NOV 12 – DEC 11, 2016
My Fair Lady
Music by Frederick Loewe
Directed by Kristen Coury
NOV 12 – DEC 11, 2016
My Fair Lady
This beloved Tony Award-winning musical will be presented like you’ve never seen before in this high-energy, truly theatrical 10-person, two-piano version. Did you ever wonder how we’d fit all of Edwardian London on our 20x20foot stage? Join us and find out! Artistic Associate Jeffrey Binder, formerly of Broadway’s Lion King andMary Poppins, doffs his hat as Henry Higgins and takes us from Covent Garden to Ascot and back in this most thrilling, heart-warming, and loverly of musicals.
Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM
Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.
$30 Preview Performances NOV 10 & 11
Long anticipated, “My Fair Lady” has finally opened at Gulfshore Playhouse, the company’s first musical in nine years.
And it’s cause for celebration, because the production is, in a word, stupendous. (more…)
Two pianos and a cast of eight tell ‘Enry ‘Iggins to ‘Just you wait!’
“My Fair Lady” rams a jackhammer into class distinction — is there really that much of one between enormous egos of Alfred Doolittle and Henry Higgins? — in a musically immortal way. The Gulfshore Playhouse production proves it can be done with talent as effectively as with numbers. (more…)
On my critic’s scale of 1-10, this was an absolute 12. It was a flawless, totally absorbing and unique version of one of Broadway’s finest achievements. I urge you to get your tickets fast. This will be a sell out.
Much has been made of the fact that Gulfshore Playhouse and The Naples Players, only a handful of blocks apart in downtown Naples, have both announced “My Fair Lady” for 2016-17. The Lerner and Loewe musical about a Cockney street vendor who learns how to move about in high society is a classic. But the Naples troupes are presenting different versions.
The Naples Players’ production (March 1-April 2) will have a full cast and orchestra at the Sugden Community Theatre, while Gulfshore Playhouse will stage a stripped-down version with 10 performers and two pianos at The Norris Center (Nov. 12-Dec. 11). (more…)
KRISTEN COURY (Director) is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse. Upon her arrival from New York City in 2004, she decided there was a niche to fill in Naples with self-produced professional theatre and never looked back. The Playhouse, started in the back of her condo, has grown to an annual budget of over $3M, 32 staff members, and 3 campuses. Kristen has directed many of the Playhouse productions to date, of which her favorites include: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, My Fair Lady, All My Sons, An Enemy of the People, and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. Kristen made her feature film directorial debut with Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and Tovah Feldshuh, which was released around the US and Europe. She has directed many new works, produced a CD, and worked on a variety of musicals in various stages of development, including Steel Pier on Broadway, a Broadway workshop of The Jazz Singer and Houdini at the Goodspeed Opera House. Kristen worked in production/management for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company, and for London’s English Shakespeare Company in the Press and Marketing Department. Kristen was honored to be named one of the “Top 40 Professionals Under 40” by Gulfshore Life Magazine in 2008, a “Star in the Arts” by the United Arts Council of Collier County in 2011, and one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2013.
MATT AUMENT (Music Director) is an orchestrator, music director, and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. He’s delighted to come to Gulfshore Playhouse for the first time to finish a hat trick of recreating Lerner & Loewe scores, starting with Camelot (Drury Lane Theater) and followed by Gigi (Broadway). Off-Broadway productions include Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park),Tamar of the River, and Sweeney Todd (upcoming, Barrow Street Theater). Matt’s concert work can be heard on Kristen Chenoweth’s album Coming Home, and has lately been performing in cabaret with Molly Pope and Martha Graham Cracker. Education: Carnegie Mellon University.
MALLORY HEWELL (Production Stage Manager) is a NYC based stage manager and thrilled to return to her home state for this production with such a talented and giving cast and crew! Some of her favorite credits include Matilda the Musical-First National Tour, The SpongeBob Musical-Developmental Workshops, as well as a number of Off-Broadway Productions with New York Theatre Workshop, Vineyard Theatre, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, and Second Stage. When not stage managing, Mallory writes a fitness blog and tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible. She is a very proud FSU alumna and AEA member. Thank you, Cory and Kristen for this opportunity. So much love and gratitude to her family and friends, always.
JOHN EMMETT O’BRIEN (Sound Designer) Select designs include: Merrily We Roll Along (NYU NSB), Tenderly (Merry Go Round), First Date (Blumenthal PAC), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ogunquit Playhouse), All The Kids…(NYU NSB) The Golden Bride (Folksbiene), 1776 (NYU NSB), Happy End (The New School); Skippyjon Jones Snow What (Theatreworks USA),An Inconvenient Poop (NYIFF), Motherf*cker With The Hat (NYU Tisch), Hands Up! (National Black Theatre), Tail!Spin! (Lynne Redgrave Theater), Gods And Kings (The Other Mirror Theatre),When We Met (CAP21), Subverted (2014 NYIT nomination), Jericho (NJ Rep/The Directors Company), and Poetic License (The Directors Company). Proud member of USA Local 829.
