MadKap Productions Presents FUNNY GIRL Sept. 9- Oct. 2 at Skokie Theatre

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MadKap Productions is pleased to present FUNNY GIRL for 13 performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in SkokieSept 9 – Oct 2, 2016. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm, with a matinee on Wednesday, September 14 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $39 general admission, $34 for seniors, and $29 for students and can be purchased online at SkokieTheatre.org or by calling 847-677-7761.

In support of the production, acclaimed musical theatre historian Charles Troy presents The Creation of Funny Girl on Wednesday, Sept 7 at 1:30 pm, and again on Tuesday, Sept 13 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at SkokieTheatre.org or by calling 847-677-7761. 

FUNNY GIRL is the smash Broadway musical about Fanny Brice, an awkward Jewish girl who “isn’t pretty,” and how she defied the odds to become the greatest star of her generation.  With humor, talent, and chutzpah, her rise to super-stardom, and her turbulent romance with gambler Nick Arnstein, are explored through Bob Merrill and Jule Styne’s unforgettable score, which includes “I’m the Greatest Star,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “People,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” and “You Are Woman, I Am Man.”

FUNNY GIRL stars Sally Staats as Fanny and features Mandi Corrao, Sabrina Edwards, Jessica Noelle Evans, Tressa Greschak, Jeri Hart, Daniel Hurst, Rob Ibanez, Mario Mazzetti, Meagan Piccochi, Dustin Rothbart, Bob Sanders, Justin Stevens and Christopher Young.

FUNNY GIRL is directed by Joseph Jefferson award-winner Stephen M. Genovese, with musical direction by Aaron Kaplan and choreography by Julie Salk.  Set Design is by G. “Max” Maxin IV, Costume Design by Patty Halajian, with lighting by Andrew Vanderbye and Sound by Bob Boxer.

For tickets, or more information about FUNNY GIRL visit the Skokie Theatre website at www.SkokieTheatre.org or call 847-677-7761.

In support of the production, acclaimed musical theatre historian Charles Troy presents The Creation of Funny Girl on Wednesday, Sept 7 at 1:30 pm, and again on Tuesday, Sept 13 at 7:30 pm.  Troy has created over 50 multi-media presentations and had presented his work to countless local and national audiences. His work has also been published in The Sondheim Review.  He presents the story of how Brice’s daughter wanted a musical that would memorialize her mother at the same time that a raw teenage talent named Barbra Streisand, who reminded many people of Fanny Brice, was trying to break into show business. These two separate quests happened to align, in an amazing cosmic coincidence that resulted in a hit show and the launched of one of the most successful entertainment careers in the last fifty years.  Tickets for The Creation of Funny Girl are $15 and can be purchased online atSkokieTheatre.org or by calling 847-677-7761.

About MadKap Productions

Wendy Kaplan and Wayne Mell formed MadKap Productions in 2012 and have premiered ground-breaking new plays like Clutter: The True Story of the Collier Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out and Mr. Shaw Goes To Hollywood, written by Emmy-winning playwright Mark Saltzman.  They also premiered Side Effects May Include, the semi-autobiographical account of Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe’s experiences with Parkinson’s Disease.  MadKap Productions was formerly a resident production company at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.  In February of 2014, MadKap Productions took over management of the Skokie Theatre with the goal of establishing a full-time performing arts center.

About Skokie Theatre

The Skokie Theatre was originally built in 1912 and served as the local movie theatre for the people who lived in the Skokie area.  The building fell into disrepair, until 2006 when the Skokie Valley Music Foundation spent over 1.2 million dollars to refurbish it and create a music hall that is unlike any other in the area.  Its 140 comfortable seats, perfect acoustics, and elegant art deco architecture makes it a Skokie landmark.  MadKap Productions took over management of the building in February, 2014 with the goal of establishing a full-time performing arts center.  When not presenting plays, audiences can experience cabaret and concerts, dance, and comedy acts.