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Elmsford's Westchester Broadway Theatre Stages 'Backwards In Heels'

Darien Crago
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ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Westchester Broadway Theatre presents "Backwards in High Heels"  from Thursday, Aug. 13, to Sunday, Sept. 20, at the theater in Elsmford.

Starring Darien Crago as Ginger Rogers "Backwards In High Heels" is an account of Rogers’ ambitious public and private life.

The musical takes its title from a quote from a 1982 “Frank & Ernest” cartoon about Fred Astaire and Rogers: “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did — backwards and in high heels.”

Rogers' career began when she won a Charleston contest in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, at age 15. Three years later, she made her Broadway debut and quickly became a star. Rogers was discovered by Hollywood and starred in a string of 1930s films, partnered with Fred Astaire. Her fame culminated in winning an Oscar for her title role in “Kitty Foyle.”

Along the way, she had tempestuous relationships with producers, co-stars and many husbands — but none rivaled the importance of her relationship with her mother.

"Backwards in High Heels" was conceived and developed in 2007 by Lynette Barkley and Christopher McGovern. The book, musical arrangements and original songs are by McGovern ("Lizzie Borden," "A Visit to Roswell" and many other original songs and musicals.) The musical debuted in 2007 at the Florida Stage in West Palm Beach.

For reservations, call 914-592-2222 or visit Ticket prices for dinner and show range from $56-$84 plus tax, depending on the performances chosen. Beverage service and gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances.

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