BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, NUNSENSE & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2014 Season at Pheasant Run Mainstage
Fox Valley Rep, in residence at Pheasant Run Resort, announces their calendar-year 2014 season of nostalgic memoirs and memorable musicals, including the international musical hit, Nunsense, the coming-of-age comedy and memoir, Cheaper by the Dozen, followed by the story of the real Andrews Sisters, Sisters of Swing, then to Neil Simon's heart-warming memoir, Brighton Beach Memoirs, concluding with the holiday music revue, Christmas on Broadway.
"We have an engaging theater season planned, and we are very excited to give our award-winning academy students a chance to shine in two of our productions this year," says Artistic Director John Gawlik. "The Fox Valley area will be amazed by the emerging talent from our year-round educational programs, and we're looking forward to featuring them in Cheaper by the Dozen and Brighton Beach Memoirs."
Gawlik has programmed an exciting season that upholds the FVR tradition of sharing an engaging theater experience that make you laugh, reflect and reconnect to moments in your life.
"To celebrate our fourth season as Fox Valley Rep, we are continuing to offer some of the best subscription rates and benefits in the area," says Gawlik. "Our 5-show packages are heavily discounted so that no theater ticket is more than $20. Our number of subscribers has grown to a record amount, and we hope this continues."
The Hit Habit-Forming Musical
By Dan Goggin
January 16 - March 9, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm
Thursdays, January 16 & 23, 8pm; January 30, February 6 & 13, and March 6, 2pm
PRESS OPENING: January 25 @ 8pm
When the five Sisters of Hoboken discover that 52 fellow nuns were accidentally poisoned by their cook, Mother Superior desperately -and hilariously- stages a variety show to raise funds for the burials. Here you'll meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of the Novices; streetwise Sister Robert Anne; wannabe-ballerina Sister Mary Leo, and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia. Featuring tap dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprises, this show has become an international hit! Rating: PG13
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
A Coming-Of-Age Comedy
Adapted by Christopher Sergel. From the book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
March 27 - May 18, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm
Thursdays, March 27 & April 3, 8pm; April 17, 24 & May 1, 15, 2pm
PRESS OPENING: April 5 @ 8pm
As the father of twelve, Frank Gilbreth used to joke: "You know, they come cheaper by the dozen!" One of the best-loved American memoirs captures the trials, tribulations and sheer amusement recounted by the children of efficiency experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth during the 1920's. You'll laugh the night away with this humor-filled look into the life of a family who often served as the subjects of their fathers' motion studies. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and - extremely effective! It is a coming-of-age story about rebellion and reconciliation, love and laughter, selfishness and sacrifice that has delighted audiences all over the world. Rating: PG
SISTERS OF SWING
The Andrews Sisters Story
Written by Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage
Musical Arrangements by Raymond Berg
June 5 - July 27, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm
Thursdays, June 5 & 12, 8pm; June 19, 26 & July 10, 17, 2pm
PRESS OPENING: June 14 @ 8pm
LaVerne, Maxene and Patty are The Andrews Sisters -- one of the best-selling female vocal groups of all time, selling over 90 million records with more Top Ten Hits than the Beatles or Elvis. Join them on their journey from the early days on the road, through their rise as recording stars, to entertaining American GI's overseas, and finally dissembling over differences. With over 20 hit songs like "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," this unique perspective reveals how the events of their lives shaped who they became to the rest of the world. Rating: PG