The 20th Season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions opens on Friday, July 19 with the Alan Ball Comedy FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. The production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm through Saturday, August 17.
Select Sunday Matinees are only performed at Broadway Onstage when a prearranged group of 30 or more is scheduled to attend. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 ˝ Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe. The theatre is the home of the patented TeeVeeStage™ Presentation system, which employs cameras above the audience and monitors above the stage to provide audience members with different viewing perspectives of the live stage performance. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is also the home of Dennis Wickline Productions, Inc., which began producing Non-Equity professional live theatre on the Eastside of Detroit in February of 1980.
Before the movie BRIDESMAIDS, Alan Ball (SIX FEET UNDER, AMERICAN BEAUTY) had created the comedy FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. The story occurs during an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate where five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit. This production does contain some adult language.
FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Broadway Onstage has a cast of five uniquely talented women, each bringing life to their fascinating and funny characters. Taking on the role of Meredith, the sister of the bride, is Lauren Fuller. Ms. Fuller was seen in MURDER ME, MURDER ME, MY DARLING, MY DARLING! two seasons ago at Broadway Onstage and was recently seen at the Box Theatre in I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Portraying Frances is Stella Rothe. Ms. Rothe has been seen many times at Broadway Onstage, most recently as Rosemary in the musical comedy TAPDANCE!
Broadway Onstage favorites Sharron Nelson and Elizabeth Rager appear as Trisha and Mindy, respectively and Miranda Tully completes the cast of bridesmaids as Georgeanne. Ms. Tully was last seen at Broadway Onstage as Lisa Toto in the Catholic school comedy MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS. Charles Davis, Bob in last season's HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at the Eastpointe Theatre, will be seen as Tripp Davenport. The Production is under the direction of Dennis Wickline, Producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage and Stage Manager for the production is John Arden McClure.
Tickets for Opening Night, Friday, July 19 are $15. Tickets for all other performances are $18. Again, Broadway Onstage is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe, Michigan. Ticket Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (586) 771-6333.
LAUREN FULLER (Meredith) - This is Lauren's second appearance on our stage. She was seen as Luvonne in MURDER ME, MURDER ME, MY DARLING, MY DARLING! two seasons ago. She has a wealth of theatrical experience and knowledge. She is an instructor of theatre and voice and Marygrove College Institute of Music and Dance. She has performed a number of exciting and varied roles. These roles include: Annelle in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Philia in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS and Annie Sullivan in THE MIRACLE WORKER, just to name a few. Lauren was also seen as Esmeralda in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. She is also a private instructor of clarinet and voice. Lauren has also been seen in several productions at the Box Theatre in Mt. Clemens, most recently in I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Welcome back, Lauren!
SHARRON NELSON (Trisha) - Sharron was seen last season as "Lips" in TAPDANCE! Teresa in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES, Margot in DIAL M FOR MURDER, Annette in GOD OF CARNAGE and Falon in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! She was also seen as Peggy Lou Caccetti in our closing musical from 2011-2012, MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS. She appeared as Estelle in THE SEX MANIAC and Molly in LOVE SONG in 2011, in 2010 as Susan in THE CRAZY TIME and also choreographed and appeared as Madame Ziegfried in A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE to close our 2010-2011. Also in 2011, Sharron appeared as Lauren in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! during the Holidays. She is a theatrical veteran. She appeared as Felicia in our fall 2009 production THE WEREWOLF OF THE FULL MOON. She appeared here as Nurse Kelly in HARVEY and Miss Poppenghul in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS in the fall of 2008. She was also seen here in the spring of 2008 in WEEKEND COMEDY (as Jill) and in the summer of 2007 as Abby in our hit comedy RED HOT MAMAS. She portrayed Sophia for us in the spring of 2007 in NEIL SIMON'S FOOLS. She is quite active with Grosse Pointe Theatre, and portrayed Louise in their version of EPIC PROPORTIONS in January 2007, and was seen in their 2008 production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. She was just seen in their Purdon Studio Theatre production of THE EXONERATED and has also has served on their Board of Directors and choreographs and directs for the Youth on Stage program. She can be seen in the Sundance film BILAL'S STAND as the high school counselor and on STARZ TV as Coach Powers in the "Space Invaders" episode of the WANNABES. Other film credits include playing the role of Mary in MARY'S BUTTONS a local film about the first Michigan sheriff shot in the line of duty and she was recently cast in the James Franco film project TAR and the MIDNIGHT HOUR TV episode of "Say No More". Sharron also teaches power skating to hockey players. It's a pleasure to have her with us. Welcome back, Sharron!
MIRANDA TULLY (Georgeanne) - Miranda was seen in 2012 as Lisa Toto in our musical comedy MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS. She first appeared for us as Sara Singer in the 2011 musical, A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE. Miranda has a wealth of theatrical appearance. She was recently seen as Mina in DRACULA, THE MUSICAL? for Ridgedale Players and was seen as Sister James in DOUBT for Marquette Straz Theatre. She was seen in a number of productions at DePaul University and at Marquette University where she received her B.A. in Theatre. She has also been seen in a number of film productions. It's a pleasure to have her with us again and we hope she will portray many more roles for our production company in the future. Welcome back, Miranda!
