary Lowell W. Kinch – Treasurer Richard L. Bready

Cynthia Laughlin

Gabriella DiGiacinto Caprio

Barbara S. Lavine

Darren Corrente, Esq.

E. Robert Lupone

Jason M. DaPonte

Paul A. MacDonald

Richard E. DiChiaro

Robin L. Main, Esq.

The Honorable Jorge O. Elorza (Ex-Officio)*

Terrence P. Moran

Thomas P. Fay

Gary M. Penfield

Gary E. Furtado Ari Gabinet Janet Hasson The Honorable James R. Langevin (Ex-Officio)*

George H. Nee Lawrence E. Purtill

The Honorable Jack Reed (Ex-Officio)* Thomas J. Rossi David Salit Stephen Shechtman, Esq. Robert Stoico Donald R. Sweitzer Peter J. Troy Susan Weiner

Jo-Ann Ragosta

John Hazen White, Jr.

The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo (Ex-Officio)

William K. Wray

William A. White

*DIRECTOR REPRESENTATIVES Theresa M. Agonia (The Honorable Jorge O. Elorza) Seth Klaiman (The Honorable James R. Langevin) Raymond Simone (The Honorable Jack Reed) THIS LISTING IS CURRENT AS OF OUR FALL 2017 PRINTING.

The Providence Performing Arts Center (“PPAC”) is a Rhode Island non-business corporation organized by the following: Citizens Bank, Fleet National Bank of Rhode Island, Old Stone Bank, Outlet Company, Providence Journal Company, Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank, and Textron, Inc. The affairs of PPAC are administered by a Board of Directors, and representatives of the founders who, together with the Governor of Rhode Island and the Mayor of Providence, presently serve as members of the Board. None of the founders has an ownership in any of the assets of PPAC. In 1978 PPAC was purchased and continues to hold title to the Providence Performing Arts Center theatre, which PPAC maintains as a center for the performing arts. Under PPAC’s articles of association, no part of the earnings of the corporation may be paid to its members, the Board of Directors, the officers or any other private persons. If the existence of PPAC should terminate for any reason, its net assets would be distributed exclusively to one or more charitable or educational institutions accorded tax exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Welcome to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)’s 2017/2018 Broadway Season, where we are celebrating 40 Years of bringing Rhode Islanders the Best of Broadway! Thank you for “indulging your love of Broadway” and attending a top-notch production at our gorgeous Theatre. Your support of the performing arts helps us and the city of Providence thrive! I would like to thank our Broadway Series title sponsor, the Taco/White Family Foundation, for their longstanding support of our Broadway productions. We also wish to thank our Broadway Season media sponsor WPRI 12, our Encore Series media sponsor Cox Media, and Family Night media sponsors ABC 6 and Coast 93.3 for their continuing partnerships. A special thanks goes to Navigant Credit Union for sponsoring KINKY BOOTS and to Coastway Community Bank for sponsoring THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ in our Encore Series. We welcome and thank Marcum LLP as our new CenterStage program book sponsor this Season, and as one of our Holiday Pops sponsors, along with media sponsors WPRI 12 and The Providence Journal. Our 2017/2018 Broadway Season and Encore Series opens with the National Tour Launch of the epic and inspiring LES MISÉRABLES. Since 2008, PPAC has been the Theatre of Choice for 15 National Tour Launches, including LES MISÉRABLES and CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE this Season. Our Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series features seven productions that are brand new to Providence. FUN HOME, the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, kicks off our Taco/ White Family Foundation Broadway Series in November. FINDING NEVERLAND tells the heartwarming story behind one of the world’s most iconic characters, Peter Pan. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera LOVE NEVER DIES will thrill Providence this holiday season. THE BODYGUARD, starring DEBORAH COX†, features all the classic songs from the beloved film. ON YOUR FEET! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Musical turns “the beat around” and takes audiences behind-the-scenes of the incredible life story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will sweep you off your feet with its magical Tony® Award-winning choreography and classic score this Spring. The hilarious smash musical SOMETHING ROTTEN! will close our Series in May. Along with the National Tour Launch of LES MISÉRABLES, our Encore Series hosts return engagements of audience favorites KINKY BOOTS and THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™. BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, which launched its National Tour here in the fall of 2015, also makes its long-awaited return this Season. Our Family Night offerings so far this Season include Family Night at CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE on Sunday, November 19 at 5P and Family Night at FINDING NEVERLAND on Wednesday, November 29 at 7P. Visit the Box Office window or call at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) for more information on Family Night pricing. We are looking ahead to our 2018/2019 Broadway Season; during that time, we will be celebrating another important milestone in our history: October 6, 2018 will be the 90th Anniversary of the original Loew's State Theatre! Our 2018/2019 Broadway Season will feature the greatly-anticipated Providence premiere of HAMILTON and the National Tour Launches of MISS SAIGON and CATS. We will be announcing additional details about our complete 2018/2019 Broadway Season and 90th Anniversary; we invite you to follow us on social media @ProvPacRI, download our new mobile app via the App Store® or Google Play1, and visit our website at ppacri.org for the most up-to-date information. We thank iHeartMedia for working with us as our mobile app partner. Thank you again for supporting the Providence Performing Arts Center and experiencing the wonder of live Theatre. Enjoy this performance and the entire Broadway Season. Warm Regards,

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton President, Providence Performing Arts Center Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc. 1

†Deborah Cox will not be performing during the Saturday, January 13 matinee and the Sunday, January 14 evening performances of THE BODYGUARD.

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MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR Dear PPAC Friends and Patrons, The Providence Performing Arts Center is one of the Ocean State’s great historical treasures. It’s a true living museum that comes alive every time the lights go down and the curtains part for another wonderful performance. The best that Broadway offers comes to PPAC each year through the Broadway Series of seven hit shows. As always, this season’s lineup includes something for everyone. That’s why the Taco/White Family Foundation is proud to continue our sponsorship of the Broadway Series. From Liz and I, our sons John and Ben, and all the employees of Taco Comfort Solutions, enjoy the shows!

John Hazen White, Jr. and Liz White. Photo by George Lavoie.

John Hazen White, Jr. Owner & Executive Chairman of the Board Taco Comfort Solutions

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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF J.L. “LYNN” SINGLETON President

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTORS ALAN J. CHILLE General Manager

NORBERT H. MONGEON, JR.

