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MRT 2013/14 Season

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett    •    Ragtime    •    Venus in Fur    •    Forever Plaid    •    A Christmas Carol    •    Noises Off
Woody Sez   •   End of the Rainbow   •   The Whipping Man   •   An Iliad   •   Ain’t Misbehavin’   •   Rep Lab  •   The History of Invulnerability

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett

August 23 – October 20
Stackner Cabaret

Created by David Grapes & Todd Olson
Arrangements by Vince di Mura
Directed by Todd Olson

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A celebratory tribute to one of the world’s most popular
and greatest living singers.

Called “the greatest singer in the world” by Frank Sinatra, the always charming, classy, and debonair Tony Bennett crooned his way into the heart of America. In this sexy new musical revue, three superb male singers perform an anthology of Bennett’s best work—from “Rags to Riches” to “Put On a Happy Face” to the title track and many more—celebrating more than six decades of remarkable music in this swingin’ walk down memory lane.

“I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll,
they announce my name, and I come out and sing.”
Tony Bennett

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Meet the Cast

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Mark Clements

MARK'S TAKE:
“Tony Bennett is one of those extraordinary artists who is constantly being rediscovered by new generations—and a terrific testament to the fact that wonderful songs sung by wonderful artists truly do stand the test of time. I Left My Heart is a fantastic vehicle to experience the fun and intimacy of the Stackner Cabaret for those who already love Tony Bennett, and for those who will come to love him!”

 

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Creators

David Grapes
Todd Olson
Vince di Mura

Cast

Eric Jon Mahlum*
Andrew M. McMath*
Rob Tucker*
Richard Carsey
William S. Hindin

Creative Team

Director, Todd Olson
Music Director/Pianist, Richard Carsey
Scenic Designer, Megan Truscott
Costume Designer, Kate McLaughlin
Lighting Designer, Craig Gottschalk
Sound Designer, Erin Paige
Stage Movement Director, Ashlee Edgemon Wasmund
Stage Manager, Melissa Van Swol *
Stage Management Intern, Kimberly Carolus

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Eric Jon Mahlum

Eric Jon Mahlum (Tenor #3) is delighted to be making his Milwaukee Rep debut! A native of LaCrosse, WI, he is always happy to be close to home. Broadway credits include: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Plane Crazy and The Yard. National Tours: Young Frankenstein, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz. Regionally, Eric has been seen in featured roles at such theaters as: Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Dallas Summer Musicals, The Riverside Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Opera Kansas and Atlanta Theater of the Stars, to name a few. Eric holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Enjoy the show! www.ericjonmahlum.com.   -Top-

 
Andrew M. McMath

Andrew M. McMath (Tenor #1) is thrilled to be making his debut at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. From Scituate, MA, Andrew is a recent graduate of The Hartt School (CT) class of 2013 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous credits include: Henry Mann in Nine Wives (Goodspeed Musical Festival of New Artists); Axe Ghost in A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Featured Soloist (Hartford Symphony Orchestra); Matt in Fantasticks, Jean-Michel in La Cage aux Folles and Charlie in Brigadoon (The Mac-Haydn Theatre); Barnaby Tucker in Hello Dolly and Corny Collins in Hairspray (New London Barn Playhouse) and Dick in Dames at Sea, Anselmo in Man of La Mancha and Cleante in Imaginary Invalid (The Monomoy Theatre). www.andrewmcmath.com.   -Top-

 
Rob Tucker

Rob Tucker (Tenor #2) is pleased to appear in his first Milwaukee Rep production. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and an MA in Classical Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London, UK). Favorite roles include: Nero (Britannicus); Time (A Winter’s Tale); Othello (Othello); Charley Kringas (Merrily We Roll Along); Ensemble/Beadle (Sweeney Todd); Man 1 (Songs for a New World); Nick (Baby); Schroeder (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown); Observer/Priest/Kanagawa Girl (Pacific Overtures) and Martin/Cookie/Ensemble (Anyone Can Whistle). Offstage, Rob works as a musical director and pianist.   -Top-

Richard Carsey (Musical Director/Pianist) is a conductor, arranger, pianist and actor. In 2012, he served as Music Director for the first national tour of the Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles. On Broadway in 2011 he provided music coaching for House of Blue Leaves, and was music supervisor for Joshua Schmidt’s world premiere musical A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2010 he was Music Director for the first national tour of Little House on the Prairie. For eight seasons he was Artistic Director of Skylight Opera Theatre, where he has conducted over 70 productions, most recently Porgy and Bess. Other music direction: Syracuse Opera, Florida State Opera, Marriott Lincolnshire Theater, Writers’ Theatre and First Stage Milwaukee. As an actor, he has appeared in: 2 Pianos, 4 Hands at Milwaukee Rep; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Dallas Theater Center; The Laguna Playhouse; Hartford Stage (Connecticut Critics Circle Award) and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. He also appeared onstage in Souvenir (Skylight Music Theatre); Dirty Blonde (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre) and Old Wicked Songs (In Tandem Theatre). Upcoming: Music Director/Conductor for the national tour of Phantom of the Opera.  -Top-

William S. Hindin (Pianist) has been a resident of New York City for 36 years. After growing up in Shorewood and attending Shorewood High School, he graduated from Northwestern University’s acclaimed Music School. He is currently working in NYC on the development of a new musical entitled Hereafter. He recently completed a five-week Off-Broadway run of the acclaimed show, Spaghetti & Matzo Balls. Bill co-musical directed the 35th Anniversary show of All My Children at New York City’s Town Hall. He is proud of being a part of the Grammy Award-winning recordings Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” and “Verdi Requiem” with the Chicago Symphony Chorus. His management company, William Hindin Artist Management (WHAM), represents variety and theatrical performers.  -Top-

