J.R. Sullivan brings ‘Hometown Holiday’ back to Rockford Dec. 13-14

Staff Report

J.R. Sullivan’s Hometown Holiday makes a return appearance to Rockford Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, in the Sullivan Theater of the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford.

The popular holiday variety show, conceived and produced by J.R. Sullivan of the former New American Theater, features holiday-inspired storytelling, comedy, and seasonal and popular songs.

This year will mark the 18th holiday season since 1994 that Sullivan has presented his show featuring a talented cast of actors and musicians from Rockford, Wisconsin and Chicago. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, and 3 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14.

Hometown Holiday features new talent as well as a returning company of musicians, vocalists and actors. Singer and songwriter Shawn Wallace returns, joined by jazz violinist and multi-instrumentalist Randy Sabien, and singer and actress Marcella Rose Sciotto returning after her appearances in the 2010 and 2011 shows. They will be joined again this year by actors Linda Abronski, Stephen Vrtol III, Daniel Patrick Sullivan, Jeff Christian and newcomer Keewa Murullah of Chicago. This year’s production also will feature a perennial favorite, an all-new Rockford story by J.R. Sullivan.

Our show’s recipe remains the same for tradition’s sake,” said Sullivan. “We blend music, from jazz, folk, pop and holiday favorites, with comedy and old-fashioned storytelling, usually with a local twist. For me, it’s a cherished opportunity to come back home for a hometown holiday.”

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling the BMO Harris Bank Center at (815) 968-5222 or visiting ticketmaster.com or coronadopac.org. Tickets can be purchased in person at either the BMO Harris Bank Center or the Coronado Box offices.

Supporting sponsors for 2013’s Hometown Holiday are WNIJ and GranhamSpencer Brand + Content.

From the Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013, issue

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