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Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE

Underscore Theatre Company concludes its 2018-19 season with the musical comedyTHE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE, playing June 9 - July 14, 2019 at Underscore's newly-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Named "Best of the Fest" at the 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, LEFTY & CRABBE features book and lyrics by Brian Huther, Ben Auxier and Seth Macchi, music by Ben Auxier andBrian Huther, additional music and arrangements by Ryan McCall, direction by Rusty Sneary, music direction by Ryan McCalland choreography by Jenna Schoppe. Tickets are currently available at underscoretheatre.org. The press opening is Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 pm.

THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE features Ben Auxier, Stephanie Boyd, Katy Campbell, Elisabeth Del Toro, Brian Huther, Mike Ott, Reagan Pender, Shea Pender, Natalie Rae and Kyle Ryan. Swings: Sophia Foldvari and Nate Hall.

Set at the death of vaudeville and the rise of Hollywood, THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE tracks two ultra-talented but down-on-their-luck performers and friends as they navigate the ever-changing landscape of the entertainment world. Lightning-fast and "fall down funny," Lefty & Crabbe was born as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival in 2015, received its first full production at The Living Room Theatre in 2017 and won "Best of the Fest" for its 2018 production at The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival.

Comments Underscore Artistic Director Whitney Rhodes, "When I was living in Minneapolis, I worked for historic theaters that started as Vaudeville houses and spent years hearing truly magical stories about that history. The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe sent me on a nostalgic journey that is pure joy; it is a smart and thoughtful piece of work. It's a nod to where the craft began and we can't wait to share it with audiences."

The production team includes Nicholas Schwartz (scenic design), Christina Leinicke (costume design), Benjamin Carne (lighting design), Robert Hornbostel (sound design), Andy Lynn (production manager), Lacey Pacheco (stage manager) and Christine Lauer (assistant stage manager).

Photo Credit: Evan Hanover

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Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Katy Campbell, Brian Huther, Stephanie Boyd, Kyle Ryan, Shea Pender, Reagan Pender, Ben Auxier and Elisabeth Del Toro

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Kyle Ryan and Shea Pender with (back, l to r) Stephanie Boyd, Katy Campbell, Brian Huther, Ben Auxier, Elisabeth Del Toro and Reagan Pender

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Katy Campbell, Shea Pender and Natalie Rae

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Elisabeth Del Toro

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Reagan Pender, Natalie Rae, Brian Huther, Katy Campbell and Kyle Ryan

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Kyle Ryan and Shea Pender

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Elisabeth Del Toro with (back, l to r) Reagan Pender, Ben Auxier, Katy Campbell, Stephanie Boyd, Brian Huther and Natalie Rae

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Shea Pender and Natalie Rae with (back, l to r) Mike Ott, Elisabeth Del Toro, Ben Auxier, Stephanie Boyd and Shea Pender

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Kyle Ryan and Shea Pender

Photo Flash: Inside Look at Underscore Theatre's THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
Natalie Rae and Shea Pender with (back, l to r) Katy Campbell, Reagan Pender and Ben Auxier



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