ELIZABETH RAGER (Mindy) - Elizabeth was seen last season as Josephine in TAPDANCE! Honey Raye in our Christmas Comedy CHRISTMAS BELLES and Celestine Bunner in TRENT'S LAST CASE. She was also seen as Maureen/Sister Mary Kneepad in 2012's MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS and as Sylvia in last season's opener, THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! Liz was also seen here as Madge in THE SEX MANIAC and Liz in LOVE SONG. She was our Stage Manager for MURDERER to begin 2010 and has stage managed a number of other productions. She made her acting debut with her performance as Stella in our September/October 2007 production of SOMETHING TO HIDE. She is no stranger to the stage, peforming parody songs as part of a singing group as well as performing skits in theatre-in-the-round. She is also an able pianist, playing in a variety of venues including accompaniment for soloists and musicals. She believes her occupation as a trainer helped prepare her for the stage: "In training others, you design and present everything for learning with a little entertainment spread throughout; with theatre, you design and present everything for entertainment with a little learning spread throughout." We welcome you back, Elizabeth.
STELLA ROTHE (Francis) - Stella was seen last season as Mabel in TRENT'S LAST CASE, Mary in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES and Rosemary in TAPDANCE! Stella's first acting role was playing Luisa in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at age 8, at Broadway Onstage Live Theatre. She originated the role of Kyleigh in two runs of A CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER SCROOGE THIS!, and - as a teenager - acted in TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CURSE OF THE SIGN OF FOUR. She was seen last spring as Caitlain in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. She is also active with other area groups on a professional and community level. For Warren's Shakespeare in the Park, she was Assistant Director and Lady Montague. She was the Choreographer for TINKERBELL VISITS STORYLAND at The Marquis Theatre and just completed ANNE OF GREEN GABLES for Warren Civic Theatre as Assistant Director and appeared onstage as Mrs. Allan. Welcome back, Stella!
CHARLES DAVIS (Tripp) - Charley was seen here this past spring as Bob in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES. He was also seen as Miles in last summer's THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He appeared as Joseph Ballard in 2011's THE PROBLEM OF CELL 13. He portrayed Stu for us in our season closer of 2010, THE SCOTTISH PLAY. He has a wealth of experience in other venues. He is a longtime member of both Fine Arts Society of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Theatre and is a Past President of Fine Arts 2007-2008. He just directed Fine Arts production of THE BIRDCAGE. He has been seen in a number of exciting and varied roles. He was Brutus in JULIUS CAESER at Wabash College in 1990. He was recently seen as George Noonan in Jeff Daniels' THE VAST DIFFERENCE for Fine Arts. Charley has also been seen on a number of occasions at Grosse Pointe Theatre. He was Frank Lubey in their production of ALL MY SONS in 2005, and portrayed Albert Kramer in their 2005 production of DEAR RUTH. He has also been see in local films, including one of the InZero episodes for When Thoughts Collide Productions. It is great to have Charley with us again. Thanks, Charley!
JOHN ARDEN MCCLURE (Stage Manager) - John was just seen as Chester in TAPDANCE! He opened last season as Captain "Bangs" in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He followed that by portraying Inspector Hubbard in DIAL "M" FOR MURDER and took on the role of Justine in CHRISTMAS BELLES and Phillip Trent in TRENT'S LAST CASE, a script he also wrote. He was also seen as William in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES. John gave very memorable performances as Beane in LOVE SONG, Herb in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS!, Grant in CAHOOTS, and Nick in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS last season. He also stage managed THE SEX MANIAC in the summer of 2011, and has stage managed other productions. He took on the title roles in our closer in 2009 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE to great acclaim and has appeared here in numerous other productions. John's first appearance on our stage was in 2005 as Charley in THE BOOK OF MURDER. John is also a theatrical veteran for other area groups, having portrayed Ranger Tom in ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, Bozidar in DEAR SANTA, and Trent in THE LAST RESORT for Starbrite Dinner Theatre. He is also a member of Grosse Pointe Theatre, having portrayed Anthony Marston in TEN LITTLE INDIANS and Kenny Norman in PROPOSALS. We welcome him back to our stage!
DENNIS WICKLINE (Director/Set Design) - Dennis was seen as Edna in Grosse Pointe Theatre's HAIRSPRAY in 2012. He was seen here as Olin in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! and Frank in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS in 2011-2012. Dennis portrayed Hector in THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS here in December of 2010. He portrayed Miles in our spring 2010 comedy THE CRAZY TIME as well as appearing as Ty in THE SCOTTISH PLAY to close our 2009-2010 Season. He portrayed David O'Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS and Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY in the fall of 2008. He was seen as Major Powell in CORPSE and Frank in WEEKEND COMEDY here in 2008. Dennis was also seen as Bradley in THE COCKTAIL HOUR in the fall of 2004, among other productions. He is the producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage. He began producing theatre in February of 1980 at Stouffer's Eastland. This season is his thirty-third, and final season, of producing non-Equity professional theatre in the Detroit Metropolitan area. He is the author of a number of plays and musicals, including THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS. He also appeared as Fagin in Grosse Pointe Theatre's 2001 production of OLIVER! and was seen as Joe Keller in their production of ALL MY SONS in March of 2005. Dennis was also seen here in the thriller THE WOMAN IN BLACK in the fall of 2002, portraying 5 separate characters. He also directed GPT's 2005 SHOWBOAT and 2008's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.