Charles Troy will present ”Bernstein, Comden & Green’s Two ‘Town’ Triumphs” Monday, August 4 at the Wilmette Theatre. Below is the release:
Iconic composer Leonard Bernstein, and writing partners Betty Comden and Adolph Green, made a huge splash in their 1944 Broadway debut, “On the Town.” Nine years later, they followed up with another smash hit about New York City, “Wonderful Town.”
Musical theatre historian Charles Troy will present “Bernstein, Comden & Green’s Two ‘Town’ Triumphs” on Monday, August 4th, 7:30pm at the Wilmette Theatre. Bernstein fans will have a chance to hear the story behind his first two musicals through an engaging, entertaining multimedia presentation.
Employing a seamless blend of recorded songs (with lyrics projected onscreen), original graphics, scanned photos, historic video, and an extensively researched, scripted narrative to dramatize the stories, Troy will delve into the back-story behind the making of these two remarkable shows.
The presentation coincides with Marriott Theatre’s production of “On The Town,” Aug. 8-Oct. 12, which is the first ever Chicago-area professional production ever of this famous wartime musical.
Audience goers will….
• Find out why…the brilliantly tuneful musical “On the Town,” which is full of marvelous Bernstein songs, is barely known today.
• Hear about…the three extraordinary events in just over a year’s time, in 1943-44, that suddenly put the young and unknown Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Comden and Green on the map.
• Be surprised to learn that…the wonderful score of “Wonderful Town” was written in just four weeks.
THE AVENUE in Wilmette (www.theavenuewilmette.com) located at 1146 Wilmette Ave., will be featuring menu items from Sardi’s in New York.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.wilmettetheatre.com
About Charles Troy:
Charles Troy is a graphic designer and former theatre lyricist. Over the last ten years, he has developed more than fifty multimedia presentations on musical theatre subjects. More than twenty of his presentations are 90-minute programs on the stories behind many of the great musicals. He has also developed four-part series on the great early Broadway writers. And he has crafted 45-minute programs for private events and Silversea cruises. For the last five years, he has presented at the annual Cole Porter Festival in Porter’s hometown of Peru, Indiana. For more information, please visit: www.charlestroy.com
About The Wilmette Theatre:
The not-for-profit Wilmette Theater is the premiere multi-arts and performance center anchoring the downtown Wilmette business district by providing vibrant entertainment, education and enrichment for the community. 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL, 60091. www.wilmettetheater.com | 847-251-7424.
Community sponsor: North Shore Community Bank
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