Cast and crew for Michael John LaChiusa’s HELLO AGAIN, the first show of Theo Ubique’s second season on Howard Street in Evanston, have been announced by the show’s multi-Jeff award-winning director-choreographer Brenda Didier. The musical, which premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center in 1993, is suggested by the 1897 play LA RONDE by Arthur Schnitzler.
Like Schnitzler’s play, the musical details a daisy chain of sexual encounters and love affairs among ten characters in ten scenes, but LaChiusa departs from LA RONDE by setting each scene of the musical in a different decade of the 20th century and in a non-chronological order. Time marches on, but the characters don’t age. LaChiusa’s ingenious and sung-through score is composed in a variety of musical styles ranging from opera to 1970s disco while simultaneously introducing musical and lyrical echoes throughout to tie all the characters and their experiences together. HELLO AGAIN will play September 13 – November 3, 2019, with press opening performances scheduled for Sunday September 22 and Monday September 23. All performances will be in the Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston.
Didier’s cast will include Megan Elk (the Beggar Woman in Theo’s SWEENEY TODD) as The Whore, Christopher Ratliff (Jeff Award nominee for BoHo’s 110 IN THE SHADE) as The Soldier, Nora Navarro (of Theo’s TIME AFTER TIME) as The Nurse, Nik Kmiecik (of Paramount’s ONCE) as The College Boy, Molly LeCaptain (Jeff Award nominated for Pride Films and Plays’ YANK! and also seen in Theo’s THE FULL MONTY and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY) as The Young Wife, Royen Kent (of Pride Films and Plays’ THE NANCE) as The Husband, Marco Tzunux (of Theo’s ALTAR BOYZ) as The Young Thing, Max J. Cervantes (of Firebrand’s QUEEN OF THE MIST) as The Writer, Neala Barron (Jeff Award nominee for BoHo’s 110 IN THE SHADE) as The Actress, and Courtney Jones (Jeff nominated for Theo’s THE MOST HAPPY FELLA) as The Senator.
Theo Ubique Resident Music Director (and multi Jeff award winner) Jeremy Ramey will be Music Director. The design team will include Nicholas Schwartz (Scenic Designer, Technical Director), Rachel Boylan (Costume Designer), James Kolditz (Lighting Designer), Robert Hornbostel (Sound Designer), Keith Ryan (Wig Designer), Matthew Zalinski (Properties Designer), Jaq Seifert (Intimacy Choreographer), Giselle Castro (Sound Engineer), and Taylor Fitzjarrald (Sub Sound Engineer). The production team also includes Adrian Azevedo (Assistant Director), Daryl A. Ritchie (Production Manager) and Shannon Rourke (Stage Manager).
Separately, the company revealed the title of its previously “to-be-announced” fourth show of the 2019-20 season. The summer production will be Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL, running from June 5 – July 26, 2020. Cast and creative team will be announced later.
Season packages for all four shows of the 2019-20 season are currently on sale at www.theo-u.com . Packages are priced at $99 for previews, $129 for regular run Thursdays and Sundays, and $149 for regular run Fridays and Saturdays. Optional three course prix fixe dinners, served by cast members before the performances, are available for an additional $100.00 per subscription; or for $29.00 on a per-show basis. Single tickets for HELLO AGAIN will be on sale soon at www.theo-u.com.
All performances will be staged in the Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard Street, Evanston.
Music, lyrics and book by Michael John LaChiusa
Suggested by the play LA RONDE, by Arthur Schnitzler
Directed and Choreographed by Brenda Didier
Music Direction by Jeremy Ramey
September 13-November 3, 2019
Press Opening Performances Sunday September 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm and Monday September 23 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices previews (Fridays – Sundays September 13 – 22): $25.00 - $30.00
Ticket prices regular run (Thursdays – Sundays September 26 – November 3): $34.00 - $59.00
Dinner (optional) is $29.00. Advance reservations required
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 7:00 pm.
All performances will be held at the Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard Street, Evanston
More information at www.theo-u.com or by phone at 773-347-1109 weekdays.
Student/Industry Rush All Season Long!
(Starting 15 minutes before curtain, all unsold seats will be released for $20 for those with a valid student ID or for industry with biz card or headshot.)
An adult musical fantasy suggested by Arthur Schnitzler's LA RONDE. A series of love affairs among ten characters during the ten different decades of the 20th Century as though seen through the lens of a combination time machine and bawdy, old-time kinescope. HELLO AGAIN crisscrosses beds and jumps from decade to decade, intimately examining the painful secrets that drive characters into each other's arms and towards the bruising effects of reckless passion. "Mr. LaChiusa's smart, beguilingly world-weary work was the best original musical of the season…" --NY Times
Michael John LaChiusa (composer/lyricist/librettist) Michael John LaChiusa is a five –time Tony Award® nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist for his Broadway productions of THE WILD PARTY, MARIE CHRISTINE and CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD. LaChiusa’s acclaimed off-Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center in New York and include FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE, GIANT, QUEEN OF THE MIST, SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, FIRST LADY SUITE, BERNARDA ALBA, HELLO AGAIN, LITTLE FISH, and FOUR SHORT OPERAS: BREAK, AGNES, EULOGY FOR MR. HAMM, LUCKY NURSE. A revised version of LaChiusa’s musical LOS OTROS premiered at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland in Spring 2017, while his newest full-length musical RAIN, premiered at the Old Globe in San Diego in Spring 2016.
Brenda Didier (Director and Choreographer) has received Jeff Awards in both direction and choreography, After Dark Awards, the National Youth Theatre Award, Chicago Broadway World Awards and the Guy Adkins Award for the advancement of musical theatre in Chicago. Credits include work with Paramount, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Porchlight Music Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago, Second City (Mainstage and Etc.), BoHo, Kokandy, Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier’s Skyline Stage, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, T-Mobile’s national commercial “Home for the Holidays,” as well as numerous industrials and special events. Ms. Didier is the owner/ artistic director of the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, now in its 22nd season. She is most proud of the LAD scholarship program to keep children in the arts and LAD’s ongoing charity efforts.
Jeremy Ramey (Resident Music Director) is a concert pianist, conductor and music director based in Chicago. This year, Jeremy received his tenth Jeff nomination and sixth Jeff Award for his work on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. He had previously received Jeff awards for THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, RENT, and THE MOST HAPPY FELLA all with Theo Ubique. In 2016, he won his second Broadway World Award for Music Direction for his work on BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS with the production company Hell in a Handbag. He received his training in piano performance and music at Rhodes College, Northwestern University and The Juilliard School of Music.
ABOUT THEO UBIQUE
Theo Ubique was founded in 1997 by artistic director Fred Anzevino. Productions were first staged at the Heartland Studio Theatre, and from 2004 to May 2018, at No Exit Café, where the company began focusing on musicals and revues, reigniting the cabaret theatre trend in Chicago. The company moved to the Howard Street Theatre, a venue owned and developed for Theo Ubique by the City of Evanston, in fall of 2018. Theo Ubique has produced more than 60 shows and won more than 60 Jeff Awards, having received nearly 150 nominations. The company also earned three After Dark Awards.
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