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This Is Exciting: Full Casting Set for Bruce Vilanch-Penned A Sign of the Times Musical

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Full Casting Set for Bruce Vilanch-Penned A Sign of the Times Musical
by Broadway.com Staff • Oct 15, 2018

Full Casting Set for Bruce Vilanch-Penned A Sign of the Times Musical
Casting is complete for the new ’60s musical A Sign of the Times, appearing at Delaware Theater Company from November 28 through December 23. Newly announced cast members include Lauren Boyd, Brad Bradley, Melessie Clark, Steven Grant Douglas, Natalie Charle Ellis, Stacia Fernandez, Phoebe Gavula, Louis James Jackson, Sarah Jenkins, Aaron Kaburick, David LaMarr, Alexandra Matteo, Ralph Meitzler, Nick Picknally and Dave Schoonover. They join the previously announced Beautiful alum Chilina Kennedy, Drew Seeley, Crystal Lucas-Perry and Ryan Silverman. Featuring a book by Emmy-winning Broadway alum Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray), direction by Gabriel Barre (Amazing Grace) and choreography JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock), Sign of the Times tells the story of Cindy (Kennedy), a young woman pursuing her passion and finding her voice in New York City in 1965. The score features such classic songs as “Downtown,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” and “The Boy from New York City.” A Sign of the Times was first seen in a world premiere engagement at Goodspeed Musicals in 2016. Read More

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Delaware audiences are in for a theatrical treat. Bruce Vilanch’s Musical “A Sign of the Times” Is Coming!

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By Casey Mink | Posted July 24, 2018, 4 p.m.

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Chilina Kennedy, who recently departed the titular role in Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” has signed on to lead “A Sign of the Times” as part of Delaware Theater Company’s 40th anniversary season. The musical, which had its world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in 2016, features the songbook of recording artist Petula Clark, and a book by six-time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch. Gabriel Barre directs the production, which will also star Drew Seeley, Crystal Lucas-Perry, and Ryan Silverman. Performances will begin Nov. 28 and are slated to run through Dec. 23.

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Bruce Vilanch’s A SIGN OF THE TIMES to Premiere at Delaware Theater Co

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A SIGN OF THE TIMES to Premiere at Delaware Theater Co
by BWW News Desk
Jul. 16, 2018

Bruce Vilanch, A Sign of the Times

A Sign of the Times, a new musical featuring the songs of Petula Clark and multiple hit-makers of the 1960s, will join the Delaware Theater Company’s 40th Anniversary Season, from November 28 – December 23.

Featuring a book by legendary comedy writer and six-time Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch, based on an original story by Richard Robin, the show is directed by Gabriel Barre (Amazing Grace) with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock). The production will star Broadway notables Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys), Crystal Lucas-Perry (Lincoln Center’s Bull In A China Shop), and Ryan Silverman (The Phantom of the Opera). Complete casting will be announced at a later date. Opening night is set for December 4.

Featuring the songs of a generation, A Sign of the Times tells the story of Cindy (Kennedy), a young woman pursuing her passion and finding her voice in New York City in 1965. Set against the backdrop of women’s liberation, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War – events as relevant today as they were then, A Sign of the Times will transport audiences to the big city in the 60s with heart and soul, featuring such classic songs as “Downtown,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss),” and “The Boy From New York City.”

Additional creative team members include Paul Tate DePoo lII (Scenic Design), Jennifer Caprio (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Benjamin Pearcy (Projection Design), Shannon Slaton (Sound Design), J. Jared Janas (Hair Design), Rick Fox (Music Direction),Joseph Church (Music Supervision & Orchestrations), Alchemy Production Group (General Management) and Tara Rubin Casting (Casting). A Sign of the Times played a nearly sold out world premiere engagement at Goodspeed Musicals in 2016.

Tickets are now on-sale. For performance schedule and pricing, visit: www.DelawareTheatre.org.

About Delaware Theater Company

Currently in their 40th season, Delaware Theatre Company (DTC) is Delaware’s premier non-profit professional theatre. Recognized as a cornerstone in the Brandywine Valley’s rich cultural landscape, DTC has produced nearly 200 plays for over one million residents and visitors in its community. For more than two decades, DTC has been a pioneer in the revitalization of Wilmington’s Christina Riverfront and cultural district as the only LORT theatre in the state. Since Bud Martin’s arrival in 2012, DTC has seen a 54% increase in subscribers and a 234% increase in single ticket buyers, making Delaware Theatre Company an up and coming player in the regional theatre community.

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Bruce Vilanch’s New Musical, A Sign Of The Times, To Have Industry Reading In New York

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Bruce Vilanch’s New Musical, A Sign Of The Times, To Have Industry Reading In New York
BY ANDREW GANS
NOV 28, 2017

Industry presentations of the new musical A Sign of the Times, featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other 1960s hit-makers, will be presented December 14–15 in Manhattan.

The cast will feature Chilina Kennedy (currently starring as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful) as Cindy, Ryan Silverman (Side Show) as Brian, Van Hughes (Spring Awakening) as Dennis, Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys) as Matt, and Crystal Lucas-Perry (Bull in a China Shop) as Tanya.

Directed by Gabriel Barre (Amazing Grace) with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock), the musical made its world premiere last summer at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut. Lucas-Perry reprises her performance from the previous engagement; the rest of the principal company is new to the title.

The ensemble will comprise Lauren Boyd, Brad Bradley, Lauren Nicole Chapman, Melessie Clark, Natalie Charle Ellis, Mylinda Hull, Jeremy Gaston, Jeremiah Ginn, Lindsay Moore, Kevin Santos, Nathan Scherich, and Amos Wolff.

