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Showbiz Nation Live! Interview with Director/Choreographer LINDA FORTUNATO
Jeff Award winning Director/Choreographer, Linda Fortunato discusses helming BoHo Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s rock musical Next To Normal, currently running at Theatre Wit in Chicago. Linda also talks about her new role as Artistic Director at Theatre in the Center in Munster, Indiana. For more information regarding Next To Normal, including ticket purchase, visit BoHoTheatre.com or (773) 975-8150.
About Linda Fortunato
Beginning her role as Artistic Director at Theatre at the Center in January 2016, Linda Fortunato has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as a choreographer and director. She received both the Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Choreography in the 2013-2014 season, garnering Theatre at the Center their first award for her Choreography of 42nd Street. In addition to her award-winning work on 42nd Street, Fortunato has been involved with over a dozen shows at Theatre at the Center, including choreographing Spamalot, Big Fish, A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof; performing in Lend Me a Tenor, The Diary of Anne Frank, and directing A Christmas Story.
Fortunato’s other directing and choreography credits include work at BoHo Theatre, Peninsula Players, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Timeline Theatre, Writers Theatre, American Players Theatre, Provision Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Lakeshore Theatre, Famous Door, New Tuners, Riverfront Theatre, The Lamb’s Theatre-NY, and dozens of productions at Chicago-area High Schools and Colleges. Her performance credits include roles at Marriott Theatre, Peninsula Players, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Fulton Opera, Chicago Dramatists, American Eagle, and Candlelight Playhouse.
Linda Fortunato has taught in the Theatre Department at Loyola University, and has spent the last ten years teaching in the Theatre Department at Columbia College. She graduated summa cum laude from Millikin University with a BFA in Theatre and a minor in Dance. Linda spent two seasons as Business Manager of Peninsula Players Theatre and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and Actors Equity Association (AEA). She lives in Evanston with her husband, actor Sean Fortunato, and their seven-year-old son.
About Next To Normal
BoHo Theatre completes its 2016 season with NEXT TO NORMAL, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s rock opera about struggling with grief and mental illness in suburban America. The production is directed by Theater at the Center Artistic Director Linda Fortunato, who recently earned a Jeff Award for choreographing BoHo’s KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and a Jeff Award nomination for directing BoHo’s PARADE. Music Director Ellen K. Morris (music director BoHo’s DOGFIGHT) and Assistant Director Angela Alise Johnson (former Artistic Director of Prologue Theatre) round out the directing team. NEXT TO NORMAL won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as a Tony Award for Best Original Score.
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Linda Fortunato
Music direction by Ellen K. Morris
Direction assistance by Angela Alise Johnson
August 20 – October 9, 2016
Performing at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
THE PRODUCTION CAST
Colette Todd as Diana, with Donterrio Johnson as Dan, Peter Robel as Dr. Madden, Gilbert Domally as Gabe, Ciera Dawn as Natalie, Bradley Atkinson as Henry, and Kyrie Anderson as Diana (understudy).
Produced by Meg Love Scenic Design by Sarah Ross, Lighting Design by G. Max Maxin IV, Costume Design by Rachel Lambert, Sound Design by Joe Palermo, Properties Design by Natasza Naczas, Production Managed by Lindsay Brown, Stage Managed by Dalton Long.
BoHo Theatre’s mission is to create bold theatre that challenges convention through innovative storytelling and unites artist and audience in the examination of Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love through the lens of human relationships. Its vision is to create a shared community of artists and patrons in which all members are moved through art to make thoughtful, well-examined, caring relationships the highest priority in their lives.