Docstoc

Michael Weber

Document Sample
Michael Weber Powered By Docstoc
					                                               Michael Weber
                                                        SDC – AEA - SAG
                      Cell: 773-209-3302    MWeber935@yahoo.com              www.MichaelWeberOnLine.com
                                           40 East 9th Street, #1814 Chicago, IL 60605

Directing
Merrily We Roll Along (play)-upcoming       The Music Theatre Company (staged reading)
The Legacy                                  Dramatists Guild (NY)/ Greenhouse (Chicago) staged reading
42nd Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards         Drury Lane Oakbrook
This One Time                               Chicago Dramatists staged reading
Fifth of July                               Oak Park Festival Theatre
41st Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards         North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
River’s End                                 Chicago Dramatists (Cheri Coons/Chuck Larkin-staged reading)
It Had To Be You                            Little Theatre on the Square
Starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka
40th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards       North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Cirque du Symphony                        Sears Center Arena
39th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards       North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
I Do! I Do!                               American Theatre Company-choreographed by
                                          Laura Scheinbaum (Premiere of New Adaptation)
Mid-Life, the Crisis Musical              Pheasant Run Theatre-choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
                                          (Chicago Premiere)
Talley’s Folly                            Oak Park Festival Theatre
Assassins                                 Porchlight Music Theatre-choreographed by Tammy Mader
                                          (Jeff Award Nominated-BEST PRODUCTION &
                                          BEST DIRECTOR-Musical)
38th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards       Merle Reskin Blackstone Theatre
Beauty and the Beast                      Marriott Theatre TYA-choreographed by Tammy Mader
A Funny Thing Happened…Forum              Pheasant Run Theatre-choreographed by Alberto Arias
Grand Hotel – The Musical                 Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place
                                          -choreographed by Tammy Mader
                                          (Jeff Award Nominated-BEST PRODUCTION &
                                          BEST DIRECTOR-Musical)
She Loves Me                              Theatre at the Center-choreographed by Tammy Mader
                                          (Jeff Award Nominated – BEST PRODUCTION-Musical)
The Petrified Forest                      Theatre at the Center
A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine Theatre at the Center-choreographed by Marla Lampert
Pray to Puccini                           Lakeshore Theatre (staged reading produced by Darin Cole)
Singin’ in the Rain                       Theatre at the Center-choreographed by Tammy Mader
Over the River and Through the Woods      Mercury Theatre/Theatre at the Center (Chicago Premiere)
Gypsy                                     Theatre at the Center-choreographed by Tesha Buss
A Christmas Story                         Theatre at the Center (Chicago premiere)
Live Television Features-
2002 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade      Chicago Festival Association/League of Chicago Theatres
Soup Du Jour                              Light Opera Works-choreographed by Tammy Mader
Grand Hotel – the Musical                 Theatre at the Center- choreographed by Tammy Mader
                                          (After Dark Award – BEST PRODUCTION)
Forever Plaid                             Theatre at the Center-co-directed with Paul Pement
                                          (Jeff Award Nominated – BEST PRODUCTION-Revue)
42nd Street                               Theatre at the Center- choreographed by Tammy Mader
High Society                              Theatre at the Center (Chicago Premiere)
                                          choreographed by Jim Harms and Rudy Hogenmiller
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change    Theatre at the Center- choreographed by Tammy Mader
Nunsense II, The Second Coming            Theatre at the Center- choreographed by Scott Ferguson
Here’s Love! Miracle on 34th Street       Theatre at the Center (Chicago Premiere)
                                          choreographed by Linda Fortunato
                                                         1
Moon Over Buffalo                                  Theatre at the Center (Chicago Premiere)
Pump Boys and Dinettes                             Theatre at the Center- choreographed by Tammy Mader
Meet Me in St. Louis                               Theatre at the Center- choreographed by Tammy Mader
                                                   (Chicago Premiere of newly Revised Version)
Getting Away with Murder                           Theatre at the Center (Chicago Premiere)
Little Shop of Horrors                             Theatre at the Center-choreographed by Tedd Greenwood
Nunsense                                           Theatre at the Center-choreographed by Tedd Greenwood
Stalag 17                                          American Theatre Company-co-directed with Louis Contey
The Producers                                      McCloud Playhouse-choreographed by Kevin Bellie
Mid-Life, the Crisis Musical                       Little Theatre on the Square
                                                   -choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
Don Juan in Hell                                   Royal George Theatre Gallery-co-directed with Louis Contey
Babes in Toyland                                   Moraine Valley Theatre
The Little Mermaid                                 Moraine Valley Theatre

