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Drury Lane Theatre Presents - 42ND STREET

This past week Good Times Radio-TV was invited to Drury Lane Theatre’s Opening Night of 42ND STREET presented by PLAYBILL.


Drury Lane Theatre continues their successful 2017/2018 Season with 42nd Street! Tapping through this holiday season on Drury Lane Theatre’s Stage is a masterful production of 42nd Street. Directed by Michael Heitzman with choreography by Jared Grimes, 42nd Street remains true to its classic 1930s Bradford Ropes novel with a refreshing contemporary twist. An impressive cast and creative team give it their all on stage. 42nd Street is a must see at Drury Lane Theatre! 


The original Broadway production of 42ND STREET was an absolute success as the show ran for 3,486 performances and 6 previews from August of 1980 to January of 1989. Not only was it the 14th longest running show in Broadway history but lives on as the 1980 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical! David Merrick’s production of 42nd Street remains a Broadway classic with direction and dances by Gower Champion, music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. 

 

Drury Lane Theatre’s stage is thoroughly transformed, capturing New York City and Philadelphia in the 1930’s. The accomplished Creative Team includes Michael Heitzman (director), Jared Grimes (choreography), Roberta Duchak (music direction), Collette Pollard (scenic design), Emilio Sosa (costume design), Mike Baldassari (lighting design), Ray Nardelli (sound design), Claire Moores (wig and hair design), Everett Bradley (music arrangements) and Lucia Lombardi (production stage manager).


This remarkable cast delivers elegant tap numbers and irresistible harmonies from beginning to end. The cast of 42nd Street includes, Suzzanne Douglas (Dorothy Brock), Gene Weylandt (Julian Marsh), Kimberly Immanuel (Peggy Sawyer), Phillip Attmore (Billy Lawler), Justin Brill (Bert Barry), Donica Lynn (Maggie Jones), Brandon Springman (Pat), Cedric Young (Abner Dillon), Erica Evans (Andy Lee), Sierra Schnack (Annie), and Bret Tuomi (Mac/Thug/Doctor). Additional casting includes: Time Brickey, Lamont Brown, Tristan Bruns, Joe Capstick, Joel Chambers, Andrewa Collier, Gabriela Delano, Annie Jo Ermel, Rachel Marie LaPorte, Mandy Modic, Thomas Ortiz, Allie Pizzo, Marisa Siegle, Anthony Sullivan Jr., and Davon Suttles. 


42nd Street comes to life on stage with a driving force in the shadows! Performing unforgettable hits such as “Audition”, “We’re In The Money”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and many other! Live on stage is the magnificent 42nd Street Orchestra, led by Conductor/Keyboardist Chris Sargent and consists of Ellen Morris (Keyboard 2), Tom Logan (Acoustic & Electric Guitar), Carey Deadman (Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Music Contractor), Jim Gailloreto (Flute, Clarinet & Saxophones), Chuck Webb (Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Keyboard), Rich Trelease (Drums, Percussion & Electronic Drums), and Ethan Deppe (Keyboard Programming). 


Drury Lane Theatre’s vibrant production of 42nd Street is pure gold and deserved it's standing ovation on Opening Night! This uplifting Broadway classic of aspiring chorus girl, Peggy Sawyer is a must see at Drury Lane Theatre! Winter in Chicago can’t get any better than this! 


The Show runs from November 6th 2017 – January 7th, 2018.


Get your Tickets NOW on www.DruryLaneTheatre.com

Box Office: (630)530-0111

Drury Lane Theatre is located 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook Terrace, IL.


Special thanks to Ron Lundquist, Debbie, Nancy and Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Inc.

Drury Lane Theatre Presents - ROCK OF AGES

This past week Good Times Radio-TV was invited to Drury Lane Theatre’s opening night of ROCK OF AGES presented by PLAYBILL. 


Legendary Musical Rock Of Ages commands the Drury Lane Theatre stage with a powerful cast, creative team and 28 classic 80’s hits! The influencial musical tribute to the 1980’s is based on the book by Chris D’Arienzo, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp, Directed by Scott Weinstein and Choreographed by Stephanie Klemons. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Regional Premiere of Rock Of Ages is a must see at the Drury Lane Theatre! 


