Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 2022-2023 season, which will include two plays with music.
Says Jones, “This season we bring you both the familiar and the fresh, work that lifts us up and reflects our world. We’ve emerged from the last two seasons with renewed vigor and a refreshed vision. I believe we all have a new and powerful appreciation for live theatre, and understand what we have all been missing, the shared artistic experience.”
The Porch on Windy Hill: a new play with old music
April 13th—May 14th, 2023
By Sherry Lutken, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Morgan Morse & David M. Lutken Conceived and directed by Sherry Lutken
A young violinist and her song collector boyfriend flee the confines of their Brooklyn apartment to the mountains of North Carolina, where the Appalachian music of Mira’s childhood is just the authentic inspiration they’re searching for. When they descend on her old family home, and an estranged grandfather she’s never mentioned, the unexpected complexity of past pain, prejudice, joy, and discovery reveals itself through the music that binds them. Featuring bluegrass favorites and the foot-stomping, hand-clapping finest of American roots music.
Marie and Rosetta
July 6th—August 6th, 2023
By George Brant Directed by E. Faye Butler Featuring Bethany Thomas
Hailed as the “Godmother of Rock ‘n Roll,” Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock icons from Elvis Presley to Jimi Hendrix. Bringing fierce guitar playing and sizzling swing to gospel music, Rosetta was a trailblazer, a young Black woman singing at church in the morning and the Cotton Club at night. This play with music chronicles Rosetta’s first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history. For a full season lineup or more information, please visit northlight.org or call (847) 673-6300.
Porchlight Music Theatre wraps its eighth series of "lost" musical presentations with Passing Strange, which was staged to acclaim on Broadway in 2008 and eventually filmed by Spike Lee in 2009. It'll be performed live at Porchlight's home at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and Artistic Director Michael Weber will host a pre-show “Behind the Show Backstory” historical multimedia presentation, introducing the evening’s production including the show’s creative history, backstage stories and much more.
May 18th—19th, 2022
Book and lyrics by Stew Music by Stew and Heid Rodewald Directed by Donterrio Music direction by Justin Akira Kono
From L.A. to Amsterdam to Berlin, a young musician chases youthful dreams and spiritual clarity against a shifting backdrop of locales and acquaintances as he rebels against his conservative upbringing. As the New York Times said about its Broadway debut, “Call it a rock concert with a story to tell ... Or call it a sprawling work of performance art ... I’ll just call it wonderful.”
The ensemble cast, in alphabetical order, includes: Michael Maurice Ashford, Rueben Echoles, Reneisha J Jenkins, MJ Rawls, Nolan Robinson, Byron Willis and Jasmine Lacy Young. For tickets or more information, please visit porchlightmusictheatre.org