Timber Lake Playhouse’s 49th season sizzles with Chicago

From press release

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill.—Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), northwestern Illinois’ professional summer theater, will kick off its 49th season with the song and dance powerhouse Chicago. Running June 3-13, the production will be directed and choreographed by Artistic Director James Beaudry. Jenny Guse, who thrilled audiences in The Producers, Smokey Joe’s Café and White Christmas, returns to TLP to star.

Set at the height of the Jazz Age, Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart (Guse), a killer-diller chorus girl who uses scandal and celebrity to work her way to the top. TLP company member Andrea Leach plays Roxie’s arch nemesis, Velma Kelly, in what promises to be one of the most spectacular shows ever produced at the playhouse. Considered by many audiences and critics to be America’s most perfectly-crafted musical, Chicago combines comedy, singing and dancing into a seamless musical about “all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts.”

TLP’s 49th season promises to be one of its best ever, featuring a combination of new Broadway hits and engaging classics. Chicago will be followed by the touching comedy Steel Magnolias. Directing the popular show is Chuck Smith, the resident director from Chicago’s famed Goodman Theatre who staged the recent TLP hits Lend Me A Tenor and Smokey Joe’s Café.

Following Steel Magnolias, Timber Lake Playhouse will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma!. As farmers and ranchers struggle for control of the Oklahoma Territory, two unlikely love stories emerge in this celebration of the American spirit. Beaudry will team up with Broadway Choreographer Will Taylor to breathe new life into a charming audience favorite.

The local premieres of Curtains and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, two of Broadway’s newest smash musicals, are also on TLP’s lineup. A backstage murder mystery comedy that’s stuffed full of big dance numbers, Curtains is a “new, old-fashioned” musical from the writers of Chicago. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences around the country and was a surprise hit on Broadway, which prompted The New York Times to ask, “Can you spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E?” Lilli-Anne Brown, who directed last season’s stunning Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, returns to helm…Spelling Bee. Acclaimed Quad Cities Director Derek Bertelsen will stage the brilliantly-funny farce, Love, Sex and the I.R.S., opening in July.

Many TLP performances are already selling out, so make reservations today. For $100, purchase a season subscription to all six main stage shows. That’s a savings of $20 off the individual ticket price. Student subscriptions are $55. Group discounts are also available for groups of 12 or more and guarantee priority seating. To purchase tickets, order season subscriptions or place group reservations, call the Timber Lake Playhouse Box Office, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., at (815) 244-2035. Adult tickets are $20, and all children and students are $11. Visit the Web site at www.timberlakeplayhuse.org for a list of specific show dates and times.

From the June 2-8, 2010 issue

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