Pittsburgh CLO Revives Romantic Comedy THE STUDENT PRINCE 8/3-8
Fall in love with Pittsburgh CLO's production of the warm and witty romantic comedy The Student Prince, August 3-8 at the Benedum Center. This classic American operetta has captured audiences for more than 85 years.
Based on the play "Old Heidelberg" by Rudolf Bleichman, The Student Prince is the story of Prince Karl. Bored with royal life, the prince sets off to finish his studies and find a freedom far away from the mythical kingdom of Karlsberg. Surrounded by fellow students, he is swept away by the sights, the sounds and the sentimental song of Kathie, the innkeeper's daughter. Their friendship gives way to true love, but when news arrives that the king has died; Prince Karl must return home for his coronation and his wedding! Will he honor an arranged marriage with a proper Princess or abandon his kingdom for Kathie? The show's majestic score features the timeless "Golden Days," "Deep In My Heart" and the celebrated "Drinking Song."
ABOUT THE CAST
Ed Dixon (Dr. Engel) Broadway appearances include Sunday in the Park with George, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, The Iceman Cometh, Les Misérables, Cyrano, The Three Musketeers, King of Schnorrers, No, No, Nanette and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Mr. Dixon is the author/composer of Shylock, Cather County, Richard Cory, Fanny Hill and Whodunit... The Musical. Honors include Two Drama Desk Nominations, Steinberg Grant, Dramalogue, Leon Rabin and two Dean's Lists Awards.
Madeleine Doherty (Gretchen) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after her performances in Hairspray and The Producers this summer. She has performed on Broadway and off-Broadway in hit musicals including Les Misérables, The Producers (Original cast Hold-Me-Touch-Me), Christmas Carol (Original cast), and Romance, Romance (Original cast). Just recently, Ms. Doherty performed in the National Tour of 101 Dalmatians (Nanny Butler/Gypsy Wife).
Shana Farr (Princess Margaret) Ms. Farr's New York theater credits include Princess Ida in Princess Ida, Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Laurey Williams in Oklahoma!, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Adele in Dearest Enemy. Her Regional stage performances include Kathie in The Student Prince and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Ms. Farr has appeared on television in "Guiding Light," QVC-UK, HSN-GER, Tokyo Shop Channel, and Paris Shop Channel.
Jacquelynne Fontaine (Kathie) Recent operatic stage performances include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Rogue Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy. Other leading roles include Cunegonde in Candide, Alma in Summer and Smoke, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Miss Fontaine has performed with the Orchestra di Roma del Lazio, Italy, and numerous Symphony Orchestras in Southern California. In 2006, Miss Fontaine was crowned Miss California, and placed in the top ten at Miss America 2007, also winning the talent award for her performance of Puccini's "Vissi d'arte".
Tim Hartman (Lutz) Broadway credits include A Tale of Two Cities and Finian's Rainbow. Pittsburgh roles include Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, El Gallo in The Fantastics, and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Other favorites include Miles Gloriosus in ...Forum, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Falstaff in Henry IV, C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, and Mr.Fezziwig/The Ghost of Christmas present in CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol. Tim has also appeared as Merlin in Camelot, Ziegfeld in Funny Girl with Anna Gasteyer, FDR in Annie, and 24 characters in the one man show The Cotton Patch Gospel. Film: "Silence of the Lambs," "The Piano Lesson," "The Mothman Prophecies" and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." For the last 25 years, Tim has been writing and performing assembly programs for elementary school children nationwide. Tim is also an illustrator and award winning political cartoonist.
Chad Johnson (Prince Karl Franz) MR. Johnson was most recently seen on the operatic stage as Alfredo in La traviata with both Dayton Opera and Greensboro Opera and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with both Virginia Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He has also appeared in concert with the Alabama Symphony in Mozart's Requiem and the Dayton Philharmonic for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Other highlights include the title role in Candide, Gérald in Lakmé, Mozart's Requiem, and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance.