11th Hour Theatre Company finishes its Spotlight Series with a celebration of women in musical theatre featuring some of the company’s celebrated female powerhouses. Backwards & in Heels: A Celebration of Women in Musical Theatre will be Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m., Upstairs at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. The doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are General Admission and cost $44. Tickets are $20 for Industry or Students. Tickets are available by phone at 267-987-9865 or online at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org.
Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards…and in high heels! 11th Hour is turning the spotlight on two of 11th Hour’s most beloved female powerhouses, Alex Keiper and Cara Noel Antosca, to tell the extraordinary story of women throughout musical theatre history. Megan Nicole O’Brien directs this cabaret and Gina Giachero is the Music Director.
The Spotlight Series is designed to put Philadelphia’s favorite musical theatre performers front and center, The Spotlight Series features unforgettable, one-night-only concerts in an intimate setting. It is designed to be a social evening with food and drinks and a cabaret unlike anything else in town.
Keiper and Antosca are 11th Hour regulars who recently starred in 11th Hour’s multiple Barrymore winning production of Lizzie.
About 11th Hour Theatre Company
11th Hour Theatre Company is the only company in Philadelphia dedicated to producing all musicals, all the time. Intimate by design, 11th Hour creates a lasting experience with the audience by producing character-driven musical theatre.
11th Hour produces a broad spectrum of musicals that fill a niche in the diverse Philadelphia theatre landscape: musicals that spark the creativity of artists and the imaginations of audiences. Over the past eleven seasons, they have produced seventeen full-scale musicals, nine of which were Philadelphia premieres. In addition to the World Premiere of their first commission, Field Hockey Hot, the company has contributed to the development of several new musicals beginning with Angst, a ten-minute musical that premiered in the Spark Festival of 2005. 11th Hour produced the American premiere of Austentatious that went on to success at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and a 29-hour reading of Fantasy Football, the Musical? before its production at New York University. Both Austentatious and Fantasy Football have since been published and are now professionally licensed. In the fall of 2014, 11th Hour partnered with University of the Arts to workshop Persephone Unplugged, a new twist on the classic Greek myth. With support from the Independence Foundation, 11th Hour recently commissioned their second musical from a local writing team, a Civil War-themed project currently titled Something Like a War.
11th Hour has received a total of fifty-five Barrymore Award nominations. Their work has been recognized with 15 awards, including five recently for last season’s Lizzie (including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical), two consecutive awards for “Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical” (The Bomb-itty of Errors, The World Goes ‘Round), and several individual awards for their artists. Founding member Steve Pacek was also the proud recipient of the 2012 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. In 2013, 11th Hour became the first-ever recipient of the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater.