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The Bench Musical Reading Combines Romance, Lawn Furniture, Tituss Burgess

Saturday, July 13


Boise has always been known as something of a time warp—a place that often finds itself, in various ways, at least a decade behind the rest of the nation. But now, a new musical production is pushing fast-forward by premiering its new work in the Treasure Valley before (hopefully) heading to larger towns.

A staged reading of The Bench—Journey into Love will take over the Nampa Civic Center Saturday, July 13, giving audiences a chance to get ahead of pop culture for once.

This family friendly musical recounts unconventional tales of love and family values as told by narrators Fate and Destiny. Tituss Burgess—known for his role as the flamboyant D'Fwan on 30 Rock—plays the role of Fate, while Destiny is embodied by New York-based vocalist Angela Birchett. The two walk audiences through critical times in the lives of The Bench's characters to prove that love is more than just attraction.

While it is a staged reading and not a full production, the performance features dancers from Idaho Dance Theater, Ballet Idaho, Off Center Dance and the Boise Dance Co-op, who will perform under the musical direction of jazz pianist Chuck Smith.

Audiences will have two chances to catch the production, with shows at 2:30 pm. and 8 p.m., and $1 of every advance ticket sold will be donated to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation to help support music education in public schools.