Armon, Rayson, Thompson and Mahler Will Sing in Chicago Premiere of Tomorrow Morning

News   Armon, Rayson, Thompson and Mahler Will Sing in Chicago Premiere of Tomorrow Morning Tomorrow Morning, a new musical about two relationships, by British composer, librettist and lyricist Laurence Mark Wythe, will receive its Chicago premiere under the direction of Tom Mullen, who also co-produces, Oct. 31-Dec. 7 at the Victory Gardens Theater Greenhouse.
Jonathan Rayson
Jonathan Rayson

The cast includes Jeff Award nominee Charissa Armon (Ragtime at Porchlight in Chicago), Emily Thompson (a 2007 graduate of Northwestern University who appeared in Dennis DeYoung's The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Bailiwick Rep), Jonathan Rayson (Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, A Year With Frog and Toad), Michael Mahler (Chicago's Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Drury Lane Oakbrook) and understudies Kelli Clevenger (The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Bailiwick Repertory Theatre) and Peter Durkin (2007 BFA in music theatre from Illinois Wesleyan; Can Can at Circle Theatre).

Opening Nov. 9, Tomorrow Morning, according to the producers, "is about two couples — one is facing the end of a relationship, the other has just begun — separated by time yet bound together by their journey through the trials and tribulations of love. The musical is a complex and heartfelt analysis of relationships, but is also filled with humor and sensitivity."

The musical drama has a surprise twist.

The show had its world premiere in London's New End Theatre in 2006. Since then, changes have been made to the show for American audiences. The Americanized script previewed in a reading at Theatre Building Chicago's STAGES Festival of New Musicals in August 2007. It was also produced in Connecticut in 2008. Director Mullen told Playbill.com that he's meeting with writer Wythe about further changes.

Mullen staged the acclaimed productions of Urinetown the Musical at the Mercury Theatre (nominated for seven Jeff Awards), and Noble Fool's critically acclaimed I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The creative team includes Dan R. Conley (scenic design), Bill Morey (costume design), Jennifer Kules (lighting design), Mike Tutaj (video and sound design) and Brett Rowe (musical direction).

Executive producer of Tomorrow Morning is Hilary Williams, whose producing credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Kathleen Turner and more.

Born in Kent, England in 1974, composer and writer Laurence Mark Wythe's is best known for Tomorrow Morning. His latest work is Through the Door, co-written with bookwriter Judy Freed.

The cast album of Tomorrow Morning was recorded in 2006, performed by the original company from the production at the New End Theatre. Its 2007 release marked the first album of work by the author, followed by the release of the studio concept album of The Lost Christmas in 2008.

He lives on the outskirts of London with his wife and their two daughters.

Performances for Tomorrow Morning will be Wednesdays at 2 PM, Thursdays at 8 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturday at 5 and 8 PM and Sundays at 5 PM.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. For tickets or more information call the box office at (773) 404-7336. Group discounts are available for groups of ten or more. Call GroupTix (877) 4-GRP-TIX.

For more information, visit tomorrowmorningthemusical.com.

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