Summer Variety Show TOMFOOLERY to Hit North Coast Rep

Summer Variety Show TOMFOOLERY to Hit North Coast Rep

North Coast Repertory Theatre is proud to announce a revue featuring four actors, a piano and 28 of Lehrer's satirical songs, written in the 1950s and 1960s and known for their "witty naughtiness".

Based on the Tom Lehrer Songbook, it is a show like no other, written by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray. TomFoolery is one wildly wicked musical revue of novelty songs: "However biting his lyrics, he'd still leave you with a winning tune to hum." - New York Times

Kathy Brombacher directs: Andrew Barnicle*, Sarah Errington*, Christine Hewitt and Lance Arthur Smith*. The design team includes Marty Burnett (Scenic Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costumes), and Aaron Rumley* is the Stage Manager. Tim McKnight is the Musical Director.

*The actor or stage manager appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

TomFoolery begins Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8pm and will play Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm with Sundays at 7pm, through August 27th. Tickets are $40 and $35 for subscribers. Seniors, Students, Military & Educators- $37. Please call: 858-481-1055 or visit our website: to purchase tickets. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075.


Kathy Brombacher (Director) is thrilled to direct this delightfully unique musical for North Coast Repertory Theatre. She is proud to have been the Founder and Emeritus Artistic Director of Moonlight Stage Productions, where she helmed the outdoor summer musicals there for 32 years. She also developed the indoor winter season in the AVO Playhouse in Vista where she produced and directed non-musicals and small musicals for 25 years. Recent treasured musicals she has directed include Ragtime, the Musical at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, My Fair Lady for the Welk Resort Theatre, and Moonlight's recent Fiddler on the Roof, starring David Ellenstein as Tevye. Kathy sends kudos to our distinguished musical director and to this gifted cast. Enjoy Tom Lehrer's jaunty wit and musical satire.

Tom Lehrer (Music and Lyrics) began recording parodies and satirical songs during his years as a student at Harvard. In the 1950s and 1960s, he developed parallel careers as a professor of mathematics and as the writer and performer of cheerfully satirical songs about politics and society. Some of his more famous tunes included "Fight Fiercely, Harvard," "The Old Dope Peddler," "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," the anti-nuclear-bomb ditty "Who's Next?" and the rather controversial "The Vatican Rag." Tom Lehrer's albums included An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer and That Was the Year That Was. In 1980, his music was revived in the stage show Tomfoolery. Lehrer stopped performing publicly in the mid-1960s and spent many years as a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Andrew Barnicle* has acted Off Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, and in film and television. He has directed over 75 shows and was the artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse for 19 years. He has also been the associate artistic director at North Coast Rep, where he has directed 12 plays, including the recent Gunmetal Blues and At This Evening's Performance. He recently appeared at North Coast Rep as General Sickles in Faded Glory, and as Alexander MacKenzie in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush.

Sarah Errington* is happily back after appearing in Dames At Sea as Ruby and before that in Spelling Bee as Logainne. She just finished Shockheaded Peter at Cygnet Theatre and The Little Mermaid with Moonlight Stage Productions. Other SD credits: Sister Act, Peter Pan, Titanic, Little Women, and Nunsense at Moonlight; Into The Woods, Suds: the Rockin' 60's Musical Soap Opera at New Village Arts, Dogfight (nominated for Craig Noel) and The Rocky Horror Show with Cygnet Theatre, Marry Me A Little with Diversionary, Winter Wonderettes and Chicago with the Welk Resort. This last winter Sarah performed at Madison Square Gardens as Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical. All her thanks to Kathy and David and, always, all her love to Rae.

Christine Hewitt is so pleased to make her debut at North Coast Rep in Tomfoolery. Most recently she was seen in the comic role of Sister Miller in Damn Yankees at the Speckles Theatre. Christine has a long history with comedy, playing such varied roles as Lady of The Lake, Spamalot (Moonlight Amphitheater), Sister Mary Amnesia, Nunsense (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Lina Lamont, Singin' in the Rain (North Carolina Theatre). Favorites include, Sunset Boulevard (Really Useful Co.) and Eleanor An American Love Story as FDR's mistress (Ford's Theatre, D.C.). Christine gives her love to her 2 boys, Jake and Damian.

