Northport Daily News: Prepare to fall in love with ‘The Music Man’

April 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm by Elise Pearlman

The multiple award-winning musical, ‘The Music Man,’ opened at the John W. Engeman Theater last week.  Although more than 50 years have passed since its Broadway debut, the show has lost none of its magic, humor or ability to tug on our heartstrings.  Under the direction of Igor Goldin, the Engeman cast brings it all to fruition so beautifully and enthusiastically that they make it new again. Prepare to be bewitched, and to fall in love with the characters. You won’t want it to end.

Meredith Willson, who penned the book, music and lyrics for the show, was not only an extremely gifted composer, songwriter and playwright, but a man with a deep understanding of the dreams, hopes and wishes that are the province of the heart. The musical showcases his genius.

Carl Sagan once said that serendipity is the optimistic belief that there is something marvelous around the corner, something not yet discovered, yet magnificent. It is this feeling of hopeful anticipation that “Professor” Harold Hill, aka “The Music Man,” brings with him when he breezes into River City, Iowa.  Willson modeled River City after his hometown of Mason City, Iowa, a slice of small town America that he knew like the back of his hand.  Yet theatergoers will immediately be enchanted by Josh Zangen’s set which features a beautiful latticework-laced gazebo framed by trees is reminiscent of Northport Village Park.

The good professor is a smooth-talking con artist who has his act down to a science. Like Mr. Willson, he has an uncanny understanding of what makes people tick and he uses it to get the townsfolk  to fork over money for a children’s band. The only person immune to his charms and skeptical  about his motives is the comely but aloof town librarian, Marian Paroo, whom he’d actually like to get to know better.

Robert Gallagher, who previously played romantic leads in Engeman’s ‘South Pacific’ and ‘The Sound of Music,’ was born to play the title role of the traveling Pied Piper. He has a commanding presence, an astounding singing voice, and a great sense of comedic timing.  Kim Carson, who played opposite him in ‘South Pacific,’ stars as Marian Paroo. She has the voice of an angel and the face to match. Her rendition of the lovelorn lament, “Goodnight, My Someone” melted my heart.

The supporting cast assembled by Stephen DeAngelis is impeccable and audiences will be delighted as each one eventually takes his or her place in the spotlight. Ray DeMattis is wonderful as the verbally befuddled Mayor Shinn and Jennifer Tully, Engeman’s Artistic Administrator, is hilarious as his histrionic wife, Eulalie Mackecknie. Carlos Lopez, who plays Professor Hill’s wing man Marcellus Washburn, has a true knack for comedy, and really struts his stuff when he sings “Shipoopi.”

Winthrop Paroo,  an adorable boy whose lisp has rendered him painfully shy, was played by Jeffrey S. Kishinevskiy on the night that I saw the show. I predict great things for this little star who can really belt out a song.   Patti Mariano, who plays Marian’s very Irish, impulsively frank mother, garners a lot of laughs.  I loved the mellifluous crooning of the Barbershop Quartet made up of Richard Costa, Kenny Francoeur, Kevin Necciai and Kilty Reidy.

The show hits all the high notes in terms of the music. Director James Olmstead and his crew deliver the goods big time, making the unseen six piece pit band sound like a full piece orchestra.  With so many wonderful songs, it is hard to choose a favorite, but mine included “The Sadder-But-Wiser-Girl,” “Till There Was You,” and of course, the beloved classic, “Seventy-six Trombones.”

I heartily commend everyone involved with this production. Ryan Moller’s costumes are spectacular as is the hair and make-up design by Kurt Alger. You’ll see some of the fanciest footwork that ever graced the Engeman stage, thanks to Antoinette DiPietropolo’s fabulous choreography. Cory Pattak’s lighting augments the ambience.

‘The Music Man’ runs through May 18, but buy tickets early this family-friendly show could very well sell out! The Engeman Theater is located at 250 Main St., Northport Village. Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office, by calling (631) 261-2900 or by visiting www.engemantheater.com.

Times Beacon Record: Seventy-six trombones lead the Engeman in ‘The Music Man’

Published April 07, 2014 | 04:39 PM

Meredith Willson’s 1957 great hit “The Music Man” recently opened at the Engeman Theater in Northport. Set in 1912 in Willson’s hometown, called River City, Iowa, in the show, it chronicles the plans of a con man/traveling salesman to bilk the city out of thousands and skip. All of the above were neatly integrated in the production.

It had all of the things a musical comedy should have: variety, exquisitely performed choreography, impressive singing and an engaging plot. The armature of the production was Antoinette DiPietropolo’s choreography. Yes, there was Rob Gallagher as Harold Hill, the “Music Man,” whose singing and dancing were extraordinarily powerful as usual; yet without DiPietropolo’s terpsichorean talent there would have been a weak spark in the nucleus of the visual entertainment.