P.J. PROKOP

Director of Finance & Programming

DONNA L. SANTOS

Director of Marketing

CHRISTOPHER J. MYERS

Director of Ticketing

CYNTHIA A. GOLDSMITH

Director of Information Systems

Director of Special Projects/ Assistant to the President

AMANDA BONAFINE

CLAUDIA ZOMPA

Director of Concerts

Director of Development

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT INEZ M. BUSH

ROSEMARY A. SIENKO-KOEHLER

Receptionist/ Lost & Found Recovery

ELIZABETH RAINONE Administrative Assistant to the General Manager

Office Manager

JANICE ANDERSON

ANTHONY MYLERS

Assistant to Director of Programming

IT Assistant/SharePoint Administrator

MARKETING ELIZABETH BENEDETTI

SHARON CORCORAN

PAUL HIATT

Senior Marketing Assistant

Direct Response/CenterStage Sales & Customer Service

Group Sales Representative

CAITLYN DIPOMPO

LEAH FELLMAN

CHAOWEN LLANG

Marketing Projects Specialist

Digital Media Specialist

Digital Media Intern

BOX OFFICE STEPHANIE SANTOS

TARA EDWARDS

Box Office Manager

RICHARD DEFILIPPO Box Office Supervisor

Box Office Supervisor/ The VETS Box Office Manager

KELLY PRUDENT

BETSY RINALDI

Box Office Supervisor

Box Office Supervisor

FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES JUDY FERREIRA

KEITH J. LABRECQUE

Controller

HEATHER M. BIZON Accountant

Senior Accountant

ERIN BURRY Accountant

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LINDA HADDOCK

Human Resources Coordinator

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OPERATIONS/HOUSE NICK BERARDINELLI

BETSY MENDERS

Operations Manager

MATTHEW PAWLIK

Events Manager

Concessions Manager

DAVID LUONGO

BRUCE INGHAM

BOB ARMOUR

STEPHANIE M. PAUL

Director of Security

House Manager

Assistant House Manager

President’s Club Liaison

BACKSTAGE AMANDA MOTTA Technical Director

BILL BRACKETT, III

STEVE SIECZKIEWICZ

DAVID ALLEN

PETER VECCHIO

House Carpenter

House Electrician

House Sound Engineer

Business Agent and Head Props

CENTERSTAGE STAFF CenterStage is the Season Program Book produced by the Providence Performing Arts Center and is sponsored by Marcum LLP. PROJECT MANAGER/EDITOR:

P.J. Prokop

CONTENT MANAGER:

Caitlyn DiPompo

ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE:

Sharon Corcoran

GRAPHIC DESIGNER:

Lindsay Letourneau, Falcone Communications & Design PRINTER:

RR Donnelley For information on show insert advertising in CenterStage 2017/2018 or for information about season advertising for 2018/2019, contact Sharon Corcoran at (401) 574-3136. For information on marketing sponsorships or other advertising opportunities, contact P.J. Prokop at (401) 574-3103.

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STAY CONNECTED AND ENGAGED WITH PPAC! SOCIALIZE VIA DIGITAL MEDIA

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MOBILE APP In partnership with Download our brand new FREE mobile app via the App Store® or Google Play!* Based on feedback from patron surveys, our new app delivers an enhanced experience for PPAC fans that they can access anywhere or at any time. Now you can buy tickets; view exclusive content, venue services and information, and more, all in one location! BROADEN YOUR BROADWAY KNOWLEDGE WITH THE BROADWAY BUZZ EVERY MONDAY! Stay in the know with all of the latest Broadway news and connect with our CenterStage advertisers via the Broadway Buzz page. Visit ppacri.org/about/broadway-buzz TWEET SEATERS If you are a fan of Twitter and Theatre, you could be a Tweet Seater! Email Caitlyn DiPompo at cdipompo@ppacri.org to learn about advance tweeting, and even live tweeting, for our productions.

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POP ON OVER© TO PPAC A wonderful way to make new friends and discuss our shows during post-show gatherings at local restaurants and bars. ALL are welcome at these fun events! Sign up for Pop on Over© notifications by contacting Caitlyn DiPompo at cdipompo@ppacri.org

*Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING... FUN HOME*

November 7 – 12, 2017 Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize

“A rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” - The New York Times *Due to adult themes, FUN HOME is recommended for children aged 13+.

FINDING NEVERLAND

November 28 – December 3, 2017

Family Night at FINDING NEVERLAND is Wednesday, November 29 at 7P

Winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical

“Captures the kid-at-heart.” - TIME Magazine

Designated Family Show

BOTH SHOWS ARE PART OF THE

BROADWAY SERIES

SEASON MEDIA SPONSOR FAMILY NIGHT MEDIA SPONSORS

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Fresh. Local. Exceptional.

LOVE NEVER DIES

December 26 – 31, 2017 The spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

“One of the greatest of all Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.” – The Telegraph

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THE BODYGUARD+

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Starring Grammy Award Nominee and R&B Superstar Deborah Cox (Please note: Deborah Cox will not be performing at the Saturday Matinee and Sunday Evening performances of THE BODYGUARD)

January 9 – 14, 2018

“Exciting, thrilling, uplifting, moving – THE BODYGUARD is a truly exceptional show!” – Southern Daily Echo Not recommended for children under the age of 13.

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BOTH SHOWS ARE PART OF THE

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ON YOUR FEET! THE EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN MUSICAL

January 30 – February 4, 2018

“Packed with a seductive beat, tender heart, and genuine joy!” – The Hollywood Reporter

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

March 13 – 18, 2018 The most award-winning musical of 2015 and winner of 4 Tony Awards®

“{Five Stars} I would beg, borrow, or steal to see it all again.” – Financial Times

BOTH SHOWS ARE PART OF THE

BROADWAY SERIES

SEASON MEDIA SPONSOR

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THE VETS Under the guidance of Professional Facilities Management (PFM) and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority (RICCA), The VETS recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation making it a state-of-the-art performance venue. The VETS has hosted a wide range of performers in recent years including Chris Botti, Mavis Staples, Wynton Marsalis, Savion Glover, Amy Schumer, and Bryan Adams. The VETS is home to five resident visual and performing arts companies: FirstWorks, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Ballet Providence, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Art League of Rhode Island. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been hailed as an example of magnificent interior design and acoustic excellence.