A legendary musical deserves an impressive cast! As always Drury Lane Theatre accomplished that goal as the principle cast includes Russell Mernagh (Drew), Cherry Torres (Sherrie), Nicholas Druzbanski (Lonny), Adam Michaels (Stacee Jaxx), Gene Weylandt (Dennis), Nick Cosgrove (Franz), George Keating (Hertz), Donica Lynn (Justice), and Tiffany Tatreau (Regina). Additional casting includes Andrea Colier, John Edwards, Annie Joe Ermel, Michael Ferraro, Sharriese Hamilton, Colte Julian, Lindsay Prerost and Sawyer Smith. 


This dynamic cast delivers each number as powerful as ever! Utilizing the audience in their performance, belting out vigorous/dominant/powerhouse rock anthems and moving so seamlessly on stage is something to see. Like any big rock concert, as an audience member you truly connect with the character and the artist on stage. 


Rock Of Ages director Scott Weinstein and the creative team have done an outstanding job bringing the musical to life on Drury Lane Theatre's stage! The Creative Team includes Stephanie Klemons (choreography), Roberta Duchak (music direction), Jeffery D. Kmiec (scenic design), Theresa Ham (costume design), Greg Hofmann (lighting design), Ray Nardelli (sound design), Rasean Davonte (projection design) and Larry Baker (production stage manager). Scott Weinstein’s production and direction of his astounding staging of Rent crowned him the 2015 Joseph Jefferson Award winner. Also Rock of Ages choreographer, Stephanie Klemons is recipient of the Drama Desk Award and most recently served as associate choreographer for Hamilton. 


The final piece of the puzzle is a band that can handle big egos, big guitar solos and even bigger hair! The Rock Of Ages Band seamlessly performs each classic hit to its original form. Watch as the band becomes part of the show and rocks each musical number live on Drury Lane Theatre’s stage! The Rock Of Ages Band includes Chris Sargent (Conductor/Keyboard), Dan Peters (Electric and Acoustic Guitars), Tom Logan (Electric Guitars), Patrick Williams (Bass), Rich Release (Drums), Carey Deadman (Music Contractor), Ethan Deppe (Electronic Music Design). 


By the end of opening night Good Times Radio-TV had attended not only a finely crafted musical but a tremendous rock concert! The Rock Of Ages musical delivers a positive fulfilling message and impressive creative energy from beginning to end! GTR-TV recommends Rock Of Ages to all as this is a must see at the Drury Lane Theatre! Sing along with your family and friends as Rock Of Ages features classic 80s hits from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more!


The Show runs from August 24th – October 15th, 2017.


Get your Tickets NOW on www.DruryLaneTheatre.com

Box Office: (630)530-0111

Drury Lane Theatre is located 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook Terrace, IL.


Special thanks to Ron Lundquist, Debbie, Nancy and Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Inc. 

Drury Lane Theatre Presents - CHICAGO The Musical

Drury Lane Theater kicks off their 2017 - 2018 season with the hit musical, CHICAGO

CHICAGO - The Musical is the #1 longest running American musical in Broadway history, Recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations across the globe. From the musical's opening act of "All that Jazz" to it's final show-stopping number "Nowadays" CHICAGO keeps you on the edge-of-your seat!

CHICAGO is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. This fiery new take of CHICAGO  - The Musical nearly tops the Academy Award®-winning film. Drury Lane Theater's Artistic Director, William Osetek brings the show to life with a star-studded cast, an incredible creative team, music direction by Roberta Duchak and choreography by Tony-nominated student of Bob Fosse, Jane Lanier. 

Opening Night of CHICAGO - The Musical was magical! The energy on stage is outstanding with smooth choreography, swinging dance numbers and all-powerful harmonies! Broadway veterans Kelly Felthous (Roxie Hart) and Alena Watters (Velma Kelly) are marvelous as they lead an accomplished cast of characters! The principal cast includes Guy Lockard (Billy Flynn), Justin Brill (Amos Hart),Michael Accardo (Master of Ceremonies), and E. Faye Butler (Matron Mama Morton). The ensemble includes Jessica Blair, Lauren Nicole Blane, Matt Casey, Brian Duncan, Rueben Echoles, Erica Evans, Alejandro Fonseca, Michael George, Allyson Graves, Rachel Hafell, Daniel Hurst, Joseph London, Jay Reynolds Jr., Haley Schneider, and Aaron Umsted. 

The creative team behind this breathtaking new staging of Chicago includes Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Sully Ratke (Costume Design), Lee Fiskness (Lighting Design), Ray Nardelli (Sound Design), Cassy Schillo (Properties Design) and Claire Moores (Wig Design). The Production Stage Manager is Larry Baker. 

