Rose Guccione plays the role of Bébé in BALL AT THE SAVOY



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Ball at the Savoy

Chicago Folks Operetta presents ten (10) performances of Paul Abraham’s Ball at the Savoy (originally, Ball im Savoy), an operetta in three acts:

Fri, 18 July 2014 – 7:30 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Sat, 19 July 2014 – 7:30 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Sun, 20 July 2014 – 2:00 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Fri, 25 July 2014 – 7:30 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Sat, 26 July 2014 – 7:30 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Sun, 27 July 2014 – 2:00 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Thu, 31 July 2014 – 7:30 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Fri, 1 August 2014 – 7:30 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Sat, 2 August 2014 – 7:30 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix
Sun, 3 August 2014 – 2:00 PM Stage 773 (Chicago) tix

Gretchen Adams – Lily/Ilonka
Kristina Ancil Edwards – Dancer
Charles Barnick – Pomerol
Kurt Bender – Rene
Ed Budzilowicz – Monsieur Albert
Ernie Cottrell – Radio Announcer
Michael Darnell – Dancer
Kingsley Day – Archibald
Matt Dyson – Celestin
Roxann Ferguson – Trude
Felicia Filip – Bessie
Gerald Frantzen – Aristide
Cynthia Fortune Gruel – Daisy
Rose Guccione – Bébé
Otis Harris – Dancer
Gillian Hollis – Hermence/Guilette
John Wesley “Wes” Hughes – Ernest
Alison Kelly – Madeleine
Katelyn Lee – Mizzi
Shawn Morgenlander – Paulette/Lucia
Ryan Trent Oldham – Mustapha
Bridget Skaggs – Tangolita

Anthony Barrese – Conductor
Kristen Barrett – Director
Gerald Frantzen – Production Manager
Hersh Glagov – Dramaturg/Librettist
Kate Kamphausen – Costume Designer
Julian Pike – Lighting Designer
Todd Rhoades – Choreographer
Hilary Surace – Stage Manager
Adam Veness – Set Designer

Jazz meets Operetta in the exciting American Premiere of Paul Abraham’s 1932 hit, “Ball at the Savoy.” This sexy, danced-infused operetta embodies the best of Weimar-era Berlin as a clever wife serves up a tasty dish of revenge to her unfaithful husband. The show set Berlin on fire in 1932 with its infectious music, dancing and ravishing star, Gitta Alpar, until it was shut down by the Nazis. Chicago Folks Operetta’s production will feature a 17 piece orchestra, singers, dancers and a new English translation.


Lyric Opera Season Preview Concert in Western Springs


Rose Guccione, soprano, Janet Mensen Reynolds, mezzo-soprano, Kenneth Donovan, tenor, and Keven Keys, baritone, together with Patrick Holland, pianist, and Gary Alexander, narrator, present a Lyric Opera Season Preview concert performing works by Wagner, Verdi, Mozart, Donizetti, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein at the First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL on May 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is FREE and open to the public.


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