The Wonder Years: The Music of the Baby Boomers

February 6, 2019 - June 9, 2019 |  John C. Court Cabaret

Take a musical ride through the Boomer Years! From the early days of Howdy Doody through the rebelliousness of The Beatles singing “She Loves You” on Ed Sullivan, television helped shape and reflect the Boomer journey. Featuring the greatest hits from Boomers’ experience, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “I Can ‘t Get No Satisfaction,” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

The Wonder Years: The Music of The Baby Boomers by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser.

Run Time: The Wonder Years runs 1 hour and 20 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

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CREATIVE
Director  |  Catherine Randazzo
Music Director  |  Darren Server
Choreographer  |  Dewayne Barrett
Costume Designer  |  Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer  |  Mike Foster
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp

CAST
Alayna Gallo
Chris Anthony Giles
Michael Gray Grieve
Stacey Harris

Pianist |  Jim Prosser

ALAYNA GALLO is grateful to return to FST! She was last seen here in Dancing in the Street with the Primadonettes. Her Broadway credits include Tarzan and Jersey Boys. Favorite roles include Eva Peron in Evita, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar. She has also been a part of the Chicago 1st Nat'l Tour as well as the Australian and South African companies of Jersey Boys.



CHRIS ANTHONY GILES is happy to be a part of his first FST production! Hailing from Long Island, NY, Chris recently finished the two-year run of Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini's Off-Broadway musical spoof of HamiltonSPAMILTON! Other regional credits: The Full Monty (Broadway Palm); Ain't Misbehavin' (CMT productions); RENT (Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre); Smokey Joe's Cafe (Broadway Palm West). National Tours: MemphisWonderful Town. Other: Disney Cruise Lines and a host of other performances around the country. TV credits: Boardwalk EmpireThe Mysteries of Laura, and various commercials for Xfinity Wifi and Airfasttickets.com.

MICHAEL GRAY GRIEVE BFA in Musical Theatre at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, Class of 2017. Disney Cruise Line's Beauty and the Beast (Beast). Other Theatre Credits include Grease (Kenickie), The Glorious Ones (Flaminio Scala), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), and 42nd Street (Pat Denning).
 



STACEY HARRIS is delighted to return to FST, where she was featured in Burt and MeThat's LifeI Love You, You're Perfect, and That's Life Again. Broadway: Bells Are Ringing. National Tours: CinderellaShow BoatDreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik MangerThe Golden LandLone Star Love. Regional favorites: Cabaret (Sally Bowles - Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), The Addams Family (Morticia), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock), Chicago (Velma & Roxie), Damn Yankees (Lola), West Side Story (Anita), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie). Northwestern University graduate. stacey-harris.com



JIM PROSSER (Piano/Arrangements) This season marks Jim’s 25th season as resident pianist in FST’s Cabaret, where he has arranged and co-developed many shows including: Guitar Girls, Unchained Melodies, Dancing In The Street, By Gershwin, European Cabaret, That’s Life Again, British Invasion, Too Darn Hot, Older Than Dirt, and last season’s Mack the Knife and Blue Suede Shoes. He has served as Composer/Music Director for FST’s Education department, writing numerous scores for children’s shows such as Deck the Halls, Androcles and the Lion, RAP-Punzel, The Velveteen Rabbit, and the WRITE A PLAY Elementary Tours. Jim is also a Music Director for FST Improv, for which he has played many shows including the improvised musical, When X Meets Y.

 

WATCH

Behind the Scenes of The Wonder Years  |  WATCH

The Wonder Years: The Music of the Baby Boomers Promo Video  |  WATCH

 

ARTICLES

What a Wonderful World by Becca Jennings and Jenna Tonsor  |  READ

The Generation (And Their Music) That Got the World All Shook Up by Jenna Tonsor  |  READ

Six Lifetimes by Lydia Baxter  |  READ

Musicals Set in the "Good Ole" Days by Jenna Tonsor |  READ

Spring Quarterly Newsletter  |  READ

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