Director Courtney Crouse has announced his cast for the Chicago premiere of Honky Tonk Angels – a book musical by Always… Patsy Cline writer Ted Swindley incorporating some of country music’s greatest hits into a story of three women who form a country music singing trio. The three-woman cast will be a power trio of Chicago musical theatre performers all coming off high profile roles in past months.
Colette Todd, who most recently starred as Diana in BoHo’s Next to Normal, returns to Theo Ubique for the first time since her Jeff-award winning turn as Clara in Passion. She’s also known to Theo audiences for her Jeff-nominated role in Aspects of Love. Jacquelyne Jones won kudos for her portrayal of Heather Chandler, the leader of the trio of mean girls in Kokandy Productions’ Heathers last spring and understudied in Writers Theatre’s Company, this past summer. Leryn Turlington came to the attention of Chicago theatre audiences in a big way last winter, playing Kim McAfee, the Ohio teenager chosen to receive “one last kiss” from Conrad Birdie in Bye, Bye Birdie at Drury Lane, where she also previously performed in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and understudied the leading role of Betty Haynes.
Crouse has previously directed Theo Ubique’s A Marvin Hamlisch Songbookand co-directed An Anthony Newley-Leslie Bricusse Songbook. The creative team also includes Cameron Turner (choreographer), Jeremy Ramey (music director), Adam Veness (scenic designer), Bill Morey (costume designer) and (James Kolditz) lighting designer.
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley’s Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” the score includes 30 classic country songs including “Stand by Your Man,” “Coal Miner's Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Harper Valley PTA.” BroadwayWorld called it “a charming, foot-stompin’ musical” with “a hilarious story.” This upbeat, all-family musical will play through the holiday season.
All performances will be staged in the intimate No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Avenue in Rogers Park. Single tickets will be put on sale on November 1.
Honky Tonk Angels
by Ted Swindley
Directed by Courtney Crouse
Music Direction by Jeremy Ramey
Choreography by Cameron Turner
December 9, 2016-January 29, 2017
(No performances Saturday, December 24 or Sunday, December 25)
Press Opening Monday, December 12, 7:30 pm
Ticket prices: Previews (December 9-11) all seats $20
Regular run: Thursdays and Sundays $34, Fridays and Saturdays $39 ($4 discount for seniors and students)
Dinner (optional) is $25 additional. Advance reservations required.
Tickets available at www.theo-u.com or by phone at 800-595-4849.
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley’s Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” the score includes 30 classic country songs including “Stand by Your Man,” “Coal Miner's Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Harper Valley PTA.” BroadwayWorld called it “a charming, foot-stompin’ musical” with “a hilarious story.”
Curtain Times: Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 7:00 pm. No performances Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, December 24 and 25.
All performances will be held at the No Exit Café located at 6970 N Glenwood Ave.
More information at www.theo-u.com or by phone at 800-595-4849.
Student Rush All Season Long!
(All unsold tickets are $15 at the door with college ID. Tickets will be sold on site, cash only, at curtain. First come, first served, subject to availability.)
ABOUT THEO UBIQUE
Theo Ubique was founded in 1997 by artistic director Fred Anzevino. Productions were first staged at the Heartland Studio Theatre, and then in 2004, at No Exit Café, where the company began focusing on musicals and revues, reigniting the cabaret theatre trend in Chicago. Since then, Theo Ubique has produced more than 50 shows and received more than 40 Jeff Awards, having received more than 100 nominations. It has also received three After Dark Awards.
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