The Award-Winning ’60s Doo-Wop Musical
Written and created by Roger Bean
Sh-Boom! Take another trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes, the boys banned from the Wonderettes’ prom, as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny and Wally fall in love, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Skip to send the whole situation spinning. The ’60s doo-wop songs say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering—let’s hear it for the boys!
WINNER! LA Weekly Award – Best Musical of the Year!
Heaven sent! This show will run everywhere for years to come.” –BroadwayWorld.com “Downright delightful and idiotically infectious!” –Stage & Cinema LA
“Perfect musical arrangements make this doo-wop musical infectious and a lot of fun!” –Talkin’ Broadway
Musical arrangements by Roger Bean & Jon Newton. Additional musical arrangements by Steve Parsons
Life Could Be A Dream is presented through special arrangement with Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing. www.steelespring.com
Please note that there will be no performance at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 31st (Easter Sunday). A 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, March 30 is available.
Aaron Catano (Denny) is thrilled to be making his Ivoryton Playhouse debut with this production. Regional: Grease (Danny), Godspell (Jeffrey), Oklahoma! (Slim), The Immigrant (Haskell), Pvt. Wars (Natwick), A Stoop on Orchard Street (Simon). Montclair State University BFA.
Matt Densky* (Eugene) (a Monroe, CT native!) is stoked to be making his Ivoryton Playhouse debut! Credits include both the Madison Square Garden and National Touring productions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Young Max u/s, perf.), and originating the role of Brother Bear in The Berenstain Bears – Family Matters. Regional credits include The Little Mermaid (Flotsam, US Regional Premiere), Grease (Doody), Hairspray (Nicest Kid Swing), Aladdin (u/s Omar, Iago), all at Tuacahn Amphitheatre; Hair (Woof) at Alpine Theatre Project; Altar Boyz (Mark) at Sierra Repertory Theatre; Zanna, Don’t! (Zanna) at Theater Barn; Cabaret (Emcee) and Amadeus (Mozart) at New London Barn Playhouse. Matt holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music and is a proud member of AEA. MattDensky.com
Rob Rodems (Wally) beyond excited to join Ivoryton Playhouse for such a fun musical! Recent credits include (Brad) The Rocky Horror Show, (Richie) Happy Days, and (Otto) Spring Awakening. Former member of The Bats at The Flea Theatre in TriBeCa. BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Evan D. Siegel* (Skip) is thrilled to be a part of Life Could Be a Dream. National tours: Lily’s Crossing, Sheila the Great; Regional favorites: The Great Gatsby (Tom Buchanan), Witness for the Prosecution (Leonard Vole), Dream a Little Dream (Denny Doherty), All Shook Up (Chad), Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Brigadoon (Tommy Albright), Grease (Teen Angel); Film/television: War Dead, Ithaca, “Law & Order”, “The Boys who Brunch”. Evan is a part-time member of Teatro, a London-based vocal quartet that has sold over a million records and has a #1 album in South Africa, and he has also been a model for companies like Ralph Lauren, Undergear, David Bartons Gym, and Mercedes-Benz. Harvard BA Magna cum Laude in linguistics. www.evandsiegel.com
Sheila Coyle* (Lois) is thrilled to be returning to Ivoryton Playhouse! Most recent credits NY credits include, National B’way Tour: RENT, Workshops/Readings; Nightmare Alley, (Molly) Jawbreaker the Musical (Greta), PUNK. Some of her favorite regional roles include HAIR (Sheila), SUGAR (Sugar), Twelfth Night (Viola), You’re..Charlie Brown (Lucy). She can be seen year round traveling Nationally and Internationally with The Manhattan Dolls, A swing style vocal trio.
Directed by: Jacqueline Hubbard
Musical Director: Jason Wetzel
Choreographer: Schuyler Beeman
Stage Manager: T. Rick Jones
Set Design: Dan Nischan
Lighting Design: Marcus Abbott
Costume Design: Kari Crowther
Hair Design: Joel Silvestro
* member of Actors Equity
Join us for an opening night reception with the cast following the Friday, March 15th performance. Light refreshments will be served.
Photos courtesy of Anne Hudson
Life Could Be A Dream is open now and the production runs until March 30th
Rob Rodems* as Wally and Sheila Coyle* as Lois
Life Could Be A Dream is written by Roger Bean and directed by Jacqueline Hubbard
Our new costume designer, Kari Crowther, has been building fabulous new creations for Life Could Be A Dream.
This dress, pink taffeta with lace overlay, will be seen in Act 2, Scene 1 where the character Lois is meant to appear feminine and fragile before the boys come to her rescue.
Each garment is being designed and built by Kari.
This dress, a beautiful black satin, will be worn before the radio contest and will compliment the bowling shirts worn by the boys in the show.
Kari explains that this dress is a “transition” piece – a little less girly – worn at the time when Lois is changing from girl to woman.
Thanks to Kari for sharing her hand drawn design sketches.
PRESS RELEASE – 02/19/13
Sh-boom, Sh-boom – Life Could Be A Dream
The award winning ‘60s doo-wop musical
at the Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton: It’s been a long hard winter in Ivoryton. I think we are all tired shoveling and plowing and we are ready for spring and the first show of our 2013 season. And what better way to open our doors and welcome you back than with a trip down Memory Lane and the great classic doo-wop songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Sh-Boom! Take a trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes, as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny and Wally fall in love, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Skip to send the whole situation spinning.
The ’60s doo-wop songs say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering—let’s hear it for the boys!
The cast features some exciting young talent – Evan Siegel*, Aaron Catano, Matt Densky* and Rob Rodems as the fabulous boy band – and we are thrilled to welcome back Sheila Coyle* who was such a hit in Ivoryton in last season’s Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.
The show is directed by Jacqueline Hubbard, musical director is Jason Wetzel and choreographer is Schuyler Beeman. Set designed by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.
Life Could Be A Dream opens in Ivoryton on March 13th and runs through March 30th . Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
Members of the press are welcome at any performance. Please call ahead for tickets.
Looking for something to do? Ivoryton Playhouse was voted Best Place to See Live Theatre by the readers of the Shoreline Times!
Did You Know
Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues/rock n' roll music developed in African American communities in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. It emerged from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C and areas of Los Angeles. Singer Bill Kenny is often noted as the father of Doo-wop for his introduction of the "top & bottom" format used by most Doo-wop groups. This format features a high tenor lead with a "talking bass" in the song's middle.
Due to the current CDC guidelines, we ask that patrons wear a mask when coming in to the Playhouse and while walking around. Mask are not required when seated. We will still be following safety protocols including socially distanced seating.
The health and safety of our actors, patrons and staff is our top priority. We have made many improvements to the Ivoryton Playhouse for your protection including socially distanced seating, increasing the flow of outside air to 40%, installation of air purification units, contactless ticketing, increased cleaning, hand sanitization stations and more.