The Glorious Ones
By Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Stephen M. Genovese
Oct 16 – Nov 21, 2009
presented at The Heartland Studio
June 23 – June 27, 2010
remounted at Theatre On The Lake
A jolly group of itinerant actors sing of themselves in The Glorious Ones, a new musical about the roistering life of the clowns who paved the streets of 16th-century Italy with sight gags and sex jokes. Based on the novel by Francine Prose, the musical tells how the troupe came to be and how it captured the public's adoration with its bawdy comedy, before changing artistic fashion altered its life.
Nominated for NINE Jeff Awards!
- Outstanding Production (Musical)
- Outstanding Ensemble
- Outstanding Direction (Musical): Stephen M. Genovese
- Musical Direction: Nick Sula
- Principle Actor (Musical): Eric Damon Smith
- Supporting Actress (Musical): Danni Smith
- Supporting Actress (Musical): Dana Tretta
- Lighting Design: Katy Peterson
- Costume Design: Theresa Ham — WINNER!
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Rave reviews for The Glorious Ones:
"With song after song and scene after scene, we are drawn in by this completely engaging and endearing cast, each and everyone delivering outstanding work. The Glorious Ones is heavy on emotional connection and generous with delight. Director Stephen Genovese and Musical Director Nick Sula have crafted a stunning production that thoroughly engages as it sweeps you away."
–Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review
"The American Idol-worthy ballad called 'My Body Wasn't Why' has a courtesan-turned-actress (played by a delightful Danni Smith) sing of the moment when her lover finally saw her as something more than a sex object. There is an entire world's worth of ideas about sexuality and love contained in that one song."
–Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune