The Friends of Amarillo Public Library are hosting their annual free Books to Broadway concert for the first time in two years.
The free concert will take place on Thursday, November 3 in the Heritage Hall of the Amarillo Civic Center at 6 p.m.
Books to Broadway is a musical review of songs from Broadway musicals based on or inspired by books. This year’s concert will celebrate its 10th anniversary with songs from favorite shows throughout the concert’s history, including numbers from shows such as “Hamilton”, “Into the Woods”, “The Secret Garden” and more.
“Our first year was in 2011, but we had to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, so this event is our 10th concert and we’re very excited to host it,” said Stacy Clopton, Public Relations Coordinator and PLA programming.
According to Clopton, the idea came from another library and was adopted by APL after receiving sponsorship from Friends of APL. Every year since the inception of Books to Broadway, the concert has been produced by Dr. Robert Hansen, principal of the West Texas A&M University School of Music. This year the concert will be performed by WT faculty members, but in the past it has included students, members of the Amarillo Little Theater, members of the Amarillo Opera and more.
“There are a few songs that are obviously related to a book like ‘The Secret Garden,’ but there are some that people might not know were based on, or originally were, a book. One is “Little Shop of Horrors”, which will be included in the concert, originally inspired by a science fiction short story called “Green Thoughts” by John Collier and “The Reluctant Orchid” by Arthur C. Clarke,” Clopton said.
Doors open at 6 p.m., where attendees can bid on items in their silent auction and enjoy complimentary coffee and dessert bar. At 7 p.m. the show will begin. During the intermission, the winners of the silent auction will be announced; items included in the auction were donated or created especially for the event. Each item also includes a free book. For example, an item included in the auction is a barbecue gift basket that includes a cookbook.
“For someone who has never been there, we have world class singers performing. You can enjoy the complementary dessert bar and silent auction. It is overall a fun event and free for people,” Clopton added.
The funds raised during the event will benefit the Friends of the APL to support their programs and events.
During the event, attendees can sit in the theater-style seats for free. Premium seating will also be available at tables featuring two consumption vouchers; the cost is $25.
Individuals are urged to contact Clopton at 806-378-3051 or email [email protected] for more information or to reserve tickets.