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Interview with Jersey Boys & Madam Secretary Star ERICH BERGEN

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (November 3, 2015)

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Stage, screen and television star ERICH BERGEN discusses his roles in Hero: The Musical, the stage and screen incarnations of JERSEY BOYS and of course, playing Blake in the CBS hit drama Madam Secretary.  Mr. Bergen will be performing at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center on November 8, 2015.  Visit www.metropolisarts.com for more information.

Producer Michael Ingersoll has announced Erich BergenLive in Concert! for two shows only at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights, IL on Sunday, November 8th at 3pm and 7pm. These concerts - part of the “Artists Lounge Live” series - will serve as Erich’s solo concert debut in the Chicago area. 

Best known for his performance as Bob Gaudio in the Clint Eastwood film of Jersey Boys (reprising the role he played on stage for over three years) and his co-starring role on the hit CBS drama Madam SecretaryErich Bergen will bring his dry wit and smooth vocals to the Metropolis stage with musical director Jo Ann Daugherty and a 7 piece band. The show will feature songs from Bergen’s stage and screen career and songs from his two EP releases — his self-titled debut and the recent Never Give Up. Following both performances, Erich will offer a meet & greet with audience members where he will sign copies of his albums.

Of Bergen’s past concert performances, the Los Angeles Times said, “... with his lanky good looks and vibrant intensity, his charisma feeds off the spotlight ...” and BroadwayWorld.com said, “Taking the stage with the gusto akin to a tornado or blazing brush fire, this young dynamo captivated the packed house from the moment he opened his mouth.” Bergen last played four sold-out performances at the legendary Birdland in New York City which has led many to describe him as ‘the next big thing.’ 

Erich’s last appearance in the Chicago area was as the title character in HERO - A New Musical in the summer of 2012 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. 

“Artists Lounge Live” is a dynamic concert series which offers audiences tremendous talent in an intimate light. It proudly introduces stellar acts from America’s entertainment capitals to communities across the nation. It’s where you’ll see knockout notables share their side of the story. “Artists Lounge Live” brings the toast of 42nd street to main street.

Erich Bergen — Live! will play two performances only at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell Street in Arlington Heights on Sunday, November 8th at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at www.metropolisarts.com or by calling 847-577-2121.


Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (October 17, 2015)

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There are those rare moments in theatre when a production works on every level.  Director Kenny Howard’s intelligent and emotionally jarring Bat Boy: The Musical, currently being staged by Gen Y Productions at The Abbey is one of those rarities.

This 2001 off-Broadway gem found its origins in a 1992 Weekly World News story about a boy whose lineage is half human and half bat.  The Inquirer-like article was then adapted into a musical by Keythe Farley and Brian  composer/lyricist Laurence O’Keefe.  Bat Boy, The Musical  was instant critical hit earning best the Lucille Nortel and Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical when it premiered in March, 2001.

The musical opens with the Bat Boy being found and captured in a West Virginia cave where the residents of a small hick town want him euthanized.  Instead, he is adopted by the family of a local veterinarian, Dr. Parker, who name him Edgar and begin the process of trying to integrate him into society.  As the Bat Boy goes through his Eliza Doolittle transformation, prejudice soon takes over the community bringing out the worst of humanity, while uncovering truth about how Bat Boy was born.

Though at first glance, Bat Boy would seem nothing other than high camp.  But when this story is now juxtaposed into our current socio-political environment, Bat Boy takes on an entirely different momentum where prejudice disguised as religion becomes a vehicle to allow hatred to fill the void of what society doesn’t naturally accept.

Mr. Howard has assembled a cast that would feel equally comfortable on Broadway as they do at the Abbey, with a company lead by the astonishing Ricky Cona.  His Bat Boy weaves through the vocal challenges of the score with natural ease while uncovering nuanced moments with other cast members that the authors of this work could have only imagined.

On equal footing with Mr. Cona is the remarkable Rebecca Fisher who plays Edgar’s adoptive mother, Meredith.  Possessing one of the finest voices akin to Alice Ripley, Ms. Fisher is instantly connected to the title character and renders a story arch that is every bit as gripping as Edgar’s.  The triad is completed by the engaging Jennafer Newberry who has found her on stage soul mate with Mr. Cona and whose innate comic timing creates some of the evening’s more memorable moments.    As the Parker patriarch, William Flanagan has found the perfect balance of comic and creep, allowing the audience to actually be moved by his damaged character path to redemption.

