It is the mission of Lassen County Best of Broadway to organize and produce an annual public performance of Broadway hits to promote singing, dance forms and creative dramatics. Our goal is to help promote the arts in Lassen County.
Lassen County Best of Broadway was formed and directed by Julie Newton in 1998 and is currently in its 20th year of producing an annual Broadway Revue which performs seven shows a year at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville, California. The organization operates on a volunteer basis, rehearses an average of 20 hours per week and provides an average of 130 cast and crew members the opportunity to learn every aspect of theater production including singing, dancing, drama, stage lighting, sound engineering, back stage management, props and stage makeup. The show enjoys an average annual attendance of 1400 community members making it the largest performing arts program in Lassen County. Our organization also does an annual performance free of charge for local seniors and disabled persons who are not able to attend one of regularly scheduled performances. In addition, we lend lighting, sound, costuming and prop support to numerous other programs throughout Lassen County including the Susanville Symphony, Susanville Choral Society, House of Dance, Joan’s Studio of Dance, JandJ Performing Arts, Lassen Family Services, Lassen High School and the Lassen County Arts Council.
Best of Broadway has broadened their scope by partnering with the Lassen County Arts Council to bring the Reno Dance Company to Susanville to perform “The Nutcracker Ballet”. November 2018 marked the sixth year of Nutcracker performances in Susanville. 109 local children performed onstage alongside the professional dancers.
In January, 2015 Best of Broadway added a new show to the calendar with “Susanville Soul, A Tribute to the Motown Era”. The show incorporated a variety of vocal and dance performances with a live band. There were 37 local performers in the show and it was well received by the public. As a result, we decided to produce an annual Rock and Roll show. This year's presentation "Rock Band: The Live Edition" will perform January 25th and 26th, .
By the close of 2019, Lassen County Best of Broadway will have provided performance opportunities to over 300 people. Over three quarters of that number are under the age of 18.