The Engeman has a wide stage, and every square centimeter was used. Every aspect of dance was put into play: classical ballet, interpretive, modern and more. Directing was the job of Igor Goldin who was confronted by a massive responsibility of blocking and interpretation. His resume, loaded as it is with many awards, stood him in good stead to take on “The Music Man.” His stage skills had eminent success in this show.

Backing all of these rhythms was James Olmstead directing on piano, Joe Boardman on trumpet (whose skill your scribe has praised previously for his ability in the very upper register), Frank Hall on trombone, Mark Gatz and Marni Harris on reeds and Josh Endlich on percussion. Endlich had alot of march-tempo effort, and he made it sound like a platoon of drummers.

Gallagher was undoubtedly the star. His stage presence alone, along with his sense of timing, while integrating all this with singing and dancing, put him on the apogee of which there was no perigee.

Kim Carson, her tall angular beauty enhancing her plangent voice, teamed up with Gallagher both in “Shipoopi” and individually on “Till There Was You” with penetrating effect. There was plenty of comedy with Mayor Shinn (Ray DeMattis) and his wife, Eulalie (Jennifer Collester-Tully). His mangling of the English language culminated in (to his wife) “Not one poop out of you!!” to which she responds, “He means peep!” Then there was his incomprehensible simile, “like a buttonhook in a waterbucket.”

Collester-Tully was particularly sharp as the foil … er, wife. The diminutive dynamite of Carlos Gomez as Marcellus was effective as the comic Leporello. Since the setting was 1912, a barbershop quartet was featured, consisting of Richard Costa, Kevin Necciai, Kilty Reidy and Kenny Francoeur. Their really close harmony stood beautifully in contradistinction to the production numbers and solos.

In a well-played child’s part, Shane Anthony McGlone sang “Gary Indiana,” showing great promise. That made-for-the-stage character, portly Burl Ives look-alike Doug Vandewinckel was the lecherous Charlie Cowell. All he needs to do is walk on stage and the character he is playing comes to immediate life.

The ensemble members responsible for all the kudos for dancing were: Larry A. Lozier Jr. (dance captain), Nathan Applegate, Tara Carbone, Karli Dinardo, Danielle Mia Deniz and Chris LeBeau.

The happy coalescence of talent is what made this show a hit. However, talent is not a finished product — it needs coordination, training, rehearsing and support. This is what the Engeman brings together; a host of expertise in the aesthetic dimension with sharp skills in directing, choreography, singing along with those unsung backups like Costume Coordinator Ryan Moller, sound design by Craig Kaufman and lighting design by Cory Pattak. The result: great theatah.

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present “The Music Man” through May 18. Tickets are $60 to $65. For more information, call 261-2900 or visit engemantheater.com.

Broadway World: BWW Reviews: The Engeman’s THE MUSIC MAN

April 3, 2014, by Melissa Giordano

All of the productions at Northport’s John W. Engeman Theatre are a special treat. Their current offering, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, is certainly no exception. The fantastic production, running through May 18th at the gorgeous Long Island venue, boasts a top notch cast who deliver Broadway caliber performances.

The musical’s story revolves around con man Harold Hill, portrayed delightfully by Rob Gallagher, who pretenses himself as a boy’s band organizer/leader. He sells band instruments, instruction books, and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, but plans to skip town with their money without giving any music lessons. Mr. Gallagher receives roaring applause particularly with his spirited renditions of “Trouble” and the iconic “76 Trombones”. Additionally, Mr. Gallagher has great chemistry with co-star Kim Carson who portrays prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo.

Perceptive Marian sees right through Harold’s scheme and is initially stand-offish toward the “masher” – we’re in the year 1912 here, folks. However, as Harold begins to help her younger brother – Winthrop, portrayed adorably by Jeffrey Kishinevsky – overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall for Harold. Ms. Carson’s strong voice is ideal for the demanding score and makes it a point to interact with pretty much everyone on stage with her. Additionally, she also receives praise from the audience with her stunning performances of “My White Knight” and “Will I Ever Tell You”.

Carlos Lopez is also part of the Igor Goldin directed cast as Harold’s longtime friend Marcellus Washburn. Mr. Lopez was especially fantastic leading a lively performance of “Shipoopi” in Act Two with Mr. Gallagher and the cast. Special kudos also to Nathan Applegate, Richard Costa, Kenny Francaeur, Chris LaBeau, Larry A. Lozier, Jr., Kevin Necciai, Doug Vandewinckel, and Kilty Reidy for a rousing opening number of “Rock Island”. This is a tricky song; you can’t miss a beat in the number and they delivered brilliantly. The rest of the large, talented, enthusiastic cast moves well to Antoinette DiPietropolo’s fun choreography highlighted by the wonderful orchestra headed up by James Olmstead. Ryan Moller’s costumes are stunning as well with a definite throwback feel to them.

