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NYC musical Ordinary Days opens at 4th Street Theater March 9

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Ordinary Days, the musical, opens at 4th Street Theater on March 9 and will run through March 25.

The show was originally produced in New York City by the Roundabout Theatre Company and appears for the first time in Northwest Indiana.

Director Linda Pauli describes her approach to the production: “I am most often drawn to shows that have real humanity in them. This little show is one of those that appealed to me. Four people trying to find a way to survive and connect in a huge, busy city. Their stories are real and relatable on every level. Each character has a story and a backstory that breathes life into them and brings it to the stage. In snippets of their stories, we live their lives along with them and I love that. Four people, one piano, and a stage that is at once the streets of NYC; the apartments of the characters and the Museum of Modern Art. It is a gem and I hope that people will come to see how it shines on our stage.”

Ordinary Days--composed by Adam Gwon--“is a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point),” 4th Street puts it. “Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, the characters’ experiences ring startlingly true to life. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.”

Tony-Award winning composer & lyricist Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical, Anastasia, and more) describe the composer Gwon, as “a songwriter and dramatist who wrote articulate and beautifully crafted lyrics that were at once humorous and profound . . , melodic and also complex. . . In the hilarious conversation,: “Sort-Of Fairy Tale,” a perpetually dissatisfied student loses her research notes and is forced into an unwilling friendship with the innocent oddball who finds them. “Favorite Places” has some of the most yearning and heartbreaking chord changes and sentiments and ‘I'll Be Here,’ is, very simply, a short story told in music, encompassing love found, love lost, and permission to love again, all set against the backdrop of a miraculous cloud of papers falling from the sky, a sad and gorgeous echo of things that happened in the recent past.”

The cast includes Madison Breford (Deb) of Crown Point, Laura Carns (Claire) of Hebron, Derek DeRoo (Jason) of Valparaiso, and Adam Gustas (Warren) of St. John. Jeff Otto of Schererville is music director and pianist; Kevin Doler of Chesterton is set designer; Stanlee Hodsden of Portage is costume designer ;and Angie Heid of Kingsford Heights is lighting designer.

Admission is $20.

To purchase tickets, call the theater at (219) 926-7875 or go online at Brown Paper Tickets.

The 4th Street Theater is located at 125 N. Fourth Street in Downtown Chesterton.

Ordinary Days is produced by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals in New York.


Above includes phone number corrected from original release to 3/2/2018


Posted 3/1/2018




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