THE VETS ENCORE LOUNGE Enhance your experience at The VETS with ENCORE Lounge access. Enjoy VIP treatment with private amenities and complimentary offerings exclusive to the new fourth floor lounge. ENCORE Lounge access can be added to any ticket purchased for available shows at The VETS. Visit TheVetsRI.com/Encore-Lounge for more info.

VENUE INFORMATION The VETS // One Avenue of the Arts // Providence, RI 02903 Admin: (401) 222-1467 // Box Office: (401) 421-ARTS (2787) TheVetsRI.com Visit thevetsri.com/events for a complete VETS’ Season at a Glance

Photo Credits: Exterior Shot: Ben Jacobsen; Encore Lounge: Michael Gravison

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SOMETHING ROTTEN!

May 15 – 20, 2018

Nominated for 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical

“A deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that brings down the house!” – New York Post

“SOMETHING ROTTEN! is the complete opposite of its title!” – Entertainment Weekly

PART OF THE

BROADWAY SERIES

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LES MISÉRABLES

National Tour Launch September 21 – 30, 2017

“An unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” – The New York Times

KINKY BOOTS

December 8 – 10, 2017 Winner of six 2013 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album

“It may, in fact, be the perfect musical.” – The Providence Journal

BOTH SHOWS ARE PART OF THE ENCORE SERIES

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THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™

January 19 - 21, 2018

“A high-tech magic extravaganza.” – The New York Times SPONSORED BY PART OF THE ENCORE SERIES

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR

Designated Family Show

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

February 27 – March 4, 2018

Grammy Award Winner for “Best Musical Theater Album” of 2015

“Out of control amazing!” - The Wall Street Journal THIS SHOW IS A BROADWAY SPECIAL

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SUPPORT THE 2018 ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN Do you want to see your name in this program book next year and earn other valuable benefits?

If so, complete and return the form below to show your support for PPAC’s Community Outreach Initiative! The Providence Performing Arts Center dedicates 100% of its proceeds from the Annual Fund Campaign towards our Community Outreach Initiative. This Initiative allows PPAC to create, produce, and present programs and activities that make the Theatre accessible to a wider range of people, especially young audiences and artists. Our free or low cost tickets to these events are often the one opportunity many people will have to experience the joy of theatre. It is only with the help of our donors that we are able to offer these valuable theatre experiences to the entire community: PPAC PRESENTS

Next Stop

Broadway ® Lead Sponsor: The Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation Lead Sponsor: The Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation

BIG DREAMS begin with

B R O A D WAY

SEATS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS

I/We would like to donate $______________________to the PPAC 2018 Annual Fund. I/We would like to pay by: q Check enclosed made payable to PPAC q American Express q Discover q MasterCard q Visa Card Number ____________________________________________ Exp. Date __________ I am employed by _____________________________ which will match my gift to PPAC. Check with your employer to see if your gift qualifies for matching funds. If so, the value of your gift could be DOUBLED! q My matching gift form is enclosed. q My matching gift form will be sent with my final payment. Name (as it should appear in publications)__________________________________________ Contact Person (if different from above)___________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________ City______________________________________ State ________ Zip Code____________ Home Phone___________________________Work Phone___________________________ Email Address_______________________________________________________________ q I would like to remain anonymous for my gift; please list me as such. q I waive all valued benefits, allowing me to claim 100% of my donation as a charitable gift.

ATTENTION UNITED WAY DONORS! Please consider earmarking a portion of your United Way contribution to PPAC’s Annual Fund Campaign. Simply include PPAC on your United Way pledge form.

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Please complete the above form and return it with your donation to: PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PPAC Square Attn: Development Office 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903 Or fax this completed form to: (401) 421-5767

For more information about PPAC’s Community Outreach Initiative and our Annual Fund donor levels and benefits, please visit our website at ppacri.org or contact the Development Office at donors@ppacri.org or (401) 421-2997.


ANNUAL FUND 2017 ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Each year, the Theatre is faced with the challenge of raising enough funds to offset the cost of producing and presenting the valuable programs we offer as part of our Community Outreach Initiative. The Annual Fund is the vehicle that makes that possible. Annual Fund proceeds also help fund the development of new programs that specifically serve the needs of artists and audiences of demographic, ethnic, cultural, social, and professional diversity. A special THANK YOU goes to our Community Outreach Program underwriters who have made significant Annual Fund contributions designated to one or more specific outreach initiatives.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM UNDERWRITERS

Bank of America Raymond J. & Brenda Bolster Coastway Community Bank Dimeo Construction Company Thomas & Colette Fay Johnson & Wales University Macy’s MetLife Auto & Home National Grid Navigant Credit Union New England Laborer’s Health & Safety Fund New England Laborer’s Labor Management Cooperation Trust Nordstrom Regency Plaza Apartments Rhode Island Commodores The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation Taco/White Family Foundation TD Charitable Foundation Textron, Inc.

PPAC also wishes to acknowledge the following organizations who generously matched their employees’ donations to our Annual Fund:

MATCHING GIFTS

Bank of America Liberty Mutual Markel Corporation

PPAC recognizes and sincerely thanks the following who generously donated to the Theatre’s 2017 Annual Fund for Community Outreach:

CHAIRMAN ($5,000 +)

Kathy & Ted Ashton Bank of America The Cianci Educational Foundation The de Ramel Foundation Jill & Larry Goldstein Mr. & Mrs. Jerrold L. Lavine Macy’s Marcum LLP MetLife Auto & Home Mr. & Mrs. Terrence P. Moran National Grid Navigant Credit Union

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ANNUAL FUND CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 New England Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund New England Laborers’ Labor Management Cooperation Trust Nordstrom Rhode Island Commodores The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation TD Charitable Foundation Textron, Inc. Wadleigh Family Fund

PRODUCER ($2,500 - $4,999)

