Lauren Stephens is a senior at Archbishop Carroll High School but on Saturday night she'll be serving up songs "on the Rox" at in Villanova. Stephens may be better known to some local audiences as Christine, the female lead in Devon Prep's spring production of The Phantom of The Opera.
The young phenom is part of the cast of Broadway Rox. The cabaret show founded by Roxborough and Bryn Mawr residents hits the road with a Saturday show at in Villanova.
"This weekend's show is a cabaret/club style feel with six singers in a dimly lit lounge at Mixx. We are trying to take folks back to the feel of an old time supper club with weekly lounge acts... minus the cigars and gangsters," co-founder and Roxborough resident Ryan Tygh said.
With fellow performer Maggie Cummings, Tygh launched Broadway Rox last spring with four shows at in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. Since then Broadway Rox has left the venue for more solid footing.
In February, Broadway Rox held its first Main Line show at in Berwyn. It moves to Villanova for the 8 p.m. Saturday show.
Tygh and Cummings both will also be among the performers at Mixx. Cummings is a Tisch graduate who founded Fabrefaction Theatre Company in Atlanta. Tygh attended Temple University and has appeared in several films. Locally, both did shows at The Media Theater, The Walnut Street Theater, and The Hedgerow Theater—among others. He recently appeared as the Scarecrow in Footlighters' production of The Wizard of Oz.
"With the help of some of our close friends in the business, we have put together a pool of close to 20 singers who we use on a rotating basis for our performances," Tygh said. "Our singers vary in age and experience levels, but share many things in common, most importantly—talent and drive."
On Saturday, Tygh and Cummings will be joined on stage by:
- Lauren Stephens—A senior at , who Tygh says has "enough talent to pack 10 Broadway houses." She recently played "Christine" in 's The Phantom of the Opera.
- Katie Romano—Recently seen at the Walnut Street Theater in Aspects of Love, and is a founding member of the Facetime Community Theatre.
- John Jerbasi—Known for Toys In The Attic at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center.
- Brian McKay—Mid-day radio host at Philly's country music station 92.5 WXTU.
The lineup for Saturday will consist of 20 numbers from a variety of shows, like Spring Awakening, Rent, Les Miserable, and many others, including a song from the new Broadway show Ghost.
What to Know if You Plan to Go:
Tickets are $10, and Tygh said seating is at 8 p.m. sharp. Mixx is located at 789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085. Visit the Facebook page for more info.
If you're not familiar with Mixx it can be a little tricky to find. It's on the north side of Lancaster Avenue, just east of the Blue Route/476 interchange. Important: It is in a building that is behind another building and therefore not visible from Lancaster Ave.