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92nd Season Closes With Entertaining BARNUM Tuesday, 01 April 2014 Image

What happens when you set a Broadway musical at the circus? Let’s just say you may want to “Join the Circus like you wanted to, when you were a kid.” The Chatham Community Players concludes their successful 92nd Season of producing local theater with an audience favorite, “BARNUM” with book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman. This musical will run from May 9 through May 24 and will feature a “side show” 30 minutes before every performance. Jeffrey Fiorello from Montclair directs, Jack Bender from Jersey City is Musical Director and Megan Ferentinos from Cranford is the Choreographer.

Winner of a Drama Desk and three Tony Awards, BARNUM sparkles with a cast of singers, actors, jugglers and clowns. Barnum ran two years on Broadway in the early 80’s with music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, City of Angels & Will Rogers Follies) Lyrics by Michael Stewart (Bye, Bye Birdie, Carnival & Hello Dolly!) and book by Mark Bramble (42nd Street). The show traces the life of the legendary huckster Phineas Taylor Barnum from the purchase of his first sideshow act through his partnership with James A. Bailey and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, revealing that she was the practical one who made Barnum’s dreams come true. The score is a pastiche of toe-tapping marches, ballads, ragtime and Dixieland tunes with several circus-infused show stopping numbers designed to thrill audiences. The worlds of musical theatre and circus are blended into a vibrant and entertaining musical celebrating the colorful, creative and driven life of the World’s Greatest Showman, Phineas “P.T.” Barnum.

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Featuring an energetic cast ripe with circus antics, this musical includes actors from all around New Jersey. Leading the cast, Chris Abbott from South Plainfield is playing the role of Phineas T. Barnum. Also featured are Kathleen Campbell Jackson from Peapack/Gladstone as Chairy Barnum, Michael Healy from Boonton as Ringmaster, Jen Hanselman from Berkeley Heights, Ray Guy from Montclair as Tom Thumb, Sarah Kuhns from Stanhope as Jenny Lind, Joe Guadara from Caldwell as James A. Bailey and Julius Goldschmidt, Alan Van Antwerp from Little Falls as Amos Scudder, Joe Leo from Cranford as Sherwood Stratton, Raven Dunbar from Dayton as Mrs Stratton, William Carey from Glen Ridge as Wilton, Anthony Bruno from Lodi as Edgar Templeton and Chester Lyman, Jo Rosa Rio from Belleville as Humbert Morrissey and Shannon Ludlum from Whitehouse Station as the Blues Singer. The ensemble consists of Michal Efron from Summit, Jessica Phelan from Montclair, Gira Marie Derise-Weaver from Wharton and Samantha Kaplan from Verona.

Rounding out Fiorello’s talented production team, the Producer is Bob Lukasik, Stage Manager is Pam Wilczybski, Production Stage Manager is Debby Hennessy, Scenic Designer is Bob Lukasik, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Fran Harrison, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy, Sound Designer is Joe DeVico and Production Coordinators are Steffi Denmark and Leslie Reagoso.

As a special treat and to help the entire family enjoy the circus atmosphere, we are going to offer a “Side Show”, where the audience may partake in some circus refreshments, face painting, watch performers doing some tricks and also a chance to learn something about P.T. Barnum. The special preshow activities will occur 30 minutes before each show.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are May 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8PM and May 17, 18 and 24 at 3PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. Fun for the entire family!

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap .com. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on April 29 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.

Chatham's 2014-2015 Season ~ 93 Years Friday, 11 April 2014

Clybourne Park - October 2014

By Bruce Norris

Winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, in addition to the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, Clybourne Park is a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun". The first act, set in 1959, is from the perspective of the white family moving out of the neighborhood, and the neighbors' concerns regarding an African American family moving in. The second act takes place 50 years later, during which time the Clybourne Park neighborhood has changed significantly, and a white family has decided to move into the house. Hailed by The New York Times as a "strong, ferociously smart play", it is both funny and provocative in dealing with issues of race and real estate.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer

This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello, Musical Directed by Jack Bender and Choreography by Megan Ferentinos

Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) - March 2015

By Neal Bell

This psychological drama takes place at the intersection of two haunted lives with nothing but a wall separating them. Tate is a college professor who is suspected of murdering a female student, and his new neighbor, Dunn is a writer in search of a story. Over the course of the play, the two men become close, but the specter of the truth hangs between them, as we don't try to figure out whether Tate is a murderer, or whether he's been falsely accused.

The Three Musketeers - May 2015

Adapted by Ken Ludwig

Based on the timeless tale by Alexandre Dumas, this play is set in 1625, as d'Artagnan (and his younger sister, Sabine) travel to Paris. Upon his arrival, he meets up with, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers, and is quick to join them in fighting for the Queen's honor against the evil Cardinal Richelieu and infamous Countess de Winter. Stopping at nothing to revenge themselves on d'Artagnan and the Musketeers for their meddlesome behavior, the Countess and Cardinal are surprised to find that Sabine is more than a sweet girl going to join the convent.