Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Look for me in the WGN Ch.9 Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27!
I will again this year be a part of a great Chicago Family Tradition, singing and dancing a few numbers from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (now playing at Circle Theatre), for the nationally-broadcast event.
Be sure to tune in!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Heres whats up next for me! I choreographed this production of "Grease". It is a Sing-A-Long so feel free to dress as the characters and bring your friends! One weekend only!!! Should be a fun time:) Info below.
Sing Along Grease
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Thursday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Nov. 2
Dorothy Menker Theater
Come in costume and sing along with Rydell High’s spirited class of ’59! Gum chewing, hubcap stealing, hot rod loving boys with D.A.s and their wise-cracking girls in bobby socks and pedal pushers all capture the look and sound of the 1950s in a rollicking musical. The gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace, and the drive-in movie. The audience is invited to sing along with this production!
Moraine Valley Community College9000 W. College Pkwy.Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
We just wrapped our second week of filming and it has been some long days of shooting! We needed to shoot all the scenes that take place in the police station so they could rip that down. From now on we will actually start filming on location. The cast is really great and are coming up with some super funny stuff!!! I actually got to meet the "members" of the boy band last week...
I have some pretty interesting scenes coming up with some of them so we will see what is in store for detective Chris Riant.
I just heard that Bruce Vilanch will also be appearing in the film as well. So thats exciting!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Screenplay by: Christopher Fowler
Directed by: David Bell
Performance: Wednesday 9.17.08 at 7:00pm
1104 S. Wabash Ave
A quartet of unassuming museum emplyees are duped by a gangster into stealing an expensive paining from their job.
I play numerous roles in this production. It is basically a staged reading of the film script.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
For the many fans of 2006’s mega-hit Escanaba in da Moonlight, the wait is finally over! Circle Theatre is proud to present the Chicago premiere of this prequel by playwright and Hollywood big shot, Jeff Daniels. Visit the Soady deer camp in the midst of World War II, forty years before the original. Meet the love of young Albert Soady Jr.'s life, Big Betty Baloo - the woman destined to become the mother of Reuben and Remnar Soady - along with a whole new cast of wacky Yoopers.
Chris Arnold returns to Circle Theatre after directing last season’s Jeff Recommended Boy and 2007’s Tent Meeting. Previously, Chris assistant directed Design For Living, and two pieces for the fourth installment of our New Plays Festival. Other Chicago directorial credits include Earl the Vampire for Thunder & Lightening Ensemble, Pins for Bailiwick Theatre, Blues For An Alabama Sky at Illinois Theatre Center, and directing credits at The Side Project, Act One Studios and Eclipse Theatre Company.
Featuring the talents of Timothy C. Amos, Jason L. Boat, Tucker Curtis, Bradford R. Lund, and Simone Roos
Showtimes:half-price previews, September 5, 6, and 9 @ 8:00 pmopening night: Wednesday, September 10 @ 8:00 pmThursdays @ 8:00 pm (October 2, 9, 16, and 23 only)Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 pmSundays @ 3:00 pm
Tickets:$26 for adults$24 for students and seniors (over 62)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
go to: http://www.openingnightartsgroup.org/ for more details!
I hope you can attend.
Friday, August 8, 2008
ALL SHOOK UP music by Elvis Presley, lyrics by Elvis Presley & Fred Wise, book by Joe DiPietroA sock-hopping, foot-stomping celebration of the music of Elvis Presley!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Beverly Arts CenterW. 111th & S. Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Reserve your tickets today!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm
Friday, August 1 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 2 at 7:30pm
Sunday August 3 at 2:00pm
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
You may make reservations by callingthe Guild's Mainstreet Theatre Box Office at
You may order tickets or request further information by mail at:
The Festival Players GuildReservations & InformationPO Box 157Michigan City, IN 46361-0157
Canterbury Summer Theatre Ticket PricesSingle Admission:Evening: Fri. and Sat.
Senior Citizen Discount $1.00 (62 and above)Best Buy! Season Discount Booklet -- $65.00 for six admissions until April 30. May 1 and after -- $70.00
Curtain: Wednesday thru Friday: 8:00 P.M. Saturday: 5:00 and 8:00 P.M. Wednesday Matinees: 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I also choreographed this production.
Based on the life of the internationally known strip tease artist
Gypsy Rose Lee
Opens April 25, 2008 and will run two weekends
2401 S. Des Plaines
North Riverside, IL. 60546
Show times are 7:30pm Fri and Sat
and 2:30pm on Sundays.
