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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Will Rogers Follies Brings a Legend to Life

My pal Bil Neal sends along this press release about the upcoming musical comedy production of The Will Rogers Follies:
"Will-a-mania" is back with local cast and crew of the critically acclaimed Will Rogers Follies.

Spotlighting the glamour of Will’s Ziegfeld Follies days, this spectacular revue encapsulates the straightforward wit and wisdom of America’s favorite son! Winner of six Tony awards and the Grammy award for Best Musical Show Album, you won’t want to miss this extraordinary show about an ordinary man.

The Will Rogers Follies chronicles the life of Will Rogers and his time with Florenz Zeigfeld and his Follies.

The Will Rogers Follies had 33 successful previews before it opened on Broadway at the Palace Theater in 1991 where it ran for 981 performances. After the success of its Broadway run, The Will Rogers Follies moved onto many national tours.

In 1991, The Will Rogers Follies was given 11 Tony® Award nominations and ended up receiving six of the awards including; Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design.

The talented cast for the ARTS is led by Bil Neal as Director, Leann Haines as Assistant Director, Produced by Harriett Evans, Choreographer by Kerri Easter-Stambaugh with Musical Direction by Tawny Burdine and Technical Direction from Shane Ross.

The famous role of Will Rogers is held by our leading man, Stephen Vance. You won’t want to miss your chance to see Stephen as America’s favorite son! Jane Modlin will star as Betty Blake, with Jim Lamp as Clem Rogers, and Jocelyn Knapp as Zeigfeld's Favorite and in the roles of Rogers and Blakes’ children, Sam Smith as Will Jr., Hunter Easter as Freddy, Jacob Welch as James, and Shelby Easter as Mary.

The talented supporting cast includes Justin Carlson, Tom Ross, Jacob Benson, Remington McClure, Tera Grasser, Cindy Stowers, Andrea Runge, Abby Willis, Natasja VanDijk, Laura Ptakowski, Jillian Clark, Jordan Clark and Jon Lamp as Wiley Post.

The Will Rogers Follies opens October 15 at the ARTS Renaissance Theater and is located at 900 8th St. formerly the old Huntington High School. Tickets are available by calling 304-733-ARTS (2787). The production schedule is the second and third weekends of October 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8 p.m. On October 17 & 24 we will host a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $30 which includes dinner and show, and $15 for show only. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, will enjoy our show free of charge. For more information regarding the 2010 season line-up and ticketing, please visit us online at www.733arts.org.

1 comment:

Bil Neal said...

Thanks for your kindness in getting the word out about our show. I understand there's a lot of theatre going on in the world now, but the folks on this project (their heart and work ethic of actors and tech crew)are enough of a reason to see it. It's getting to be kinda a Big Deal.