As so the Engeman certainly has another hit with The Music Man. Predictable? Perhaps, but this classic from the golden age of theatre is one every theatre enthusiast should see. The Engeman’s incarnation delivers a great cast, wonderfully executed numbers, and, frankly, a smile on your face as you leave the theatre.

The Music Man is presented by the John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island, through May 18th. By Meredith Wilson, Directed by Igor Goldin, Scenic Design by Josh Zangen, Costumes by Ryan Moller, Lighting Design by Cory Pattak, Sound Design by Craig Kaufman, Hair & Make-Up by Kurt Alger, Casting by Stephen DeAngelis, Music Direction by James Olmstead, Choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo, Stage Management by Naomi Anhorn. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 631-261-2900 or visit www.engemantheater.com.

Photo by Michael DeCristofaro; Kim Carson and Rob Gallagher in the John W. Engeman Theatre’s The Music Man

New York Theatre Guide: Review, ‘The Music Man’

April 2, 2014 by Kristen Weyer

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport presents Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. This beloved classic opened last weekend, and is playing through May 18, 2014. Full of comical characters, enchanting musical numbers, and lively, jovial dance sequences The Music Man is a delight for all ages.
The Music Man follows con-man Harold Hill (Rob Gallagher) as he plans to take in the parents of a small town, River City, Iowa. He promises that in only four weeks, he can transform their sons into a boy’s marching band; though naturally through the purchases of musical instruments, uniforms and instructional booklets. The only problem is Harold doesn’t know the difference between a piano and a piccolo. Despite his musical ignorance, Harold manages to turn the town on its head with his fast talking, and slippery ways. However, not everyone is so easily swayed to believe in Harold’s enticing vision. The town librarian, Marian Paroo (Kim Carson), is also the savvy local piano teacher, who has some serious doubts about the authenticity of Harold’s claims. Meanwhile, Mayor Shinn (Ray DeMattis) and the school board (Richard Costa, Kevin Necciai, Kilty Reidy, and Kenny Francoeur) continually hound after him for credentials, causing Harold to reach deeply into his bag of distracting and humorous tricks. Before Harold can skip town with his collected money, he realizes his flirtations with Marian have turned into something that might be worth staying for.
The quality of this production is wonderful. Every aspect, from the acting and costuming, to the set design, works together for a stunning performance. Many of the actors have performed on Broadway and other stages, and the quality of their performances is noticeable. Even the young, new actors have impressive abilities. Jeffrey Kishinevskiy, one of the boys who plays Winthrop Paroo, shone in his performance of “Gary, Indiana” with a pleasant, clear voice. Rob Gallagher showed tremendous vocal ability and control with his fast paced talk/singing throughout the performance, and the beautiful, clear soprano of Kim Carson was a pleasure to listen to.

‘The Music Man’ is a delight for all ages.

The teenage love story sub-plot, was an added enjoyment to the performance. The workman’s son, Tommy Djilas (Justin Schuman), is in love with the mayor’s daughter Zaneeta Shinn (Heidi Friese), but the mayor only sees a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Take a peek at these two on the sides, even during the main action; they will put a smile on your face.
Marian’s spunky mother Mrs. Paroo (Patti Mariano) was a fantastic character. Her loveable portrayal, combined with humorous wishing for Marian to get married, and incredible Irish accent, made for a memorable performance. Ray DeMattis also deserves commendation on his performance as Mayor Shinn. The humorous, twisted lines were delivered to perfection, and the character’s frustration was palpable.
The six member pit orchestra, conducted by Music Director James Olmstead, provides all the music for the show with stunning success. From “Seventy-Six Trombone”s to “Till There Was You,” the composition comes across in such a way that you believe you are listening to a much larger orchestra. The School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, also benefited from Mr. Olmstead’s direction in impressive a cappella renditions of some of their songs.
A great show depends not only on the acting and singing, but also on the little details that make a show believable. The costumes were time period appropriate, down to the shoes and hair styles. Even minor characters had three costume changes. Different locations were portrayed with rolling set pieces, which also aided in changing the mood on the stage. The dance sequences were wonderful, full of intricate choreography, lively jumps and fast paced twirls. From the opening number to the closing scene, The Music Man will enchant all who attend.
Running Time: 2 ½ hours with a 20 minute intermission.
The Music Man is running at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport from March 27, 2014 – May 18, 2014. Shows are Wednesdays – Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $65, and available at the box office, by phone (631) 261-2900, or online www.engemantheater.com.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS at The John W. Engeman Theater

(Northport, NY, January 24, 2014) – The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is thrilled to present the classic tale of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS!  This adored fairy tale is part of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Youth Theater Series and will run February 1st through March 9th.