Ellen Barnes Rhonda Berchuck & Kat Katrouzos BETA Group, Inc. Raymond J. & Brenda Bolster Stephen & Susan Burlone Collette Travel Cross Insurance Company Mr. Ari Gabinet & Dr. Christina Paxson Ellen & David Galkin Mrs. Jocelin Hamblett Kanter Kallman Foundation Lowell & Karen Kinch Cindy Laughlin & Betty Laughlin Diane & Mark Marini Maron Construction Co., Inc. Candy & Frank McNally Deborah & Richard Miller National Chain Company Ocean State Charities Trust Eve Procaccianti Peter & Alison Roache Shechtman, Halperin & Savage, LLP Maggie & Jack Skenyon Souto Family Peter & Mary Troy Ginette & Joe Walsh Ms. Marilyn Walsh Susan Weiner Emeline Whealton Mr. & Mrs. John Hazen White, Jr. William A. White Bill & Nancy Wray

DIRECTOR ($1,000 - $2,499)

Anonymous (3) Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Timothy & Mora Babineau BayCoast Bank Dr. Peter & Silvia Baziotis Christine Benoit & Bruce Gouin Dr. Robert Binek & Ms. Teri Ohs Mark & Sherry Brice Nicholas & Rod Brusini Sheryl & Michael Bulawka Frank & Beverly Cardoza Alan J. Chille Jason & Stephanie DaPonte Ronn & Lisa David Mr. & Mrs. John DeCubellis Richard J. & Carol A. DeRienzo Diane Lopes Income Tax & Accounting Service Joseph & Laurie DiBattista Richard E. DiChiaro Dimeo Construction Company Michael & Geri-Ann DiPaolo David & Cindy Donald Robert & Diana Donovan Carolyn Dutra Dr. Peter T. & Sandra Evangelista Thomas & Colette Fay Dr. Darlene F. Ferland & Family Mr. & Mrs. Peter Fogarty

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PPAC THEATRE HISTORY The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) presents a full roster of touring Broadway theatricals and contemporary engagements. Since 2008, a total of fifteen National Tours have launched at PPAC, including our 2017/2018 Season Opener LES MISÉRABLES and CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE. The Theatre has earned a special place in Rhode Island history as a beloved and notable landmark while remaining a vital contributor to the City’s continuing economic and cultural growth. Since opening its doors on October 6, 1928 as the Loew’s State Theatre Movie Palace, the Theatre has astounded visitors with its beauty and grandeur. The Theatre was designed by the esteemed Chicago architectural firm Rapp & Rapp. The architects were guided by Marcus Loew’s philosophy that tickets should be sold “to theatres, not movies.” The Theatre features columns of imported marble, a lavish interior, exquisite gold leaf plasterwork, a grand proscenium, and flawless structural integrity. After opening, the venue enjoyed several decades of success during the Golden Age of Movies; however, attendance declined with the birth of television in the early 1950s. The Theatre faced mounting economic hardships and suffered significant damage from Hurricane Carol in 1954. Under the names of the Loew’s Theatre and Palace Concert Theatre, the venue transitioned from screening films to hosting rock ‘n’ roll concerts. During this time period, the Theatre continued to fall into disrepair and, by the mid-1970s, faced demolition. Fortunately, in 1978, the Theatre was purchased and saved by seven founding members: Citizens Bank, Fleet National Bank of Rhode Island, Old Stone Bank, Outlet Company, Providence Journal Company, Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank, and Textron, Inc. The Theatre became a private non-profit corporation and was known as the Ocean State Theatre from 1978 – 1982. It acquired the permanent name of the Providence Performing Arts Center in 1982 and has lived on to become one of the most highly-regarded theatres in the nation. PPAC has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. The Theatre has undergone a number of restoration projects in order to preserve the architectural craftsmanship that has amazed audiences since 1928. The theatre has also looked to the future of touring theatricals in their projects, including a full-scale stage house expansion in 1995, the installation of digital marquees, and a specially-commissioned chandelier by renowned designer Dan Dailey in 2004. The addition of the President’s Club, replacement of theatre seats, expansion of the main act curtain, and new this Season, the replacement of wall coverings that match the originals, all have contributed to PPAC’s place as a world-class venue in the heart of Providence. Photo of PPAC exterior courtesy of ROBERT EMERSON. Interior photo by Shane Photography.

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P R E S I D E N T’S

Club

MEMBER BENEFITS • Access to reserved VIP premium tickets • VIP reserved parking

Imagine experiencing the biggest shows in the biggest way. Our President’s Club VIP Program brings the excitement of PPAC to another level. With top-notch amenities, PPAC’s elegant President’s Club provides an upscale experience that will make a lasting impression on you and your guests and puts you CenterStage!

PRESIDENTS CLUB

As a President’s Club Member, you will have access to the best VIP seats for PPAC performances and enjoy first class amenities to enhance your entertainment experience. Benefits include:

• Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages (alcoholic beverages will be charged to a predetermined credit card)

(with subscription for Taco/ White Family Foundation Broadway Series and • VIP ticket concierge Encore Series only) service

• VIP Lounge access

• Private VIP entrance to the Theatre

• Private VIP restrooms • Complimentary coat check • Complimentary light snacks • Invitations to special events at PPAC

For more information about the President’s Club, please contact Claudia Zompa, Director of Development, at czompa@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3122. Providence Performing Arts Center acknowledges the following members of this season’s President’s Club: Anonymous (5) Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Abbott Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Aceto Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Maureen Alger Jim & Pat Allan Dennis & Suzanne Allen Linda A. Anderson Ms. Carolyn A. Andreozzi Ted & Kathy Ashton Timothy & Mora Babineau Bank of America Sudhir & Tej Bansal Edmund Bard Ellen Barnes BayCoast Bank Dr. Peter & Silvia Baziotis Gregory & Sharon Beaune William & Lois Bendokas Christine Benoit & Bruce Gouin Peter & Kelly Benoit Rhonda Berchuck & Kat Katrouzos Michelle Bergin Steven & Eliza Beringhause David Berube & Kurtis Johnson

BETA Group, Inc. Big Blue Bug Solutions Karyn & Keith Bilezerian Dr. Robert Binek & Ms. Teri Ohs Rebecca Bliss & Don Hasseltine Elizabeth & Richard Bloom Raymond J. & Brenda Bolster Kristin Boulais Daniel & Kathleen Brennock Mark & Sherry Brice Broadway Experience Nicholas & Rod Brusini Michael & Nadine Bruzzi Sheryl & Michael Bulawka Stephen & Susan Burlone Daniel Butts Anthony & Eduarda Calandrelli Robert & Janine Calise Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Capozza Deborah & Louis Capuano Frank & Beverly Cardoza David Carlson & Jane Webster John & Tracy Carvalho Elizabeth Casella Ann & Bill Casey

