The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd

9/4/2014 - 9/21/2014
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Mainstage Series
"The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd" -- Sept. 4 to 21, 2014

Running Sept. 4 to 21, 2014

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

A musical
Book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Directed by Michael Rupert
Choreographed by Lora Workman
Musical direction by John Ebner

ABOUT THE SHOW
Directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert, The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd is a comical, allegorical satire on the British class system of the 1960s.

Through a series of sketches and songs served up in a style reminiscent of vaudeville, we meet the show’s two central characters: the pompous Sir (who represents “the Establishment”) and the downtrodden Cocky (who stands in for “the little guy”). Sir and Cocky meet to play “The Game,” which symbolizes the eternal struggle between “The Haves” and “The Have Nots.”

Because Sir changes and manipulates the rules of The Game, Cocky always ends up with the short end of the stick. Sir’s disciple and sidekick, known as The Kid, is eager to learn from his master while keeping an eye on the upstart Cocky, who desperately wants to beat Sir at The Game. As the mighty battle wages between Sir and Cocky, a group of young children known as the Urchins comments through song and dance (as a sort of Greek chorus).

Ultimately, Sir and Cocky are forced to realize that their interdependence is more complicated and thorny — and perhaps more potentially variable — than either “Have” or “Have Not” originally thought. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, many of the songs from The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd have become musical standards: “Who Can I Turn To?,” “The Joker,” “The Beautiful Land,” “A Wonderful Day Like Today” and “Feeling Good” (which was a hit song for both Nina Simone and Michael Bublé).

BACKGROUND ON THE SHOW
Following the international smash success of their first show together (Stop the World — I Want to Get Off), Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley went to work creating a new show together. For their new show’s title, they playfully rearranged the phrase "the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd," which refers to the experience of theater performers. (In her 1985 autobiography Past Imperfect, Newley’s ex-wife Joan Collins revealed that early on in its development stages the show had been called Mr. Fat and Mr. Thin.) The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd opened at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, England on August 3, 1964, and then toured the United Kingdo before its anticipated London opening. However, audience interest was minimal, and it never reached the West End.

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The American theatre producer David Merrick saw the show in Liverpool and, aware that production costs could be kept low, decided to bring it to the United States. Two days before Christmas, the cast began rehearsals in New York. The show then embarked on a lengthy national tour, and Merrick insisted that the show’s co-creator, Anthony Newley, step into the starring role of Cocky. (One of the show’s pre-Broadway stops was at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland.)

Meanwhile, a pre-Broadway buzz began to build for the show. Tony Bennett released his own hit version of "Who Can I Turn To?" and Merrick persuaded RCA Victor to release the show’s original cast recording before the show reached even New York City. This was the opposite of normal practice — but Merrick had employed the same strategy two years earlier with another British import, Oliver! Merrick’s scheme to create awareness and to boost advance ticket sales paid off handsomely. In fact, by the time the show opened in New York in mid-May the Greasepaint… cast album had already sold over 100,000 copies. Moreover, the U.S. tour was so successful that most of Merrick's investment was paid back while the show was on the road.

After seven previews, the Broadway production — directed by Newley and choreographed by Gillian Lynne — opened on May 16, 1965 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 231 performances and was nominated for six Tony Awards. The cast included Newley as Cocky, Cyril Ritchard as Sir, Sally Smith from the U.K. production repeating her role as The Kid, Joyce Jillson as The Girl and Gilbert Price as The Negro (aka The Outsider). Although the show did not win any Tony Awards (Fiddler on the Roof swept the major awards that season), the show proved to be popular and profitable on Broadway.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $7.50 and $25

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $19 on Thursday, Sept. 4 only.
$7.50 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after Sept. 4
$25 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$21 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$7.50 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students at all performances

Group Discounts
$18 per ticket for groups of 10 or larger — plus ticket No. 11 is FREE for the group leader!

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

(NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN
Sir

RYAN BERGERON
Cocky

ASHLEY BOSSARD
The Girl

KATE KLIKA
The Kid

MARCUS MARTIN
The Outsider

WILL PRICE
The Bully

THE URCHINS (in alphabetical order)
Noah Casino
Anna Clawson
Zachary Charlick
Sarah Craven
Haley Gallagher
Sean Giannetti
Charlie Gruhler
Wilson Ha
Sara Ha
Emma Ilg
Gracie Thanasiu
Zack Troyer

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MICHAEL RUPERT
Director

LORA WORKMAN
Choreographer

JOHN EBNER
Musical Director

JILL FORSTER
Stage Manager

CHRISTOPHER J. HA
Assistant Stage Manager

JOHNATHON HUNTER
Lighting Designer

BRIANNA MACHUGA
and JORDAN PRIDDY

Properties Co-Designers

AUDREY FLIEGEL
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

Box Office Info

Mondays: 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesdays—Fridays: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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