Artistic Director          Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place 2005 Inaugural Season
Productions not directed   The Full Monty directed and choreographed by Jim Corti
by Michael Weber.          (Jeff Award nominated BEST PRODUCTION-Musical)
Also see Directing.        Mornings at Seven starring Katherine Helmond/directed by Jessica Thebus
                           Schoolhouse Rock Live! Directed and choreographed by Scott Ferguson
                           Plaid Tidings (Chicago Premiere) directed by Stuart Ross
                           Jeff Award nominated BEST PRODUCTION-Revue)
                           At end of season, was instrumental in Drury Lane Theatre hosting the Chicago
                           premiere sit-down production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
                           produced by David Stone with Broadway in Chicago.

                           Theatre at the Center 1998 through 2004
                           Including productions:
                           Steel Magnolias starring Karen Valentine directed by Cecile D. Keenan
                           Some Like it Hot – the Musical
                           directed by Larry Wyatt/Choreographed by Buddy Reeder
                           Macbeth directed by Scott Parkinson
                           A Few Good Men directed by Kate Buckley
                           Always, Patsy Cline directed by Steve Scott
                           Proposals (Chicago Premiere) directed by Louis Contey
                           Me and My Girl co-directed by Jim Harms and Rudy Hogenmiller
                           Julius Caesar directed by Shawn Douglass
                           State Fair directed and choreographed by Marc Robin
                           Swinging on a Star (Chicago Premiere)
                           co-directed by Ted Greenwood and Tammy Mader
                           Romeo and Juliet directed by Louis Contey
                           Gigi directed and choreographed by Marc Robin
                           A Chorus Line directed and choreographed by Rudy Hogenmiller
                           Lend Me a Tenor directed by David Mink
                           Almighty Bob (Chicago Premiere) by Tom Mula, directed by Steve Scott
                           During that time, expanded a five month theatre season to a full twelve month season with operating
                           costs at a 1.5 million dollar budget including five Mainstage Productions, Theatre for Young
                           Audience productions and annual concerts. During this period, invited to become a Joseph Jefferson
                           Award and After Dark Award recognized theatre. Responsibilities included selecting theatre season
                           titles, preparing budgets for all facets of production, casting and hiring of all artistic personnel,
                           negotiating contracts with all artistic personnel, participating in fundraising programs as well as
                           extensive experience managing directing, stage managing, marketing, public relations,
                           developing/managing costume shop, staff and inventory, developing costume rental program.

                           League of Chicago Theatres/Thanksgiving Day Parade 2002 & 2003
                           Selecting and coordinating member theatres for national television presentation in 2nd most watched
                           American parade. Hosts including George Lopez, Bonnie Hunt and David Alan Grier.
                                                                 2
Producing                       MDR Productions 1996
                                Don Juan in Hell produced at the Eclipse Theatre and Royal George Theatre

American Theatre Company 1997
                    Including the Chicago Premieres of
                    Flight of the Phoenix co-directed by Brian Russell and Cecilie D. Keenan
                    Don’t Disappoint Captain January

Harvest Productions 1997
                      Stalag 17 directed by Louis Contey

Sound Design
American Theatre Company                              Stalag 17 directed by Louis Contey
Shattered Globe Theatre                               Warhawks and Lindbergs directed by Louis Contey
Theatre at the Center                                 Nunsense
                                                      Steel Magnolias directed by Cecile D. Keenan
                                                      Little Shop of Horrors
                                                      Some Like It Hot-The Musical directed by Larry Wyatt
                                                      Macbeth directed by Scott Parkinson
                                                      Getting Away with Murder