The tale we love, plus a few new twists and turns, is brought to life in this marvelous musical adaptation.  Come meet the beautiful Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs!  Following the traditional storyline, the story of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS will play the following performance schedule: Saturdays at 11:00am and Sundays at 10:30am February 1 through March 9, 2014. Tickets are NOW ON SALE and are $15.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at The John W. Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, Quality Theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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The John W. Engeman Theater presents OTHER DESERT CITIES

(Northport, NY- January 9, 2014) – Announcing the cast and creative team for the award-winning family drama -OTHER DESERT CITIES. This funny, gripping and ultimately satisfying play about family secrets brought to light from Jon Robin Baitz (creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters),was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Previews begin on Thursday, January 23rd at 8:00 p.m. with the official opening on Saturday, January 25th at 8:00 p.m. and runs through March 9, 2014.

OTHER DESERT CITIESis the story of a once promising novelist – Brooke Wyeth – who returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former leading Republicans, and her eccentric liberal aunt. When the novelist announces she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil as the family struggles to come to terms with their past. In the Wyeth family, secrets are everything. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as their family mystery unfolds.

“You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.”– Elizabeth Berg

OTHER DESERT CITIES is directed by RICHARD T. DOLCE,the Producing Artistic Director of The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport.

The design teamincludes JONATHAN COLLINS (Scenic Design), TRICIA BARASAMIAN (Costume Design), DRISCOLL OTTO (Lighting Design), LAURA FREY (Sound Design), MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Hair and Make-Up Design) and BRYAN PRYWES (Props Design). The Casting Director is STEPHEN DeANGELIS and the Production Stage Manager is SARAH GOSHMAN.

The cast of OTHER DESERT CITIES features: CHRISTOPHER BOLAN (Trip Wyeth) was Sky in the Broadway production and National tour of MAMA MIA. He has performed in NYC at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, The Lark Theater, The Skirball Center, The P.I.T. Theater and Studio Tisch. Regionally Christopher has performed at St. Louis Rep, Two River Theater, The Arts Club, Carousel Theater, Bard On the Beach and The Firehall Theater. PHILLIP CLARK(Lyman Wyeth) appeared on Broadway in COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA and FIFTH OF JULY. Off-Broadway credits include OMNIUM GATHERUM, A LAST DANCE FOR SYBIL, THE DIRECTOR, ROMEO & JULIET (Lortel), THE BOYS IN THE BAND. His Regional Theater credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), Old Globe, Play House (including Eastern European tour), Long Wharf, Portland Center Stage, Studio Arena and Alabama Shakespeare Festival.JOY FRANZ (Polly Wyeth) has been in the Broadway productions of  INTO THE WOODS (Original, Revival, PBS); A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, COMPANY, PIPPIN, MUSICAL CHAIRS, OPEN ADMISSIONS, SWEET CHARITY and LYSISTRATA JONES. Off-Broadway credits include: ‘NIGHT MOTHER, THREEPENNY OPERA, ASSASSINS and ALL MY SONS. Her National Tours and Regional productions include Amanda in THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Joy has been seen on the TV shows CARRIE DIARIES, LAW & ORDER and CENTRAL PARK WEST. NANCY LEMENAGER (Brooke Wyeth). Nancy’s Broadway credits include CHICAGO (Velma), MOVIN’ OUT (Brenda) and NEVER GONNA DANCE (Penny). Regionally she has been seen in WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST (Theresa Rebeck World Premiere), SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Actors Theater of Louisville), ROMEO AND JULIET (Virginia Stage), SHE LOVES ME (Arena Stage: Helen Hayes Nomination) and her 2004 Carnegie Hall Debut: Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Television appearances include ELEMENTARY, GIRLS, THE GOOD WIFE, NURSE JACKIE, 30 ROCK and LAW AND ORDER SVU.JOAN PORTER (SildaGrauman) began her career with the famed Kenley Players. On Broadway she was seen in THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. Off-Broadway: EVERY DAY A VISITOR, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, A TASTE OF HONEY, BLUES FOR MR. CHARLIE (starring Ossie Davis), THE GLASS MENAGERIE and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE THE MUSICAL (workshop). Regionally she has performed at Seattle Rep., Syracuse Stage and Common Place Theater. T.V. credits include LOUIE, GIRLS, LAW AND ORDER, THIRD WATCH and RYAN’S HOPE. Joan has been seen in the films THE FRONT (starring Woody Allen), BROOKLYN (HBO), THE SWEET LIFE (starring Joan Jett) and LAW AND DISORDER (starring Carroll O’Connor and Ernest Borgnine)

