The Phoenix Theatre Company hosted its Centennial Applause! Gala on October 19, 2019 for 400 of its closest friends and supporters, paying homage to the company’s history through parodied musicals of the decades. Written and directed by Producing Artistic Director, Michael Barnard, musically directed by composer Craig Bohmler, and with special celebrity guest Derek Hough to MC the event, the production was full of incredible choreography, extraordinary voices, and both the humor and heart you’ve come to expect from all Phoenix Theatre Company productions.
Gifts from this event will carry us into our next stage as a powerhouse pillar of arts and culture in Arizona. The event made history by raising over $1.8 million dollars, with the announcement of a $1 million contribution from Richard and Dr. Stacie Stephenson towards the theatre’s capital campaign.
Event Chairs Nan and C.A. Howlett, Maja and John Langbein, and Sandy and Mac Magruder could not have been more excited to host this year’s event, saying "Very few organizations in Arizona have been in continuous operation for 100 years! We have much to celebrate tonight!”