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“Songs of Tom Kitt” concert at City Winery July 18
Refuge Theatre Project, the two-year-old company that produced the surprise hit musical of the 2015-16 season with its environmental staging of High Fidelity in a makeshift “record store,” will present a one-night-only concert of songs by High Fidelity composer Tom Kitt. The evening, called I Got You, will showcase selections from Broadway musicals for which Kitt either composed the score or provided musical arrangements, along with new unpublished songs he’s provided especially for the event. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph Street is the event venue. Christopher Pazdernik, director of High Fidelity, will direct the concert, with music direction by Mike Evans.Performing songs from High Fidelity, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal, the Tony Award-nominated If/Then and Bring It On: The Musical will be cast members from Refuge’s High Fidelity and BoHo Theatre’s upcoming Next to Normal and recent Jeff award winners Courtney Mack (Leading Actress – Musical for Heathers: the Musical) and Amanda Horvath (Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical for Murder Ballad). The company will also perform songs from American Idiot, the musical with songs by rock group Green Day that were arranged by Kitt.
The cast includes Kelly Baskin, Liz Chidester, Max DeTogne, Gilbert Domally, Nick Druzbanski, Britain Gebhart, Johann George, Bradley Halverson, Amanda Horvath, Donterrio Johnson, Courtney Mack, Taylor Okey, Lauren Paris, Lewis Rawlinson, Jerome Riley, Camille Robinson, Lizzie Schwarzrock, Amy Stricker, Katherine Thomas, Colette Todd, Will Wilhelm and Travis Austin Wright.
Ticket prices for I Got You range from $20 to $35 and are available through City Winery (www.citywinery.com/chicago/, 312-773-WINE).
ABOUT REFUGE THEATRE PROJECT
Refuge Theatre Project was founded in 2015 by Ross Egan and Morgan Briggs with the goal of utilizing the appeal of musical theatre to foster a broader and more accessible theatre community. We aim to further our mission by producing contemporary musical theatre that is free from anything extra. We tell stories about people dealing with life in a way that is meaningful and fun. Musical theatre for real people. www.refugetheatre.com
The company’s previous productions include the musicals Next Thing You Know, produced in February, 2015, Glory Days, which opened in August, 2015 and High Fidelity, which ran in January and February of 2016. The company also produces a series of one night events called Audition Diaries, where local musical theater performers perform numbers and share experiences in the Chicago theater business.