James Casey & Tara Pari John & Charlene Cassese Charles Champagne & William Tafoya Joel S. Chase, Esq. Alan J. Chille The Cianci Educational Foundation Citizens Bank Robert Clement Collette Travel Tracey Collins Compensation Planning Inc. Richard & Rita Corliss Joe & Vera Coughlan Jeanne Crespi Cross Insurance Agency Dawn Cummings Mary Daly Michael D’Angelo & Meggan Shenefield Robert Dangremond & Lori Maroni Craig & Lorna Danko Jason & Stephanie DaPonte Ronn & Lisa David

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CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Mr. & Mrs. John DeCubellis David DeMuth & Francesca Solitro The de Ramel Foundation Richard J. & Carol A. DeRienzo Diane Lopes Income Tax & Accounting Service Joseph & Laurie DiBattista Richard E. DiChiaro Dimeo Construction Company Michael & Geri-Ann DiPaolo David & Cindy Donald Deanna & Scott Donnelly Robert & Diana Donovan Bil & Mary Drena Carolyn Dutra Jonathan & Eleanor Dyson Walter M. Dzialo, DDS, Monica M. Dzialo & Crystal Lynne C. Eagles EMC Services Dr. Peter T. & Sandra Evangelista Andrew Falconio Mark & Ann Fay Thomas & Colette Fay Feeney Law Group Priscilla & David Feeney Dr. Darlene F. Ferland & Family Justice & Mrs. Robert G. Flanders, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peter Fogarty Mr. & Mrs. Antonio S. Fonseca Judy & David Fried Glenn, Merrill & Katie Friedemann Mr. Ari Gabinet & Dr. Christina Paxson Richard Gale Ellen & David Galkin Murielle Gallo Gene & Gizele Garceau Mr. Ronald L. Gelineau Kyle & Suzanne Gendreau Joe & Lynn Giorgio Bill & Debbie Girard Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Giuliano Kristina & Christopher Giuliano Jill & Larry Goldstein Jack & Cindy Goodison Dr. David & Susan Shim Gorelick Carol Govey Linda Troy Gustafson H. Carr & Sons Pam Hale Mrs. Jocelin Hamblett Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Hjerpe, III Greg & Donna Hoffman Joan Hopkins Norm & Mal Hopkins Donald Horne William & Phyllis Horne Robert & Betty Howard William & Alison Huggins Andrea M. Iannazzi, Esq. Tony Inamorati & Cammie Naylor Bernard A. Jackvony Lynn Jardin Eric & Heather Johnson Johnson & Wales University The Joseph Rosenfeld Foundation Kanter Kallman Foundation Ronald & Cynthia Kelly Vivian & Martin Kerzer

Lowell & Karen Kinch Seth M. Klaiman Alec Knowles Ron & Sarah Koller / Malted Barley Mr. & Mrs. David Lahousse Steve & Barbara Laprocina Suzanna & John Laramee Cindy Laughlin & Betty Laughlin Mr. & Mrs. Jerrold L. Lavine Michelle Levesque Drs. Naveh & Sarah Levy Daniel Liparini & Diane Cozine Wendy Looker Jim & Nancy Looney E. Robert Lupone, Esq. Stephen & Jane Lutrario Kathleen Lynch Robert MacArthur & Tracy Glover Macy’s Tom & Lee Anne Madersky Marc F. & Joan L. Mahoney Gary & Leslie Malloy Marcum LLP Diane & Mark Marini Joseph & Roberta Marocco Maron Construction Co., Inc. Bruno & Jackie Marovelli Joseph & Joanne Marshall Jeffrey & Jennifer Massotti Paul Matrullo, D.D.S. McLaughlin & Moran, Inc. Candy & Frank McNally Maryann Messier Roger Messier MetLife Auto & Home Wendi & Keith Metters Deborah & Richard Miller John & Margaret Moran Debra A. Moretti Bill & Pam Morgan Joseph P. Murphy Richard Nadeau Beverly Najarian National Chain Company National Grid Navigant Credit Union Dr. Kimberly Nelson New England Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund New England Laborers’ Labor Management Cooperation Trust Mahmud & Nadia Noormohamed Nordstrom Northeast Collaborative Architects, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Lisa Nula Ocean State Charities Trust Gary & Marcie Ostrow Paul Pabis & Patrice Wood Richard & Leah Pacheco Mr. & Mrs. John Paliotta Denise Parent David & Diane Peligian Gary M. Penfield Jennifer Prendergast Betty Procaccianti Kenneth Proulx Lawrence & Karen Purtill Don & Karen Quinn Elena Raffensperger

Regency Plaza Apartments Diane Reimer Rhode Island Commodores Anthony R. Ricci, MD & Patricia C. Ricci, MD Richard Appraisal Company Elaine Riley James Risko Peter & Alison Roache The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation Madeline Rosario Almonte Mr. & Mrs. Gregg H. Rosen John & Cindy Rumbut Carol Rusielewicz Mark T. & Mae Beth Ryan MaryAnn & Paul Salesi Kara & David Salit Mr. & Mrs. K. Scigulinsky Lorraine & Richard Sebastiao James & Mariana Sequeira Eugenia Shao & Neil Steinberg Shechtman, Halperin & Savage, LLP Trent Sherwood Judy & George Shoemaker Anthony Simonelli Maggie & Jack Skenyon Souto Family Gina Spencer Gary J. Stallard, CPA Robin Stern Shivan & Jyothi Subramaniam Daniel & Kathleen Sullivan Marjorie Sundlun Sheri & Donald Sweitzer Dr. Scott W. Sylvia & Mr. Ryan H. Hanson Taco/White Family Foundation Pilar Tasca Mrs. Anita C. Tate TD Charitable Foundation Textron, Inc. Brian & Nancy Thibodeau Laura Thiele Peter & Ann Thomas Drs. Valerie & Anthony Thomas John Thompson Erin Todisco Place & David J. Place Thomas & Jeanne Tomasso Joyce Troy Peter & Mary Troy Charles & Sheila Tsoumakas Andy Tyska Alfred Verrecchia Henry A. “Bud” Violet & Gail A. Violet Wadleigh Family Fund Ginette & Joe Walsh Ms. Marilyn Walsh Robert Walsh Bradley Waugh Susan Weiner Peter Whealton Bill & Nancy Wray Kevin & Janice Wright Maria C. Younes Christopher & Megan Young