For tickets call: Andy Natanek @ 708-343-7257
Produced by Alan Meyer
Directed by John Nasca
Stage Managed by Frank Petrovic
Musical Direction By Michael Barr
Costumes by Ron Schinzel & Rosalie Ott
Choreography by Shawn Quinlan
Assistant Directer Christine RiveraHair and Make-up Artist Robert Hilliard
Assistant Stage Manager Tiffany Nasca
Set Designer Dave Omelka
Monday, February 25, 2008
Hubris Productions presents the world premiere of Girls Will Be Girls, the stage production of the Richard Day film, adapted by Jacob Christopher Green.
Adapted for the stage by Jacob Christopher Green and directed by Anthony Guerrero, Girls Will Be Girls is the hilariously twisted tale of three actresses on very different rungs of the Hollywood career ladder. Evie (played by Green) is a washed-up booze hound still obsessing over her long ago “big break” that led nowhere…and who hasn’t yet figured out that her career is long dead. Coco (Jason Dabrowski), her long-suffering best friend and roommate, is a lounge singer consumed by memories of a dark secret from her past. Their lives are forever altered when they take in Varla (Shawn Quinlan), the small-town wannabe starlet with a big appetite and even bigger dreams of being discovered at Schwab’s Drug Store…just like Tina Turner. When the lives of the three collide, their aspirations and sordid pasts come to an unforgettable boiling point. It’s campy and it’s anything but politically correct!
Hubris Productions has been granted exclusive rights to bring to the stage an adaptation of the original film by Richard Day. An indie favorite, Girls Will Be Girls was originally conceived as a showpiece for characters created by Jack Plotnick (Evie Harris) and Clinton Leupp (Coco Peru). The idea became fully developed with the addition of Jeffery Roberson’s alter-ego, Varla Jean Merman. Described as “A likely cult classic” by Los Angeles Weekly, Girls Will Be Girls was an official selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. The stage adaptation is a re-interpretation of the story, not an attempt to re-create the original characters made famous by the actors who created them. These Chicago actors are unequivocally placing their own stamps on these very juicy parts!
One reason the producers have granted exclusive rights to debut the stage production of Girls Will Be Girls is Hubris Productions’ commitment to giving back to the community. From each production, the company donates a portion of ticket sales to a designated charitable organization, chosen in relation to the content of the production. The designated recipient for Girls Will Be Girls is Center on Halsted, Chicago’s only community center dedicated to serving and empowering the LGBT community. For the past year, Hubris has been a tenant and community partner of Center on Halsted; according to Executive Artistic Director Anthony Guerrero, making the Center the recipient of the donation from this production was a logical choice.
The mission of Hubris Productions is to engage, challenge and inspire our community to acknowledge the diversity in the world around us. Through our outreach programs and main stage productions, we will create an ongoing dialog about social inclusiveness…and we think you should like what we like. Hubris Productions is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. To learn more about the company, please visit http://www.hubrisproductions.com/.
Earning the most Tony nominations, nine (and taking home two awards, for book and original score), was an honest-to-goodness new American musical by a young American composer-lyricist, Jason Robert Brown (who was 28 when the show premiered at Lincoln Center in December 1998 and was best known for his song cycle Songs for a New World). In addition, the subject matter is serious and dark, based on the true story of Leo Frank, a New York-born Jew living in Atlanta who was falsely accused of raping and murdering a young girl, and not surprisingly, the run was limited to 84 performances.
The original cast recording survives, however, and from the stirring opening anthem, "The Old Red Hills of Home," Brown's score is full of riches, mixing period American styles with strong melodies, intricate counterpoint, selective dissonances, and natural lyrics that give their characters true, expressive voices. Leading the strong ensemble cast are Tony nominees Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello as the persecuted Leo and his wife, Lucille, who had been drifting apart before the wrenching events pulled them back together. They express their relationship in some of the show's best songs ("Leo at Work/What Am I Waiting For," "You Don't Know This Man," "All the Wasted Time"). Masterfully evoking scene and character through his beautiful, bouncy, or harrowing music, Brown depicts youthful abandon ("The Picture Show"), the city's hysteria, the tender memories of the girl's mourners ("It Don't Make Sense"), and the murder trial, including its fantasy scenes of false testimony. Parade is a powerful work that will long linger in your memory, and it's one of the most important musical theater releases of 1999.
It has been fun working with these kids. My good friend Carolyn Brady is Director/Musical Director. The amazing Kevin Bellie (I have done most of my shows at Circle Theatre under is direction/choreography) usually choreographs these shows but had a heavy schedule this time around so I stepped in. I really think I did some good work here and the kids really stepped upto the plate. This show opens March 6, 2008.