PHOTO CALL: Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, With Linda Balgord, Opens at Marriott Theatre

The world premiere of Marriott Theatre's Now and Forever, a theatrical exploration of the songs of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber — featuring Linda Balgord, a veteran of Cats, Sunset Boulevard — opened Jan. 23 following previews from Jan. 16 in suburban Chicago.

The show features lyrics and/or text by Don Black, Christopher Hampton, Charles Hart, Trevor Nunn (after T.S. Eliot), Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Richard Stilgoe and David Zippel, with contributions by Amy Powers, from Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard and its sequel Love Never Dies.

In addition to Balgord, the cast also includes Erin Stewart ( A Little Night Music on Broadway); Susan Moniz (Marriott's Kismet, Broadway's Grease); Stephanie Binetti (Marriott's White Christmas, national tour of Mamma Mia!); Catherine Lord (Marriott's 42nd Street); Max Quinlan (25th anniversary national tour of Les Miserables, Marriott's The Light in the Piazza); Ben Jacoby (Maine State Music Theatre's The Light in the Piazza); Brian Bohr (Joseph in Marriott's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat); Travis Taylor (Marriott's Pirates of Penzance); Jameson Cooper (Marriott's Hero, Legally Blonde, For the Boys) and Matt Raftery (a veteran actor/director/choreographer of more than 20 productions at Marriott Theatre, plus Broadway and touring productions).

Here's a look at opening night:

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