Around the World in 80 Days

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January 6, 2018 at 2pm & 5pm | Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

A Daring Race Against Time!

No one thinks Phileas Fogg can do it.

But this eccentric adventurer won’t be stopped! He believes he can achieve the unthinkable and sets out on a race against time! With his butler Passepartout (who is terrified of ships, trains and anything adventurous), Phileas must travel around the globe and return to London in just 80 days. And if that weren’t difficult enough, Detective Fix is hot on his heels and trying to stop him!

In this hilarious and epic adventure, Phileas leaves the solitary life he loves and must learn to rely on new-found friends if he’s going to complete his goal. He’ll need your help too, to avoid getting caught by Detective Fix!

Told through songs from the great American songbook, this world premiere production revisits Jules Verne’s timeless classic Around the World in 80 Days, in a musical adventure for all ages.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
2:00PM & 5:00PM

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater –
Kogod Theater

1101 6th St SW
Washington, DC 20024

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BENJAMIN LURYE is a proud to make his debut with The American Pops. This past season, his performance as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in Olney Theatre’s My Fair Lady was called “the production’s musical high point…sung in soaring tones by The Washington Post. In the DC area, he has appeared at Signature Theatre in A Little Night Music and the world premiere of Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson’s Diner; at Ford’s Theatre in Hello, Dolly!; at Olney Theatre in Sweeney Todd, Mary Poppins, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Forever Plaid; with the contemporary opera company UrbanArias in the world premiere of Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola and their trademark “Craigslist Cabaret”; and at 1st Stage in Floyd Collins and Parfumerie. Additionally, he has been seen at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Adventure Theatre MTC, where he is also a teaching artist for young musical theatre performers. Benjamin holds a BM from the University of Maryland, College Park and can be followed online at

NURNEY is an actor born and raised in the D.C. area. He trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and received a B.S. in Communication Studies from Towson University in 2013. Since then, he has been performing throughout the area. Olney Theatre Center: Evita, Mary Poppins (Neleus), Carmen: An Afro Cuban Jazz Musical, Guys & Dolls (Rusty Charlie), The Producers, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Flotsam) THEARC Theater: Truth: The Musical (Popple) Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Spamalot [Helen Hayes nomination Outstanding Ensemble], The Wiz, The Color Purple [Helen Hayes nomination Outstanding Resident Musical]; Monumental Theatre Company: Sex Swap: A Gender Bender Cabaret (1st & 3rd renditions), Day by Day: A Musical Review of Composer Stephen Schwartz.

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HILARY MORROW is an acclaimed musical theatre performer and soloist. Most recently she appeared in the 2017 Source Festival as Empress Drusilla in a quirky 10-minute play. Earlier this year she appeared with The American Pops Orchestra in Cinderella: A Magical Musical Tale after her premiere performance with the group as a featured soloist in She Did it Her Way last season. She recently performed at the famed jazz club, Birdland in New York City. She has performed alongside such luminaries as Kevin Spacey, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Renee Fleming, Tommy Tune, Laura Osnes, Lea Salonga, Jeremy Jordan, Lindsey Mendez and Ashley Brown. Last winter, she toured a musical theatre masterclass series for underserved school children in Maine with Maestro Luke Frazier. Other credits include: Storyteller in Children of Eden at the Kennedy Center, Brünnhilde in Hugo Ball: a Dada puppet AdveNTurE!!/?1!!//, Snowella Mistletoe in A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, Charlotte Stackhouse in Let Trump Be Trump and Isabella Andreini in a one-woman show entitled, Oh, What Can’t A Woman Do?. She received her BA in musical theatre from American University and is a member of the National Broadway Chorus.

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TIARA WHALEY is thrilled to be performing with The American Pops Orchestra. Tiara studied Musical Theatre and English Writing at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her favorite roles include Ti Moune (Once on This Island), Emmie Thibodeaux (Caroline or Change, Helen Hayes Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Helen), Lorraine (All Shook Up), and Lil’ Inez (Hairspray). Tiara would like to thank her family and fiance for their love and support as she pursues her dreams.

Clay Elder

CLAYBOURNE ELDER (Writer) is a Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Theatre World Award nominee. He starred on Broadway in Bonnie and Clyde (Buck, original cast) and Sunday in the Park with George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Soldier/George understudy). Off-Broadway he appeared in the original companies of Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show (Hollis, original cast), One Arm (Ollie, Drama Desk Nomination Best Actor), and in the revivals of Allegro (Joe, Lucille Lortel Nomination Best Actor), Two by Two (Japheth, with Jason Alexander), and Do I Hear a Waltz? (Eddie). He has premiered works by Stephen Sondheim, Frank Wildhorn, Bill Finn, Richard Maltby and David Shire and has appeared on 5 cast albums. His regional credits include George in the Helen Hayes award winning Signature Theatre revival of Sunday in the Park with George, Wolf/Prince in Moises Kaufman’s revival of Into the WoodsAngels in America (KC Rep, dir. David Cromer), Oklahoma (Curly, MTW), West Side Story (Tony, Tuacahn), Cinderella (Prince, KC Starlight). His film/television credits include: Pete O’Malley on The Carrie Diaries, Flatbush Luck, and It Could Be Worse. He made his cabaret debut at 54 Below and his solo show You and Me and Sondheim has played to sold out houses around the country and in London.