February 28 - March 2, 2017

The evening begins with the “Behind the Show Backstory” multi-media presentation, hosted by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber. There is no late seating during “Behind the Show Backstory”

Seating for non-subscribers is general admission.

Book by Neil Simon 
Music by Cy Coleman 
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh 
Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis 

The outrageously funny story of the rise to fame, and excessive fortune, of Belle Poitrine, a little girl from the wrong side of the tracks who finds her way to the right side as a self-invented celebrity who spends her life in pursuit of wealth, culture, and social position with the help of several willing and oddball gentlemen, from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny country - all played by the same actor! Featuring the hits "The Other Side of the Tracks," "I've Got Your Number" and "Real Live Girl."



CAST BIOS

Ben Kaye is excited to be back at Porchlight Music Theatre, where he was last seen in Side Show (The Geek/Ensemble). As a performer, he has worked with The Runaways Lab Theater, Cloud Gate Productions, and is a semi-frequent performer at Salonathon. Outside of performing, Ben is also a director/composer, and has worked with such companies as The Hypocrites, The New Colony, GreatWorks Theatre, and Nothing Without a Company, among others.

 

Craig V. Miller began his training in the Fine Arts Academy at South field-Lathrup High School and Motor City Dance Factory. He attended Oakland University earning a B.A. in Dance Performance. Craig has danced for Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Michigan Dance Project, Inaside Chicago Dance, Esoteric Dance Project, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Dance in the Parks, and Chicago Dance Crash. Choreography credits include: “RENT” (Artist’s Giving Back) World AIDS day performance, “The Color Purple” (Mercury Theater Chicago, Assoc. Choreographer, and Broadway World Award-Best Choreography in a Musical), “Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Porchlight Theater, Asst. Choreographer, and Jeff Award Winner for Best Production of a Review) and Carl Neilsen’s “Maskarade” (Vox3 Collective, Choreographer). His work has also been presented at Dance Chicago, Dance Chance, and Chicago Freelance Dance. Craig is a Peffpointe © certified teacher at the 25 hour level, teaching workshops, and choreographing for competitive dance studios.

 

Dan Gold is thrilled to return to Porchlight Music Theatre after last appearing in their production of Side Show. Other recent Chicago credits include The Producers, The Christmas Schooner, and The Bardy Bunch (Mercury Theater Chicago); Thrones! The Musical Parody (Apollo Theater Chicago); Mame, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees (Light Opera Works); and Jersey Shore: The Musical (4 Days Late Productions). Huge thanks to the entire Porchlight team, and to his family.

 

 

 

 

Elya Faye Bottiger is thrilled to return to the Porchlight Revisits Series! Other recent Chicago credits include "Babes in Arms", "Applause", “New Faces Sing Broadway 1972” at Porchlight Music Theatre, "The Little Mermaid" at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, “At Mister Kelly’s” at Three Cat Productions, and "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Open Door Repertory Theatre. Her regional credits include "Gypsy", "Rock of Ages", "A Funny Thing Happened...", and "Titanic" at Timberlake Playhouse. Ms. Bottiger is a senior at Columbia College Chicago. Elya could not be more grateful to be working with Porchlight again and would like to thank her family for their endless support.

 

 

 

Genevieve Thiers Successful in acting, television, musical theater, and opera, the crossover artist has sung and acted with numerous New York and Chicago companies, among them Chicago Lyric Opera (Praskovia, The Merry Widow), Lookingglass, Theatre D, OperaModa, Elgin Opera, Redmoon and Fury Theatre. Her solo engagements have included Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. A Masters in Music Performance graduate from Northwestern University School of Music, Thiers holds several vocal awards, including the Laetitia M. Blain Soloist Award and the North Shore Musicians Club Scholarship. 

 

 

 

Graham Hawley is excited to be making his Porchlight debut in Little Me. Other professional credits include Underscore’s production of Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera (Shane Stant/Dance Captain), Carner and Gregor’s Toast (Party Kid) with Bloomington Playwright’s Project, and Mary Poppins (Neleus/Ens.) and Shrek: the Musical (Pig #3/Ens.) both with Cardinal Stage Company. Additional shows include Chicago (Fred Casely), Captain Louie (Ziggy), Legally Blonde: the Musical (Nikos/Winthrop), Guys and Dolls (Society Max), Sweet Charity (Ensemble), and For Students Only (Joe/Brad). 

Jenny McPherson is thrilled to be making her Chicago debut at Porchlight! Previous credits include Woman 1 (Songs For A New World, Indiana University), Bird Girl (Seussical, Indiana Festival Theatre), and the world premieres of The King’s Critique and Prodigy (both at Indiana University). She holds a BA in Theatre and Drama with High Distinction from Indiana University Bloomington, where she also served as Varsity Co-Choreographer for The Singing Hoosiers, America’s premiere collegiate show choir. 

