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Porchlight Revisits The Apple Tree

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 8 at 1:30 PM
Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 PM

Music by Jerry Bock+

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick+

Book by Bock & Harnick with contributions from
Jerome Coopersmith+

Music Directed by David Fiorello+

The Diary of Adam and Eve
Directed by Frankie Leo Bennett+

The Lady or the Tiger?
Directed & Choreographed by Jamal Howard+

Passionella
Directed & Choreographed by Laura Savage*

The songwriting team behind Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me created this witty, tuneful and charming piece that was Tony nominated for Best Musical. Made up of three musical miniatures, each directed by a different person, Porchlight Revisits The Apple Tree includes

The Diary of Adam and Eve, a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world’s first couple, adapted from Mark Twain’s short stories; The Lady or the Tiger?, a 1960’s rock and roll fable set in a mythical kingdom, which explores the fickleness of love and Passionella based on Jules Feiffer’s offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep who dreams of being a “glamorous movie star.”


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SINGLE TICKETS FOR THE APPLE TREE ARE $52 AND ARE NOW ON SALE.

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Based on availability, a select and limited number of Mainstage tickets will be on sale for $25 per ticket the day of select performances. Rush tickets are subject to availability and limited to two per person. All handling fees still apply.

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FRANKIE LEO BENNETT+ (Director)
Previously at Porchlight: Directed Broadway in your Backyard and New Faces Sing Broadway 1971; Co-directed Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim

Frankie Leo Bennett is Porchlight Music Theatre’s producing artistic associate. He recently co-directed Porchlight Music Theatre’s Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, directed New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 and has appeared in its productions of In The Heights, New Faces Sing Broadway 1985 and Porchlight Revisits 1776.  Frankie is also a teaching artist for The School at Porchlight and was a guest contributor to Porchlight’s free virtual offerings including Movie Musical Mondays on several occasions and Sondheim @ 90 Roundtable. He serves as the chair of Porchlight’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. His regional credits include Punkass Pastry (Independent Workshop/director), The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes (Hell in a Handbag Productions, assoc. director) and performing with Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Kokandy Productions and Hell in a Handbag Productions.  He is also the playwright/composer of the recent Resident Services: A Crossed-Up Animal Musical

JAMAL HOWARD+ (Director & Choreographer)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Jamal Howard is thrilled to make his Porchlight debut! He is a Chicago-based theatre artist, director and choreographer, the co-artistic director of New American Folk Theatre, and served as associate artistic director for Emerald City Theatre. Recent credits include 8-Track and Songs for A New World (Theo Ubique); Bachelor: The Musical (Right Angle Entertainment); Corduroy, The Wiz and Magic Tree House (Emerald City Theatre); Dirty Girl, Scraps and Dark of the Moon (New American Folk Theatre). Jamal is the writer for the upcoming Aretha Franklin nation tour R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Right Angle Entertainment).

LAURA SAVAGE* (Director & Choreographer)
Previously at Porchlight: Choreographed RENT, Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim and Chicago Sings Porchlight’s 25th Anniversary and appeared in Pal Joey,  A Chorus Line, Porchlight Revisits Call Me Madam

Laura Savage recently choreographed and starred in Porchlight’s Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim and its 2021 ICONS Gala honoring Chita Rivera. She also appeared in Porchlight productions A Chorus Line, Porchlight Revisits Call Me Madam and Pal Joey.  Savage is a Jeff-nominated actress and has appeared in more than 35 Chicago productions. She has choreographed Cruel Intentions at Kokandy Productions and Zorro at Music Theatre Works and has associate choreographed and dance captained at such venues as Marriott Theatre, Paramount Theatre and Drury Lane Theatre. Savage also appeared on and choreographed for Fox’s hit show “Empire.”