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SEATS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS Photo credit: Core Photographic

In the spring of 2008, PPAC initiated a pilot Seats for Service Members program to provide preferred orchestra seats to members of Rhode Island’s National Guard and their families for all of our Broadway and Encore performances. The program has been a resounding success The Rhode Island Commodores join members of the USO and is now entering its ninth New England prior to a Broadway performance, where over season! We only hope that the 80 tickets were provided to local service members and their families, thanks to their generous sponsorship of this program. Seats for Service Members program will let the thousands of men and women, who selflessly dedicate themselves to protecting our country, know how much we greatly appreciate their outstanding sacrifices and courageous efforts. If you are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact Claudia Zompa, Director of Development, at czompa@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3122.

PROGRAM SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS

Coastway Community Bank Macy's MetLife Auto & Home National Grid Navigant Credit Union New England Laborer’s Health & Safety Fund New England Laborer’s Labor Management Cooperation Trust Rhode Island Commodores TD Charitable Foundation

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SILVER SPONSORS

Raymond J. & Brenda Bolster Thomas & Collette Fay Taco/White Family Foundation

BRONZE SPONSOR

Dimeo Construction Company Johnson & Wales University Regency Plaza Apartments


ANNUAL FUND CONTINUED FROM PAGE 39 Mr. & Mrs. Antonio S. Fonseca Norm & Mal Hopkins Tony Inamorati & Cammie Naylor Lynn Jardin Johnson & Wales University Suzanna & John Laramee E. Robert Lupone Tom & Lee Anne Madersky Joseph & Joanne Marshall Paul Matrullo, D.D.S. Debra A. Moretti Bill & Pam Morgan Paul Pabis & Patrice Wood Mr. & Mrs. John Paliotta Gary M. Penfield Regency Plaza Apartments Anthony R. Ricci, MD & Patricia C. Ricci, MD Mr. & Mrs. Gregg H. Rosen John & Cindy Rumbut Carol Rusielewicz Mark T. & Mae Beth Ryan Richard & Lorraine Sebastiao Judy & George Shoemaker Gary J. Stallard, CPA Shivan & Jyothi Subramaniam Daniel & Kathleen Sullivan Sheri & Donald Sweitzer Taco/White Family Foundation Mrs. Anita C. Tate Brian & Nancy Thibodeau Drs. Valerie & Anthony Thomas Erin Todisco-Place & David J. Place Charles & Sheila Tsoumakas Andy Tyska Bradley Waugh

STAR ($750 WITH PURCHASE OF TWO BROADWAY SUBSCRIPTIONS)

Anonymous (2) Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Abbott Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Aceto Maureen Alger Jim & Pat Allan Dennis & Suzanne Allen Linda A. Anderson Ms. Carolyn A. Andreozzi Sudhir & Tej Bansal Edmund Bard Gregory & Sharon Beaune William & Lois Bendokas Peter & Kelly Benoit Michelle Bergin Steven & Eliza Beringhause David Berube & Kurtis Johnson Big Blue Bug Solutions Karyn & Keith Bilezerian Rebecca Bliss & Don Hasseltine Elizabeth & Richard Bloom Kristin Boulais Daniel & Kathleen Brennock Broadway Experience Michael & Nadine Bruzzi Daniel Butts Anthony & Eduarda Calandrelli Robert & Janine Calise Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Capozza Deborah & Louis Capuano David Carlson & Jane Webster John & Tracy Carvalho Elizabeth Casella Ann & Bill Casey James Casey & Tara Pari John & Charlene Cassese

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ANNUAL FUND CONTINUED FROM PAGE 45 Charles Champagne & William Tafoya Joel S. Chase, Esq. Robert Clement Tracey Collins Compensation Planning, Inc. Richard & Rita Corliss Joe & Vera Coughlan Jeanne Crespi Dawn Cummings Michael D’Angelo & Meggan Shenefield Robert Dangremond & Lori Maroni Craig & Lorna Danko David DeMuth & Francesca Solitro Deanna & Scott Donnelly Bil & Mary Drena Jonathan & Eleanor Dyson Walter M. Dzialo, DDS, Monica M. Dzialo, & Crystal Lynn C. Eagles EMC Services Andrew Falconio Mark & Ann Fay Feeney Law Group Priscilla & David Feeney Justice & Mrs. Robert G. Flanders, Jr. Judy & David Fried Glenn, Merrill & Katie Friedemann Mr. & Mrs. Gary E. Furtado Richard Gale Murielle Gallo Gene & Gizele Garceau Kyle & Suzanne Gendreau Joe & Lynn Giorgio Bill & Debbie Girard Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Giuliano Kristina & Christopher Giuliano Jack & Cindy Goodison Dr. David & Susan Shim Gorelick Carol Govey Linda Troy Gustafson H. Carr & Sons Pam Hale Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Hjerpe, III Greg & Donna Hoffman Joan Hopkins William & Phyllis Horne Robert & Betty Howard William & Alison Huggins Andrea M. Iannazzi, Esq. Bernard A. Jackvony Eric & Heather Johnson The Joseph Rosenfeld Foundation Ronald & Cynthia Kelly Vivian & Martin Kerzer Seth M. Klaiman Alec Knowles Ron & Sarah Koller / Malted Barley Mr. & Mrs. David Lahousse Steve & Barbara Laprocina Michelle Levesque Drs. Naveh & Sarah Levy Daniel Liparini & Diane Cozine Wendy Looker Jim & Nancy Looney Stephen & Jane Lutrario Kathleen Lynch Robert MacArthur & Tracy Glover Marc F. & Joan L. Mahoney Gary & Leslie Malloy Joseph & Roberta Marocco Bruno & Jackie Marovelli Jeffrey & Jennifer Massotti Maryann Messier Roger Messier Wendi & Keith Metters John & Margaret Moran

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SAKIS

GRILLE • PIZZERIA • BAR Located Diagonally Across from the Theater. Join us for drinks and food at the bar before and after the show. Gourmet Pizza, Calzones, Salads, Gyros, Greek favorites, Pastries and much more.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE The Bank of America Arts Showcase brings Rhode Island middle school students, teachers, and artists together in the true spirit of a community arts program. Performances in the Bank of America Arts Showcase are presented by New England artists. The artists are selected by PPAC based on the cultural diversity and educational value of their productions and the positive, energetic responses of their audiences. All Rhode Island public, private, and parochial school children in grades six through nine are invited to attend Arts Showcase performances. Reservations are required and requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets to performances in the Showcase are FREE; however, these tickets are not available to the general public. Middle school teachers who are interested in bringing their students to a Showcase performance can email requests for registration materials to cgoldsmith@ppacri.org All performances begin at 9:40A and last approximately one hour.