What makes any show a success is the quality of the ensemble, and again, Mr. Howard has gathered a magnificent array of actors (Adam McCabe, Shonn McCloud, Kayla Kelsey Morales, David Lee, Michael Colavolpe and Amitria Fanae) who rap, cross-dress and find traveling salvation with the greatest of ease.

Technically, Bat Boy is superior than any other I have seen at this particular venue.  Musical director John DeHaas makes Bat Boy’s complex score unwind with ease while William Marchant’s choreography stays precise with the confines of the Abbey stage.  Bonnie Sprung’s diverse set design  is all the more impressive as lit by Roy Brown while Kyla Swanberg’s costumes are craftily designed to allow the on stage action to flow with ease; while assistant director Chris Yakubchik helps weave Mr. Howard’s vision into fruition.

Gen Y’s Production of BAT BOY, THE MUSICAL, plays through October 31, 2016 at The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando, Florida.  For information including showtimes and ticket purchase, visit AbbeyOrlando.com 

Elf the Musical costumes coming soon!

Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (October 12, 2015)

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We love to build so much that as soon as we finished with the Little Mermaid we started design and construction on the North Pole elves for Elf the musical!

So crazy to think that the Will Ferrel movie would become such a Christmas classic! Love it!

Here are some behind the scenes pictures of these magical christmas costumes!

Our Elf the Musical costumes will be available for rental this Winter season immediately after Thanksgiving.

If you are interested please contact Liz in our theatre dept! We’d love to work with you!


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Little Mermaid Costumes are booking fast!

Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (September 9, 2015)

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We're so thrilled with our new Little Mermaid costumes and we are pleasantly surprised with the speed that our calendar is filling up!

If you are doing Little Mermaid this fall or next spring spots are becoming limited. Please get in contact with our theatre manager, Liz to get more information if you are interested. We'd love to work with you! 

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Showbiz Nation Live! Interview with Director ANDREW CRUSSE

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (August 31, 2015)

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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Director Andrew Crusse

Director Andrew Crusse discusses his upcoming production of MARY POPPINS at the Ocala Civic Theatre. For more information visit OcalaCivicTheatre.com  Mr. Crusse is an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at the College of Central Florida who recently made his Ocala Civic Theatre directorial debut with The Amorous Ambassador and will be directingBlood Brothers later this season. Past directing credits include Godspell; All My Sons; Torch Song Trilogy; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Goodnight Moon; Side Show; Death and the Maiden; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Glass Mendacity; Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; and Something Cloudy, Something Clear. Andrew has a BFA from the University of the Arts and an MFA from the University of Alabama, both in directing. In addition to theatre, Andrew was a part of the casting department of New Line Cinema and other independent casting firms. Film and TV credits include American History X, Dark City, The Legend of 1900, Red Violin, CSI: Miami(Season 6), and Little Boy Blue. At the College of Central Florida, his set designs includeDracula, Beyond Therapy, Mother Hicks, Godspell, All My Sons, and Once Upon a Mattress.

The musical Mary Poppins is live on stage to open the 2015-2016 season at Ocala Civic Theatre from September 3 – October 4, 2015.


Little Mermaid Costumes are complete!

Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (August 18, 2015)

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We absolutely love our costumes for The Little Mermaid!


Titusville Playhouse's The Little Mermaid has opened and will be running through Sept. 6th! So if you are in the area of Central Florida you should check it out!

If you would like to check availability for your production please call our Theatre Dept and book your production today! 215 925-7121

Here are some teaser pics for now! We will have some amazing production photos to share soon! Ariel in her Grotto

Sebastian, Ariel, and Triton

Ariel and Eric

These pictures are from FloridaToday.com.


Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 31, 2015)

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Broadway’s original Pippin, JOHN RUBINSTEIN discusses his incredible career on stage, tv and film including stories of working with Ben Vereen, Bob Fosse and Diana Paulus. Mr. Rubinstein is currently playing King Charles in the National Touring Company of PIPPIN.


Individual tickets for PIPPIN at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $27-$95.  A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances.  Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at(312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com or www.PippinTheMusical.com and follow PIPPIN on Twitter: @PippinMusical or on Facebook.

