Milwaukee Rep Announces Casting for I LEFT MY HEART, VENUS IN FUR, FOREVER PLAID and NOISES OFF


Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced casting today for I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, the first production to open The Rep's 60th Anniversary 2013/14 Season, Venus in Fur, coming to the Stiemke Studio in late September, Forever Plaid, opening at the end of October in the Stackner Cabaret and Noises Off, the second production in the Quadracci Powerhouse this season.

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett will be directed by Todd Olson, Producing Artistic Director, American Stage Theatre Company and one of the co-creators of the production. The three-person cast includes Eric Jon Mahlum, Andrew M. McMath and Rob Tucker, all making their Rep debuts. They will be accompanied by Skylight Music Theatre's Principal Conductor Richard Carsey as Music Director and pianist. I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett runs in the Stackner Cabaret from August 23 - October 20, 2013 and opens on Sunday, August 25.

"Tony Bennett is one of those extraordinary artists who are constantly being rediscovered by new generations - and a terrific testament to the fact that wonderful songs sung by wonderful artists truly do stand the test of time," says Artistic Director Mark Clements. "I Left My Heart is a fantastic vehicle to experience the fun and intimacy of the Stackner Cabaret for those who already love Tony Bennett, and for those who will come to love him!"

The cast for I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett:

Eric Jon Mahlum - Tenor #3

Andrew M. McMath - Tenor #1

Rob Tucker - Tenor #2

Richard Carsey - Pianist

Eric Jon Mahlum (Tenor #3) has appeared on Broadway in the musical Wicked. National tours have included Young Frankenstein and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Riverside Theatre and The Fireside Theatre, amongst others. Andrew M. McMath (Tenor #1) is a graduate of Hartt School with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Credits include: A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); LES MISERABLES, The Fantasticks, La Cage Aux Folles and Brigadoon (Mac-Haydn Theatre) and Hairspray, Dames at Sea, Man of La Mancha and Imaginary Invalid (Monomoy Theatre). Rob Tucker (Tenor #2) holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and an MA in Classical Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London, UK). Favorite roles include: Nero (Britannicus), Time (A Winter's Tale), Othello (Othello), Charley Kringas (Merrily We Roll Along), Ensemble/Beadle (Sweeney Todd), Man 1 (Songs for a New World), Nick (Baby), Schroeder (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Observer/Priest/Kanagawa Girl (Pacific Overtures), and Martin/Cookie/Ensemble (Anyone Can Whistle). Offstage, Rob works as a musical director, pianist and educator. Richard Carsey (Pianist) returns to The Rep after last appearing at the Stackner Cabaret in 2 Pianos, 4 Hands(2003/04 Season). Currently the principal conductor with Skylight Music Theatre, he been music director for over 40 productions and was also Artistic Director from 1997 - 2005. Most recently at Skylight, he music directed the productions Sound of Music and Pump Boys at Dinettes. Additional credits there include: Ballymore, The Mikado,Sweeney Todd, The Marriage of Figaro, White Christmas, The Spitfire Grill and Eugene Onegin.

Venus in Fur will be the first production in The Rep's Stiemke Studio of the 2013/14 Season and will be directed by Rep Associate Artist Laura Gordon, whose other recent Rep directing credits include Gutenberg! The Musical!, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) and Laurel and Hardy. The cast features Associate Artist Reese Madigan and former Rep Acting Intern Greta Wohlrabe. Venus is Fur runs in the Stiemke Studio from September 25 - November 3 and opens on Friday, September 27.

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