The last time we had actor Ed Asner performing in our area it was February 2009, when he starred in the lead of "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial" at The Debartolo Theatre on the Notre Dame campus.
Next week, he'll be much closer when he brings his one-man show, dedicated to the life of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to Miller.
The show is simply called "FDR.," Booking wiz Mark Spencer of West Side Theatre Guild helped make the arrangements for The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District (MBACD) and Mas Media 7 to host this special stage presentation for one night, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.
Asner, recipient of seven Emmy Awards, is forever known to all for his Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and later, his own spin-off series "Lou Grant."
Asner, who will turn 84 this year, has an accomplished career, including 16 nominations and five Golden Globe Awards, and is a member of The TV Academy Hall of Fame.
Adding to the excitement of having Asner in our Region is that his performance for this touring production will be at the newly renovated Pavilion in Miller's Marquette Park, 1 N Grand Blvd in Gary.
I'm told for this extraordinary performance, Asner will wheel himself onto the stage in a cane-backed wheelchair with little more than a desk with a pair of flag stands to unfold the life of four-term president Roosevelt in this 90-minute solo performance as the 32nd president.
The drama follows the polio-stricken president throughout his four terms in office, from his inauguration through the Depression and the trials of World War II.
MBACD has started a terrific mission to provide art and cultural events as a catalyst for community regeneration, sustainability and an enriched quality of life.
Helping lead this effort are Gene Ayers of Ayers Realtors and Karren Lee, vice president of Lee Companies, along with the other dedicated members of MBACD as the organization seeks broad community support to sponsor events of this caliber, and varying sponsorship.
Tickets for Asner's performance include a range of price levels, including $35 in advance or $40 at the door, along with a $100 option for VIP seating and valet parking, and a few tickets also still remain at the $250 level for VIP seating, which includes valet parking and the opportunity to meet Asner at a cocktail party at the newly remodeled Miller Bakery Café.
For tickets, call or visit Ayers Realtors, 646 S. Lake St., at (219) 938-1188 or online at Eventbrite.com. Seating is limited to only 400.
In case tickets sell out for this round, know that Asner is coming back to our readership area next month for one more performance of FDR at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park, Ill. Tickets for this second date range from $15 to $55 and are available at centertickets.net or call (708) 235-2222.