The new musical, conceived and created by Richard Robin with a book by Emmy-winning writer and performer Bruce Vilanch, concerns Cindy, whose passion for making a difference in the world takes her from her small Midwestern town to New York City. Set against the backdrop of the events in 1965—The Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Liberation, and the war in Vietnam—songs include “Downtown,” “I Know a Place,” “The Boy from New York City,” “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” and “If I Can Dream.”

Music supervision is by Joseph Church (The Lion King, Tommy) with music direction by Rick Fox (Jesus Christ Superstar), and casting by Tara Rubin Casting.

“It was quite an experience for A Sign of the Times to have had such a positive response during its first production at Goodspeed,” said creator and producer Richard Robin in a statement. “Using feedback from the Goodspeed audience and ongoing discussions with the creative team, the December presentations will showcase a number of changes to the book and score. As options for the next production are being explored, we hope that A Sign of the Times will make its next appearance on stage in 2018.”

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Tickets Available Now For ‘A Sign Of The Times’ Musical By Bruce Vilanch For Goodspeed Musical Season July 29 – Sept. 4

Middletown Press
East Haddam/Chester: Tickets avaialble now for 2016 season at Goodspeed Musicals
POSTED: 02/17/16, 5:32 PM EST

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EAST HADDAM >> Don’t miss your chance to get the best seats for each of the five musicals during Goodspeed Musicals’ upcoming 2016 season. There’s something for everyone at Goodspeed this season. All aboard for the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes; from the composer of Annie, it’s Bye Bye Birdie, the musical comedy inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army; be charmed by the new musical Chasing Rainbows –the story of Judy Garland’s Road to Oz; experience an arresting new version of the Broadway hit The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd; and relive the spirit of the 60s in A Sign of the Times, featuring with the songs of Petula Clark.

“Anything Goes”: Set sail on a “de-lovely” cruise through some of Cole Porter’s most famous songs. A brassy nightclub singer, a starry-eyed stowaway and Public Enemy No. 13 are booked on a transatlantic luxury liner bound for romance and laughter. Hum along with an easy-to-love score packed with hits including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and more! This tap-happy classic docks at Goodspeed for the first time. Anything Goes features Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Original Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Anything Goes is sponsored by Chester Village West, Liberty Bank, The Shops at Mohegan Sun and Sennheiser.

“Bye Bye Birdie”: Put on a happy face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie’s farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. But it’s a teenage crisis for new “steadies” Hugo and Kim: she just won the chance to give Birdie one last kiss before boot camp. Kids, parents and show folk collide in the Goodspeed debut of the hip-swiveling musical comedy set at the dawn of the sensational 60s. Bring the entire family to discover we’ve got a lot of livin’ to do! Bye Bye Birdie features a Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse and Lyrics by Lee Adams. Bye Bye Birdie is sponsored by Amica and Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC.

“Chasing Rainbows”: An awkward girl with a golden voice blossoms into Judy Garland in the inspirational new musical about the bumpy road to Oz. The future superstar’s complicated childhood comes alive with heartbreak, hope and the music that made her famous. “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “You Made Me Love You” and “Over the Rainbow” sweeten the story of Judy striving to hold onto her family. A love letter to gifted underdogs who reach high—and how the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. Chasing Rainbows features a Book by Marc Acito, Conceived by Tina Marie Casamento with Music adapted by David Libby. Chasing Rainbows is sponsored by ConnectiCare and Comacast.

Visit he Norma Terris Theatre in Chester and take in two unique musicals: In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of life, hope is just around the bend in this arresting reinvention of the vivacious Broadway hit. Their world may have ended, but songs like “Who Can I Turn To?,” “The Joker,” “Feeling Good” and “A Wonderful Day Like Today” echo on, welcoming new love and another dawn. The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd features Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

1965. The pulse of a changing era lures Cindy from Middle America to the swirl of Manhattan. Unexpected friends, lovers, careers and conflicts are all a subway ride away in a pop-fueled new musical featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other hit-makers of the day. “I Know a Place,” “The Shoop Shoop Song” and “If I Can Dream” are among the fabulous favorites on an eye-opening ride from innocence to experience. Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares—go “Downtown” and find out who you are! A Sign of the Times features a Book by Bruce Vilanch, Story Created by Richard Robin.

Single tickets may be purchased by visiting the Box Office, open seven days a week at 6 Main Street, East Haddam, Conn.; by calling 860.873.8668; or on-line at goodspeed.org. Special ticket packages are still available: see three shows at The Goodspeed for only $108 or see all five shows for just $196. Contact the Box Office for details. Ticket cost may vary by performance; please call for current pricing. All prices are subject to change.

At the Goodspeed, Anything Goes runs from April 8 – June 16; Bye Bye Birdie will run from June 24 – Sept. 4; Chasing Rainbows runs from Sept. 16 – Nov. 27.

At the Norma Terris Theatre: The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd runs from May 20 – June 26; A Sign of the Times runs from July 29 – Sept. 4.

Curtain times are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with select performances at 2 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., with select performances at 6:30 p.m.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Michael Gennaro, Goodspeed Musicals is dedicated to the preservation, development and advancement of musical theatre and is the first theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement). Goodspeed produces three musicals each season at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn., and additional productions at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed acknowledges the support of United Airlines, the official airline of Goodspeed Musicals, and official auto sponsor Hoffman Audi. Goodspeed is supported in part the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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