Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Starring Tory Ross, Debuts in Ohio

By Adam Hetrick
28 Feb 2012

Girl singer Rosemary Clooney, who invited listeners to "Come On-a My House," is brought to life in the world-premiere musical Tenderly, which is currently playing Dayton, OH's Human Race Theatre Company.



Cry-Baby and 9 to 5 Broadway cast member Tory Ross inhabits Clooney in the 90-minute production that began performances Feb. 21 and will continue through March 4. Kevin Moore directs Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical.

Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman co-authored the musical that incorporates Clooney's hits "Come On-a My House," "Mambo Italiano," "Tenderly," "Half as Much," "Hey There" and "This Ole House."

According to the authors, "Everything appealed to us about the potential work from Rosie's amazing personal story and her journey through very difficult times followed by a wonderful comeback – to the beautiful music that became her signature songs as an artist – to the fact that her roots are right here in Ohio and Kentucky. She faced many, many difficult times, some very heartbreaking, but she rose above it all and came out a winner. Her life is a lesson in overcoming obstacles and still being grateful, hopeful, and full of life."

Ross is joined by Scott Stoney, who plays a host of roles including the doctor, friends and family of Rosemary.

Scott Woolley serves as musical director/arranger, with scenic/costume designer Bruce Goodrich and lighting designer John Rensel.

For tickets phone (888) 228-3630 or visit TicketCenterStage.com.