Broadway actors star in First You Dream

Benefit for MCT’s Next Step Prep features Michael Lowney, Andy Taylor and Chryssie Whitehead

On Stage
First You Dream
First You Dream stars Michael Lowney with Special Guests Andy Taylor and Chryssie Whitehead.

“First you dream. You dream about incredible things.” For musical theatre lovers, the song “First You Dream” by Kander and Ebb epitomizes the inspiration Broadway can provide.

How very fitting that Broadway veteran Michael Lowney will perform “First You Dream: Michael Lowney with Special Guests Andy Taylor and Chryssie Whitehead” in his hometown of Missoula, where he first dreamed of Broadway at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.

A follow-up engagement to Lowney’s sold-out “Believer” concert last year at MCT, the actor will perform this cabaret-style concert with fellow Broadway performers Andy Taylor (also a native Missoulian) and Chryssie Whitehead.

Lowney has appeared in “La Cage aux Folles” and at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a world-class Broadway supper club, near Times Square in New York City. In addition to his many theatre credits, he was seen on television in “The Guiding Light.” He’s a graduate Hellgate High School in Missoula and of the University of Michigan.

Taylor’s Broadway credits include “Once” and “Sunset Boulevard,” while Whitehead performed in “A Chorus Line” and “Chicago.”

“First You Dream” is a fundraiser for MCT’s Next Step Prep scholarship fund. A summer musical theatre training program for high school students, Next Step Prep trains aspiring young performers from around the country to take the next step in their journey toward a career in theatre.

Lowney, Taylor and Whitehead are all guest teaching artists this summer for Next Step Prep.

The trio’s collaboration in “First You Dream” is a family-friendly evening of contemporary and classical musical theatre pieces. There will be a meet-and-greet after the show in MCT’s lobby.

Reserved seating tickets are $30 and available at, by calling 406-728-PLAY, or at the MCT Box Office, which is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour before showtime.