DAVID FIORELLO+ (Music Director)
Previously at Porchlight: Music Directed Blues in the Night, Gypsy, Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, several editions of New Faces Sing Broadway as well as several Chicago Sings and ICONS Gala benefits

David Fiorello is a music director, performer, director, composer and arranger who’s no stranger to Porchlight. He has served as music director for Porchlight’s Blues in the Night, Gypsy, Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, several seasons of New Faces Sing Broadway as well as several Chicago Sings and ICONS Gala benefits. He also appeared onstage as “Joe” in Merrily We Roll Along. David currently serves as founder and artistic director of “The Beautiful City Project,” a theatre company committed to raising funds for local Chicago charities and nonprofits, using some of the city’s finest musical theatre talents. He’s music directed national and international tours, including John Doyle’s re-imagining of Sweeney Todd. He also served as music director for the Off-Broadway hit Danny & Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical. His orchestrations and arrangements have been heard across the nation, and on several albums. He’s taught and directed/music directed as part of the International Lyric Academy in Italy and is adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago. An in-demand vocal coach, Fiorello Studios has also provided unique cabaret programming featuring the music of The Indigo Girls, Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkson, Eva Cassidy, Sara Bareilles and Colbie Caillat. For more information on Fiorello’s background, visit www.thebeautifulcityproject.com and www.fiorellostudios.com.


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JONAH COCHIN+ (Adam & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre: New Faces Sing Broadway 1947

Jonah Cochin (he/him) is thrilled to be working with Porchlight once again, having previously appeared in their New Faces Sing Broadway 1947.  Past credits include The Sound Of Music (Big Noise Theatre), She Loves Me, Spring Awakening (Blank Theatre Company), The Fantasticks (Citadel Theatre) and All Shook Up (Williams Street Rep), among many others.  When not performing onstage, Jonah is usually found singing musical theatre to babies and toddlers as a teaching artist with the not-for-profit Stages Chicago!

 


MADDISON DENAULT
* (Princess Barbara & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre: New Faces Sing Broadway 1971

Maddison Denault (she/her) is a Chicago-based singer, actor, and musician. She was most recently seen in Kokandy Productions Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical (“Kathryn Merteuil”), Haven Theatre’s Rocky Horror Picture Party (“Columbia”) and Porchlight’s New Faces Sing Broadway: 1971. She was a founding team member of and often performs with The Beautiful City Project. Maddison holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago. She couldn’t do this without Jayce, Bryce and her wonderful parents. To stay updated, follow @MaddisonDenault and watch for future performances at MaddisonDenault.com

 


SUSAN HOFFLANDER*
(Snake & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre debut

Versatility is the hallmark of Susan Hofflander (she/her). Leonard Bernstein said of her, “Susan Hofflander has the voice of Jenny Tourel and the comic timing of Rosalind Russell.” “Hofflander possesses an excellent voice and acting talent,” quoting Hal Prince after her work in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera. Notable roles include “Mrs. Potts” in Beauty and the Beast, “Nettie Fowler” in Carousel, “Mme. Armfeldt” in A Little Night Music, “Aoife” in the 2022 Jeff nominated Outside Mullingar, “Old Woman” in Candide and “Ida” in the American premier and American recording of HONK!. A soloist with opera companies and orchestras nationwide, with the likes of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Florida Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Milwaukee Symphony and Skylight Opera. Jazz singing with Voices 360, a featured soloist on “The Hour of Power at the Crystal Cathedral,” and employment as a professional church soloist for over 30 years round out her stellar capabilities. She also wrote and performed a one-woman musical about grief. Susan is DELIGHTED to make her Porchlight Music Theatre debut!

 


SHEA HOPKINS
+ (Flip/The Prince & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre debut

Shea (he/him) is very proud to be making his Porchlight Debut as “Flip” in The Apple Tree. Shea has been recently seen on the Cadillac Palace Stage in the Ensemble of Children of Eden. Shea is a new Chicagoan from Cleveland, Ohio and is looking forward to being apart of more amazing shows in Chicago! Shea would like to thank his mother, father, three beautiful sisters, their significant others, Nana and all his friends and family for all their continued love and support.