ADAM CATES (Choreographer) is excited to return to Gulfshore Playhouse to stage My Fair Lady after choreographing Sweet Charity in Concert for the annual gala several years ago. Choreography credits include Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Music Theatre Wichita), The Little Mermaid (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires (Anchorage Opera; also director); Gypsy (New London Barn Playhouse); The Magic Flute, Eugene Onegin and Britton’s The Rape of Lucretia (Juilliard Opera/Lincoln Center); The Brain from Planet X (New York Musical Festival) and Cinderella and the Prince (Lincoln Center; co-choreographer). He has directed and choreographed corporate and casino shows in Atlantic City, Reno and Orlando; and musicals for University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His new production (as choreographer and co-book writer) The World According to Snoopy will receive its premiere this coming season at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston and Texas State University. Adam is the associate choreographer to Peggy Hickey for the new Ahrens & Flaherty/Terrence McNally musical Anastasia, opening on Broadway in April. Additional Broadway and national tour credits as an associate/assistant include the Tony-winning “Best Musical” A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, “Best Revival” Anything Goes with Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, Doctor Dolittle with Tommy Tune, and The Wizard of Oz; as well as television: 90210 (CW Network), Live from Lincoln Center (PBS); and regional: Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, The Old Globe, Hartford Stage, Alabama Shakespeare, and others. Adam teaches at NYC’s famed Broadway Dance Center and is the author of the guidebook for young professional performers The Business of Show. For more: www.adamcates.com Thank you, Kristen! What a joy!
ADRIAN RIES is ecstatic to be making his Gulfshore debut with this exciting two piano score. He has worked across the country as a pianist and music director and internationally as a musical director for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Favorite regional credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Rock of Ages, Merrily We Roll Along, Billy Elliot, Floyd Collins, Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles, Drowsy Chaperone, and Carousel. He is a proud OU grad and SD native. www.adrianries.com
JOHN PATRICK (Vocal Coach) is in his 5th season supporting Gulfshore Playhouse. GP credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Master Class, Whipping Boy, I Am My Own Wife, The Importance of Being Earnest, Venus in Fur, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, The God Game, All My Sons, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Butcher, Boeing Boeing, Informed Consent, Enemy of the People, and The Who and the What. JP is currently the Head of Voice and Speech for the MFA Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also serves as the resident vocal coach to PlayMakers Repertory Company. JP co-founded the Miller Voice Method Studio in NYC and trained as a teacher under the mentorship of Scott Miller hosted in part by NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. JP considers Naples a special place of artistic invigoration due to the inestimable leadership of Kristen Coury. JP resides in Durham, NC with a wife named Erin and two children named Hazel and Sebastian from whom he receives daily master classes relatively pro bono.
LAUREN GASTON (Costume Designer) is a costume designer whose design work spans four continents. The Festival of International Opera of the Americas (Campinas, Brazil), La Musica Lirica (Novafeltria, Italy) and The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts have all presented her work. Additional design credits include: The Broken Record (New York Times Critics Pick, FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award); Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Loft Opera, Brooklyn); Romeo and Juliet (The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, MO); An Enemy of the People (Gulfshore Playhouse, FL). Gaston holds a B.A. in Theatre from Wake Forest University and a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
JIMMY LAWLOR (Lighting Designer) is a Scorpio, new father, cat owner, and a music enthusiast, who enjoys scotch and bourbon. He only runs when chased. He is thrilled to be returning to Gulshore Playhouse this season! At GSP: ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, INFORMED CONSENT. Jimmy designs lighting for opera, theatre, dance, corporate clients, architecture, interiors, and more. New York work includes Broadway, Off Broadway, and beyond. Jimmy’s work has been seen internationally in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Mexico, Canada, and Germany. MFA from NYU Tisch. Member of USA 829. www.lawlordesign.com
DAVID L. ARSENAULT (Scenic Designer) GP: Constellations, The Who and the What, The Liar, The Butcher, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Mountaintop, All My Sons, and Venus in Fur. Select NYC: Peer Gynt (Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle), A Better Place (The Duke) H2O (59E59), Sense of an Ending (59E59), the NY Times Critic’s Picks Handle With Care (Westside Theatre), The Awake (59E59), and Long Story Short (Prospect). International: English Theatre Berlin, Germany. Outside NYC: Bay Street Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Urban Arias, Bucks County Playhouse, Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival, among others. Broadway (Associate): The Color Purple (current revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, King Charles III, Constellations, and Disaster!. Member: United Scenic Artists 829. Education: Ithaca College. www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com
Season Benefactors: Patty and Jay Baker
Season Ambassadors: Dottie and John Remondi
Corporate Partners: Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: Jane and Steve Akin, Christine and Terrance Flynn, Mosey and Don Gunther, Linda and Bob Harden, and Christine Paddock
Show Sponsor: Jerry Coury
Sponsor-A-Star: Naples Daily News, Veritas Wealth Group