 

 

 

 

Kayla Boye makes her Porchlight Music Theatre debut in Little Me. Chicago credits include A Christmas Story (Citadel Theatre), Mame (Light Opera Works), Not Now Darling (BrightSide Theatre), and A Touch of Glamour (Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret). Regional credits include Footloose, Man of LaMancha, The Addams Family, Annie (Bigfork Summer Playhouse); Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie, The Drowsy Chaperone (Huron Playhouse); Mary Poppins, Chicago, and Curtains (The Youngstown Playhouse). In addition to her stage credits, she has worked in development, marketing, and finance for Goodman Theatre and Writers Theatre. She holds a B.A. from Youngstown State University and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. 

 

 

Matt Crowle is pleased to be returning to Porchlight where he was last seen in his 2015 Jeff Award winning turn as Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Crowle, a Porchlight artistic associate, also made his directorial debut here with the Midwest premier of Double Trouble. A proud member of SDC, other Chicago directorial and choreographic highlights include Singin' In The Rain (Jeff nom: Best Choreography), White Christmas (Jeff nom: Best Choreography) and Crazy For You. Chicago and regional highlights include Patsy (Jeff nom) in Spamalot, Cosmo Brown (Jeff nom) in Singin' In the Rain, and Albert Peterson in Bye Bye, Birdie, all at Drury Lane; Hunter in [title of show], Northlight Theatre; Bert in Mary Poppins, Paramount Theatre; Leo Bloom (Jeff nom) in The Producers, Mercury Theater Chicago; Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, St. Michael's Playhouse; and Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, Gateway Playhouse. He performed in the Broadway company of Monty Python's Spamalot under the direction of Mike Nichols, and tap danced across the country with Tommy Tune in the national tour of Doctor Dolittle. Matt earned his BFA in music theatre under the guidance and mentorship of the late great Dr. Bruce Kirle. 

Michael Ferraro is thrilled to return to be working again with Porchlight Music Theatre after performing in New Faces Sing Broadway 1949. Chicago Credits: Mamma Mia (The Paramount), Dreamgirls (Porchlight), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Theo Ubique), Cymbeline (First Folio Theatre). Other credits include: It Shoulda Been You, The Fantasticks, and My Fair Lady with Actor’s Theatre of Indiana, and The Little Theatre on The Square. Love and thanks to his outrageously supportive family, friends, and mentors. Proud graduate of Ball State University: BFA Musical Theatre.









Michael Accardo has been performing professionally for more than 30 years on stage, film, television, and radio. He has worked in Chicagoland at The Paramount Theatre, (A Christmas Story the Musical, The Music Man) The Mercury Theatre, (Urinetown) The Marriott Theatre (Les Miserable, The Light in the Piazza) Drury Lane Water Tower, (The Full Monty) Drury Lane Oakbrook, (Anything Goes, On Golden Pond, Something’s Afoot, The Sound of Music, Funny Girl, and Beaches) Ravinia Festival, (Anyone Can Whistle, Annie Get Your Gun, both Starring, Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, George Hearn and Michael Cervaris) Regionally, at Milwaukee Rep, Arkansas Rep, and The Springer Opera House. 


Shari Mocheit is thrilled to be making her Porchlight Music Theatre debut!  Area credits: Hazel (Bonkette, u/s Dorothy Baxter) Smokey Joe’s Cafe (u/s Ruth, Anette, Pearle ) Crazy For You (pit singer/swing) at Drury Lane, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Young Lucia), Spamalot (swing, 2 Jeff Nominations) at Theatre at the Center, The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graaff), Private Lives (Louise), and Arlington Millions Gala with Second City at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Spamalot (5 Jeff Nominations), Victor Victoria (Victoria Grant, Victor Grazinski), The Producers (3 Jeff Nominations) at Stage 773 , Christmas on Broadway (Character Woman) at Fox Valley Repertory   Regional Credits: Evil Dead: The Musical (Linda/Dance Captain) with Olympia Entertainment, The Berets (Rachel Becker) JET Theatre, iMyth of Sisyphus (Wife/Doctor, Audience Choice Best Play Award) Tipping Point Theatre.  Shari holds a BFA from Western Michigan University.  She is beyond grateful to God, her family, and friends for all of their love and support.


Thomas E. Squires is beyond thrilled to make his debut with Porchlight. CHICAGO: Williams Street Rep: FIRST DATE, A CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE WALKABOUT: TALES FROM POE II, WALKABOUT: SHAKES, BEER, SHOTS, Janus Theatre; Murder Pro with THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY; TYA: 1776, THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, IN THE BEGINNING American Eagle Productions; Pinnocchio, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. Training/Background: BFA in Musical Theatre, Viterbo University 2015.

 

 

 

 

Tyler Simone is originally from Utica MI, and is currently a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago where she is a part of their BFA musical theatre performance program. Chicago credits include Underscore Theatre Company's "Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera", in which she recently made her Chicago debut and Refuge Theatre Project's "High Fidelity".