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‘The Villains of Broadway’ postponed, will now debut April 29


Editor’s note: “The Villains of Broadway” April 22-24 performances at Las Cruces Community Theatre have been canceled. Performances scheduled for Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1, are expected to go on as scheduled. Visit www.lcctnm.org.

Las Cruces Community Theatre (LCCT) presents “A Little Bit Bad: The Villains of Broadway,” a musical revue, for several live performances.

Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at LCCT, 313 N. Main St. Downtown.

The production is an ensemble of many of LCCT’s most popular actors and singers, including many you have already seen in plays and musicals this season. They will be performing music from old and new Broadway productions featuring some of its most famous baddies.

Here is the lineup of songs, shows and performers:

  • “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” from “The Little Mermaid,” performed by Vanessa Dabovich as Ursula;
  • “Little Girls” from “Annie,” with LCCT Board President Janet Beatty-Payne as Miss Hannigan;
  • “Miss Baltimore Crabs” from “Hairspray,” with Lennie Brown as Velma Von Tussle;
  • “Evil Like Me,” from “The Descendants,” with Lennie Brown as Maleficent;
  • “Nobody Needs to Know” from “The Last Five Years,” with Matthew Esqueda as Jamie Wellerstein;
  • “Good to Mama” from “Chicago,” with Zeta Shearill as Matron Mama Morton;
  • “World Burn” from “Mean Girls” and “No Good Deed” from “Wicked,” with Bianca Castro as Regina George in “Mean Girls” and Elphaba in “Wicked”; she also will portray Queen Mal from “The Descendants”;
  • “Dentist” from “Little Shop of Horrors,” with Brandon Brown as Dr. Orin Scrivello;
  • “The Mad Hatter” from “Wonderland,” performed by Jessie Ortega;
  • “You'll Be Back” from “Hamilton,” with James Boberg and King George III;
  • “Gaston and LaFou” from “Beauty and the Beast,” with Jessie Ortega and Brandon Brown;
  • “Last Midnight” from “Into the Woods,” with Amanda Bradford as The Witch;
  • “Little Priest” from “Sweeny Todd,” with Brandon Brown as Sweeney Todd and Amanda Bradford as Mrs. Lovett;
  • “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago,” Zeta Shearill, Bianca Castro, Jessie Ortega, Mandy Bradford, Lennie Brown and Janet Beatty-Payne as the Six Merry Murderesses.

"This revue show will showcase the villains of the Broadway stage you love to hate,” said Dabovich, who is also the show’s writer and director. “You'll be angry at them, be shocked by them, be scared by them, but you may also sympathize with them by the end of the show. You may even decide that being a villain is ... complicated.

"The opportunity to craft this show from the ground up has a been an amazing growth experience,” Dabovich said. “I've been in theater since I was a child, but I’d never tried my hand at writing for the stage. The concept and dialogue for this show is written by me and I have an amazing cast that is bringing that vision to life.”

The show’s music director is Katlin Timme. The assistant director is Jessie Ortega. Choreography is by Bianca Castro and Luis Castro. Performance music is by David Cunniff. Props and costumes are by Lennie Brown and Janet Beatty-Payne. The set design is by Vanessa Dabovich, Brandon Brown and Ortega, who is also did the light and sound design. Casi Galban is the light and sound operator.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, students and military and $10 for children. Student rush tickets are $5. LCCT offers a 10 percent discount to anyone buying six or more tickets and a 20 percent discount if you buy 10 or more tickets for a single performance.

Visit www.lcctnm.org and click on the purple Villains of Broadway poster to purchase tickets.