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Mike Arseneault

Ninth Street in Nehalem is going to look a bit more like Manhattan’s 42nd Street soon.

“Stages: Songs from Broadway,” the latest arts and culture endeavor from Rockaway Beach’s Mike Arseneault, is set to bring the tunes of The Great White Way to north Tillamook County.

“I’ve put together a show of great songs,” he said. “It’s like: here’s a couple of old, classic book musicals but also there are new composers in there as well.”

Taking the stage of North County Recreation District (NCRD) Performing Arts Center in Nehalem, the two-hour Sept. 13 revue will be an intimate evening of songs and stories, as Arseneault describes it, that will be a mix of favorite showtunes from well-loved musicals, to songs from new composers and anthems from award-winning musicals still playing on the Broadway stages today.

“Any revue is just a bunch of songs that aren’t connected,” Arseneault laughed. “I’m going to mash-up some things to make it unique; make it something people won’t see again.”

Planned are pieces such as a Stephen Sondheim tribute and a piece from the new Tony Award-winning “Dear Evan Hansen.”

“I was so captivated by it,” Arseneault said of his experience seeing the show on Broadway.

Describing it as his hobby, he said he has more than 25 years of experience performing in musicals in Toronto, Canada and Portland and at this point in his award-winning theatre career, he has fulfilled many of the roles he has always wanted to perform and will weave his own experiences and anecdotes into the revue to connect the songs while discussing them.

“But now I’m thinking, ‘Why did I pick so many songs that are new to me?’” he laughed.

Audiences will only have one opportunity to see “Stages: Songs from Broadway” as Arseneault has chosen to focus his energy to create a single spectacular night of the music of Broadway to bring to Nehalem.

“It makes it more of an event – if you missed it, you missed it,” he said. “I’d rather have the theatre full.”

Joining Arseneault on stage will be local musicians Brenna Sage on piano, Tim Berthelsen on violin and Carlotta Roddy on cello.

“There are some great local musicians here,” Arseneault said.

Not only is he hoping to pack NCRD’s Performing Arts Center, he hopes by stepping out and creating a musical revue, it will encourage more people in Tillamook County’s communities to continue introducing new types of shows to elevate the local arts and culture scene.

“I’ve never done my own show,” Arseneault said, “It’s a little scary.”

The one-night only show “Stages: Songs from Broadway” will perform 7 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the North County Recreation District (NCRD) Performing Arts Center in Nehalem (36155 Ninth St.), doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for 13.50 at eventbrite.com or $12 in advance at The Little Crow in Rockaway Beach. Tickets will also be available at the door.


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