Cancelled -- Temple Theaters: By George, It's Joy

Cancelled -- Temple Theaters: By George, It's Joy

Mar 14, 2020

A tribute to alumna Joy Valderrama Abbott (EDU '52)
through the music of George Abbott

March 14 @ 7:30 pm & March 15 @ 3 pm
At the Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

It is with deep sadness that we report that Temple Alumna Joy Abbott, who was originally scheduled to be featured at this event, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020. 

We will move forward, celebrating Joy's legacy as a performer and musical theater luminary. The evening will include arrangements of songs from the musicals associated with her late husband, legendary Broadway producer, director, and playwright, George Abbott (creative genius behind the invention of the classic book musical including THE PAJAMA GAME, PAL JOEY and DAMN YANKEES). 

Performances will Conducted by Steven Gross, the concert features a full orchestra, the alumni talents of Garrick Vaughan (‘14) and Rita Castagna (‘19) as well as 35 performers from Temple’s George and Joy Abbott Center's BFA in Musical Theater whose academic program and development has been so profoundly affected by the support of Joy Abbott. 

The unique event will also highlight new works from the inaugural class of Temple Theaters' recently launched Abbott MFA in Musical Theater Collaboration which was born and has been cultivated due to support by Joy. 

We hope you can join us for this touching tribute to the memory of a truly wonderful performer and friend to so many.  Temple will also hold a further tribute to Joy in Fall of 2020.


Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 Seniors/Students/Alums/TU Employees, $10 Temple Students
Purchase Tickets Online -- or contact the box office at or 215-204-1122

ACCESS Cardholders can use their card at Temple Theaters for $2 tickets, thanks to ACCESS Philly, a city-wide initiative led by Art-Reach. You can find out more here


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