Performance Dates: 11/10/22 - 1/1/23

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. 

 

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

 

Cast

T

YOUNG PRINCE

Mikey Marmann

 

ENCHANTRESS

Lily Kren

 

BEAST

Leland Burnett*

 

BELLE

Hana Culbreath

 

LeFOU

Jojo Minasi

 

GASTON

Elliott Litherland*

 

LES FILLES DE LA VILLE

Kaitie Buckert, Lily Kren, Esther Lee

 

MAURICE

Keith Lee Grant*

 

COGSWORTH

Garrison Hunt

 

LUMIERE

Conor Stepnowski

 

BABETTE

Ari Glauser

 

MRS. POTTS

Blair Alexis Brown*

 

CHIP

Teddy Kai Schneider, Nikki Rinaudo-Concessi

 

 

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE

Katelyn Anne Lauria

 

MONSIEUR D'ARQUE

Conor Stepnowski

 

TOWNSPEOPLE. ENCHANTED OBJECTS

Tyler Beauregard*, Kaitie Buckert, Julia Feeley,

Timothy Matthew Flores. Ari Glauser, Garrison

Hunt, J'Khalil, Lily Kren, Katelyn Anne Lauria,

Esther Lee, Mikey Marmann, Jojo Minasi, Conor

Stepnowski, Sierra Wells

 

PROLOGUE NARRATOR

Phyllis Pastore

 

SWINGS

Nikki Rinaudo-Concessi and Mat Webb

 

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER 

Kellian Frank*

 

DANCE CAPTAIN/FIGHT CAPTAIN

Julia Feeley

 

UNDERSTUDIES

Belle - Ari Glauser, 

Beast - Tyler Beauregard,

Gaston - Mikey Marmann, 

Lefou - Timothy

Matthew Flores, 

Les Filles De La Ville - Julia

Feeley, Sierra Wells, Mrs. Potts - Katelyn Anne

Lauria. Wardrobe - Kaitie Buckert. Babette -

Katie Buckert, Lily Kren, Lumiere - J'Khalil,

Cogsworth - Mat Webb, Katelyn Anne Lauria,

Chip - Nikki Rinaudo-Concessi, Maurice

Garrison Hunt

 

 

BAND

Music Director/Conductor/Keys 1

Jonathan Brenner

Keys 2 - Anthony Brindisi

Reeds - Brian Schatz

Trumpet - Peter Auricchio

Bass - Pete Averso

Drums - Andrew Warren

Music Director Sub/Conductor/Keys I

Jeffrev Lodin

Writers Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season

Glencoe, Illinois—Writers Theatre Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy announced the company's 2022/23 four-play season, to include Mike Lew's Tiger Style!, directed by Brian Balcom; Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol, The Tony Award winning musical Once, directed and choreographed by Katie Spellman; and Kareem Fahmy's timely new play A Distinct Society.

"There's something for everyone in the 22/23 Season at Writers Theatre. These four productions embrace a diversity of theatrical expression-from comedy to musical to drama to holiday spectacular," comments Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy. "What they share are they are all stories of people seeking connection: to both sides of a Chinese American identity in Tiger Style!; to family traditions and recently lost loved ones in Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol; to distant partners, new acquaintances and music in Once; and to friends and family separated by borders and geopolitics in A Distinct Society. Connection and community were restricted during the pandemic-but they are what live theatre is all about. We're delighted to present this season that celebrates the irreplaceable experience of gathering together to enjoy a play."

All productions in the 2022/23 season will be presented in the 255-seat Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in the in the award-winning building at 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe, designed by Studio Gang Architects.

The Writers Theatre 2022/23 season includes:

Tiger Style!

Written by Mike Lew
Directed by Brian Balcom

September 29-October 30, 2022

Squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen reached the pinnacle of academic achievement when they were kids. But as adults, they can't seem to get things right: he's just been passed up for promotion and she's been dumped by her less-than-ideal boyfriend. To fix the sorry states of their lives, they turn to the one thing they know they can blame: their parents. Or America. Or maybe China? It's someone else's fault, that's for sure.

Award-winning playwright Mike Lew (Teenage Dick) pens this hilarious comedy about Chinese American heritage and belonging that will leave you howling with laughter. Travelling the globe from California to Shenzen, Tiger Style! uproariously tackles the immigrant experience, cultural stereotypes and what it really means to feel successful-and at home.

Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol

Written and directed by Manual Cinema

November 29-December 24, 2022

Told through puppetry and music, this striking holiday experience comes to brilliant life on stage for the first time.

An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe's famous Christmas cheer over a Zoom call with family. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the Ebeneezer Scrooge story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family's call transforms into a stunning cinematic adaptation of Dickens's classic ghost story.

After the stunning success of its online Christmas Carol, Manual Cinema uses its groundbreaking creativity and powerful storytelling to elevate one of the most famous holiday stories ever told to new heights in this unique theatrical experience. Featuring the combined talents of actors, puppeteers and musicians, come experience a new holiday tradition unlike anything else you've seen before.

Once

Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Book by Enda Walsh
Based on the 2007 film Once, written and directed by John Carney
Music Direction by Matt Deitchman
Directed and choreographed by Katie Spelman

February 16-March 26, 2023

A soft-spoken, deeply felt musical about the forces that compel us to reach out to one another and hold on for dear life.

