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The Players Catches Will-a-Mania with The Season Opener THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES

The Players Catches Will-a-Mania with The Season Opener THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES

From Sept. 27 through Oct. 15, catch Will-a-Mania with the Wilde Broadway Season opener "The Will Rogers Follies." This first show in this fall series at The Players Centre for Performing Arts is a toe-tapping, dance-filled journey through the life of Will Rogers. Rogers is famous for saying, "I never met a man I didn't like," and anyone who has ever seen the show will agree that there has never been a man - or woman - who did not like it. Subtitled "A Life in Revue," "The Will Rogers Follies" stands out among musicals because of the magic of its protagonist. Everyone's "everyman," Rogers transcended decades to the level of legend because of his accomplishments, and his philosophy, which espouses respect and confidence in the goodness of his fellow man.

Story: "The Will Rogers Follies" focuses on the life and career of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers, the first international multimedia sensation whose wit and homespun wisdom went straight to the nation's heart. Taking home the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Choreography since its Broadway debut, join us as we travel through this "Life in Revue" from the Wild West to Hollywood, from vaudeville to film. The character of Will Rogers narrates his life story through a series of spectacular Ziegfeld Follies production numbers which come to life with help from the Ziegfeld Girls, Ziegfeld's Favorite, and wranglers. Delightful musical numbers by Cy Colman include "Will-a-Mania," "It's a Boy," "My Unknown Someone," and "Marry Me Now."

Directed and choreographed by Cory Boyas, with help from Stage Manager Alyssa Goudy, costumes by Tim Beltley, lighting design by Michael Pasquini and set design by Jeff Weber, you'll laugh and sing along to this heartfelt musical that's fun for the whole family!

Performance Dates:

Sept. 28 - Oct. 15, 2017

September 27 at 7:30pm - Preview Night

September 28 at 7:30pm - Opening Night

September 27, 28, 30, Oct. 3-7 and 12-14 at 7:30pm

October. 1, 7, 8 and 15 at 2pm

Tickets:

$32 Premium

$27 Regular

$14 Students 24 and under with valid ID

Group rates:

Groups of 10 - 24 25% off ($20.25 each)

Groups of 25 - 74 30% off ($18.90 each)

Groups of 75 or more 35% off ($17.55 each)

Cast:

Steve McAllister as Will Rogers

Melissa Ingrisano as Betty Blake

Bill Sarazen as Clem Rogers/Hastings/Ranch Pianist

Belle Babcock as Ziegfeld's Favorite

David Floyd as Wiley Post

Ricky Bizzaro as Peter the Stage Manager

Nick Quinn as Will Rogers Jr.

Jackie Galvano as Mary Rogers

Tyler Gevas as James Rogers

Follies Girls:

Sami Wilde

Christina Brush

Abigail Holdway

Siobhan Boyle

Olivia Yagy

Emma Devine

Kristina Marier

Elicia Sacco

Tessa Dykes

Laura Swartzendruber

Cowboy Chorus:

Stevie Romero

Daniel Espinal

Ricky Bizzaro

Casey Berkery

Crew:

Artistic Director - Jeffery Kin

Director/Choreographer - Cory Boyas

Production Manager - Alyssa Goudy

Musical Director - Alan Corey

Costumes - Tim Beltley

Set Design - Jeff Weber

Lighting Design - Michael Pasquini

Lighting Engineer - Patrick Bedell

Stage Manager - Alyssa Goudy

Props - Martha Kesler

Technical Director - Ken Junkins

Asst. Tech Director - Matt Neier

AVE - Josh Linderman

Stage Crew:

Jackie Richards

Yvonne Perez

Jose Perez

Debbi White

Cori Wilde

Rebekah Steinback

Diane Cepeda


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