Press Opening is Saturday, January 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

OTHER DESERT CITIES will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are ON SALE and are $55.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  To purchase Season Tickets and Gift Cards please contact the Box Office directly.  For group rates or to host an event at the John W. Engeman Theater, please contact the Group Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  For information on advertising in our Programs or in our Lounge, please contact the Advertising Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  The Theater is also home to the John W. Engeman Theater Studio of the Performing Arts, offering classes and camp programs for children for more information at 631-261-2900.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, Quality Theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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John W. Engeman Theater Supports SBPLI during Its 2013-2014 Season

Aug. 19, 2013 – KINGS PARK, N.Y. — (Kings Park, New York) — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) has announced that, once again, the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport will be taking part in the “Community Give Back” Program for the 2013-2014 season. For every ticket sold using the code SBPLI, the theater will take $5.00 of the regularly priced ticket and donate $5.00 to SBPLI.

The 2013-2014 schedule includes the following shows and dates:
Nunsense – now until September 8
Twelve Angry Men – September 19-November 3
White Christmas – November 21, 2013-January 5, 2014
Other Desert Cities – January 23-March 9, 2014
The Music Man – March 27-May 18, 2014
Plaza Suite – May 29-July 13, 2014

SBPLI is a nonprofit organization that links high schools and businesses throughout Long Island. This program creates an educated workforce for Long Island by opening the minds of students to career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a collaborative partnership of schools, businesses, community organizations and government.

To order tickets, contact the box office at 631-261-2900 and mention the code SBPLI or purchase tickets online at www.engemantheater.com and enter the code SBPLI in the promo box. This offer is good for all performances, excluding Friday and Saturday evenings.

The John W. Engeman Theater is located at 250 Main Street, in Northport, New York.

NEWSDAY ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’ review: Merry indeed

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you could do worse than a Vermont ski lodge. But beware. Few things in life are as variable as “Love and the Weather,” as the song goes:

Unpredictable, irresponsible

Unbelievable, unreliable

Ever since the world began

Are Cupid and the weather man

Yet, as with any holiday musical, the final scene of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” — receiving a full-throated reincarnation at Northport’s Engeman Theater — is entirely predictable.

Merry merry rules.

In case you don’t recall the Bing Crosby movies — “Holiday Inn” (1942) and “White Christmas” (1954) — on which the show is based, Bob and Phil, Broadway song-and-dance stars and World War II veterans, wind up on a train to Vermont with a sister act hired for a ski-resort gig. In a coincidence possible only in romantic musicals, the inn is owned by the general who commanded the boys’ division in Europe.

Cautious-in-love Bob, sung by Aaron Ramey with a booming leading-man voice, and Betty, frosty as played by Kennedy Caughell except while singing her torch duet with Bob (“How Deep Is the Ocean”), are paired with ladies’ man Phil (Drew Humphrey) and flirty Judy (Darien Crago), who are hot to fox-trot. They make a nimbly in-tune leading dance couple. (James Olmstead’s brassy orchestra accompanies Humphrey’s choreography.)

The boys conspire to save the general’s deeply unprofitable inn by throwing a Broadway-scale Christmas show and recruiting guys from the old division to fill the seats. But a misunderstanding involving the inn’s busybody concierge (Kathryn Kendall as a former Ethel Merman protege) sends Betty fleeing from Bob’s arms the morning after she was driven into them by a sweet “Count Your Blessings” lullaby he sang to the general’s granddaughter. Adorable Susan is played alternately by Katie Dolce and Claire Levasseur, both 10, while Drew Taylor soldiers on as the grandpa general.

Whenever the plot improbabilities threaten to derail “White Christmas” from its inevitable sing-along — you know the lyrics, don’t you? — director Mark Adam Rampmeyer cuts briskly to a flashy dance number, distracting us with color-coordinated, mid-20th century costumes of Ryan Moller’s design. Jonathan Collins’ rustic set brings to mind a Vermont barn when it isn’t disguised with sequined curtains for the Manhattan scenes.

Partying like it’s 1954 may not sound like a hoot, but at the Engeman, nostalgia brings a smile, and maybe even a tear.

BUNNICULA at The John W. Engeman Theater

(Northport, NY- September 25, 2013) – The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is proud to announce the opening of the musical adaptation of the popular and beloved children’s book – Bunnicula (book by Deborah and James Howe, stage adaption by Jon Klein and music by Chris Jeffries).  Bunnicula is part of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Youth Theater Series and will run September 28th through November 3rd.

Bunnicula is the humorous story of a cat and dog who become convinced that the new family pet is a vampire bunny! Is Bunnicula really a vampire bunny? We won’t say, but any child who has let his or her imagination run a little wild will love this funny and fast paced tale of mystery. Bunnicula is suitable for all ages.

