Erich Bergen, who starred in the Marriott Theatre's world-premiere staging of the new musical Hero, offers snapshots of a recent day in and around the Chicago-area venue.
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Day in the Life of Erich Bergen, Star of New Musical Hero
Bergen has since departed the production (which runs through Aug. 19) to begin rehearsals as Billy Crocker in the upcoming Anything Goes tour.
Jameson Cooper stepped into the lead role in Hero. "We were so happy that Erich was able to come and open the show before joining the national tour of Anything Goes," said Marriott Executive Producer Terry James. "We're thrilled that Jamie, one of the first 'Heros' in an early workshop, will be seen in the role for the second half of the run."
David H. Bell, an 11-time Jeff Award winner, directs and choreographs the show by Chicago writers Aaron Thielen (book) and Michael Mahler (music and lyrics). The cast also includes Chicago veterans Heidi Kettenring, Don Forston, Alex Goodrich, Dara Cameron, Jonah Rawitz, Zach Keller, Summer Naomi Smart, Michael Aaron Lindner, Kelley Abell and Alex Goldklang.
"Hero," according to Marriott notes, "tells the story of a talented young artist living anything but a superhero life. After a life-changing event his senior year in high school, Hero still finds himself living at home with his dad, Al, who runs the family comic book shop in Milwaukee. Things start to change for him when he bumps into an old girlfriend, and with the encouragement of his dad, and his best friend and cousin, Kirk, Hero finally has a chance to realize his own dream."