It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

December 13, 2012 — December 30, 2012

Performance Times
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
Wednesdays at 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Thursdays at 2pm & 7:30 pm
Fridays at 7:30 pm
Saturdays at 2 pm & 7: 30pm
Sundays at 2 pm & 6 pm
There will be no matinee performance on December 13th
There will be no evening performance on December 23rd
There will be no performances on December 24th or 25th
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Directed by Gordon Greenberg, choreographed by Lorin Latarro, and inspired by the classic American film, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. This beloved American holiday classic, that tells the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers his demise one fateful Christmas Eve, comes to captivating life with the help of an ensemble that brings over two dozen characters to the stage. It premiered in 1996 and has since been produced countless times around the country to critical acclaim.

Please join us for special post-show talkbacks following the matinee performances on December 19, December 22, and December 26. The following cast members are scheduled to appear: ( subject to change)

December 19th: Justin Guarini & Jill Paice

December 22nd: Garth Kravits & Lauren Molina

December 26th: Kevin Pariseau & Mark Price
Director Gordon Greenberg will also appear on December 26th

This holiday season, ShopRite, the official sponsor of the production, will be spearheading a food drive to benefit Fisherman Mark’s Food Pantry and the Delaware Valley Council of Churches. We encourage you to bring non-perishable items to drop in the donation bins at the theater.

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

Cast

Justin GuariniJUSTIN GUARINI (Jake) Broadway: American Idiot (Will), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). Solo albums: Justin Guarini RCA Records, Stranger Things Have Happened, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Cast Album. Theater: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Drake); Rent (Roger); Chicago (Mr. Flynn); Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat ( Joseph): Once on This Island (Daniel), The Little Prince (Prince). Film: Fast Girl (Darryl), From Justin to Kelly (Justin). TV: “American Idol” season 1 runner-up (Fox), “Run of the House” (Fox), “Film Fakers” (AMC), “Gone Country” (CMT season 3), TV Guide Network, host/correspondent; “Live With Regis & Kelly” (guest host, ABC). Other: Disney World’s The American Idol Experience, virtual host. Justin is currently involved with the ETM-LA (Education Through Music Los Angeles) which funds music programs in disadvantaged schools.

GARTH KRAVITS (Harry/Jazzbo) Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Toxic Audio Loudmouth Regional: Gateway Playhouse The Producers ,Goodspeed Opera House Happy Days The Musical  Regional Tour: Guys and Dolls Televsion: 30 Rock, Nash Bridges.

 

 

LAUREN MOLINA (Lana) award winning singer/actor/songwriter/musician, hailed by the New York Times as a “…sweet voiced soprano, who plays the cello beautifully.” She appeared on Broadway, originating the roles of Regina in Rock of Ages and Johanna in the critically acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd (dir. John Doyle). In addition, she recently played “Her” in the revival of Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little off Broadway, and created the role of Megan in the World Premiere of Nobody Loves You at The Old Globe. She played Cunegonde in Candide at the Huntington, Goodman, and Shakespeare Theatre DC (dir. Mary Zimmerman) receiving the Helen Hayes Award for best leading actress, and the IRNE nomination. Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Next Thing You Know, Ernest In Love. Tour/Regional: Sweeney Todd (1st National Tour, ACT) winning IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actress, Ten Cents A Dance (Williamstown).  Her folk pop album Sea for Two features the song “Sky and the Sea” which appeared on NBC’s “Parenthood.”  A featured singer in The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim (with Barbara Cook, Patti Lupone, and Kristin Chenoweth), she also performed with Sarah Brightman on the La Luna tour. B.F.A. from University of Michigan. She’s a co-creator of the mocumentary webseries Rock of Ages Productions as well as the folk-pop comedy group The Skivvies. www.laurenmolina.com

JILL PAICE (Sally) most recently appeared as Grazia in Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout, and as Susan in The New York Philharmonic production of Company, also released in movie theaters. Broadway: The 39 Steps, Curtains (Niki Harris, original cast recording), The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie).  West End: Gone with the Wind (Scarlett O’Hara), The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie, original cast recording), Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall). National Tour: White Christmas (Betty, Detroit Company) Mamma Mia in Las Vegas (Sophie), Les Miserables. Encores: Where’s Charley? (Kitty). REGIONAL: Chess (Florence-Helen Hayes Award nomination, Signature Theater), SCK BSTD (Afton, VSC), Ace (Elizabeth-Helen Hayes nomination, Signature), Curtains (Niki Harris, Ahmanson). Television:  Guest starring roles on Unforgettable, Person of Interest and The Beautiful Life.  Jill appeared in the pilot The Wonderful Maladys.  Education: Baldwin-Wallace College.

Kevin PariseauKEVIN PARISEAU (Freddie) Broadway: Legally Blonde; National: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Santa); Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (over 1000 performances), Slut, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh; Regional: 9 to 5, 1776, All in the Timing, Lend Me a Tenor (with Mickey Rooney), Shear Madness (Boston), Prelude to a Kiss, The Tempest, Drood! (with George Rose). Recordings: Sondheim at the Movies, Midlife: The Crisis Musical, Legally Blonde the Musical, Carols for a Cure, and over 80 audiobooks (including The Kama Sutra!) Awards:  Equity’s ACCA Award (2008), Audie nomination for The Winds of War. Web:  Submissions OnlyFilm: Morning Glory, Tower Heist. Radio: Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. Education: Brown University.

