WIR Productions Presents THE HOUSE OF FINNEGAN World Premiere, 10/18-28
WIR Productions presents the world premiere musical, THE HOUSE OF FINNEGAN, by Bill Rich and Steve Kopandy, directed by Alissa-Nicole Koblentz with Musical Direction, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Bonnie Janofsky October 18-28, 2012, at the Monroe Forum in the historic El Portal Theatre, NOHO Arts District, North Hollywood, Calif.
The House Of Finnegan is an original work by Bill Rich and composer Steve Kopandy. The comedy/drama with music and song combines recollections from the early days of musical theater, the golden age of television and motion pictures with the reality of the present era.
The House of Finnegan’s characters are in part from another era trying to cope with both the aging process and the modern world. As they are deal with their show business and real world pasts they each find the task of being current is not always easy. Whether vocationally or personally not just the sweet is recalled but all that was bitter and thought exorcised from the memory can still haunt many years later.
Jerry Finnegan and Susan Carter once had Broadway and forbidden romance in the palm of their hands until fate pulled them apart. Forty years later they rediscover each other. Through the eyes and heart of Jerry's nine-year old granddaughter we see the present is no more than the past and the only thing in the end, (which counts) is family, true love and friendship. The House Of Finnegan is a little bit about us all.
With a cast of 22 and an orchestra of eight, this World Premiere Musical is the culmination of a life long dream for playwright Bill Rich and his creative team.
For tickets and information, call 818-508-4200 or visit www.elportaltheatre.com.
CAST & CREATIVES:
Directed and Choreographed by Alissa-Nicole Koblentz
Book by Bill Rich
Music and Lyrics by Steve Kopandy
Musical Direction, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Bonnie Janofsky
Production Design by PatRick Rogers
Introducing Rachel Albrecht as Carolyn O'Reilly with John McCool Bowers as Jerry Finnegan, Ben Tichy as Young Jerry, Laura Wolfe as Elizabeth Finnegan-O'Reilly, Shamika Franklin as Susan Carter, Melissa L. Williams as Young Susan, Georgia Kisob as Nancy Carter, Lori D'itri as Rhonda, Raffi Mauro as Ralph, Michael Tatlock as Sid, Ross Shenker as Pete Ryan, Mateo Gonzales as Timmy Ryan, Austin Grehan as Burt, Chloe Lake as Bubbles Miller, Mona King as “A Million Stars" Soloist and Phillip Brandon as Announcer. And Rachel Berman, Phillip Brandon, Melissa Dunham, Mona King , Chloe Lake, Christopher Lindsay, Kerry Melachouris, Michael Segovia and Jackson Smith.
The show runs October 18 – 28, 2012, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $35 General Admission and $25 Seniors. To book, call 818-508-4200, 866-811-4111 or order online at www.elportaltheatre.com.
The Monroe Forum at the historic El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, Calif. El Portal Theatre is a historic landmark in the San Fernando Valley located in the heart of North Hollywood just minutes from Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Disney, ABC, CBS-Radford and NBC Burbank. The theatre, originally built as a vaudeville house in 1926, sits across Lankershim Blvd from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Art Institute of California-Hollywood.