Cockney charmer Bill Snibson (Louis Jannuzzi III, left) and his fishmonger girlfriend, Sally Smith (Renee McFillin, right) celebrate his newfound royalty. (Photo by Chuck Gloman)
Hilarious Rags–to-riches story is directed and choreographed by Alumnus Stephen Casey ’89
Act 1 DeSales University Theatre closes its 46th season with the lavish British musical Me and My Girl. The production runs April 27 to May 8, 2016 on the Main Stage theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA.
Called by the New York Post, “A honey. It has humor, music, dancing, charm, wit and a deft expertise and that takes your heart away,” Me and My Girl tells the story of Bill Snibson, a Cockney charmer who is amazed to learn he has inherited an earldom. To the horror of his newfound upper crust relatives, he and his fishmonger girlfriend Sally wrangle for his aristocratic family’s approval, but every attempt to groom Bill for nobility results in riotous chaos. This toe tapping, Tony award-winning musical includes such production numbers as “The Lambeth Walk,” “Leaning on a Lamppost,” and “Me and My Girl.”
“Me and My Girl started out on the British stage in the late 1930s,” says John Bell, head of the division of performing arts. “A few years later, as so often happens with successful stage musicals, it was made into a film. It was revived in London in 1952 and then received a lavish new production in London in 1985, which then took Broadway by storm winning three of its eleven Tony award nominations. No show can withstand such a test of time unless it’s a great show. Me and My Girl is a great show—a real rags-to-riches charmer with a great score. We’re delighted to offer it to the Lehigh Valley.”
Alumnus Stephen Casey ’89 directs and choreographs the production. The former artistic director of the Bucks County Playhouse, Casey previously choreographed this fall’s Once Upon a Mattress. Past choreography for Act 1 includes How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Music Man, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Camelot, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. In addition, he also directed and choreographed Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration, as well as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. PSF choreography credits include Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and 1776.
The production also features the talents of Nathan Diehl as musical director. A frequent musical director for Act 1 and The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Diehl previously musical directed more than a dozen musicals for Act 1 including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Chicago. He has also conducted for PSF for five seasons, including the 2015 production of Les Misérables.
Me and My Girl features the design/technical talents of professor Will Neuert as scenic designer, guest costumer Linda Bee Stockton, Elizabeth Elliott as lighting designer, and Matthew Given and Mary Radziszewski as co-sound designers.
The production runs April 27 to May 8, on the Main Stage Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, Pa. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. A talk back is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 after the 2:00 PM performance. There is an added matinee on Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 PM.
In an effort to improve accessibility for all patrons, the Saturday, May 7, 2:00 PM matinee performance will feature Audio Descriptions for patrons who are blind or visually impaired and Open Captions for patrons who are deaf or hearing impaired. During Audio Described performances, all action and physical appearances are described live through a headset. During Open Caption performances, all dialogue and sound effects are presented in real-time on an LED screen that is adjacent to the stage. Tickets are half price for patrons using these special services on this date. Please call box office manager Catherine Logan at 610-282-3654, ext. 1 for more information.
Regular ticket prices are $27 for adults and $25 for students and seniors on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $29 for adults and $27 for students and seniors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Group discounts are available for all performances. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Labuda Center box office at 610-282-3192 or by visiting the web site at www.desales.edu/act1.
The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a listening enhancement system. Special seating is available for our patrons using wheelchairs or requiring other assistance. Please inform the box office of your needs when ordering tickets.
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