LANCE Arthur Smith* is an actor, writer, and fight choreographer. His work has been seen locally at The Welk Resort, The Old Globe, Cygnet, San Diego Rep, Lamb's Players, Mo'olelo, Moonlight, San Diego Musical Theatre, Starlight, ion, Intrepid, New Village Arts, Scripps Ranch, and North Coast Rep. His last North Coast Rep show was Romance, Romance. Writing commissions include Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play for San Diego Musical Theatre (returning this December) and The Price of Peace for New Village Arts. He is the author of the nonfiction book Princess Geek, a memoir, parenting guide, and analysis of pop culture.

AARON RUMLEY* (Stage Manager/Sound Design) North Coast Repertory Theatre: At This Evening's Performance,Travels with?My Aunt, Marjorie Prime, The Cocktail Hour, Hedda Gabler, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush, The Fox on the Fairway, Betrayal, Unnecessary Farce, Gunmetal Blues, Fallen Angels, Who Am I This Time?, Broken Glass, Two by Pinter: The Lover and The Dumb Waiter, THIS, The Lion in Winter, Heroes, Lend Me a Tenor,?My Name is Asher Lev, The Drawer Boy, Becky's New Car, Voice of the Prairie, Ghosts, Glorious!, Talley's Folly, Over the Tavern, Rabbit Hole, The Dresser, Don't Dress for Dinner, Madagascar, Mornings at Seven, String of Pearls, Dracula, Rashomon, Wit, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Leading Ladies, Collected Stories, Halpern & Johnson, Romeo and Juliet, The Bungler, The Chosen, A Life in the Theatre and The Rainmaker. North Carolina Theatre: Talley's Folly, Picnic, The Miser and On Golden Pond. Aaron received a B.A. in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is the production manager at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Aaron is a member of Actors'?Equity Association.

TIM MCKNIGHT (Musical Director/Piano) is thrilled to be returning to North Coast Rep with Tomfoolery! Previously for North Coast Rep: Rothschild & Sons (2014); Glorious! (2010); Baby (2007); No Way to Treat A Lady (2006). Elsewhere: Ragtime (JCompany); A Civil War Christmas (Diversionary); The Drowsy Chaperone (MiraCosta College); 33 Variations (Carlsbad Playreaders). Tim has received two National Youth Arts Awards for Outstanding Music Direction as well as three nominations, all for his work at JCompany Youth Theatre in La Jolla. In addition, he has served as Music Director for the annual Ben Vereen Awards since their inception in 2014. Tim is also the proud Music Director of Encore Vocal Ensemble, San Diego's premiere musical theatre vocal ensemble.

MARTY BURNETT (Resident Scenic Designer) Marty is in his 25th season as Resident Designer/Technical Director at North Coast Rep. He has designed the last 175 shows. Other venues include Laguna Playhouse, Portland Stage Company, Drury Lane (Chicago), Claridge Hotel (Atlantic City), Union Plaza, Sahara Hotel, Hacienda in Las Vegas, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theater, Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Marty is a proud alumni of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

ELISA BENZONI (Costume Design) is thrilled to be working with North Coast Rep again. Previous work with North Coast Repertory Theatre includes: The Spitfire Grill, Travels with my Aunt, The Illusion, Marjorie Prime, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Cocktail Hour, Hedda Gabler, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush, Chapatti, The Fox on the Fairway, for which she was nominated for a Craig Noel Award; Other select credits: Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), Constellations (Old Globe) Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure (Old Globe/USD); The Who and The What, Our Town, Tall Girls, Brahaman/I, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse); Emilie, Sylvia, Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts), Snakeskin, Lifeblood Harmony, Chagall, A Man Found Wanting (Malashock Dance); The Storm, The Threepenny Opera, A Man, His Wife, and His Hat (UCSD). Assistant costume credits: Dialogues des Carmelites (Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari), Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse), As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Old Globe). Elisa holds a costume design MFA from UCSD.

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