Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Revisits LITTLE ME on Opening Night
Originally created for the legendary comic talents of Sid Caesar and inspired by an imaginary autobiography entitled Little Me: The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television, Belle Poitrine (as told to PatRick Dennis), by PatRick Dennis (also the author of Auntie Mame), Little Me is a brash, fast and furiously funny musical comedy. It tells the story of the glamorous and big hearted "Belle Poitrine" and her six husbands and lovers-an assortment of oddballs ranging from an innocent college boy to a lecherous octogenarian to the king of a non-existent country and how they got her from the "wrong side" to the "right side" of the tracks. Featuring the hit numbers I've Got Your Number, Real Live Girl and The Rich Kid Rag, Bob Fosse won the 1963 Tony Award for Little Me's original choreography.
Starring Matt Crowle as "Noble Eggleston" & "Mr. Pinchley" & "Val du Val" & "Fred Poitrine" & "Otto Schnitzler" & "Noble Junior" & "Prince Cherney," the ensemble cast of Porchlight Revisits Little Me includes: Michael Accardo as "Benny Buchsbaum" & "General 'Over-the-Top' Schreiber;" Elya Bottiger as "Young Belle"; Kayla Boye as "Ramona Nightengale;" Michael Ferraro as "George Musgrove;" Dan Gold as "PatRick Dennis;" Graham Hawley as "Junior Pinchley;" Ben Kaye as "Bernie Buchsbaum" & "Mrs. Eggelston;" Jenny McPherson as "Mrs. Kleeg:" Shari Mocheit as "Mama;" Thomas Squires as "Brucey;" Genevieve Thiers as "Belle Poitrine;" and Tyler Symone as "Mrs. Kepplewhite."
Special guest choreographer Jane Lanier (veteran Broadway dancer from the productions Fosse, Jerome Robbin's Broadway and Sweet Charity) will stage a featured dance number "The Rich Kid Rag," originally created by Bob Fosse for the 1962 Broadway premiere of Little Me featuring dance students from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.
The production team includes Larry Baker, stage manager; Keegan Bradac, sound designer; Shelby Brand, costume coordinator and Jordan Fleming, house manager.
Artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, Michael Weber recently directed the Judy Garland story End of the Rainbow for Porchlight Music Theatre. His productions of Side Show, Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pal Joey and Assassins at Porchlight Music Theatre, Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and She Loves Me at Theatre at the Center were each nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production-Musical. Most recently for Porchlight Revisits he directed Chess and Mack & Mabel. Previously Mr. Weber served as artistic director of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (now The Broadway Playhouse) and at Theatre at the Center (1998-2004). His credits include Living the History-125 Years of The Auditorium Theatre starring Patti LuPone, John Mahoney and stars of Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and more, Fifth of July and Talley's Folly at the Oak Park Festival Theatre, The Petrified Forest at Theatre at the Center, Beauty and the Beast at Marriott Theatre, Over the River and Through the Woods at The Mercury Theater, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Pheasant Run Theatre, and Cirque du Symphony at Sears Center Arena. The recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards, he has written and directed the past nine Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremonies. Weber is proud to serve as a pledge host on WTTW, Channel 11, and he is author of the play, WAR of the WELLES.
ABOUT Linda Madonia, music director
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965)
May 9 - 11 at 7:15 p.m.
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Burton Lane
Based on Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston
Direction by Lili-Anne Brown
Music Direction by Aaron Benham
It's the story of a scatter-brained young woman named Daisy Gamble who is desperate to quit smoking and who lays siege to a noted hypnotist, Mark Bruckner. But it happens that Daisy, for all her goofiness, is unexpectedly gifted: she can find lost items, she knows when the telephone will ring--and once under hypnosis she transforms via reincarnation into Melinda, a woman who lived, loved and died more than a century before, and with whom Dr. Bruckner falls immediately in love.
Featuring the hits: Melinda, What Did I Have That I Don't Have? and Come Back to Me.
ABOUT Porchlight Music Theatre
Porchlight Music Theatre, now in its 22nd season, is nationally recognized for developing innovative new works, reimagining classic productions and showcasing musical theatre's noted veterans and rising stars. Porchlight elevates the genre in Chicago by providing intimate and powerful theatrical experiences for its growing and diverse audiences. With the vision of Artistic Director Michael Weber, Porchlight builds on its role as Chicago's only Equity not-for-profit company exclusively specializing in music theatre. Porchlight's rich history includes the staging of more than 60 productions with 15 Chicago premieres and five world premieres. Through Porchlight's "Off the Porch" new works program, the musicals of the next generation are developed and given a first audience. The School at Porchlight is Chicago's new center for music theatre training in the areas of performance, writing and appreciation. The company's many accolades include 17 Black Theatre Alliance nominations and three awards, as well as a total of 126 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations resulting in 39 Jeff Awards including four consecutive Best Production awards for Dreamgirls (2016), Sondheim on Sondheim (2015), Ain't Misbehavin' (2014) and A Class Act (2013).
Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the continuation of the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Little Me, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by Neil Simon based on the novel by PatRick Dennis, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, musical direction by Linda Madonia, choreography by Craig Miller with special guest choreography by veteran Bob Fosse dancer Jane Lanier and starring Jeff Award-winner Matt Crowle. Porchlight Revisits Little Me is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, Feb. 28 through Thursday, March 2 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's The Scottsboro Boys (previews begin Friday, Feb. 3) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Little Me are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Weber that discusses that evening's production
Guest dancers from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts at the opening night of Porchlight Revisits Little Me
The cast and creative team of Porchlight Revisits Little Me
(L to R) Little Me performers Elya Bottiger and Genevieve Thiers at the opening night of Porchlight Revisits Little Me
(L to R) Little Me actors Elya Bottiger, Matt Crowle and Genevieve Thiers at the opening night of Porchlight Revisits Little Me
(L to R) Little Meâ€™s Jenny McPherson, Kayla Boye, Elya Bottiger, Shari Mocheit and Tyler Symone at the opening night of Porchlight Revisits Little Me
(L to R) Little Me's Mike Accardo, Matt Crowle, Ben Kaye, Thomas Squires, Graham Hawley, Michael Ferraro and Dan Gold at the opening night of Porchlight Revisits Little Me