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The Farmers Alley production of 'It Shoulda Been You' opens June 9 at the Little Theatre.
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The scenario: a wedding and reception of a bride and a groom from Jewish and Catholic families. Disapproving parents, a still-moony ex-boyfriend, a put-upon sibling, an extravagant wedding planner, plus song and dance make It Shoulda Been You sound like a classic farce, but it has some modern twists up its sleeve. The musical, which was first staged on Broadway in 2015, is coming to the Farmers Alley Theatre, with performances at the Little Theater on Oakland Dr., on June 9. Farmers Alley Deputy Director Rob Weiner and cast members DJ Bucciarelli (Marty, the bride's ex-boyfriend) and Zoe Vonder Haar (Judy Steinberg, the mother of the bride) join Cara Lieurance to outline the show and share musical highlights.


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Director Larry Raben, who originated a lead role in the original production of the popular musical Forever Plaid, says the musical The Andrews Brothers is a close cousin, bringing popular songs of the 1940s, endearing, funny characters, and comedic antics to the stage. This is the second Farmers Alley Theatre show Raben has directed in two years, having previously led a production of Forever Plaid in the 2015-16 season. 

The Andrews Brothers tells the story of three brothers stationed on a small island in the Pacific during World War II, who get involved with the production of a USO show that goes wildly off track. Paul Castree plays Max Andrews, Jeffrey Scott Parsons plays Patrick Andrews, Jeremy Koch, a founder of Farmers Alley Theatre, plays the third brother, Lawrence, and Denene Mulay Koch, his wife, plays USO performer Peggy. Raben, Catree, and Parsons joined Cara Lieurance for a preview. And yes, the famous singing Andrews Sisters are a major plot point in the show...


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A buzzed-about piece of musical theater from jazz pianist/composer Jeremy Siskind and playwright Adam Pasen will go before the public in a staged reading at the Little Theatre at 8 pm on April 7 and 8. Jeremy Siskind and actor/singer James Lee Richardson give listeners a sneak peek.


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Director Rob Weiner and cast members Jarrad Biron Green (Melvin Ferd The Third/Toxic Avenger), Deon'te Goodman ("Black Dude," covering multiple roles) and Jessica Medoff (Mayor Babs Belgoody) recently joined Cara Lieurance for a lively discussion about the R-rated but fun-loving cult musical, The Toxic Avenger.


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The Farmers Alley Theatre production of Million Dollar Quartet, which opens on December 2 at the Little Theatre, is based on the true-life story of four soon-to-be legends meeting as a group for the first time. The place was Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis. The date was December 4, 1956. And the musicians were Johnny Cash, age 24; Elvis Presley, age 21, Carl Perkins, age 24, and Jerry Lee Lewis, age 21.  

Producer Sam Phillips was able to get the superstar Presley, newly-minted star Cash, Rockabilly’s frontman Perkins, and a then-unknown Lewis to lay down tracks deep into the night.  Million Dollar Quartet takes that premise and explores the personal stories and interactions between the four musicians, the producer, and Elvis' girlfriend. Scott Moreau, who has played the role of Johnny Cash in the national touring production over 800 times, is directing the Farmers Alley run. Kalamazoo native Nat Zegree, now living in New York, is playing Jerry Lee Lewis and music directing the show. They discuss their roles in a conversation with deputy director Rob Weiner and Cara Lieurance.


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