Some of the world’s finest musicians make up the Drury Lane Orchestra Band! The DruryLane Orchestra consists of Conductor & Pianist Chris Sargent. Jim Gailloreto on Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano and Alto Sax. Linda Van Dyke playing Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano, Tenor and Baritone Sax. Trumpet and Flugelhorn is played by Rob Parton.  Trombone and Bass Trombone performed by Dan Johnson. Acoustic Bass and Tuba played by Dan Anderson. Rich Trelease playing Drums and Percussion. The Music Contractor is Carey Deadman. 

CHICAGO - The Musical is electrifying. This show is hands down a must see at the Drury Lane Theatre! 

Get yout tickets NOW on www.DruryLaneTheatre.com

A portion of the opening night tickets sales were donated to Strides for Peace, a nonprofit providing community resources intended to reduce gun violence in the Chicago area. Thank you to all involved with the production and behind the scenes work at Drury Lane Theatre. Special thanks to Ron Lundquist, Debbie, Nancy and Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Inc.

Drury Lane Theatre Presents - Saturday Night Fever

This past week GTR-TV was invited to the World Premiere of brand new musical presented by PLAYBILL, Saturday Night Fever! Tony Award Nominee, Dan Knechtges Directs & Choreographs the brand new version of Saturday Night Fever, capturing an era of jive talkin’ and boogie shoes.

 

The original Paramount/RSO Film Saturday Night Fever was a smash-hit when released on December 16th 1977. A career changing role for John Travolta (Tony Manero) and Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie Mangano). Nominated in 1978 for Best Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical, Best Actor John Travolta, Best Original Score and Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. Saturday Night Fever is based on a magazine article published in 1976 by English rock critic Nik Cohn. The article, “Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night” appeared in a June 1976 issue of New York and sparked attention of many producers. A deal was made soon after with producer Robert Stigwood and the rights were purchased by the Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO). In collaboration with Bill Oaks, Saturday Night Fever was adapted for stage. The North American version was written by Sean Cercone and David Abbinanti years later.

 

The disco craze story was nearly complete. A group of working class Italian-Americans in Brooklyn who lived for the night by dancing in a local disco called 2001 Odyssey. After signing director John Badham and lead role John Travolta to the film, there were still missing elements to their production. The Bee Gees were already signed to RSO Records and at the time had faded out of the spotlight. Stigwood knew the Gibb brothers would be a good fit. Within a short time, The Bee Gees had written some of their greatest hits for the film, “Stayin Alive”, “More Than a Woman”, “Night Fever” and more.

 

Capturing the 1970’s disco era on the Drury Lane Theatre stage required an amazing Creative Team! GTR-TV would like to recognize the marvelous work by Roberta Duchak (Musical Director), Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Rachel Laritz (Costume Design), Ryan O’Gara (Lighting Design), Ray Nardelli (Sound Design), Penny Lane Studios (Wig and Hair Design), Neil Massey (Stunt Coordinator), Courtney Cerny (Associate Choreographer), Sammi Grant (Dialect Coach) and Lucia Lombardi (Production Stage Manager).


The revised and rewritten version of Saturday Night Fever is perfect for Drury Lane Theatre. It’s truly a smash hit! The Press Opening night was magic. All members of the audience were moving in their seats, singing along, clapping their hands and following every move on stage. Jeff-Award nominated actor, Adrian Aguilar’s (Tony Manero) stunning performance, powerful vocals and moves of Travolta charmed the audience from beginning to end. Character Tony Manero’s dance partner and love interest, Stephanie Mangano played by Erica Stephan is sensational. Aguilar and Stephan’s dazzling chemistry won the room over with breathtaking duets and dance numbers.

 

The principal cast of Saturday Night Fever is magnificent! Landree Fleming (Annette), Nick Cosgrove (Bobby C.), Joe Capstick (Joey), Will Lidke (Gus) and Brandon Springman (Double J) are brilliant as they truly resemble the original characters from the 1977 film. The choreography and harmonies of the entire cast is outstanding: Adaezè Kelley (Candy), Jhardon DiShon Milton (Monty), Allyson Graves (Pauline), Skyler Adams (Frank Manero Jr.), Marya Grandy (Flo Manero), Olivia Renteria (Linda Manero) and Bret Tuomi (Frank Manero/Fusco). The ensemble includes Tony Carter, Courtney Cerny, Brian M. Duncan, Michael Samarie George, Ron King, Amanda Newman, Martín Ortíz Tápia, Adrienne Storrs, Monica Thomas and Aaron Umsted. 