Bunnicula will play the following performance schedule: Saturdays at 11:00am and Sundays at 10:30am September 28November 3, 2013.

Tickets are NOW ON SALE and are $15.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, Quality Theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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A man’s life hangs in the balance…The John W. Engeman Theater presents TWELVE ANGRY MEN

(Northport, NY- September 2, 2013) – Announcing the cast and creative team for the timeless classic of deliberation and consequence, TWELVE ANGRY MEN by Reginald Rose.  Previews begin on Thursday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. with the official opening on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. and running through November 3, 2013.

The defense and the prosecution have rested. The jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his own father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama exploring each juror’s prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused and each other. Based on Reginald Rose’s 1954 teleplay, TWELVE ANGRY MEN won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play in 2005.

The Director, IGOR GOLDIN, returns to the Engeman having previously directed SOUTH PACIFIC.   Credits include: Drama Desk Award nominee (YANK), winner of NYMF Awards for Excellence in Direction (CROSSING SWORDS), WITH GLEE (Off-Broadway), THE FOREIGNER, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, ROMANCE ROMANCE, THE SPITFIRE GRILL and THE FULL MONTY.  Mr. Goldin was a finalist for the Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction.  He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

The design team for 12 ANGRY MEN includes JON COLLINS (Scenic Design), Ryan J. Moller (Costume Design), driscoll otto (Lighting Design), LAURA FREY (Sound Design), MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Make-Up Design and Associate Artistic Director) and MEAGAN MILLER-MCKEEVER (Props Design).  The Assistant Director is TREY COMPTON. The Casting Director is STEPHEN DeANGELIS and the Production Stage Manager is Michelle Lynn Hines.

TWELVE ANGRY MEN is produced by Richard T. Dolce, the theater’s Producing Artistic Director.

The jury is composed of: MICHAEL BOLAND (JUROR #3) was seen in Broadway’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and on the National Tours of TWELVE ANGRY MEN and WEST SIDE STORY. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include THE ORPHAN’S HOME CYCLE, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE EXONERATED, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, WIT and OTHER BEDTIME STORIES. Michael’s TV appearances include PERSON OF INTEREST, ZERO HOUR and RUBICON. STEVEN HAUCK (Juror #7), the winner of the NYMF 2013 award for Outstanding Performance in CROSSING SWORDS (directed by Igor Goldin).  Steven’s Broadway and Off-Broadway Credits include IRENA’S VOW, ONE ARM and KING LEAR. TV and Film appearances include THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and 30 ROCK; adam heller (juror #10) has been seen on Broadway in BABY IT’S YOU, LES MISERABLES, A CLASS ACT and VICTOR/VICTORIA.  Off-Broadway and National tours include MERRILY WE ROLE ALONG, TITANIC and FALSETTOS.  Adam’s Regional credits include productions at St. Louis Rep, Goodspeed, Old Globe and The Kennedy Center. TV appearances include THE SOPRANOS, LAW AND ORDER and OZ; Philip hoffman (juror #4) was last seen at The Engeman as Benny Southstreet in GUYS AND DOLLS. Broadway credits include INTO THE WOODS, FALSETTOS, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and A CATERED AFFAIR. Off Broadway and Regional credits include productions spanning from ANGELS IN AMERICA to YIDDLE TO FIDDLE; JOSEPH RAGNO (JUROR #9) was last seen in WAITING FOR GODOT at St. Clements. TV and Film appearances include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE BABE, the Dry Cleaner on SEINFELD, LAW AND ORDER, KOJACK and THE COMISH. Joseph’s Broadway and Off Broadway credits include THE ICEMAN COMETH, INDIANS and FEEDLOT; TOM SOUHRADA (JUROR #1)) has appeared in Broadway productions and National Tours such as MARY POPPINS, EVITA, MY FAIR LADY and THE BOY FRIEND (directed by Julie Andrews).

Additional cast members include: LEONARD DELORENZO (JUROR #2), CHRISTOPHER ROBERT DUFFY (GUARD), PETER EVANGELISTA (JUROR #12), LEER LEARY (JUROR #11), ADAM MOSEBACH (JUROR #5), MICHAEL SIROW (JUROR #7) and PAUL VELUTIS (JUROR #6).

