PHOTO CALL: Erich Bergen Is Hero in New Chicago Musical
By Krissie Fullerton
29 Jun 2012
Hero, a new musical about a young comic-book artist, gets its world premiere on June 27 following previews from June 20 at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL.
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 as Jane, Don Forston as Al, Alex Goodrich as Kirk, Dara Cameron as Susan, Jonah Rawitz as Nate (Zach Keller at matinees), Summer Naomi Smart as Adele, Michael Aaron Lindner as Kyle and ensemble members Kelley Abell, Jameson Cooper 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."