The Tonto Community Concert Association invites its subscribers and the public to celebrate the very best of America’s top pop music with Matt Davenport Productions’ acclaimed show, American Jukebox. The program is at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22 at the Payson High School auditorium.
This colorful, high-energy spectacular is a two-hour, full-length version of the original 30-minute piece that dazzled audiences for 10 years at premier entertainment park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
A live six-piece band rocks the house in ’50s, Motown, disco, country and blues styles, as a cast of six incredible singers/dancers makes the enormous center-stage jukebox come alive with lights and sound. Featuring mega-hit songs like “Whole Lotta Shakin’,” “Respect,” “Soul Man” and “Boogie Wonderland,” American Jukebox is a vigorous trip down America’s favorite musical lanes!
American Jukebox was conceived, written and directed by Matt Davenport of Matt Davenport Productions. It debuted in 1998 and helped garner Amusement Parks “Best Shows” award for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.
Davenport started Matt Davenport Productions in the late 1980s. The one-man show has since grown into a thriving, award-winning full service production company.
He originally was a singer and dancer in stage productions at Opryland USA in Nashville and went on to form a band that became Diamond Rio. His first national touring production, “Tennessee Waltz,” hit the road in 1992.
Over the years, Davenport has written and directed numerous original stage shows, including “The American Pride Show” in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which won Show of the Year honors in its debut season. He was also the creative force behind his company’s national tours of “Ropin’ the West,” “One Enchanted Evening,” “Birth of the Beat” and “American Rhapsody,” which was a part of the International Gershwin Centennial Celebration.
He has also produced and directed several productions of the Off-Broadway hit, “Always ... Patsy Cline.” Matt’s original production “Country Tonite” in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. was awarded Show of the Year from 2001-2005 by the North American Country Music Association.
Most recently, Davenport directed a critically acclaimed production of “Forever Plaid” at the historic Empire Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.
The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that has been bringing high-quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price for 30 years. The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts feature artists of national and international acclaim. Season ticket subscriptions are $80 and single concert tickets are $30 for local residents. For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 478-4363.
This is the next to last show of TCCA’s 2008-2009 season. The final program is with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 10.