Feb. 16 & 17, 2022

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Lyrics and Book by Stew+

Music by Heidi Rodewald* and Stew+

Directed by Donterrio Johnson+

Choreographed by Terri K Woodall*

Music Directed by Justin Akira Kono+

From L.A. to Amsterdam to Berlin, a young musician chases youthful dreams and spiritual clarity against a shifting backdrop of locales and acquaintances as he rebels against his conservative upbringing. This hit rock musical, loaded with soulful lyrics and passion, debuted to critical acclaim on Broadway in 2008, winning both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards.


DIRECTOR

Donterrio Johnson+ (Director) is a Chicago-based theatre artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts – BFA focused in Musical Theatre from American Musical and Dramatic Academy. With a demonstrated history of work both onstage and off in the performing arts industry. Donterrio is the former Artistic Director of the LGBTQIA+ theatre company PrideArts (taking over the role from Founder David Zak). He is also on the Artistic Board of the Sarah Siddons Society and the Chicago Artist Guide. It’s Donterrio’s mission to cultivate art that doesn’t end at the theatre but art that changes you a bit as you go back into the world. With a strong media and communication background, he is an advocate for the multi-hyphenated artist. Follow Donterrio on all social media platforms @DonterrioLive #ChooseJoy

CHOREOGRAPHER

TERRI K WOODALL* (Choreographer) is a multifaceted artist who is dedicated to using her gifts to encourage others to define, identify, and/or shine their authentic light and voice, whether it be through movement, music, or simply a conversation with her. As a professional dancer Woodall has toured around the Chicagoland area for the summers of 2010-2011 with After School Matters, performed for prestige personnel like Jesse White, secretary of state, and Dorothy Brown, clerk of Cook County Circuit Court, and trained/worked with nationally/internationally renowned choreographers like Dave Scott, Florence Walker-Harris, Jon Engstrom, Michelle Elkin, Lee Howard, and Donyelle Jones, to name a few. Since graduating with honors from AMDA’s Dance Theater BFA program in 2015 Woodall has performed in Los Angeles regional theater with 5 Star Theatricals and signed with Go 2 Talent Agency. Upon moving back home to Chicago in 2018, Woodall is currently a freelance performing/teaching artist, and an e-commerce business owner. “Excited to continue” is an understatement to explain her journey and future endeavors, but this young creative/entrepreneur understands that patience complemented with consistency in the work will continue to lead her on the path of divinely aligned success.

MUSIC DIRECTOR

JUSTIN AKIRA KONO+ (he/him, Music Director) Porchlight: Broadway in your Backyard, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago Sings: Rock and Roll Broadway, Billy Elliot the Musical and Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi. Chicagoland: All Shook Up and Freaky Friday (Williams Street Rep), Legends of the 50s & 60s (Chicago Music Theater Works) and Kiss Me Kate (upcoming, Marriott Lincolnshire). A drummer, percussionist, keyboardist and orchestrator of a musically wide range, Justin is currently the music director at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Downers Grove. He also plays with several Chicago-area bands including Piano Man: a Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, Blue Sky: a Tribute to ELO, Prairie Station, and his very own J-Pop project: Kitsune Kono.

 


Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs);  = (any with respect)

Getting Here

Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Directions

Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn St.  Chicago, IL 60610
(2-1/2 blocks south of Division St. and 4-1/2 blocks north of Chicago Ave.)

Public Transportation

The Ruth Page Center is easily accessible by bus (#22, #36, #70 and #156*) and “L” train (Red Line Clark & Division stop), visit the CTA website to plan your trip and for the most up-to-date information! *Please note the #156 LaSalle does not operate after 7:30/8:10pm, or on weekends or holidays.

Ruth Page

Ruth Page, North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, United States