The New Bedford Festival Theatre is staging a one-night fundraiser on November 11 at White's of Westport.

The Festival Theatre has brought Broadway-quality shows to the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center for more than 30 years, but with the "Z" closed for renovations, a new venue was needed for this fundraising event.

Festival Theatre founder Armand Marchand and Executive Producer Wendy Hall joined Townsquare Sunday to discuss future plans for the Festival Theatre and the November 11th production.

"We have been bringing Broadway to Greater New Bedford for decades," Marchand said.

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"We produce all of our productions from the ground up," Hall said. "We design the sets, we design the costumes, we hire all the actors and musicians. Everything is home-grown; we're not taking from another person's production."

On November 11, the New Bedford Festival Theatre will be creating an original production Oh, What a Night, celebrating contemporary Broadway.

Fan favorite Jesse Luttrell will star in the production, alongside a host of talented local performers. The show features songs from hit Broadway shows such as Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked and Rent.

Attendees can also enjoy a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are available via Eventbrite or at

All of the proceeds will go toward Festival Theatre programming for the 2023-24 season.

Also, the New Bedford Festival Theatre will be hosting a sing-along at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in December outside the Downtown Library on Pleasant Street.

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly community affairs program heard Sundays on WBSM.

The program highlights individuals and organizations seeking to make the SouthCoast a better place to live and work.

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