 


RUCHIR KHAZANCHI
+ (Captain Sanjar & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre debut

Ruchir Khazanchi (he/him) is an awarded actor, songwriter and musician, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, making his Porchlight Music Theatre debut. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2021 with concentrations in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Creating the Musical and Screen Acting. He has collaborated in various capacities with several new work organizations, including New Musicals Inc., the American Music Theatre Project and the Agnes Nixon Playwrighting festival. His original musical, A Bridge to the Moon, received 3rd prize in New Musicals Inc. “Search for New Musicals 2021”. THEATRE: Fiddler on the Roof (Lyric Opera of Chicago); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (TheatreSquared); Mr. Dicken’s Hat (Northlight Theatre); Legally Blonde (Paramount Aurora); Kiss (Haven Chicago). FILM/TV: “Insight” (Pilot, ABC); “The Becomers” (Zach Clark). Music Direction: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Jersey Boys (Maine State Music Theatre); Broadway Can You Hear Me? (Davenport’s Piano Bar). He is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent. More at www.ruchirkhazanchi.com. Thank you to my teachers. 


MICHAEL MEJIA
^ (Balladeer & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre debut

Michael Mejia (they/them) is extremely excited to be debuting with Porchlight Theatre. Michael studied acting and music performance at Indiana University. Michael is the Company Manager for Trap Door Theatre, where they are also a proud ensemble member. Trap Door Directing credits: The Ugly One, ALAS, Decomposed Theatre “Episode 3” and Queen C. Acting credits: The White Plague; Love and Information; The Killer; The Old Woman Broods; Monsieur D’eon is a Woman (Trap Door Theatre); Proxy (Underscore Theatre); Kingdom (Broken Nose Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Stoughton Village Players); Passage (Remy Bumppo). Michael is also a visual artist and musician. For more information, visit: www.mejiah.com. Michael is represented by Shirley Hamilton Inc. 

 

LEAH MORROW* (Elle/Passionella & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre debut

Most recently, Leah did some murder with a Swedish accent in Murder on the Orient Express at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Other credits include many productions at Mercury Theater Chicago, Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Marriott Theatre and The Fireside Theater.  TV: Next (Fox), Somebody Somewhere (HBO). Commercials: Jergens, Club Crackers, State Farm, CDW, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Oscar Mayer and others.  AEA/SAG-AFTRA – Union Proud!  Leah also teaches/choreographs young performers (Imaginarium Theatre, RBHS).  Most impressively, along with her husband and fellow actor, Doug Pawlik, she’s managed to keep her two young children curious and hopeful in this world.  Follow on IG: @leahkmo

 

EMMA ROSENTHAL* (Narrator & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre: The Fantasticks

Emma Rosenthal is thrilled to return to Porchlight, where she was last seen as “Luisa” in The Fantasticks. Chicago: Marriott, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, First Folio, Steppenwolf, The Goodman. Off Broadway: “Polly Peachum” in The Threepenny Opera (Marvell Rep); “Emma Lazarus” in Liberty (Theatre80 St. Marks). Regional: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players, Huntington Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival. A proud graduate of Northwestern University, Emma is also a competitive powerlifter and self-taught pastry chef (you may have seen her and her mom on Fox’s “Crime Scene Kitchen”). Endless thanks to Porchlight, Laura and the entire Apple Tree crew, to the team at Gray Talent Group, and to Mom, Aaron, and Phil.

 

CIARRA STROUD* (Eve & Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre: New Faces Sing Broadway 1947

Ciarra Stroud is delighted to be a part of this incredible production of The Apple Tree! A recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Music Theatre, some of her past credits include “The Witch” in Into the Woods (Myers Dinner Theatre), “Ericka Boafo” in School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Hangar Theatre Company), “Mimi” in Rent (CYC), “Catherine” in Pippin and “Armelia” in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Timber Lake Playhouse). Ciarra would like to give special thanks to her father and grandmothers for all their love and support, to Roy for bringing so much laughter to her life and to her mother, who is always in her heart. www.ciarrastroud.com

 


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