From first kiss to happily ever after, the subject of love is popular for Broadway shows.

Now, an area performance troupe is bring the greatest song and dance numbers of all time to a Franklin stage.

The Lasting Impressions, a group of senior citizens based in Columbus, will perform during a special matinee show at the Artcraft Theatre. “From Broadway with Love” will include 36 songs from 24 Broadway musicals, everything from “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” from “The Sound of Music” and “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific.”

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The performance will be at 2 p.m. June 30. Tickets are $15 at the door, or online at

Group member Donna Browne shared five things to know about their group.

Staying active

“We always say we’re a group of active and talented senior citizens. We do song, dance and drama, both shows in Columbus and taking it on the road if there’s interest.”

Expertly led

“We have a cast of 16 for this particular show, and then four instrumentalists. We have an accompanist, keyboards, percussion and a music director, Sarah Kittle. She teaches privately in Columbus, with a number of students. She has had students perform on Broadway, and one who was with the Met (the Metropolitan Opera in New York).”

Following the plan

“Every one of our shows has a theme. The show is built around the theme. This particular show is ‘From Broadway with Love.’ We looked at the five phases of love: first love, friendship love, forsaken love, fervent love and forever love.”

Changing pace

“Our shows have group songs, solos, duets, trios, quartets and ensembles, so there’s quite a variety. There’s a little bit of dance in there that goes in with the songs and some drama that leads into the sections.”


“With every show, we have an opening number and a closing number, and those include the entire cast. Our closing number this time is ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ and it hardly ever leaves a dry eye.”

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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.