I love live entertainment. From small-town bands playing at a local restaurant to huge concerts with big names in music. I also enjoy theatre, including small plays at local high schools to the major productions on Broadway. This has been a tough year for those of us who like going out to these types of events.

It’s been over a year since The Zeiterion shut its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Bedford Festival Theatre was not able to hold its annual production in 2020, which is something I look forward to every year. Thankfully, COVID-19 cases are going down and more people are getting vaccinated. Restrictions are beginning to loosen, but they will be at a slow and steady pace.

According to a recent press release, New Bedford Festival Theatre will return to the stage in a virtual format this spring. Executive Producer Wendy Hall confirmed that the “spring production is presented for four streamed performances, each with special post-performance Zoom opportunities to meet members of the cast.”

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“To Broadway, With Love!” will take place from Thursday, April 8 to Sunday, April 11, and recreates an evening at the theatre virtually. The event will showcase songs from Broadway musicals that NBFT looks forward to producing in the future, including Once On This Island, Man of LaMancha, Ragtime, Company, and The Wiz just to name a few.

“To Broadway, With Love!” will have musical direction by Juan Rodriguez and is written by Elizabeth Bettencourt. And among all the shining stars set to grace the stage that weekend is one of New Bedford’s finest; Samantha Johnson.

Tickets are now available with tiered pricing starting at $25. Click HERE for details and performance information.

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