Education
BFA-Goodman School of Drama/The Theatre School-DePaul University, Chicago Academy for the Arts
IMPROV – SECOND CITY CONSERVATORY; Jack Bronis, Norm Holly, Rachael Mason, Anne Libera iO CHICAGO; Kevin Sciretta,
Christy Bonstell, Todd Edwards, Dina Facklis, Lisa Linke, Susan Messing, Bill Arnett, Paul Grondy, Tim Baltz, Craig Uhlir, Jet Eveleth, Blaine Swen (Improv Shakespeare)


Awards
Jeff Award Nominated-Best Production-Musical Assassins-Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago
Jeff Award Nominated-Best Director-Musical Assassins-Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago
Jeff Award Nomination-Best Production-Musical Grand Hotel-Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place
Jeff Award Nomination-Best Director-Musical Grand Hotel-Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place
Jeff Award Nomination-Best Production-Revue Plaid Tidings-Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place
Jeff Award Nomination-Best Production-Musical The Full Monty-Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place
Jeff Award Nomination-Best Production-Musical She Loves Me-Theatre at the Center
After Dark Award-Best Production Grand Hotel-Theatre at the Center
Jeff Award-Best Sound Design Stalag 17-American Theatre Company
Jeff Award-Best Sound Design Warhawks and Lindbergs-Shattered Globe Theatre

Additional
Central Regional Board Member – Actors Equity Association
Panelist ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshops, Michael Kirker, producer, Chicago Cultural Center
Guest coach with Janet Louer CSA
Panelist, AEA Actors/Artistic Directors, 2000 & 2005
Northwestern University Showcase Auditions Reviewer 2005/2006




                                                                                   3
Acting
Selected roles THEATRE
42nd STREET upcoming                                      Bert Barry              Marriott Theatre D/ Rachel Rockwell
Disney’s MY SON PINOCCHIO currently                       Stromboli               First Stage Milwaukee D/Jeff Frank
New revision by Stephen Schwartz
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN                                        Charlie Davenport       Ravinia D/ Lonny Price, MD/ Paul Gemignani
Starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Patrick Cassidy
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS                               Detective Fix           Cleveland Play House D/ Bart DeLorenzo
THE WINTER‘S TALE                                         Antigonus               Chicago Shakespeare Theatre D/ Barbara Gaines
HIGH FIDELITY                                             Ian ―Ray‖ Raymond       Route 66 Theatre D/ Peter Amster
9/11 REPORT                                               Richard A. Clarke       Apple Tree Theatre/TMTC D/ Jessica Redish
HENRY V                                                   Fluellen                Chicago Shakespeare Theatre D/ Barbara Gaines
25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM…SPELLING BEE                           Douglas Panch           Marriott D/ Rachel Rockwell/Pheasant Run D/Kevin Bellie
ANGEL STREET                                              Jack Manningham         First Folio Shakespeare D/ Alison Vessely
GYPSY Starring Patti LuPone                               Jocko/Goldstone et al   Ravinia D/ Lonny Price, MD/ Paul Gemignani
IT HAD TO BE YOU                                          Freddie Roscoe          Little Theatre on the Square
Starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka
THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE                                     Pete Jenner             American Musical Theatre Project Workshop
                                                                                  D/ Oskar Eustis/Michael Greif
MY FAIR LADY                                              Henry Higgins           Stages St. Louis D/ Michael Hamilton
THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI                                     Soapy Smith             Indiana Repertory D/ Peter Amster
TREASURE ISLAND                                           Ben Gunn                Drury Lane Theatre D/ Marc Robin
STALAG 17                                                 Horney                  American Theatre Company D/ Louis Contey
ARE YOU NOW/HAVE YOU EVER BEEN?                           Nixon                   Big Game Theatre D/ Anna D. Shapiro
CYRANO de BERGERAC                                        Brissaille              Apple Tree Theatre D/ Eileen Boevers
DON JUAN IN HELL                                          The Devil               Royal George Theatre D/ Louis Contey
MAD FOREST                                                The Archangel           Stage Left Theatre D/ Drew Martin
FILM
GOOD PEOPLE                                               The Mailman             Taproot Productions D/Alex LeMay
GAME OF CHANCE                                            Number 12               Flashpoint D/Joseph Kieninger
STRAIGHT TALK                                             Ticket Taker            Hollywood Pictures D/Barnet Kellman
EPISODIC
ECCOMANDO                                                 Tobias Nunez            Pilot, Comedy Central D/Greg Grabianski
Starring David Cross and Laura Silverman
THE KARI FILES                                Mr. D‘Angelo            Oakwood Productions D/Greg Grabianski
PRISON BREAK                                  Knowlton                FOX D/Matt Earl Beesley
EARLY EDITION                                 Jackson                 CBS D/Stephen Cragg
THE UNTOUCHABLES                              Barton                  Paramount D/Colin Bucksey
LADY BLUE                                     Jimmy                   MGM/UA
COMMERCIALS
Southwest Airlines, OnCor Frozen Food (with Richard Kind), Coors Light, Eggo Waffles, Illinois Lotto, Sears, McDonalds,
Eveready Batteries, Montgomery Ward, Gino‘s Pizza, Hoosier Lotto
INDUSTRIAL
Encore Foods, Lexmark, Maxtor, Cisco Systems, Magic Cheff, Live Marketing, Anixter, Norwest Mortgage, Xerox,
Cardinal Health, John Deere, Household Finance, Phillips, UIC Medical Centers