Press Opening is Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

TWELVE ANGRY MEN will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are ON SALE and are $55.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  To purchase Season Tickets and Gift Cards please contact the Box Office directly.  For group rates or to host an event at the John W. Engeman Theater, please contact the Group Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  For information on advertising in our Programs or in our Lounge, please contact the Advertising Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  The Theater is also home to the John W. Engeman Theater Studio of the Performing Arts, offering classes and camp programs for children for more information at 631-261-2900.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, Quality Theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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Lift Your Spirits at The John W. Engeman Theater With NUNSENSE

(Northport, NY- July 12, 2013) – Announcing the cast and creative team for the habit forming musical, NUNSENSE.  Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken as they lead you not into temptation through Creator, Dan Goggin’s hail of fun and frolic.  Previews begin on Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m.; with the official opening on Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m. and running through September 8, 2013.

NUNSENSE begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters. In dire need of funds for the burials, the sisters decide to raise the money by putting on a variety show. So the sisters take over the John W. Engeman Theater, which is currently set up for their previous production of SOUTH PACIFIC.  Come meet Reverend Mother Mary Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap dancing and ballet, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has delighted audiences with more than 5000 productions worldwide and has been translated into 21 languages. Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin.

The Director/Choreographer, Antoinette DiPietropolo, makes her directorial debut at The John W. Engeman Theater where she has previously choreographed HAIRSPRAY and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE.  Director/Choreographer credits include NUNSENSE at the Flatrock Playhouse, CHICAGO, RAGTIME and ANNIE.  Awarded Best Choreographer at the Triangle Theater Awards her other Choreographer credits include CANDIDE starring George Hearn and Rita Moreno; and WITH GLEE (Off Broadway). She was also Associate Director for the National Tour of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

JACK KOHL (Musical Director/Piano-Conductor) is a proud native Long Islander (with four novels to his credit set on the north shore). He has musically directing in the New York theater area for the last ten years, and playing countless concert appearances for Broadway credited actors.

The design team for NUNSENSE includes Laurén Paragallo (Costume Coordinator), Michael Visco (Lighting Designer), LAURA FREY (Sound Designer) and MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Make-Up Designer and Associate Artistic Director at the John W. Engeman Theater).  The Casting Director is STEPHEN DeANGELIS and the Production Stage Manager is Michelle Lynn Hines.

NUNSENSE is produced by Richard T. Dolce, the theater’s Producing Artistic Director.

The talented sisters of NUNSENSE are: Inga Ballard (Sister Mary Hubert) last seen in the RAGTIME Concert at Lincoln Center. Stage credits include The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House and the RAGTIME National Tour. TV appearances include Law & Order CI and 30 Rock.  MARIE DANVERS (SISTER ROBERT ANNE) appeared on Broadway as Christine Daee in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  Other credits include HOUSE AND GARDEN at the Manhattan Theater Club, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY and Maria Mirelli in LEND ME A TENOR. GWENDOLYN F. JONES (MOTHER REGINA) Acting credits include National and International tours of NUNSET BOULEVARD starring Cindy Williams, HAIR, 42nd STREET, and ANNIE. Her Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional credits include CHICAGO, DEAR WORLD, 42nd STREET and MAME.  She also played Mrs. Claus for several seasons in New York City’s RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. BRITTANY ROSS (Sister mary amnesia) has previously played the role at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera House, Directed by Creator, Dan Goggin. Brittany has also appeared as Felicity on THE AMERICAN GIRL REVUE, Olive Ostrovsky in THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (National Tour) and Essie in PARADE. KRISTINA TESCHNER (SISTER MARY LEO) can be seen this summer as Connie Pence on NBC’s DO NO EVIL.  She has performed in numerous touring and regional productions.

Press Opening is Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

NUNSENSE will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are ON SALE and are $55.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  To purchase Season Tickets and Gift Cards please contact the Box Office directly.  For group rates or to host an event at the John W. Engeman Theater, please contact the Group Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  For information on advertising in our Programs or in our Lounge, please contact the Advertising Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  The Theater is also home to the John W. Engeman Theater Studio of the Performing Arts, offering classes and camp programs for children for more information at 631-261-2900.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, Quality Theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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The John W. Engeman Theater Helps to Raise Money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

(Northport, NY – February 5, 2013) – On Tuesday, February 5, Richard T. Dolce, Producing Artistic Director and Co-Owner of the John W. Engeman Theater and Kevin J. O’Neill, Managing Director and Co-Owner of the John W. Engeman Theater presented a check to John Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island with money they raised to help in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

After each performance of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, the John W. Engeman Theater collected donations for the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery.  In total the theater collected $27,602 during the run of the Holiday show.

“Without organizations like the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport the Red Cross would not be able to provide our Relief Services,” said John Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island.

“We are proud to support the American Red Cross in its efforts to provide relief to the Long Island Community,” said Kevin J. O’Neill Managing Director and Co-Owner of the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport.

For more information on donating to the American Red Cross please visit redcross.org.  For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

Photo attached Left to Right: Richard T. Dolce, Producing Artistic Director at the John W. Engeman Theater; John Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island; Kevin J. O’Neill, Managing Director of the John W. Engeman Theater.

