OFFBEAT: Marriott completing 2012 stage season with 'My One and Only'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2012-11-19T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Marriott completing 2012 stage season with 'My One and Only'Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Matt Raftery is more than just a little busy.

Originally from Park Forest, Ill., and now one of Chicago theater's young and promising directors and choreographers, he's the man behind Marriott Theatre's "Cinderella" story, now on stage at the venue space in Lincolnshire, Ill. until Dec. 31.

Rounding out the Marriott Theatre's 2012 season, he's also in the cast of "My One and Only," which opened last week and runs until Jan. 6.

The main stage production features what's described as "an incomparable Gershwin score and thrilling dance."

This captivating musical romance began previews Nov. 7 and is directed and choreographed by Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader.

"My One and Only" is the Jazz Age story of Captain Billy Buck Chandler, a barnstorming aviator, and Edythe Herbert, an ex-English Channel swimmer and the star of Prince Nicolai's International Aquacade. Through a series of adventures and misadventures, their romantic pursuit is thrown off course, but together they are able to navigate their way to a happy ending. It's billed as a "tap spectacular" with legendary songs "’S Wonderful," "Funny Face," "Strike Up the Band," "He Loves and She Loves" and "Kickin' The Clouds Away" to have audiences floating on air.

It stars Jeff Award winners Andrew Lupp as "Billy" and Summer Naomi Smart as "Edythe." Tony Award nominee Felicia P. Fields is featured as "Reverend Montgomery" with Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Ted Louis Levy as "Mr. Magix." Also featured in the production are Jeff Award winners Roger Mueller as "Nikki" and Paula Scrofano as "Mickey." Ensemble members include Quinn M. Bass, Jaclyn Burch, Jameson Cooper, Dina DiCostanzo, Zachary L. Gray, Amanda Kroiss, Alex McCrary, Jarran Muse, Clinton Roane, Stephen Schellhardt, Steven Spanopoulos, Tiffany Topol, Melissa Zaremba, and of course, Raftery.

Lead Artistic Director Andy Hite heads the Artistic Team, with music direction by Michael Mahler, lighting design by Jesse Klug, scenic design by Thomas M. Ryan, costume design by Nancy Missimi, sound design by Robert E. Gilmartin and properties design by Sally Weiss.

Patti Garwood conducts the Marriott Theatre Orchestra.

The performance schedule is at 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays. Special added holiday and New Year's Eve performances. Ticket prices range from $40 to $48, plus tax and handling fees. Seniors and students receive $5 off a full price theatre ticket on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings a limited number of Dinner and Theatre tickets are available for $55 per person plus handling fees.

Dinner is at Kings Wharf Restaurant. Free parking is available at all performances.

To reserve tickets with a major credit card, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at (847) 634-0200 or for more information.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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