Broadway Rose announces its 2018 musical lineup, and more arts and culture news.

Broadway Rose plans 2018 musical lineup

Broadway Rose, a Tigard-based theater company, recently announced the lineup for its 2018 season of musicals.

The season will kick off with "Murder for Two," a witty murder mystery that combines comedy and suspense. It runs from Jan. 25 to Feb. 25.

The second show of the season is "Always … Patsy Cline," the story of the country music star's years-long friendship and correspondence with a fan. The show, which features Cline's music, will debut April 11 and end on May 6.

"Mamma Mia!" an ABBA-fueled romp through a Greek island that centers on a paternal mystery, will be Broadway Rose's first summer musical next year. It will run from June 17 to July 22.

The second summer show is "Guys and Dolls," a 1950s New York-set show about a career gambler who falls into a high-stakes romance. The show runs Aug. 2 to Aug. 19.

As the seasons transition to autumn, Broadway Rose will present "Ordinary Days," a series of vignettes about young artists living in New York. This show debuts Sept. 20 and ends Oct. 21. 

Finally, the 2018 musical season will conclude with "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol," which delivers a meta, film-noir take on the Dickens classic. It runs Nov. 21 through Dec. 23.

More information and tickets will be available on Broadway Rose's website,, as the shows draw closer.

Cultural coalition now

accepting applications

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County opens its grant cycle at the beginning of this month. Washington County based not-for-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations are encouraged to apply for grants to be used during calendar year 2018. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,000 or $2,000. To apply for a $2,000 grant, an organization must be a 501(c)3 non-profit.     

Applicants to this grant program can apply for events or projects that address one or more of these five goals: public awareness, audience building and participation; support existing cultural organizations; increase public art opportunities; support cultural and heritage learning; and increase youth access to the arts.

A strong grant application will address the coalition's priorities of promoting cultural diversity, developing community and cross-cultural partnerships, and providing matching-fund or cost-sharing. Proposals should be geared toward a specific event, activity or communication of the organization.

The Washington County Cultural Plan, detailed 2018 grant guidelines, and application instructions for the Community Cultural Participation grant program are available online on the coalition's website:  HYPERLINK ""


Blair Stenvick
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