Red-Cross-Relief

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NORTH SHORE-LIJ HEALTH SYSTEM AND BETHPAGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCED AS MULTI-YEAR CORPORATE SPONSORS FOR THE JOHN W. ENGEMAN THEATER AT NORTHPORT

(Northport, NY- July 3, 2012) – The John W. Engeman Theater would like to announce the new multi-year corporate sponsors, North Shore-LIJ Health System and Bethpage Federal Credit Union.  Kevin J. O’Neill, Owner and Managing Director of the John W. Engeman Theater, Michael J. Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and Kirk Kordeleski, Chief Executive Officer of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, held a press conference on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 to announce their new partnerships starting with the 2012-2013 Season.  North Shore-LIJ Health System is the official sponsor of the John W. Engeman Theater Main Stage for next three years and Bethpage Federal Credit Union is the official sponsor for all Youth Programming for the next five years.

Beginning its sixth season this summer, the John W. Engeman Theater is a preeminent entertainment venue for the discerning theater-goer from Montauk to Manhattan.  The momentum of the theater’s success is due to its dedication to excellence; the quality of the performers, cast directly from the Broadway talent pool, the state-of-the-art facility and unparalleled service. The 2012-2013 Main Stage Season, officially sponsored by North Shore LIJ, boasts a delightful mix of musicals, comedy and drama.  With the North Shore-LIJ sponsorship, the John W. Engeman Theater will be able to continue to bring Broadway to Main Street supporting the Performing Arts on Long island.

“The John W. Engeman Theater and the arts in general strengthen our communities by playing an important role in enhancing the quality of life for Long Islanders and Long Island families,” said North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael Dowling.  “As a major provider of healthcare for the region, North Shore-LIJ is always focused on improving the quality of life for our residents. We are proud to work with like-minded organizations such as the Engeman Theater to improve our communities and look forward to being the Main Stage sponsor for the next three years.”

“We are excited to announce North Shore-LIJ Health System as our Main Stage Sponsor.  NSLIJ is an organization that touches so many lives on a daily basis and we are very proud to be recognized by them,” said Kevin J. O’Neill, Owner and Managing Director of the John W. Engeman Theater.  “The sponsorship will make it possible for the Theater to expand its Community Give Back program that already helps fund over 100 not-for-profit organizations on Long Island.  We thank NSLIJ for their support and confidence. “

Now in its 6th season, the Youth Theater Series consists of Children’s Theater Productions, an Education Theater Program, The Studio of the Performing Arts Classes and Summer Camp.  Under the sponsorship, Bethpage will help underwrite the creation of newly re-priced and reduced Education Theater tickets that will be made available to all Long Island Elementary School students and work to invite various children’s groups to attend complimentary Educational Theater matinee performances.  Bethpage will also provide six scholarship opportunities for students to attend the John W. Engeman Performing Arts Studio Summer Camp and Performing Arts Studio Classes.   As a result of the Bethpage sponsorship, children will be able to experience Quality Theater at a more affordable price through an array of outstanding children’s and student programming within the Youth Theater Series.

“Bethpage is very proud to expand its support of the Engeman Theater,” said Kirk Kordeleski, President and CEO, Bethpage, during his remarks today.  “Together with North Shore LIJ, we will help foster an appreciation and awareness for the arts on Long Island, especially among children.”

“We are very thankful to Bethpage for their continued support of Engeman.  As the Youth Theater Series sponsor, they will not only help expose children to live theater, but help children experience quality theater at a more affordable price,” said Kevin J. O’Neill, Owner and Managing Director of the John W. Engeman Theater.  “We thank Bethpage for helping make that possible.”

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.   For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

About North Shore-LIJ Health System

The nation’s second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,467 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. With a workforce of more than 43,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, existing solely to serve its members and has experienced rapid growth in recent years to become a strong alternative to banks.  Bethpage was approved for the largest federal community charter in the U.S. in 2003 and now is Long Island’s largest credit union and leading community financial institution with over 196,000 members, 26 branches and 60 shared service center locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. As a financial cooperative, Bethpage offers better rates, lower fees and a full menu of personal and commercial financial services.

Bethpage maintains branch locations in Bay Shore, Bay Shore King Kullen, Bethpage, Central Islip, Commack King Kullen, Elmont, Farmingdale, Freeport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Huntington, Levittown King Kullen, Lynbrook, Massapequa, Melville, Mineola, North Babylon, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Riverhead, Seaford, Smithtown, Roosevelt, West Babylon and Westbury with over 425 surcharge-free ATMs in King Kullen, 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy and Costco locations throughout Long Island.  For more information, call 1-800-628-7070 or visit www.bethpagefcu.com.

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