All That Jazz!

Opening night of CHICAGO is tonight at the Greendale Community Theatre! This is a limited two weekend run, so get tickets fast!

I have just been cast in WAIT UNTIL DARK at the Racine Theatre Guild. I will be playing Harry Roat, a role originated on Broadway by Robert Duvall and onscreen by Alan Arkin. Audrey Hepburn played Suzy Hendrix in the movie and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. We’ve got a stellar cast for this thriller–don’t you dare miss it! Show runs February 22 through March 4.

Finally, my band Rainy Day Crush will be making a rare appearance in Kenosha on February 9. This is an exciting time for the band… We’ve just signed contracts to license our music for use in several TV shows and channels. Stay tuned for more info there!

CHICAGO at Greendale Community Theatre (and other notes)

We’ve got a lot to catch up on…

I cannot put in to words how excited I am to be cast as Master of Ceremonies in CHICAGO at the Greendale Community Theatre in  Greendale, WI! Saw a production of SHREK there this past summer, and they do a really great job! It’s an honor to be a part of that level of quality. And of course CHICAGO has some of the best music ever! Show runs two weekends in January, from 1/10/19 to 1/19/19.

This weekend, November 10, I’ll be painting live for the Lake County Community Foundation in Lake Bluff, IL. Tickets here.

November 17, I will have two sets of paintings up, including NEW, NEVER BEFORE SEEN WORK! It’s part of the monthly Artwauk event in Waukegan, IL. I’ll have work up at the Dandelion Gallery, and brand new work up at The Parlor (inside the Three Brothers Theatre).

There are lots of other things coming up, but details are sketchy, so I will post later. One thing I will say is that next August, I am planning a solo art show at the Dandelion Gallery. First solo show in quite some time, so I am ecstatic! My plan is to have only all new work, never seen before.

Have a great weekend!

need info on voting, or help getting there?

A friend posted this great non-partisan resource to help you learn about politicians and ballot measures in your area. Please get out there and vote, and go in there with a little knowledge about the people on the ballot.

Need help getting to the pools? Uber and Lyft are offering discounted and even free rides, or try this free app from WomenVotes called Carpool2Vote. I have not tried this personally, but found it online, looked it over, and it seems like they have put mechanisms in place to protect everyone’s safety. I’m going to sign up in the next couple days, assuming I can get my car clean enough to allow strangers!

Get out there and vote, everyone. No matter whom you support, your vote counts!

“Lombardi” at RTG

“Lombardi” opens at the Racine Theatre Guild on October 19, and runs for three weekends through November 4. I am playing legendary Green Bay Packers halfback Paul Hornung. He was known to the public as The Golden Boy, but his teammates referred to him as Horn or Goat. A member of the Pro Football and Packers Hall of Fames, he set records that still stand today.

This is a challenging role, as I’ve never played a non-fictional character before. The play itself is fiction, following the exploits of crack reporter Mike McCormick as he follows the 1965 Packers in an effort to write a piece on the larger than life Vince Lombardi.

What attracted me to this play was the fact that it will be seen by a lot of people who might not be regular theater fans, and I’m excited by the idea of performing for a new audience.

Call 262-633-4218 for tickets, or point your browser to the Guild’s website.

If you see the show, feel free to come down to the Green Room afterwards and say hi! version 2.0

As I do more theater and art along with my band and my day job, it is becoming more and more apparent that I need some sort of central online presence where interested parties can find me. Well, I already have the space, I just need to fill it with content and perform periodic upkeep. Simple, right? We’ll see, said the blind man…

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