The Gershwins’ ‘S Wonderful ends the season at TLP

Staff Report

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents the area premiere of ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical, an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the brilliant music and lyrics of brothers George and Ira Gershwin.

The show, which includes more than 40 classics like “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Summertime,” “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” opens Thursday, Aug. 15, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.

The show premiered in 2010 at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and has been a hit around the country. Five performers sing and dance their way through five different stories that transport the audience to 1940s Hollywood, 1920s New York, 1930s Paris, 1950s New Orleans and the present day.

The cast includes Genna-Paige Kanago, Sarah Larson, Zak McMahon, Lexie Plath and Tim Wessel, all resident performers from TLP’s 2013 company. Wessel and Cameron Turner (Monty Python’s Spamalot) provide choreography.

Director Courtney Crouse said: “The beauty of the Gershwins’ music and lyrics is palpable. The feelings they evoked when first written, they still evoke today. It connects deeply with people everywhere. The storytelling we do with dance adds to the universal nature of these themes. It moves us, and we identify. It’s impossible not to.”

Gold Series Subscriptions for TLP’s next season are also on sale. Summer 2014 brings a thrilling line-up that includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, and the local premiere of the most popular musical of all time, Les Miserables. The rest of the season includes the plays An Inspector Calls, which is a thrilling ghost story by J.B. Priestley, and Neil Simon’s Rumors. Next summer will close with a revue of 1960s hits called SHOUT! The Mod Musical.

Season subscriptions are $100. Subscription prices increase to $110 Sept. 1. Single tickets for TLP’s 2014 mainstage season will go on sale in May 2014. Groups of 15 or more may reserve blocks of tickets immediately.

Waiting in the wings for the Magic Owl Children’s Theatre are a new adaptation of Robin Hood in May and Pinkalicious the Musical in July and August, based on the ever-popular children’s books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann.

S Wonderful performs evenings at 7:30 p.m., and there are 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. There is also a Saturday matinee performance on the opening weekend at 3 p.m. Order tickets through the box office 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily, at (815) 244-2035 or any time at

From the Aug. 14-20, 2013, issue

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