Dozens of people gathering around a sleek baby grand, lights glowing like vibrant jewels, ice clinking as the bartender serves another cocktail, Broadway show posters lining the walls, and the melodies of Rogers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, and Stephen Sondheim filling the air. No, we’re not at Don’t Tell Mama, one of New York’s best piano bars for belting out show tunes – we’re at Juniper Village at Brookline in State College, PA!
Throughout the month of January, we celebrated creative expression through music at Juniper. In that spirit, Richard Biever, producing artistic director of FUSE Productions, visited our community to lead our first-ever Broadway Piano Bar experience! Richard tickled the ivories as the crowd belted out favorite tunes from Broadway’s Golden Age, like “Getting to Know You” from The King and I and “A Bushel and a Peck” from Guys and Dolls. Enhancing the evening were special performances by FUSE Productions actors Tyler Sperrazza, James McCready, Clara Hanahan, Madeline Biever, and Scott Stilson.
“One of my favorite things about musical theatre is its ability to bring people together from many different walks of life,” said Katie Kensinger, director of community relations at Juniper. “Residents, business professionals, family members, Juniper associates, performers, and general community members all came out for the sheer joy of tossing their heads back and singing show tunes!”
Sheer joy indeed. Stay tuned for more stories and events celebrating the spirit of the arts this quarter at Juniper Village!