The musical showcases hit songs written by the Bee Gees, David Shire, Harry Casey and many others. Let’s not forget that there is a live band in the orchestra pit, rockin’ and groovin’ each song. The band consists of Conductor & Keyboardist Chris Sargent, Jo Ann Daugherty on Keyboard 2, Guitar played by Tom Logan, Chuck Webb on Bass, Dan Johnson on Trombone, Rich Trelease playing Percussion & Drums and Music Contractor Carey Deadman, also playing Trumpet & Flugelhorn. 


From beginning to end the musical has great energy and beautiful scenes between cast members. Classic hit music from the Bee Gees helps tell this story and leaves you with disco fever! I guarantee you will be dancing in your seat and interacting with the show. 

Saturday Night Fever is showcased at the prestigious Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook Terrace from January 19th to March 19th. Get your tickets on www.DruryLaneTheatre.com  I recommend Drury Lane Theater to everyone! Conveniently located in Chicago's prestigious western suburbs just minutes from Downtown Chicago, Drury Lane is a beautiful, unique and versatile facility that combines ideal location, functionality and elegance to make it one of Chicagoland's finest facilities. Visit www.DruryLaneTheatre.com for show dates and other events taking place! Also visit www.PlayBill.com for more information.


On opening night a portion of the ticket sales were donated to ArtReach, a nonprofit organization providing access to the arts to undeserved communities in the Chicago area. We’d like to say thank you to all involved with the production and behind the scenes work at Drury Lane Theatre. Special thanks to Ron Lundquist, Debbie, Nancy and Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Inc.

Drury Lane Theatre Presents - Smokey Joe's Cafe 

This past week GTR-TV was invited to the World Premiere of the brand new musical presented by PLAYBILL, Smokey Joe’s Cafe! Directed and Choreographed by internationally acclaimed director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is the longest running musical revue in Broadway history that celebrates the renowned musical duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. 


When Playbill first introduced Smokey Joe’s Cafe to Broadway in the Spring of 1995 It was nominated for seven 1995 Tony Awards, including Best Choreography (Joey McKneely), Best Direction (Zaks), Best Featured Actor (Victor Trent Cook), Best Featured Actress (Lively, Braxton and B.J. Crosby) and Best Musical. The show ran 2,036 performances from March 2nd, 1995 and closed January 16th, 2000.


With an amazing cast and astounding creative team, Smokey Joe’s Cafe brings the Songs of Leiber and Stoller to life at the Drury Lane Theatre. This on stage performance of oldies but goodies captures a time when Maxwell Street was still one of Chicago’s most unconventional business and residential districts. A mile long strip of growing business that sold anything from shoe strings to expensive clothes made its mark in Chicago History and had remained vigorous for nearly 100 years. As the tradition of Maxwell Street continues today we can appreciate a musical that takes place during the late 1950s, when cities like Chicago became a launching ground for rock n roll and blues. 


To paint this full picture of the legendary Maxwell Street we must begin with the creative team for Smokey Joe’s Cafe which includes Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Sully Ratcke (Costume Design), Paul Miller (Lighting Design), Ryan Hickey (Sounds Design), Michael Baxter (Associate Director and Choreographer), Lucia Lombardi (Production Stage Manager), and Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Director and Choreographer) of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. 


As the Set Design includes a cafe dinner, bus stop, bandstand and much more, the creative team captures that original feeling of Maxwell Street right on the Drury Lane Theatre stage. And in the shadows of Chicago’s downtown skyscrapers live nine characters, each with their own unique hopes and dreams yet similar memories of the neighborhood. As the musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe opens with Liber and Stoller’s song “Neighborhood” the cast welcomes the audience with sweet soaring harmonies and power behind every note.

 

From the first number we feel the irresistible performance of Pearl, the Street Performer played by Carrie Abernathy. The smooth voice of Sonny, the Hustler played by Sean Blake. The energetic moves of Little Walter, The Bum played by Justin Keyes. The unstoppable vocal power of Willie Mae, the Cafe Proprietor played by Donica Lynn. The undeniable strength and glory of Ruth, the Maxwell Street Dweller played by Meghan Murphy. The dazzling choreography of Annette, the Waitress played by Amy Orman. The round low notes given by Doc, the Mechanic played by Tyrone L. Robinson. The solid delivery of Cornelius, the Solider played by Chris Sams. And the energy behind Rod, the College Boy played by Will Skrip.