David Grapes (Co-Creator) is currently a Professor of Theatre and the Director of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, David served for six years as the Producing Artistic Director at Tennessee Repertory Theatre located in Nashville, TN. There he produced 36 productions, and was the recipient of eight “Tennie Awards” for Best Direction. Born and raised in Parkersburg, WV, David is a graduate of the MFA Theatre Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his 29-year career in the theater, David has produced over 800 major productions. His work as a director has been seen from coast to coast. David is the creator/co-author (with Todd Olson) of four musical revues: My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Christmas My Way – A Sinatra Holiday Bash, Moon River – Johnny Mercer’s American Songbook and I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, which have been performed at over 200 theaters world wide.  -Top-

Todd Olson (Co-Creator/ Director) is in his tenth season as Artistic Director at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL. He was this year’s recipient of the Florida Professional Theatre Association’s Richard G. Fallon Award for “Excellence in Professional Theatre.” Todd has directed over 150 plays, musicals and operas, including My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, (which he co-created) at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Original works include Lysistrata, Casa Blue, The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo, and Joe Corso Re-Enters from the Wings, which won the 2012 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and is now published on Amazon.com. Todd is a graduate from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Robert Scanlan, Robert Woodruff, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others.  -Top-

Megan Truscott (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to return to The Rep after previously designing Blues in the Night and Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. A Chicago-based scenic designer, Megan’s work has been seen at Bailiwick Chicago, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, TheatreSquared and Young Actors Guild of Arkansas. Recent and current projects include Our Town (DePaul University), Harry and the Spy (Pavement Group) and the upcoming Forever Plaid at The Rep. She is a graduate of DePaul University. www.megantruscott.com.  -Top-

Katherine McLaughlin (Costume Designer) is very pleased to be back at Milwaukee Repertory Theater debuting as a Costume Designer. She returns after nine and a half seasons in The Rep’s Costume Shop as the Costume Crafts Supervisor. Kate is the owner of the men’s hat store, The Brass Rooster, in Bay View. With Kate’s love of history and costume design she was always able to apply her knowledge to the work she was creating at The Rep. Credits for designing costumes for film and television include: the internationally award-winning film The Wheel; The Protestant Reformation (The History Channel); Secret America (The Discovery Channel) and the 2008 series of When Weather Changed History (The Weather Channel). Kate is actively involved with the Milwaukee independent film community and has enjoyed teaching high school students through the Milwaukee Film projects.  -Top-

Craig Gottschalk (Lighting Designer) is happy to be designing another production in the Stackner Cabaret. Previous Milwaukee Rep designs include Blues in the Night, Always . . . Patsy Cline, The Bomb-itty of Errors, Nobody Lonesome for Me and Route 66. Other lighting credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Ivey award-winning Kiss of the Spiderwoman; ‘Best in Twin Cities’ award-winning Jerry Springer – The Opera for Minneapolis Musical Theatre; King Lear for Minnesota Shakespeare Project; Into the Woods and Wizard of Oz for Minnetonka Center for the Arts and 1940’s Radio Hour for 8-Ball Theatre. Craig holds an MFA in Lighting and Sound Design from the University of Minnesota.  -Top-

Erin Paige (Sound Designer) comes to Milwaukee from five seasons of engineering at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where favorite shows included Hamlet, She Loves Me, and Death and the King’s Horseman. She has designed for New Works Festival at Looking Glass Theatre in New York and The Tale of Jemima Canard at Annex Theatre in Seattle, in addition to several shows at Southern Oregon University, where she earned a BFA in Sound Design. Most recently her music was heard in King Lear at The Alchemist Theatre in Bay View.  -Top-

Ashlee Edgemon Wasmund (Stage Movement Director) is delighted to be working with Milwaukee Rep for the first time! She is a graduate of the MFA Acting Program at Western Illinois University. As a Chicago-based actor, choreographer and director, Ashlee has worked with theaters such as Drury Lane Theatre, Provision Theater Company, First Folio Theatre, Stage Left Theatre and Midsommer Flight theaters amongst others. She is currently a faculty member with the Chicago Academy for the Arts and also teaches in the theater department at Concordia University Chicago and musical theater dance at Carthage College.  -Top-

Melissa Van Swol (Stage Manager) – This is Melissa’s first show with The Rep; she’s excited to be working with such a great company! Melissa has previously worked with First Stage Children’s Theater, Skylight Music Theatre and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and her MFA from the University of Alabama. Melissa is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.  -Top-

Kimberly Carolus (Stage Management Intern) is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida where she received her BFA in Stage Management. Her most recent credits include Stage Manager for Spring Awakening, Assistant Stage Manager for Stop Kiss and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at the University of Central Florida as well as for Shove! Push! The Sixth Annual Dance Concert presented by UCF at Orlando Repertory Theatre. She has also worked as an Event Coordinator organizing special events in conjunction with the UCF season and completed an internship at Walt Disney World as an Entertainment Technician.  -Top-

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» Tony Bennett Official Website

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» Tony Bennett's heart remains here, 50 years later

» Life is a Gift – Book by Tony Bennett

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» Behind The Scenes of I Left My Heart

» Tony Bennett Videos

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» The Essential Tony Bennett

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Running Time
Approx. 2hrs

Recommended Age
10 years and older

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Access Dates
Audio Described
Sunday, Sept 1, 7pm

 
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