May 9 - 11, 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.

Music by Burton Lane
Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Directed by Lili Anne Brown
Music Directed by Andra Velis Simon
Choreography by Jon Martinez 


Starring Sharriese Hamilton and Karl Hamilton

With Curtis Bannister, Patrick Byrnes, Vasily Derris, Nancy Kolton, Khaki Pixley,
Robert Quintanilla 
and Greg Zawada

 

It's the story of a scatter-brained young woman named Daisy Gamble desperate to quit smoking so she visits a noted hypnotist, Mark Bruckner. But it happens that Daisy, for all her goofiness, is unexpectedly gifted, she can find lost items, knows when the phone will ring and, once under hypnosis, transforms via reincarnation into Melinda, a woman who lived, loved, and died more than a century before, and with whom Dr. Bruckner falls immediately in love. Featuring the hits "Melinda," What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" and "Come Back to Me.” 

 


CAST BIOS

 

SHARRIESE HAMILTON returns to Porchlight Music Theatre where she previously was in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Ain’t Misbehavin, Pal Joey and A Class Act. Chicago credits include Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre), Thaddeus and Slocum (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Sister Act (Marriott Theatre); Pericles (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Wild Party, See What I What I Wanna See and Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago); All Shook Up (Theatre at the Center); Jesus Christ Superstar (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre) and various roles with the Chicago-based children’s theater Greatworks Theatre. Regional credits include Hair (McLeod Summer Playhouse) and Spamalot, Working, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Timber Lake Playhouse). Hamilton hails from Okemos, Michigan, and received a BA in theater from Michigan State University.


KARL HAMILTON was last seen at Porchlight MUsic Theatre in Meet John Doe. Recent theatre credits include Mamma Mia! at Marriott Theatre, where he has also appeared in Aladdin, For the Boys, The Full Monty and Shenandoah, as well as in the Off-Broadway production of Ride the Cyclone. Other Chicago credits include Wonderful Town and Jungle Book (Goodman Theatre), The Christmas Schooner and The Addams Family (Mercury Theatre), A Christmas Carol, 7 Brides, Mame and Charlotte’s Web (Drury Lane Oakbrook). Regional credits include All the Way and Living on Love (Asolo Rep, Sarasota), Children of a Lesser God, Ragtime, Big Fish, and Private Lives (Timberlake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll) and Mamma Mia! (Tropicana Las Vegas).

CURTIS BANNISTER ​makes his Porchlight Music Theatre debut in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Among many other projects this year, you can also find Curtis in two productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, in Stephen Sondheim's Passion with Writers Theatre, and in Little Fish at Kokandy Productions.

PATRICK BYRNES returns to Porchlight Music Theatre after playing “Dick Dawson/Nightclub Singer” in Far From Heaven. Other recent credits include Titanic at Griffin Theatre, Assassins at Kokandy Productions, A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook at Theo Ubique, Mahal at Bailiwick Chicago, and Amadeus at BoHo Theatre. Patrick holds a BA in Acting from Illinois State University and is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.


VASILY DERIS is grateful to be working with such an amazing cast and creative team. Chicago credits: Jeff Award Winning Smokey Joe's Cafe (Theo Ubique), Barry in High Fidelity (Refuge Theater), Shawn Eckhardt in Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera (Underscore Theater), Pharaoh in Joseph (Paramount Theater) and Venie in Jackie Taylor's production of All in Love is Fair (Black Ensemble). Vasily wouldn't be here without the support from his family and friends cheering him on every step of the way. 

KHAKI PIXLEY is excited to return to Porchlight Music Theatre after having been a part of Applause and A Class Act. Chicago credits include Haymarket (Underscore) The Wild Party (Bailiwick, Jeff Award Best Ensemble); Jesus Christ Superstar, Time after Time (Theo Ubique); Pippin, The Baker's Wife, A Little Night Music (Jeff Nomination) and Death Takes A Holiday (Circle Theatre). She is currently on break from touring internationally with The Man In Black Show; A Tribute to Johnny Cash. Thanks to the artistic team!