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March 8 – April 28, 2024
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Previews: March 8-March 17, 2024
Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday at 6:00pm

Run: March 21-April 28, 2024
Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 6:00pm

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Fred Anzevino

Stephen Sondheim is widely acknowledged as the most innovative, most influential, and most important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history. For more than 50 years, he set an unsurpassed standard of brilliance and artistic integrity in musical theatre. In the tradition of Theo’s acclaimed cabaret revues, and with special permission from Music Theatre International, Artistic Director Fred Anzevino will helm a one-of-a-kind tribute evening, created especially for our audiences—this production will never be seen again anywhere else!

Special Thanks to our production sponsors Michael & Mona Heath.

Licensed by special arrangement with Music Theatre International with the permission of The Estate of Stephen Sondheim.

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Production Team

Director – Fred Anzevino

 (he/him; Director & Artistic Director) Favorite Sondheim: Passion (directed at Theo in 2014) Fred has had the distinct honor of serving as Artistic Director of Theo since the company’s inception in 1997. A graduate of Rhode Island College, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and the George Washington University’s MFA acting program. A five-time Jeff Award winning director (Non-Equity), he continues to remain in awe and wonder of the extraordinary talent and commitment that is the lifeline of Chicago’s storefront theatre. A very special thank you to our artists, patrons, donors, board of directors, and staff—especially our producing director Christopher Pazdernik—and the City of Evanston, without whom this would not be possible. “Always moving forward with compassion, forgiveness and concern, through the eyes of everyone.”

Co-Choreographer/Associate Director - Jenna Schoppe

(she/her; Co-Choreographer & Associate Director) Favorite Sondheim: Follies THEO: Godspell, Once Upon a Mattress, (both Jeff noms.), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas & The Threepenny Opera. CHICAGO: The SpongeBob Musical (Kokandy, Jeff nom.); Yank! (Pride Films & Plays, Jeff Award for Best Choreography); Nunsense, Call Me Madam, Do Re Mi, The Rink (Porchlight Revisits); Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! (Highland Park Players);  Bobbie Clearly (Steep). Up next: Choreographing 9 to 5 at Metropolis.

Co-Choreographer/Associate Director - J Alan

(she/her; Co-Choreographer & Associate Director) Favorite Sondheim: Merrily We Roll Along THEO: 8-Track, Once Upon a Mattress, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas & Things We Don’t Say. She is grateful for her friends, and partners at Starbucks for their continued support!

Music Director - Carolyn Brady

(she/they; Music Director & Pianist) Favorite Sondheim: Sweeney Todd & A Little Night Music THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Cinderella, Shrek, Christmas Carol, A Chorus Line (Jeff nom.) (Drury Lane); Elephant & Piggie (Marriott); How to Lobster (Steppenwolf); Matilda (Paramount School of the Arts); Meet Me In St Louis, The Who’s Tommy (both Jeff noms.), Dear World, Kiss Me Kate, The Wedding Singer (Circle Theatre). Carolyn operates a multi-genre national voice studio of clients who’ve appeared in the Broadway casts of Book of Mormon & Almost Famous; national tours of The Prom, School of Rock, & Mean Girls; NBC’s The Voice & Walt Disney World. She has served on music and theatre faculties at Roosevelt, Loyola, & Saint Xavier Universities. She’s excited to return to the smaller, intimate theatre where she began her performing roots in Chicago. Her most treasured role is being Mom to Cameron & Jack.

Assistant Music Director - Evelyn Ryan

(she/her; Asst. Music Director & alt. Pianist) Favorite Sondheim: A Little Night Music & Passion THEO: Assassins. CHICAGO: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Blank), Nunsense (Up & Coming). She graduated from DePaul University twice, earning degrees in Music Composition and Sustainable Urban Development. In her free time, Evelyn takes pictures and thinks about birds.

Set Designer - Manuel Ortiz

(he/him, Scenic Designer) Favorite Sondheim: West Side Story THEO: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. CHICAGO: Household Spirits (Theater Wit), Kelly Girls and Wise Guys (Factory Theater). Manuel thanks his amazing family and friends for all their love and support. Special shout out to my amazing husband, Corey Mills, for being my strongest rock and cheerleader!