Guy is a young Irish musician ready to give up his career because his songs, written about his ex-girlfriend, are too heartbreaking to perform any more. When he encounters Girl, an inquisitive young Czech woman who believes he could win his ex back by playing to her in New York City, he resumes writing and performing-now with Girl. As the two form their band, and write new songs together, a love grows between them-one that inspires and challenges them.

This 2012 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on the 2007 Irish musical film and features gorgeous songs like the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly." Performed by an accomplished cast of actors playing their own instruments on the intimate Nichols Theatre stage, this will be a Once like you've never seen it before.

A Distinct Society

Written and directed by Kareem Fahmy

June 22-July 23, 2023

A timely story-needed more now than ever-about finding each other across borders, both physical and emotional.

A quiet library that straddles the border of the U.S. and Canada becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world. When an Iranian family, separated from one another by the "Muslim ban," uses the library as a meeting place, the head librarian, a U.S. border patrol officer and a local teenager must choose between breaking the law and saving themselves.

Inspired by true events, this poignant and funny new play, written and directed by the gifted artist Kareem Fahmy, was a finalist for the National New Play Network's 2020 National Showcase for New Plays. Now making its Chicago debut, A Distinct Society delivers a moving story about the many things-family, food, art, love, and politics-that can either divide or unite us.

For more information, visit writerstheatre.org.

By Waldo Cabrera

Performance Dates: 9/15/2022  - 10/23/2022 

Set in the French capital in the wake of World War II, An American in Paris tells the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city – each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of international conflict.

 

 

Brandon Haagenson  - Jerry Mulligan 

Helen Krushinski -- Lise Dassin

Max Kuenzer -- Henri Baurel 

Jacob Ben-Shmuel* -- Adam Hochberg 

Elizabeth Brady* -- Milo Davenport

 

 

 

 

Erika Amato*

David Scott Curtis

Drew Reese

Olivia Gjurich

Maci Arms,

Spencer Dean*, 

Courtney Echols*, 

Olivia Gjurich, 

Cameron Hah, 

Gigi Hausman, 

Taylor Kurtz, 

Aiden Pressel, 

Drew Reese, 

Lucas Ryan, 

Rashawn Sangster

 

 

Music Director/Piano - Christopher D. Littlefield 

Bass - Pete Averso

Drums - Andrew Warren

Trumpet - Josh Ganci

Reed - Brian Schatz

Violin - Antony Galea

 

By Waldo Cabrera

 

MYSTIC PIZZA

September 15 – October 30, 2022

www.EngemanTheater.com

 

Based on the classic 1988 movie starring Julia Roberts, MYSTIC PIZZA charts the lives and loves of three unforgettable waitresses in the harbor town of Mystic, CT.  Featuring some of the best pop songs of the ‘80s and ‘90s such as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Addicted To Love,” “Small Town,” “Hold On,” and “Take My Breath Away,” MYSTIC PIZZA has all the ingredients for a romantic comedy–with the works!

 

Emily Rose Lyons as Daisy

Brooke Sterling as Kat

Michelle Beth Herman as Jojo

Kathryn Markey as Leona

Corbin Payne as Tim

Stephen Cerf as Bill

Jake Bentley Young as Charlie

 

The ensemble includes

CAREY BLACKBURN, COLEMAN CUMMINGS, BRANDON KALLEN, KENT M. LEWIS, PARIS MARTINO, MICHAEL MORLEY, ANDRYI NAHIRNIAK, BRANDT NORRIS, HANNAH RECORD, MOLLY SAMSON, and ELISE SHANGOLD.

 

Playing at Patchogue Theatre

August 26 - September 11, 2022

www.TheGateway.org

 

By Waldo Cabrera

 THE CHER SHOW  is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by twenty. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who’s done it all, yet still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They’re all here, dressed to kill, belting out all the hits, telling it like it is. And they’re all the star of The Cher Show. Your favorite songs are all there including “I Got You Babe,” “The Beat Goes On,” “Bang Bang,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “The Shoop Shoop Song,” and “Believe.”

 

 

Star ................................................................................................................................. ALÉNA WATTERS*

Lady ........................................................................................................................CHARISSA HOGELAND*

Babe....................................................................................................................... MADELINE HUDELSON*

Sonny ............................................................................................................................ DINO NICANDROS*

Bob Mackie/Robert Altman/Frank.........................................................................................DAVID ENGEL*

Gregg Allman/John Southall/Top of Pops Host/Sid the Censor.........................................JOHN ROCHETTE*

Georgia Holt/Lucille Ball...............................................................................................ANGIE SCHWORER*

Rob Camilletti/Phil Spector/Lee the Stage Manager...................................................... ALEXANDER RIOS*

Ensemble .................................................................... KEVIN MICHAEL BUCKLEY, LES GIBBS, ANNA HIRAN

LYSSA ISHIHARA, JESSE JONES*, GABRIEL KEARNS MERRILL PEIFFER*, BB STONE, TJ TAPP, MAT WEBB

Swings ..................................................... CORRIE NEWMAN, ERNESTO OLIVAS, NIKKI RINAUDO-CONCESSI

 

Production Stage Manager ....................................................... BRIGHAM JOHNSON*

Assistant Stage Managers .......................... CASSIEL FAWCETT*, TIFFANY TRAPNELL

Dance Captain ..........................................................................................BB STONE

 

 

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