Porchlight Music Theatre Will Stage Chicago Premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim; Casting Announced | Playbill

News Porchlight Music Theatre Will Stage Chicago Premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim; Casting Announced Continuing its 20th Anniversary Season of Sondheim, Porchlight Music Theatre will present the Chicago premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, the musical exploration of the life and work of the award-winning composer.

Stephen Sondheim

Performances of the musical, which was conceived by James Lapine and features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will begin Feb. 6, 2015, prior to an official opening Feb. 10. The production will continue through March 15.

Nick Bowling will direct a cast that includes Porchlight artistic associate Rebecca Finnegan (Sweeney Todd, Summer and Smoke), James Earl Jones II (Porgy and Bess, Shrek the Musical), Emily Berman (Days Like Today, King Lear), Matthew Keffer (The Wild Party, Golden Boy), Adrienne Walker (The Color Purple, Dreamgirls), Stephen Rader (The Normal Heart, Boojum), Amelia Hefferon (The Little Prince) and Yando Lopez (Bells Are Ringing, In the Heights).

Sondheim on Sondheim "is the final say on this unparalleled body of work with an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Featuring new arrangements of more than two-dozen Sondheim songs, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with filmed commentary by the composer himself, Sondheim on Sondheim reveals fascinating details about his life and his art," press notes state.

The artistic/production staff includes Porchlight artistic associate Jeffrey Kmiec (scenic design), Sally Dolembo (costume design), Chris LaPorte (sound design), Porchlight artistic associate Nick Belley (lighting design), Mike Tutaj (video design), Emily Rogers (choreography), Porchlight artistic associate Aaron Shapiro (production management), Dylan Pickus (assistant director), Alex Weisman (dramaturg) and Jessica Forella (stage management). Porchlight artistic associate Austin Cook will provide musical direction.

Stage 773 is located at 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets and more information are available by calling (773) 777-9884 or visiting porchlightmusictheatre.org.

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