September 14, 15, 16, 2012
Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM
Sunday at 2 PM
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Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, now opening its 83rd season, presents its fifth annual musical event featuring the nearly 30-piece Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, as director Don Edelman and conductor Stephen A. Eva team up for Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s 1965 Broadway musical THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT – THE SMELL OF THE CROWD this weekend. It has become increasingly uncommon for a local theater to present a complete musical with full orchestration, making CVLT’s annual collaborations with the CFSO a rare treat.
Just in time for the heat of the election season and relevant as ever, ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT is an allegorical satire on the British class system, which demonstrates how the working class can’t get ahead because of the constantly changing rules and social structures. Many of the songs in the score became standards, including “A Wonderful Day Like Today”, “The Joker”, “Who Can I Turn To?”, “The Beautiful Land” (made famous by Tony Bennett), and “Feeling Good” (a hit for Nina Simone, and more recently Michael Bublé).
Writer/composer/lyricist Leslie Bricusse is a multiple Academy Award nominee, with nominations for nine Grammys and four Tonys. He has two Oscars, a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards. Bricusse’s other musicals include Stop The World – I Want To Get Off (1961), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969), Scrooge (1970), Sherlock Holmes – The Musical (1989) and Jekyll And Hyde (1997). Anthony Newley, who also was also the book writer, composer and lyricist also had an acting, singing and directing career that spanned more than 50 years – he died in 1999. The duo collaborated on many works, including the beloved songs for Gene Wilder’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film.
CVLT’s production features Bob Keefe as the aristocratic ‘Sir’, and Dan Hoy as the working class ‘Cocky’. Caitlin Houlahan appears as ‘The Kid’, Evie Koh as ‘The Girl’, Brian Keith Johnson as ‘The Negro’ and Jerry Schaber as ‘The Bully’. The production also features a chorus of young street urchins, played by Sophi Dennis, Jeanne Greminger, Sophie Longo, Emily McCulley, Ashleigh Nagy, and Lilly Saunders. Ida Porris serves as choreographer.
Tickets for THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT – THE SMELL OF THE CROWD are $20. Performances are 8 PM on Friday 9/14 and Saturday 9/15, and at 2 PM on Sunday 9/16. Tickets are available by phone at 440-247-8955, Monday through Saturday from 1-6 PM at on the theatre’s website at CVLT.org around the clock. The theater is located at 40 River Street in historic Chagrin Falls Village, and is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and supported by the Ohio Arts Council.