MARK PRICE (Butch PopkinBroadway: Original companies of Mary Poppins (Robertson Aye), Wonderful Town, All Shook Up (Dennis), Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Mamma Mia! (Pepper), Dance of the Vampires (Boris), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy u/s), and Paul Simon’s The Capeman (Anthony Krzesinski), and as a replacement in Chicago and Beauty and The Beast (Lefou). REGIONAL: Assassins (Guiteau) at Milwaukee Rep, The 39 Steps at George Street Playhouse, Into The Woods (The Baker) at the Alliance Theater, Sondheim Celebration at Lincoln Center, Sweeney Todd (Tobias) at the Kennedy Center-Helen Hayes nom., and 70, Girls, 70 for City Center Encores! FILM/T.V: Law & Order, Broadway’s Finest, The Tony Awards, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Visit aboutmarkprice.com

Creative Team

Gordon Greenberg (Director) is a writer, director and producer living in New York and, occasionally, Los Angeles.  He recently directed and revised Studs Terkel’s Working in an acclaimed new production for Broadway In Chicago, developed with Stephen Schwartz and Lin Manuel Miranda. It had an extended engagement at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower, after productions at the Old Globe and Asolo Theatres. He directed the new production of Yentl (score by Jill Sobule, Asolo Rep.), the new national tour of Guys & Dolls, the Off-Broadway revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award noms), Band Geeks! (also co-writer – recipient of NEA and NAMT grants for production at Goodspeed), Disney’s Believe (created with Kirsten Childs – Disney Creative Entertainment) and the Disney Fantasy Christening (with Neil Patrick Harris & Jerry Seinfeld), Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (created w/Nell Benjamin – Huntington, Goodspeed, Paper Mill), the Lortel nominated best Off-Broadway musical 2010 We The People (Theatreworks USA, Lortel Theatre),33 Variations (Capital Rep), Floyd Collins (Signature), Happy Days (First National Tour, Bob Boyett Theatricals; Paper Milll, Goodspeed, redeveloped with Garry Marshall),Arts & Crafts with Sandra Bernhart and Justin Vivian Bond at Joe’s Pub, the original production of Vanities, a new musical (Theatreworks Palo Alto – winner, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for Best Musical Production), Theory of Three (by Alexandra Cunningham, NY Stage & Film), 1776 (Paper Mill), Citizens Band: The Panic Is On (Spiegeltent, NY), The Baker’s Wife (revised and reworked with Joe Stein and Stephen Schwartz for Goodspeed and Paper Mill Playhouse), O. Henry’s Lovers (Goodspeed), Cam Jansen (by Larry O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin, Lambs Theatre), the National Tour of Peter Pan (Big League), The Broadway Divas tours of the U.S., Canada and Brazil and numerous television commercials. Current projects include writing Scramble Band, an original movie musical for the Disney Channel, Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (Muny 2012), The Happy Elf (with Harry Connick, Jr.), The Single Girls Guide - Book Writer, Goodspeed (workshop), Capital Rep (premier, 2013), Stars of David (with Charles Busch, Tom Kitt, William Finn, Marvin Hamlisch etc. for Philadelphia Theatre Company and Daryl Roth Productions), Ben Folds Project (The Producing Office), and Guys & Dolls (West End, London, 2013/14). Born in Texas and raised in New York, Greenberg performed in his first Broadway show at age 12. He attended Stanford University and NYU Film School before joining J. Walter Thompson Worldwide for a stint as a producer/director of commercials. He then moved back into theatre — first performing on Broadway and on television and soon directing and writing. He is also deeply involved in arts education and is Co-Director of The Broadway Teaching Group, Broadway’s largest education program, comprised ofBroadway Teachers Workshop, Broadway Student Summit and the Broadway Online Learning Center - all in conjunction with Music Theatre International and Jujamcyn Theatres. He is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Lorin Latarro (Choreographer) choreographed Encore’s Fanny at City Center, Live From Lincoln Center’s Hansel and Gretel (Sendak) for PBS, Cy Coleman’s The Best Is Yet To Come for David Zippel (Ovation Award) at The Rubicon and 59E59th Street Theater, Saving Aimee at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, pieces for Momix, the upcoming City Club at Minetta Lane, Apassionata’s international tour and currently Broadway’s American Idiot (Associate). TV includes Greenday’s Grammy’s performance and staging for numerous TV appearances, NBC’s Grease reality TV show and NBC’s Clash of the Choirs (associate) and a dance commercial for Savion Glover and Twix.  Lorin co-wrote the musical The Cosmopolitan (award winner at NAMT) and as a performer has performed in 14 Broadway shows including lead roles in Movin Out, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Fossen, Swing!, Kiss Me Kate, and Spamalot. She was an Associate Choreographer on many Broadway shows throughout her performing career and has worked with numerous award winning directors and choreographers.

Joe Landry (Playwright) At age 12, Joe’s first job was in the film department at the library in his hometown of Fairfield, CT. This was before the dawn of home video, back in the days of 16mm, and their permanent collection included It’s a Wonderful Life, The Lady Vanishes and other early Hitchcock films. Joe’s other main interest was the theatre. Encouraged by his parents, Joe was introduced to various theatres which he came to call home, including Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, Westport Country Playhouse and others. In 1995, Joe founded Second Guess Theatre Company, which produced over two dozen new plays, adaptations and revivals to critical-acclaim. In 1997, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in Stamford, CT and has since enjoyed productions around the country. Joe’s other plays include Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play and an adaptation of the cult classic Reefer Madness. Other projects include Mothers and Sons, a musical co-written with Kevin Connors and Lifeboat, Dahling! with Bert Bernardi. www.joelandry.com