Holiday Tradition Returns To Rockford Dec. 12-14

Staff Report

A popular holiday tradition, J. R. Sullivan’s “Hometown Holiday” returns to Rockford Dec. 12 through 14 in the Sullivan Theater of the Nordlof  Center 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 19th holiday season since 1994 that Sullivan has presented his show featuring a talented cast of actors and musicians from Rockford and Chicago, as well as artists from both East and West coasts.  Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13, and 2:00 p.m.  Sunday, December 14.

This year “Hometown Holiday” welcomes Miles Nielsen and bassist Jim McDowell, new members of the returning company of musicians, vocalists and actors.   Composer and pianist Shawn Wallace returns, joined by jazz violinist and multi-instrumentalist Randy Sabien, Rockford favorite Holland Zander, and singer/songwriter Megon McDonough making a return appearance to “Hometown Holiday” after a year’s absence.  Actors Linda Abronski, Jeff Christian, Marcella Rose Sciotto, and Daniel Patrick Sullivan  will join them again this year.  A perennial favorite, an all-new Rockford story by J. R. Sullivan, also will be featured.

“It is as exciting a line-up as we’ve ever featured in Hometown Holiday,” says Sullivan. “The addition of Miles Nielsen  and Jim McDowell to our show, along with Holland Zander, Randy Sabien, Shawn Wallace, and Megon McDonough makes for a tremendous company of remarkable singers, composers, and instrumentalists. Our blend of jazz, folk, pop, and rock finds a welcome home at the Nordlof Center, and when combined with our Hometown acting company, a unique show is always the result. For me, of course, it is a  joy to be back home for the holidays and onstage in downtown Rockford.”

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling the BMO Harris Bank Center at 815.968.5222 or visiting or  Tickets can be purchased in person , avoiding the service charges, at either the BMO Harris Bank Center or the Coronado Box Offices during regular hours: Coronado, M-F, 12 pm – 4 pm; BMO Center, M-F, 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm.

Supporting sponsors for 2014’s “Hometown Holiday” are GrahamSpencer Brand +Content and WNIU/WNIJ.

Posted Nov. 12, 2014 Issue.

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