Refrences
Jim Jensen                                                                   Jane Alderman
Drury Lane Theatre                                                           Jane Alderman Casting
JimJensen04@aol.com                                                          jane.alderman@sbcglobal.net

David Girolmo                                                                Steve Scott
Councilor Actors‘ Equity                                                     Goodman Theatre
Girolmo@juno.com                                                             stevescott@goodman-theatre.org




                                                                         4
Reviews
Assassins (Jeff Award BEST PRODUCTION/BEST DIRECTOR nomination)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
―There have been many revivals of "Assassins," including the 2004 Broadway version, since its debut in 1990. Porchlight
Music Theatre's version, now at Theatre Building Chicago, is among the very best. A beautifully cast production, insightfully
directed by Michael Weber, it brings exceptional clarity to the show's "Ragtime"-style chronology. Not only does it capture all
the pitch-black comedy of the show, but it sensitively hones in on the essential pathology that drove each assassin to pull the
trigger.‖
Hedy Weiss – Chicago Sun Times

***** DON‘T MISS ―Although it‘s long held a place in column B of Stephen Sondheim‘s oeuvre—a list of shows marked It
Doesn‘t Work But We Love It Anyway—Assassins has been moved (at least for now) by director Michael Weber into the
simply beloved column A. With only a few gentle touches of metatheatricality (here‘s the rare show that calls for it), Weber
focuses this messy, unalphabetized batch of successful and would-be presidential killers and makes it a clean, mindfully
curated boxed set of tortured American souls.

The trouble with this song-cycle/vignettes hybrid has long been Weidman‘s sketchy book, which raises more questions (why
are all these murderers from different centuries hanging out in a shooting gallery, other than for art‘s sake?) than it answers.
But Weber makes the play a literal museum piece. By lassoing the unruly material with a red velvet rope (and dropping in an
occasional wandering tourist), Weber makes this clan—from Booth to Hinckley —into people we can observe under glass,
noting both their logic and lunacy without judgment.‖
Christopher Piatt – Time Out Chicago

―There have been several productions of this musical, but this one outshines them all. Kevin Depinet's set is a pure work of
art- each prop, each box fits perfectly into the quick movement of this slickly directed production by Michael Weber. While
this show is two hours with no intermission, Mr. Weber and his superb cast never have people looking at their watches- who
cares what the time is? This show is too good to be over so quickly.‖
Al Bresloff - Extra Publications

Dark humor abounds in musical 'Assassins'
―With the inventive virtuosity of director Michael Weber's fascinating vision and stunning staging, this is the best revival of
the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical I have ever seen.
A delicious and devilish work, "Assassins" is the best musical in town. Rush to see it!‖
Betty Mohr – Daily Southtown

