About Face Theatre's WE THREE LIZAS to Return to Chicago, 11/27-1/5/2014
About Face Theatre's sparkly, queer holiday hit musical WE THREE LIZAS is back and better than ever - with a new book and expanded score! Featuring book and lyrics by Scott Bradley*, music and additional lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, direction by Scott Ferguson*, music direction by Aaron Benham and choreography by Patrick Andrews*, WE THREE LIZAS will play November 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 11 at will be available online at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.stage773.com, in person at the Stage 773 Box Office (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago) or by calling (773) 327-5252. The press opening is Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 pm.
WE THREE LIZAS will feature many of the original cast members including Scott Duff*, John Francisco*, Sharriese Hamilton, Danielle Plisz (Jeff Award-nominated), Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan in addition to newcomers Mark David Kaplan, James Nedrud and Bethany Thomas. Musicians include Aaron Benham (piano/conductor), Jed Feder (drums) and Debra Johnson (bass). *Denotes AFT Artistic Associates.
Box maker Conrad Ticklebottom's life has hit a block. Once, Conrad and his purple box ignited an entire movement in art and design, but now he finds himself alone, forgotten and teetering on ruin. The holidays bring three magical figures to his door - a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort him on a fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?!, redeeming his lost promise and re-inventing a brand-new Conrad Ticklebottom. It's a quirky holiday musical tale of hope, transformation... and the power of Liza!
"Liza's back and she's better than ever! After having played to sold-out audiences in 2012 at the Steppenwolf Garage and in concert at Joe's Pub in New York this summer, I'm thrilled to bring back this hilarious and moving holiday musical," comments About Face Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. "In this year of development at About Face, we are proud to support the continued growth of this project and the artists who've created it. Artistic Associate Scott Bradley and composer Alan Schmuckler have developed a sensational new book and score and we're delighted to share it with Chicago audiences. If you missed it last year, get your tickets now: it's bound to sell out again this year! And if you saw it last year, you've got to see this fantastic new version and make We Three Lizas your new holiday tradition!" adds Volkoff.
The production team for WE THREE LIZAS includes: Jerry Dye (set design), Mieka van der Ploeg and Robert S. Kuhn (costume design), Mac Vaughey (lighting design) and Josh Horvath (sound design).
Pictured: Arturo Soria, Danielle Plisz and Sean Michael Hunt. Photo by Michael Brosilow.