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October 26, 2017 Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science Ideally suited for the 5th through 7th grade curriculums, this fast-paced and varied program combines circus skills, mime, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines. First commissioned by Boston’s Museum of Science, “Toying with Science” investigates basic scientific concepts and demonstrates that by mastering those concepts, one can produce terrific results!

February 8, 2018 Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors: The History of Jazz Founded in 2004 by Andrew Kelly, the Jazz Ambassadors have traveled throughout the Northeast and internationally to present jazz education programs. Students will learn about the great composers and performers of jazz as well as the instruments used to create this unique American music. Incorporating many recognizable musical numbers, the musicians will show how jazz music surrounds us daily, even though we may not realize it!

January 4, 2018 Kaleidoscope Theatre: B.U.L.L.Y. – Level 2 (Better Understanding by Listening and Learning about You) This production focuses attention on the dangers of aggressive behavior that many children face every day in both public and private school systems and offers viable solutions and options on how to handle these situations effectively. Performed by young actors 12 to 18 years of age, this performance is geared specifically toward middle school students.

March 29, 2018 Providence Ballet Theatre: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs This original production of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale transforms the traditional story into a journey to discover the nature of true beauty, loyalty, and companionship through creative exploration of movement and sound. Students will experience creativity, imagination, and individuality in this performance, encouraging them to participate in conversation and their personal interpretation of the story.


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ANNUAL FUND CONTINUED FROM PAGE 47 Joseph P. Murphy Richard Nadeau Beverly Najarian Navigant Credit Union Dr. Kimberly Nelson Mahmud & Nadia Noormohamed Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Lisa Nula Gary & Marcie Ostrow Richard & Leah Pacheco Denise Parent David & Diane Peligian Jennifer Prendergast Kenneth Proulx Lawrence & Karen Purtill Don & Karen Quinn Elena Raffensperger Diane Reimer Richard Appraisal Company Elaine Riley James Risko Madeline Rosario-Almonte MaryAnn & Paul Salesi Kara & David Salit Mr. & Mrs. K. Scigulinsky James & Mariana Sequeira Eugenia Shao & Neil Steinberg Trent Sherwood Anthony Simonelli Gina Spencer Robin Stern Marjorie Sundlun Dr. Scott W. Sylvia & Mr. Ryan H. Hanson Pilar Tasca Laura Thiele Peter & Ann Thomas John Thompson Thomas & Jeanne Tomasso Joyce Troy Alfred Verrecchia Henry A. “Bud” Violet & Gail A. Violet Robert Walsh Kevin & Janice Wright Maria C. Younes Christopher & Megan Young

Just Ellen’s

Catering & Event Planning

BENEFACTOR ($500 - $999)

Patty & Melvin G. Alperin Joseph P. Calabro Jr., CPA Anthony & Renee DiCenso Robert & Diane Ducoff Jay & Lori Howell Robin L. Main, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. McCulloch, Jr., Trustees, McAdams Charitable Foundation Debra Mitchell Norbert & Patricia Mongeon Mr. Charles H. Page Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. Stephen & Barbara Parisi Peter & Judith Rector Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel Marilyn Friedman-Shealey

PATRON ($250 - $499)

Kathryn Atkins Roger P. Boudreau & Christine A. Schwab-Boudreau Gabriella & Frank Caprio Dorothy Cardon Richard & Louise Carriere Raymond & Paulette Cieslak Mr. & Mrs. Scott Connolly Darren F. Corrente, Esq. Richard M. Divver

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2017 ANNUAL GALA PPAC’s Annual Gala to benefit Theatre restoration was held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, following the performance of Spend the Night with Billy Crystal with Special Guest Bonnie Hunt. PPAC sincerely thanks all Gala sponsors and patrons for making last season’s event a huge success! TITLE SPONSORS

PREMIERE SPONSORS

GOLD LEAF SPONSORS National Grid Navigant Credit Union

McLaughlin & Moran, Inc.

Textron, Inc.

SILVER SPONSORS

BRONZE SPONSORS

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Arden Engineering Constructors, LLC Bank of America Bernardo Manufacturing BNY Mellon Wealth Management Bready Associates Cardi Corporation Citizens Bank Citrin Cooperman & Company Cross Insurance Agency GoLocalProv Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP Horizon Beverage Company of Rhode Island Locke Lord LLP Northeast Collaborative Architects, Inc. Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. Spectra SP Plus Corporation Twin River Casino

The Allied Group Audi Warwick Belvoir Properties, Inc. BETA Group, Inc. Bliss Properties, Inc. Jennifer Bramley & Arnold B. Chace, Jr. Cameron & Mittleman LLP CJ Promotions Guillaume & Molly de Ramel, The de Ramel Foundation Richard E. DiChiaro Dick Shappy Vintage Auto Sales Falcone Communications & Design Gilbane Building Company Hampton Inn & Suites Providence-Downtown HSI Construction, Inc. Mutual of America Providence Biltmore Shechtman, Halperin & Savage, LLP Verrill Dana LLP Webster Bank, N.A.