Porchlight's 'Assassins' hits the mark with insightful portrayals
3 1/2 stars out of four
Porchlight's production gives the material the weight it needs, as despite the show's abundance of wry humor, "Assassins"
doesn't treat its subjects as jokes. Director Michael Weber balances a thoughtful assessment of the impetus for assassination
with an understanding that these folks were so extreme, they're bound to seem a bit funny when put on display.
Jeff Pizek - Daily Herald

Grand Hotel (Drury Lane Theatre-Jeff Award, BEST PRODUCTION/BEST DIRECTOR nomination)
―HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…an engrossing tale…the strongest and most lavish to date at this intimate new venue. This
Grand Hotel is top of the line…moves like a dream…has all the decorative glamour of the Broadway original and
more…there is some much to applaud.‖
Hedy Weiss – Chicago Sun Times

― A grand set of performances…top-flight Chicago actors make this show shine and there are a slew of them in Michael
Weber‘s monster-size show. This high-energy show never stops moving for a second…with a clutch of terrific performances.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

―It may be the best staging we‘ll see in our area all season…a blue ribbon cast…top to bottom this is an exceptional
ensemble.‖
Dan Zeff - Copley News Service



                                                                5
A grand place to visit…a near magical moment of grand music and strong passion…first-rate and captivating musical
theatre.‖
Jeff Rossen – Gay Chicago Magazine

―The mesmerizing Grand Hotel is worth checking into.‖
Betty Mohr – The Star Newspaper

Grand Hotel (Theatre at the Center/After Dark Award-BEST PRODUCTION)
―A first-rate rendering…hats off to director Michael Weber for tackling the piece head-on and not softening it to appease his
subscribers. The first image that greets the viewer is of a man shooting some morphine into his arm, and the look and feel that
Weber gives this Grand Hotel remains as gritty and real through to the intermissionless show‘s end…Weber and
choreographer Tammy Mader fashion some imagery that is captivating and, at times, simply stunning…this Grand Hotel
couldn‘t be grander.‖
Jeff Rossen – Gay Chicago

―There's some big talent on display here…thanks to Weber's remarkable achievement at raising the overall qualitative bar at
this newly splendid Northwest Indiana musical theater, that's a given now in Munster…having superbly cast the show, Weber
does his best to fill it with constant action, aided by Tammy Mader, who does her best with the tough job of choreographing
this complex affair.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

―Michael Weber as turned (Grand Hotel) into a Jeff Award nominee-deserving musical...Absolutely mesmerizing‖
Don Snyder – Star Newspapers

―Letting the story tell itself is one of the play‘s strong points and Weber is to be congratulated for that.‖
Diane Aden Hayes – Post-Tribune

 ―There‘s nothing as gratifying as seeing a show you really like given a production that raises it above and beyond. Such a
combination is currently on stage at Theatre at the Center where Artistic Director Michael Weber has put together a sterling
cast and directed a never-a-dull-moment production of Grand Hotel…. As presented by Weber & Co., a fascinating hour and
45-minute entertainment…the scene is always alive with movement…This is one Grand Hotel that I would love to visit
again.‖
Marcia Fulmer – Elkhart Truth

It is amazing how Michael Weber has turned around Theatre at the Center since he has taken over as Artistic Director…Since
he has taken command the quality of the shows and performers have moved upward.‖
Richard Eisenhardt -- Street Wise

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – “Grand Hotel is a magnificent achievement! It is the finest musical running this summer in
Chicago-land. It‘s a ―Must See.‖ Michael Weber has achieved a triumph. If there is a ‗perfect‘ production of a musical, Grand
Hotel is it. The show ranks as one of the best of the 2002 theatre season…Every inch of the thrust stage is utilized brilliantly.
This show has all the elements of a ‗great‘ show. It is the fusion of theme, concept, music, dance, lighting, staging, dialogue
and lyrics that combine to produce a fabulous musical play. Michael Weber‘s direction proves that he is one of the finest!‖
Tom Williams -- Wicker Park Voice