Co-Lighting Designer - Maggie Fullilove-Nugent

(she/her, Lighting Designer) THEO: Cabaret & Godspell. CHICAGO: The Magic Play (Goodman); Too Heavy for Your Pocket (TimeLine); Sunset Boulevard & Rent (Porchlight); Endgame, Six Characters in Search of An Author & The Threepenny Opera (Hypocrites); Burning Bluebeard (Ruffians); Roustabout, Fake Lake, Wildcats & 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Neo-Futurists). Maggie is currently Director of Production at TimeLine Theatre, a leader of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance, and a director of For The Group. She is dedicated to moving the Chicago Theatre Community towards safer, more sustainable and equitable practices, while lighting them beautifully. She would like to thank her supportive friends and family, and especially Josiah, the best lighting partner in town.

Co-Lighting Designer - Josiah Croegaert

(he/him; Co-Lighting Designer) Favorite Sondheim: Follies THEO: Baked!, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Threepenny Opera(Associate), Godspell(Assistant) CHICAGO: Mothers(The Gift), Last Hermanos(Red Orchid) ASSOCIATE: What the Constitution Means to Me(Timeline), RENT(Porchlight) ASSISTANT: The Lifespan of a Fact(Timeline), Household Spirits(Theater Wit), Fen(Court), Wife of a Salesman(Writers). Graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Josiahcrodesign.com 

Costume Designer - Bob S. Kuhn

(he/him, Costume Designer) Favorite Sondheim: Act 1 of Sunday in the Park with George THEO: Working, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Jeff nom). CHICAGO: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Jeff Award, Best Costume Design), Hair (Jeff nom.) & Rock of Ages (Mercury Theater); A Chorus Line (Porchlight); Bonnie and Clyde, Heathers (Kokandy); White Christmas (Drury Lane); I Am My Own Wife, Time is on Our Side (About Face). Bob is currently adjunct faculty at Loyola University, serving as costume shop floor manager and staff draper.

Production Manager/Sound Designer - Matthew R. Chase

(he/him; Director of Production & Sound Designer) Favorite Sondheim: TBD THEO: Assassins, Baked! (Sound Design), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Assoc. Sound Design). CHICAGO (SOUND DESIGN): Anything Goes, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, Cabaret, The Apple Tree, Rent, Clear, Spring Awakening, Passing Strange & Nunsense (Porchlight); Shrek, The Producers & Pippin (Music Theatre Works); Who’s Holiday (Theater Wit); Elephant And Piggie’s We Are in a Play (Marriott). CHICAGO (PROD. MGR.): Spring Awakening and Broadway in your Backyard (Porchlight); Mary’s Seacole and Heisenberg (Griffin). Matthew is Director of Production here at Theo Ubique, where his credits include Assassins, Baked, The Threepenny Opera & Passing Strange, and the resident Production Manager at Theater Wit, where his credits include Inanimate, Who’s Holiday!, Household Spirits, The Whistleblower, Hurricane Diane & Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.

Stage Manager - Shelby Burgus

(she/her; Stage Manager) Favorite Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: The Kelly Girls and Last Night in Karaoke Town (Factory Theater), Happy Birthday Mars Rover (Passage Theatre), Human Resource(s) (Theatre Evolve), Southern Comfort (Pride Arts), Scraps (NAFT) and The Spitfire Grill (Refuge Theatre Project).

Dinner

Add a 3-course prix fixe meal when you purchase your tickets for just $33!

Arrive early and enjoy dinner before the show! Dinner service commences 90 minutes prior to showtime (it is not served during the performance) and must be reserved 1 week in advance. Please ensure you contact the box office at the time of purchase to request the vegetarian option if preferred. (Drinks & gratuity not included.) 

Thank you to our restaurant partner
First Course:

Ensalada Verde: green salad with tomato, avocado, queso fresco & guava vinaigrette

Second Course:

Arroz con Pollo: braised chicken, sofrito rice, maduros
or
Arroz con Hongos: braised mushrooms, sofrito rice, maduros

Postre:

Chocolate rice pudding with macerated cherries

Cast

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