94246Mr. Rubinstein made his Broadway acting debut in 1972, and received a Theater World Award, for creating the title role in the musical “Pippin”, directed by Bob Fosse. In 1980, he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Drama-Logue Awards for his portrayal of “James Leeds” in Mark Medoff’s “Children Of A Lesser God”, directed by Gordon Davidson. Other Broadway appearances were in Neil Simon’s “Fools”, and David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly”, both directed by Mike Nichols; Herman Wouk’s “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial”, which earned him another Drama Desk nomination; David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly”; “Getting Away With Murder”, by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Jack O’Brien, and the musical “Ragtime”, directed by Frank Galati. In 2014, he joined the Broadway cast of the hit revival of “Pippin,” directed by Diane Paulus, this time playing Pippin’s father, Charlemagne. He repeated this role on the national tour throughout the United States and Japan in 2014-2015. In 1987, he made his off-Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theater as “Guildenstern” in Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”, with Stephen Lang and John Wood, and subsequently performed in “Urban Blight” and “Cabaret Verboten”. In 2005, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, as well as nominations for both the Outer Critics’ and Drama League Awards, for his portrayal of “George Simon” in Elmer Rice’s “Counselor-at-Law”, directed by Dan Wackerman, at the Pecadillo Theatre.


Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award®-winning musical PIPPIN – described as “An eye-popping, jaw-dropping, VISUALLY STUNNING extravaganza. THE THRILL OF THE SEASON!” by NY1.

PIPPIN is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago… With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life?  Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory. This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess).  It features sizzling choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers) the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.  PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

PIPPIN, the most nominated Broadway show of 2013, won four 2013 Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, four Drama Desk Awards, seven Outer Critic Circle Awards,  and the Drama League Award.

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPINfeatures music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.

Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan present the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of PIPPIN with Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, Stephen E. McManus, A&A Gordon, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak,Rebecca Gold, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Hugh Hayes/Jonathan Reinis/Jamie Cesa, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Ben Feldman, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Square 1 Theatrics, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg,  Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, and Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney.
Join us… for this magical, unforgettable production the New York Times declared “Astonishing!  A PIPPIN for the 21st Century.”


Become a fan of PIPPIN on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PippinTheMusical and follow PIPPIN on Twitter @pippinthemusical.


Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Thursdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM (no matinee performance on August 6)

Fridays at 7:30 PM

Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM

Sundays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM


Little Mermaid Costumes are on the Horizon!

Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (May 22, 2015)

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Here at Pierre's Costumes we are designing and building Little Mermaid this summer! 

The costumes will become available for rental starting late Fall 2015 and beyond. 

We are so excited to add this gorgeous show to our rental repertoire.

We'll be releasing designs and starting the build in the next two weeks so please stay tuned and get in contact with Liz in our Theatre Department if you'd like more information!  




Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (May 10, 2015)

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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Actor/Composer BARRY ANDERSON from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

BARRY ANDERSON discusses his role as Bob Crewe in the National Touring production of JERSEY BOYS. Mr. Anderson also talks about his songwriting career which is showcased in the album "You Are Home; The Songs of Anderson and Petty" which is available on iTunes  SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Listeners are treated to Anderson and Petty's SUPERMAN, sung by the amazing Autumn Hulbert at the end of the interview.  For more information of JERSEY BOYS visit BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information on Barry Anderson visit andersonandpetty.com.

1428011671BARRY ANDERSON (Bob Crewe) Barry is thrilled to be a part of the Jersey family. Broadway: Legally Blonde (Aaron Schultz). National Tours: Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady.  Regional:  Where's Charley? (Charley); Bye Bye Birdie (Albert); Honk! (The Cat); The Civil War. T.V./Film: 30 Rock, As The World Turns, FORWARD&GONE. Music graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Thanks to the family, Rusty, Lisa, and Merri! Proud AEA member. Check out www.andersonandpetty.com (songwriting) and follow @4BarryAnderson.


JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “THE CROWD GOES WILD!” proclaims The New York Times.

The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award® -winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.


  • Playing at: Cadillac Palace Theatre
  • Dates: May 12, 2015 - May 24, 2015
  • Runtime: Two hours and 30 minutes with an intermission




Shows for our Gymatorium?

Posted by: Maura Glaeser (April 21, 2015)


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I go to a school in Missouri.  We perform our plays and musicals in what we call our Gymatorium.  It is basically how it sounds.  A crappy Jr. High Gym, with a stage, and horrible acoustics.  I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what shows would work for such a small space.  Specifically shows with minimal set requirement and casting.  We've already done Clue the Musical, Once on this Island, Grease, Almost, Maine, etc...  We need some new ideas for crowd pleasers that work with what we have.