RESTAURANT SPONSORS The Capital Grille Costantino’s Venda Ravioli Cozy Caterers Fire Works Catering Hemenway’s Just Ellen’s, Inc. Local Hero Deli & Catering Parkside Rotisserie & Bar Pranzi Catering & Events Rosalina

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ANNUAL FUND CONTINUED FROM PAGE 51 Mayor Jorge Elorza Raymond A. Filippone James & Jo-Anne Fiorentino Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Hogberg Mary E. Kay Paul & Sandra MacDonald Melissa & Jackson Marvel Dr. & Mrs. Richard & Kay Mello Debra Mitchell Chris & Betsy Myers Sheryl Nowak J.R. & Lyn Pagliarini Linda & Jimmy Rodger David, Kim, Jordan & Ben Souza Thomas & Carol Tanury Darlene Vargulish

FRIEND ($1 - $249)

Anonymous (2) AAA Northeast Carole Baptiste Alfred & Barbara Bartkiewicz John J. Bentz Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Beranbaum Roland & Carole Bernardo Christopher & Kristin Brodeur Marie D. Byrne Tom & Gerri Cabral David & Karen Cady Charlene & Anthony Capuano, Jr. James R. Caroselli Mr. & Mrs. Mario Casinelli Joseph Cawley Sam & Deb Ciotola Madeline Y. Colón Everett Crane Sandra Dadona Joe D’Antonio John S. DeBlois Jane A. Desforges Douglas C. Devaux Richard & Mary Lu DiMase Maureen & Kevin Dolan Friend of PPAC Daniel R. Gaccione, MD Sofie Garabedian Joe & Helene Gemma Elizabeth Goldberg Arlene Goldstein Lori Grimes Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hart Janet Hasson Joann & Irwin Hazen Rosemary Heffernan Everett W. Herrick John Holmander Robert & Carol Hoole Martha & Dennis Hultzman Bruce R. Ingham Donald & JeJe Interrante Stan & Joan Jarzombek Patricia Kaczorowski Catherine Kando Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Kilguss, Jr. Dr. D. Patricia Koch Richard & Rosemary Koehler Robyn K. L. Ladouceur Lesley Landau Jim Langevin Dennis & Kathy Latimore David & Cathleen Laverty Marc & Susan Legault Janet Mancini Loren Marcus

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PPAC SHOW SIGNATURES While a show is at PPAC, the Theatre’s backstage is abuzz with excitement. Each visiting company or artist leaves a memento – a mural of an individual show’s artwork and company signatures – on the backstage walls. Whenever people visit the backstage, they are impressed by the range of “show signatures” that decorate these walls. We are pleased to offer our patrons a behind-the-scenes look at these pieces. Visit ppacri.org/about/ show-signatures to see the full gallery! The backstage murals first started when the National Tour of Annie performed at PPAC in 2001, but took off when the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was here in 2003. Prior to 2001, touring road crews would go up to the projection booth and draw a more basic version of the show logo. The tour’s house operators would then sign the artwork. When General Manager Alan Chille gave tours of the building, he brought guests to the booth and people would always get excited about seeing the show logos and reminisce about the various productions they had seen. Former Technical Director Bill Brackett thought that since hardly anyone got to visit the projection booth, it would be better to have the companies create art on the backstage walls, as more people accessed the backstage area. Each visiting company was asked to select a cast or crew member to create a mural. Our Show Signatures project has been evolving beautifully ever since!

From top to bottom: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, THE ILLUSIONISTS, RENT, and BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical.

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ANNUAL FUND CONTINUED FROM PAGE 55 Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Massaro Vincent P. Matarese Andy & Sue McGuirk Lori J. Merolla Mrs. Joan R. Midwood Debra Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Moniz Kathleen & John W. Montalbano Robert Morgan Carolin Murchie Patricia Myers Charles Narciso Mr. & Mrs. Hal Nelson Rich & Mary Nelson Joyce Neves Bob & Linda Newman Cathy & Larry Norstrom Sheryl Nowak Michael & Heidi Obolensky Mark Obrien George M. Packard Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pickett, Jr. Stanley & Joanne Pickford Elizabeth Pietruska Patricia A. Pryor Marie C. Quinn Jo-Ann Ragosta Mary Lou Riker Barbara L. Rose Tom & Peg Rossi Ray & Merry Rugg Tom & Louise Scalavino Anne L. Schifino Mario Silva Bert Silverberg Gil & Carol Simmons Catherine P. Simone Mary F. Smith Malcolm & Nicki Sockut Penny Sparfven Mr. & Mrs. Stephen H. Stoner William H. Strand Leo & Susan Sullivan Katherine & Terrence Sullivan Irene M. Supinski Bill & Ellen Troberman Mr. & Mrs. Robert Turchetta Mr. & Mrs. Jack Vatcher Frank L. Veto, Esq. Michael & Victoria Vona Jean T. Warish Thomas & Constance White Mr. & Mrs. Walter L. Wilk Michael M. Woody & Joanne Speroni-Woody Joyce Yeremian

MEMORIAL GIFTS

Christopher J. Almon, In memory of Peter & Mary Almon Carol Boucher, In memory of Nelson Boucher Maribeth Calabro, In memory of Kendra O’Leary Espeut Mary W. Daly, In memory of Robert W. Daly James T. Feeney, In memory of Jean Stallard Ronald L. Gelineau, In memory of Susan M. Romano Paul Hackley, In memory of Samuel E. Hackley Donald Horne, In memory of Lisa Horne Julianne Ip, In memory of Larry Shaw Gregory Mallane, In memory of James L. Seavor Sister & Brothers, In memory of “Buzz” Greenhalgh James & Claudia Zompa, In memory of John J. Antony A special thank you to the estate of Dr. Joseph L. Migliori Although PPAC has made every effort to correctly list and recognize all of our Annual Fund donors, we do apologize for any inadvertent errors or omissions in our 2017 donor list.

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MORE WORLD CLASS SERVICE FROM PPAC! Anyone can form a group! You may already be part of a group who would love to attend shows at PPAC. Groups of 15 or more‌ - often have the opportunity to reserve tickets BEFORE they go on sale to the general public. - can get the best discounts (up to 50% on some shows). - may take advantage of a convenient payment schedule. - get personalized service. For group requests, please contact Group Sales Representative Paul Hiatt at phiatt@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3162.

Reserve your room! Available for any occasion for which tickets have been reserved. - 3 breakout rooms to fit any party from 30-150. - Full beverage and catering service available. - Automatic screens and microphones available in every room. For more information or to reserve rooms, please contact Events Manager Betsy Menders at bmenders@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3117.

Ask about the PPAC Show Shuttle Dinner and Show Packages!

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BROADWAY BUNCH Broadway Bunch is a fun group of solo Tuesday night subscribers who enjoy pre-show dinners and conversations at local restaurants together. Contact Betty Benedetti at bbenedetti@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3119 to learn more.

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