As the musical showcases 39 pop standards such as “Yakety Yak”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Stand By Me” and many other hits written by Liber and Stoller the Maxwell Street band performs live on stage with the cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. 

The band consists of Norty, Conductor and Keyboard Player played by Chris Sargent. King, on Tenor and Baritone Saxophone played by Alex Beltran. T-Bone on Guitar played by Buddy Lambro. J.J. on Bass played by Chuck Webb. And Fontana, on Drums/Percussion played by Ben Johnson.


Through out the whole show the audience remains engaged with every beat and can step to every rythm on that stage.  From beginning to end the audience felt the music and lyrics of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller live on stage. With early rock n roll ballads to catchy energetic choruses, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is guaranteed to entertain and get you on your feet.

The musical is showcased at the prestigious Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook Terrace from September 1st to October 23rd. You can get your tickets on www.DruryLaneTheatre.com  I recommend Drury Lane Theater to everyone! Conveniently located in Chicago's prestigious western suburbs just minutes from Downtown Chicago, Drury Lane is a beautiful, unique and versatile facility that combines ideal location, functionality and elegance to make it one of Chicagoland's finest facilities. Visit www.DruryLaneTheatre.com for more information on show dates and other events taking place! Also visit www.PlayBill.com for more information.

Drury Lane Theatre Presents - HAZEL

This past week GTR-TV was invited to the World Premiere of the brand new musical presented by PLAYBILL, Hazel! HAZEL was written by the Kleban Award-winning playwright, Emmy-nominated producer, Lissa Levin, who is also a TV veteran with her work on TV sitcoms such as "Cheers" and "Family Ties”. The musical, which was first announced to be in development for Broadway in 2010, is written by composer Ron Abel and lyricist Chuck Steffan.


Hazel is based on one of the most beloved and enduring characters in American popular culture. Hazel, a saucy maid with a wry sense of humor, timeless wisdom, and a heart of gold. The character was created by cartoonist Ted Key and has been adored for over 60 years. She first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943 as a single-panel cartoon and continued to delight readers of all ages until the magazine went out of print in 1969. Ted Key adapted his own single-panel cartoon for the TV show, which ran from 1961 to 1965 on NBC, and from 1965 to 1966 on CBS. Hazel was also brought to life by Academy Award winner Shirley Booth on a TV sitcom of the same name, and ran for five well-received, award winning seasons. Hazel’s humanity, common sense, and warmth will touch all audiences as a musical, as it has from the beginning.” Director Joshua Bergasse suggests, "Hazel is set in the late 1960's in an era that offers lots to work with. 


Hazel played by Klea Blackhurst is phenomenal as she opened the musical walking in the isle, talking to the audience about everyday issues. There were a few times she even spoke to individual audience members and incorporated their reaction into the musical. This gave such a large theater a feel of a more intimate setting, as Hazel’s opening scene broke the ice for everyone in the room which generated laughter and cheers from the very start. 


George & Dorothy Baxter played by Ken Clark and Summer Naomi Smart were brilliant. Their irresistible chemistry together, sharp dance numbers and sweet soaring harmonies also brought the show to life. Their son in the musical Harold Baxter played by Casey Lyons along with his friends played by Tyler Martin, Ava Morse and Rowan Moxely are hilariously good and bring a smart dynamic to the musical. Bonkers Johnson played by Ed Kross is excellent with funny gestures and energetic dance numbers. Finally the rest of the cast truly compliments the lead roles in Hazel and by far enhance the show. 


From the very first number I felt like I was a part of this story being depicted on stage. From beginning to end I had fun watching the musical come to life with powerful acting along with music and lyrics that were truly delivered well. I know I wasn’t the only audience member enjoying myself. The whole audience started organically clapping to musical numbers, cheered out for Hazel and other cast members during high energy performances and by the last number we all stood up giving the musical HAZEL a standing ovation. This musical is a must see and a hit! 

I’d like to give a big shoutout to everyone involved in producing the musical. After the show I was able to meet Klea Blackhurst, Ken Clark, Ron Abel and many others behind the scenes.


The musical is showcased at the prestigious Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook Terrace from March 31st to May 2nd. You can get your tickets on www.DruryLaneTheatre.com  I recommend Drury Lane Theater to everyone! Conveniently located in Chicago's prestigious western suburbs just minutes from Downtown Chicago, Drury Lane is a beautiful, unique and versatile facility that combines ideal location, functionality and elegance to make it one of Chicagoland's finest facilities. Visit www.DruryLaneTheatre.com for more information on show dates and other events taking place!