MCL Chicago Presents:
3rd Annual Premier Premieres!
A Weekend of New Musical Comedies
2017 Festival Dates
June 22-24, 2017
3110 N Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
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2017 Premier Premieres!
Iron Irene: A Musical Fable
Thursday, June 22 at 7PM
Set in 1866-1868, the years following the American Civil War, “Iron Irene” tells the story of two sisters and their fight for equality, family, and a better world. Upon the death of their parents, Cassie DeLanie is sent from her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to live with her sister, Mrs. Irene Wright, who secretly became a widowed land owner in southwestern Wyoming.
Writer/Producer: Liz Falstreau
Composer/Musical Director: Ashley Flanagan
Director: Alan Cosby
Assistant Director/ Stage Manager: Bethany Falstreau
Choreographer: Kira Christoforidis
Orchestrator: Asher Carlson
CAST (Full Cast & Crew Bios): Luciana Bonifazi, Liz Falstreau, Raymond K. Cleveland, Tim Huggenberger, Sarah Taylor, Carly Sue Skankey, Marybeth Kram, Maiko Terazawa, Rena Ahmed, Daniel Kooser, Elliot Watts
The Election of William Henry Harrison (And His Subsequent Death)
Friday, June 23 at 7PM
It is 1839 in America, and for the first time in the country’s short history, everything sucks. The economy has collapsed, President Martin Van Buren won’t do a thing to help the people, and hope is fleeting. In response, three failed politicians scheme up a devious campaign that changes American politics forever. The Election of William Henry Harrison (And His Subsequent Death) is the political satirical musical that begs the age-old electoral question: Are we better off today than we were 180 years ago?
Writer: Preston Parker
Composer: Brad Kemp & Preston Parker
Director: Preston Parker
Choreographer: Lauren Serra
CAST (Full Cast & Crew Bios): Garrett Allain, Jess DeBacco, Tom Ebenhoeh, Graham Henderson, Dave Lyzenga, Preston Parker, Lizzy Robinson, Bianca Shaw
Choice: The Musical!
Friday, June 23 at 9PM
Choice - The Musical! is a lighthearted take on a subject that many consider no laughing matter – abortion! In the age of Trump when reproductive rights are being rolled back weekly, and Roe vs Wade is in jeopardy of being overturned, what better time to send up the intractable struggle that overwhelms the news every election cycle and prevents Americans from getting anything else done.
Head Writer: Sheri Flanders
Composer: Brad Kemp
Director: Jeff Bouthiette
Assistant Director: Molly Todd
Musical Director: Jacob Fjare
Writers: Kimber Russell, Kerry Santoro, Josh Flanders
CAST (Full Cast & Crew Bios): Amber Linde, Miles A. Kopcke, Gary Fields, Sheri Flanders, Mo Phillips-Spotts, Kimber Russell, Kerry Santoro, Jenna Steege, Josh Flanders
Feathers! A Superhero Musical
Saturday, June 24 at 7PM
Laura Little, a high school student by day, is the high-flying sidekick Feathers by night. She's itching to become a superhero in her own right. Can she earn the right to her own mantle? Is she willing to do what it takes? Will this scrapper find the answers to the biggest questions?
Book & Lyrics: Neil Figuracion
Music: Gail Gallagher
Choreography: J. Lindsay Brown and Neil Figuracion
Directed: Jessica Landis
CAST (Full Cast & Crew Bios): Jacque Fenton, Mike Parrish, Chris Terry, James Freetly, Dan Jackson, Heather Sejnow, Kevin Daliva, Sara Geist, Katie Yeilding, Ali Kidder Mostrom, Mary Ann Carlson, Mitch Kessler
The Trouble With Dead Boyfriends
Saturday, June 24 at 9PM
Stella, Grace, and Madison are BFFs about to undergo that most sacred of coming of age rituals...Senior Prom. They've been planning this night longer then they've had the boobs to hold their gowns up, so it had better be perfect. The most essential element for a perfect prom? The perfect date, of course! He's got to be freakishly ripped and hot, but so sensitive he'll cry openly. He's gotta be whip smart and willing to speak up and show it, but humble enough to shut up and listen to your opinions. His arms have to be the safest place on earth, but with enough of a hint of danger that he's not like boring. You know, realistic expectations. Luckily, the girls have secured such perfect dates! The only trouble is...they happen to be dead.
Book/Lyrics: Annie Pulsipher
Composer/Lyrics: Alex Petti
Director: Stephen Eckert
Dramaturg: Dani Joseph
Costumes: Amanda Roberts and Olivia Hern
CAST (Full Cast & Crew Bios): Arica Jackson, Chantelle Guido, John Way, Jimmy Brewer, Javier Spivey, Amanda Ripley, Dani Joseph
MCL Chicago is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Premier Premieres! A Weekend of New Musical Comedies. This festival is designed to celebrate new original musical comedies for Chicago's vibrant comedy scene. Selected musicals that have never been produced before will premiere over a weekend at MCL Chicago. One will be selected "Premier Premiere" by a panel of three adjudicators from the Chicago Theater Community and win a six performance run at MCL.
2017 Premier Premieres! Press Release