Northlight Casting Set for Season's Greetings and Chicago Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots

News   Northlight Casting Set for Season's Greetings and Chicago Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots Northlight Theatre's fall Chicago-area premiere of the musical Snapshots, a show that borrows from the catalog of songs by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz, will feature Gene Weygandt, Susie McMonagle, Tony Clarno, Nick Cosgrove, Jess Godwin and Megan Long.

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Casting was also announced for Northlight's production of Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings. Expect John Byrnes, Amy Carle, Francis Guinan, John Hoogenakker, Heidi Kettenring, Maggie Kettering, Ginger Lee McDermott, Rob Riley and Matt Schwader in the comedy by the British master.

Described by creators Schwartz and David Stern as a "musical scrapbook," Snapshots has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by David Stern, and will run Sept. 16-Oct. 23. Ken Sawyer directs. Opening night is Sept. 23.

This is Weygandt's third production with Schwartz, following Chicago's Wicked and Working. McMonagle comes direct from the Billy Elliott national tour.

Snapshots "blends together some of the best-loved music with some of the genuinely wonderful lesser known gems" of Broadway composer Schwartz, the songwriter of Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, The Baker's Wife, The Magic Show, Rags and Working.

Snapshots is billed as a "touching romantic comedy" in which "a middle-aged couple reminisces how love brought them together and why life pushed them apart." Schwartz has rewritten many of the lyrics to even his most familiar songs to reflect the story and characters of this "funny and bittersweet" new work. Season's Greetings, directed by Northlight artistic director BJ Jones, runs Nov. 11-Dec. 18 (opening Nov. 18), and is billed this way: "It's Christmastime in the Bunker household, and while the children lurk just out of sight, the adults are busy making the 'naughty' list. As dinner burns and guests bungle attempts at infidelity under the tree, only one question remains: can Father Christmas escape unscathed? A wildly funny look at the hilarity and high jinks of a 'normal' family Christmas."

For more information about Northlight, located in Skokie, IL, call (847) 673-6300 or visit northlight.org.

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