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Broadway Rose Theatre Company

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Broadway Rose Theatre is a thriving musical theater in a suburban pocket of Portland: Tigard, Oregon. True to their name, they uphold the heightened performance standards of traditional Broadway with glossy costumes, kooky humor, strong singing, and nimble cho- reography. Beloved by their Tigard community and sought out by Portland crowds, Broadway Rose has long since put down roots and is now sitting pretty.

Since the company was founded 25 years ago by two actor couples— including one Tigard native—they’ve grown into a thriving, well- funded nonprofit, raising an annual budget of about $2 million and engaging more than 250 volunteers. Meanwhile, partnerships with community groups like the Tigard-Tualatin School District, the local Chamber of Commerce, and the Tigard Rotary have helped Broadway Rose maintain a stable presence in their city over the years: To this day, they still perform each summer at the same local high school venue they started in (the Deb Fennell Auditorium), and co-founder Dan Murphy still delivers pre-show curtain speeches.

For consistency, community, and reliable razzle dazzle for years to come, look no further than Broadway Rose. .

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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: Broadway Rose’s tippy-toe balance between perfectionism and playfulness.