Countdown to 100: Musicals of the 2000s

feb 16 - feb 17, 2018
Performance Times:
6:30 PM, Feb. 16, 2018 & 7:30 PM, Feb. 17, 2018
Special Events

The countdown is on to the Playhouse’s 100th anniversary and we’re starting the celebration early with a flashback through Broadway and Playhouse history. Bring your bae, and join us Feb. 16-17, 2018, for a #epic weekend of show tunes sung by your favorite Playhouse peeps. Then, stay after the show for drinks and piano bar fun! 


6:30 PM, Friday, Feb. 16
Heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, performance, post-show piano lounge

7:30 PM, Saturday, Feb. 17
Performance, cash bar, post-show piano lounge

For more information, contact Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy, at 515-974-5370.

Sponsored by:

Steve Berry
Dani Boal
Douglas Cochrane
Gina Gedler
Ann Kramer
Linda Juckette
Pauletta Longo
Mark Morrison
Charlie Reese
Max Schaeffer
Jackie Schmillen
Wicker Van Orsdel
Cindy Beschel
Kate Fitzgerald
Megan Helmers
Tamara Kenworthy
Carol Palmer

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: Apr. 22, 2017
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Counts Down to 100th Anniversary With Song
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358
The Des Moines Community Playhouse is approaching its 100th anniversary, and is starting the celebration early with a special fundraising performance to be held each year leading up to the big day. On Apr. 21-22, the Playhouse will continue the trip down memory lane with “Countdown to 100: Musicals of the ‘80s and ‘90s.” The program celebrates Playhouse and Broadway musical theatre history. “Countdown to 100” is presented by Hubbell with support from Workiva, Foster Group, Dr. James and Mary Ellen Kimball, Julie and Marshall Linn and Thrivent Financial.
The 1980s was an era of pop-influenced musicals with large casts, including shows like “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Les Misérables.” “Countdown to 100” will feature songs from these shows, as well as from Playhouse musicals of that decade including “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Chicago,” and “Godspell.”
The 1990s ushered in a new generation of Broadway composers, who created musicals such as “Ragtime,” while established composers continued to produce shows like “Crazy For You” and “State Fair.” In the ’90s, the Playhouse produced “Funny Girl,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Guys and Dolls,” and more.
The cast for the evening features past and present Playhouse performers including Dani Boal, Douglas Cochrane, Gina Gedler, Linda Juckette, Ann Kramer, Mark Morrison, Charlie Reese, Maxwell Schaeffer, Jackie Schmillen, Pauletta Tonilas, and Wicker Van Orsdel. The company will also perform the title song from “42nd Street,” which will feature tap dancers Cindy Beschel, Kate Fitzgerald, Megan Helmers, Tamara Kenworthy, and Carol Palmer. The Master of Ceremonies is Steve Berry.
The celebration begins at 6:30 PM on Friday, Apr. 21, with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by the musical revue at 7:30 PM. The revue will be repeated at 7:30 PM on Saturday, Apr. 22. The Playhouse lobby will be transformed into a piano lounge following the performance both nights.
Tickets are available online at and at the Playhouse ticket office, 515-277-6261. Patron and sponsor packages are available by contacting Nikki Syverson, Playhouse director of advancement, at 515-974-5370.
The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.
“Countdown to 100: Musicals of the ‘80s and ‘90s”
Apr. 21-22, 2017
6:30 PM Friday, Apr. 21
7:30 PM Saturday, Apr. 22
“Countdown to 100” Tickets
Friday tickets include the hors d’oeuvres reception and drinks: $98
Saturday tickets: $35-98
To purchase tickets:
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312