BoHo Theatre


The Life poster

Side Show

Music by Cy Coleman
Book by Ira Gasman
Lyrics br David Newman
Directed by Stephen M. Genovese

June 2 – July 15, 2007

presented at Theatre Building Chicago

The Life depicts the pulsating life on the Times Square streets in the late 1970's, where everything had a price, especially sex— the garish topless bars, the transvestite joints, the hookers who worked the sidewalks at the bidding of their pimps. As they got brief tastes of the good life while working the streets of New York, the personal stories and dreams of Fleetwood, Memphis, Jojo, Sonja, Queen, Mary, and Lou are nothing less than shockingly realistic and delightfully gripping.

Composed by Cy Coleman (composer of Sweet Charity, Barnum, City of Angels, and more), the score for The Life is charged with emotionally revealing songs; the music is the pulse of life itself, as experienced by the show's characters. Musical numbers included “Use What You Got,” “A Lovely Day to Be Outta Jail,” “Easy Money,” “Greed,” “My Friend,” and “My Way or the Highway.”

  • Snickers: Anthony Apodaca
  • Odd Job: Mike Arthur
  • Memphis: Michael Booth
  • Lou: Brandon Dahlquist
  • JoJo: Anthony Fett
  • Mary: Jess Godwin
  • Fleetwood: Aaron Holland
  • Bobby: David Jiles, Jr.
  • Queen: Tawny Newsome
  • Carmen: Vanessa Panerosa
  • Lacy: Gerald Richardson
  • Chi Chi: Karen-Marie Richardson
  • Sonja: Bethany Thomas
  • April: Dana Tretta
  • Silky: Sean Walton
  • Frenchie: Vallea E. Woodbury
  • Music Director: Jon Steinhagen
  • Choreographer: Brenda Didier
  • Assistant Director: Lili-Anne Brown
  • Scenic Design: John Zuiker
  • Lighting Design: Matt Kool
  • Costume Design: Theresa Ham
  • Properties Design: Ysraelia Garbutt
  • Fight Choreographer: Laura Skolnik
  • Stage Manager: Lori L. Cepa
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Brigid Pierce
  • Producer: Thomas J. Samorian

Nominated for FIVE Jeff Awards!

  • Outstanding Production (Musical)
  • Musical Direction: Jon Steinhagen
  • Outstanding Choreography: Brenda Didier — (WINNER!)
  • Principle Actress (Musical): Tawny Newsome
  • Supporting Actress (Musical): Bethany Thomas

Black Theatre Alliance Awards

  • Best Featured Actress in a Play (Musical or Revue): Bethany Thomas

The Life Production Photos:

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Rave reviews for The Life:

"An impressively ambitious production with superior acting & production values" (Recommended)
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"These working girls are worth every penny" (Recommended)
Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago

"BoHo's knockout non-Equity cast delivers the jazz-funk-gospel score with volcanic power and dramatic nuance." (Critics Choice)
Albert WIlliams, Chicago Reader

"BoHo's production of The Life sings and soars" (Recommended)
Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times

"Bohemian has established itself as one of the prime venues in Chicago for non-Equity musical theater performers." (Recommended)
John Olsen,