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Matt Raftery

Actor Stef Tovar as Coach Knute Rockne in a Scene from "Knute Rockne - All American" in 2008 at Theatre at the Center in Munster

Actor Stef Tovar as Coach Knute Rockne in a Scene from "Knute Rockne - All American" in 2008 at Theatre at the Center in Munster

Actor Stef Tovar, surrounded by Kent Haina (clockwise from left), Brandon Koller, Eric Lindahl and Matt Raftery, starred as Coach Knute Rockne in "Knute Rockne - All American" in 2008 at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

July 18, 2014 2:00 pm
OFFBEAT: Foolish fun clouds faith in Marriott's 'Godspell'

OFFBEAT: Foolish fun clouds faith in Marriott's 'Godspell'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 14, 2014 12:00 am
Director and Choreographer Matt Raftery

Director and Choreographer Matt Raftery

Actor Matt Raftery of Park Forest, Ill., is also an in demand director and choreographer, leading the new production of "Godspell" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Ill. running now until Aug. 10.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am
Matt Raftery Directs and Choreographs the New Production of "Godspell" at Marriott Theatre

Matt Raftery Directs and Choreographs the New Production of "Godspell" at Marriott Theatre

Matt Raftery directs and choreographs the new production of "Godspell" at Marriott Theatre, including some fun added twists and turns for the run which continues until Aug. 10.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am
Stage praise: Chicago southsider Matt Raftery leading new run of 'Godspell' opening this week at Marriott Theatre

Stage praise: Chicago southsider Matt Raftery leading new run of 'Godspell' opening this week at Marriott Theatre

While completing a two-month run of the musical "Cats" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Ill., actor Brian Bohr was faced with a two-week overlap for the start of rehearsals for the stage space's next production of "Godspell," which features him playing the lead as Jesus.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Spotlight shifts quickly for this 'Cabaret' casting

OFFBEAT: Spotlight shifts quickly for this 'Cabaret' casting

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 10, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Cabaret' kicks-off Marriott Theatre's 2014 stage season

OFFBEAT: 'Cabaret' kicks-off Marriott Theatre's 2014 stage season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 28, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marriott's new '9 to 5' a comedy work of art

OFFBEAT: Marriott's new '9 to 5' a comedy work of art

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 23, 2013 12:00 am
Secretary's Day: Marriott stage promoting new run of musical '9 to 5'

Secretary's Day: Marriott stage promoting new run of musical '9 to 5'

Actress Susan Moniz isn't worried about whether or not she has to wear glasses as her bookish secretary character Judy Bernly, for her role in the new production of "9 to 5, The Musical" opening Wednesday at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Ill.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marriott's 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' like a blind date

OFFBEAT: Marriott's 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' like a blind date

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 14, 2013 12:00 am
 Love, relationships and humor focus of  Marriott stage summer fun

Love, relationships and humor focus of Marriott stage summer fun

Director and choreographer Matt Raftery admits even Off-Broadway's longest-running, smash hit musical comedy, celebrating the triumphs and trials of the modern-day mating game, deserves a tweak and an update, or two.

June 07, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marriott's 'South Pacific' includes waves of entertaining talent

OFFBEAT: Marriott's 'South Pacific' includes waves of entertaining talent

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 12, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marriott Theatre World Premiere Andrew Lloyd Webber music salute a fan feast

OFFBEAT: Marriott Theatre World Premiere Andrew Lloyd Webber music salute a fan feast

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 02, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marriott completing 2012 stage season with 'My One and Only'

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

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 19, 2012 12:00 am
Fairy Tale Reflection: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' comes to the Marriott Theatre

Fairy Tale Reflection: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' comes to the Marriott Theatre

Matt Raftery, originally from Park Forest, Ill., and now one of Chicago theater's young and promising directors and choreographers, is his own Chicago's South Side "Cinderella" story.

November 01, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marriott's 'Pirates of Penzance' steals audience applause and affection

OFFBEAT: Marriott's 'Pirates of Penzance' steals audience applause and affection

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 18, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marriott Lincolnshire's 'Guys and Dolls' a fast and fun musical romp back in time

OFFBEAT: Marriott Lincolnshire's 'Guys and Dolls' a fast and fun musical romp back in time

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 10, 2011 12:00 am
Matt Raftery

Matt Raftery

Actor Matt Raftery of Park Forest, Ill., turns director and choreographer with this weekend's debut of "Guys and Dolls," playing through March 27 at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in Lincolnshire, Ill.

February 04, 2011 12:00 am
Lucky Guy: Area native Matt Raftery makes directorial debut with 'Guys and Dolls' at Marriott Lincolnshire

Lucky Guy: Area native Matt Raftery makes directorial debut with 'Guys and Dolls' at Marriott Lincolnshire

Actor Matt Raftery loves a theatrical challenge.

February 04, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Candid Matt Raftery

Candid Matt Raftery

Candid Matt Raftery is a Chicago stage performer who is comfortable both in front of the curtain and behind it, while leading the way with his talent in a variety of productions. He is currently directing and choreographing "Guys and Dolls" at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in Lincolnshire, I…

February 04, 2011 12:00 am
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