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Boone to light up stage in ‘42nd Street’

July 10th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Boone to light up stage in ‘42nd Street’

By Lynette Carrington


Thanks to her mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney, Grammy-winning singer Debby Boone has fond memories of the Valley.

Probably the strongest, Boone said, was doing Clooney’s White Christmas tour.

“She included me in that and we put my kids in that very first show in Phoenix,” Boone said. “I never dreamt something like that could ever happen. It was a blast and we did it for many years.”

She hopes to create additional memories this summer when she performs in “42nd Street,” a production of Scottsdale Musical Theater Company at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

She is co-starring with Charles Shaughnessy, who appeared on “The Nanny” and “Days of Our Lives.”

The daughter of 1950s and ‘60s heartthrob singer Pat Boone, Debby will play the slightly-past-her-prime Dorothy Brock, a diva who is annoyed about having to audition for a new stage production.

As Brock, Boone continues to expand her theatrical repertoire, which includes Broadway stints with “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Grease,” as well as “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific” and “Camelot.”

“I’ve never actually seen the show (“42nd Street”) done live on stage, but I’ve seen the movie,” Boone said. “I’m very familiar with the music because so much of it is just standard popular music now.

“Before I said yes, I read the script and listened to the music and it’s different than anything I’ve ever done in my life. I’m up for new challenges and experiences at this phase of my career.”

The musical’s songs were a good fit for Boone’s natural range, which was showcased in her 1977 hit “You Light Up My Life.”

“In musical theater, usually the challenge for me is that everything is too high,” Boone said. “I am a true alto. There are not a lot of leading roles written for altos, but this role is. I think it would be challenging for most female singers to sing as low as the part requires.”

Boone is looking forward to this opportunity in the Valley.

“I love musical theater and I love working in a company,” she said. “There’s nothing quite like the energy of working with a full cast and an orchestra. I know Scottsdale Musical Theater Company is a delightful theater company and they put on great productions, so I’m really excited.”

“42nd Street,” Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 602-909-4215,, various times through Sunday, July 15, $36-$58.