Gypsy
CRITICS‘ PICK -- ―In Michael Weber's splendid, richly nuanced revival of this perennially powerful musical, PAULA
SCROFANO shows a steely center as a stage mother with dangerous dreams. ‗Everything‘s coming up roses,‘ SCROFANO
screams like a kid-flattening steamroller doing Jule Styne and raging out of control. ‗Momma is gonna see to it.‘
Is she ever.
It‘s the kind of theatrically delicious moment that set some chins dandling underneath open mouths last week at the opening of
Michael Weber‘s Theatre at the Center revival of this perennially thrilling musical. It‘s probably the best work of
SCROFANO‘S career. And it‘s reason enough for fans of Chicago musical theatre to catch Weber's terrific Gypsy. Weber
swats away those clichés about ex-urban heartland revivals of old Broadway musicals as if he were a bitter creature of exile
with something to prove to the entire city of Chicago. That may not be the case, but it certainly lends this whole richly
detailed and stunningly revved-up affair an emotional affinity with the angst of Madame Rose. This is a show that badly wants
to please—but there‘s a kind of thinly veiled anger about the whole thing.
                                                                  6
And that‘s precisely what makes it so special.
Directed with an eye for detail that borders on the manic, this Gypsy belts out every gimmick, turns every possible trick, and,
most important of all, never shies away from telling the truth.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

―(Michael Weber‘s) direction of Gypsy is well-crafted and done with perfection. The revival at Theatre at the Center provides
a first-rate display of all the Gypsy virtues.‖
Richard Eisenhardt – Streetwise

*** ―Director Michael Weber gives the old Broadway war-horse an entertaining whirl and his casting is on target.‖
Joe Stead – Steadstyle Chicago

RECOMMENDED – ―Director Michael Weber mounts a wholly entertaining production in which he has made some
outstanding casting choices. PAULA SCROFANO as Mama Rose was brilliant. Her impeccable comedic timing produces
laughs and she lands the ending number, ―Roses Turn‖ with such command that we feel her angst. With that song, PAULA
SCROFANO has established herself as one of the finest ever to play Mama Rose in Chicago. PAULA SCROFANO is
Chicago‘s finest leading lady. Theatre at the Center has another fine show that audiences will enjoy.‖
Tom Williams – Wicker Park Voice

Over the River and Through the Woods (Chicago Premiere)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED "Even those who believe they are immune to the tried-and-true stories of generational shifts,
immigrant history and the ties that bind the family may find their defenses shattered here.
The show, which just opened at the Mercury Theatre, arrives in Chicago in the wake of its original successful run at Theater at
the Center in Munster, Ind. -- an outfit that has become a fine playground for many top-notch Chicago actors and directors and
discerning audiences alike. Directed with metronome-sharp timing by the center's artistic director, Michael Weber, it has been
brilliantly cast."
Hedy Weiss – Chicago Sun Times

*** ―The production, directed by Michael Weber, oozes with warmth and sentiment as issues pertaining to familial separation
and tradition surface throughout its two-hour duration. If you're someone who has ever relocated for a job, leaving behind
loved relations, then you'll surely relate to the subject and perhaps have a heartfelt cathartic experience like this reviewer did.‖
Tim Sauers – Gay Chicago Magazine

CRITICS‘ PICK -- ―Accessible, well-crafted, humanistic and intensely moving…the audience roared with the gags, blubbered
and sniffed its way through the last moments of the second act, and leapt to its feet at the end. And one could see why. To its
great credit Michael Weber‘s production manages to cut the treacle with performances from a splendid quartet of veteran
Chicago actors unafraid to wrestle with the meanness and insularity of old age, as well as the wisdom it imparts. A thoroughly
enjoyable couple of hours…on this Father‘s Day in Munster, nothing could have been more welcome.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

―A combination of emotion and light-hearted comedy that‘s mixed to perfection in this production. Tinged with an abundance
of warmth and directed by Michael Weber with an eye for fine detail, this production would make anyone long for the comfort
of a trip to our grandparents‘ house. Throughout the show the audible reactions of the audience drawn from tears to laughter
are a testimony to the power of this heart-warming staging.‖
Richard Eisenhardt - Streetwise

―We laughed. We cried.
At the end, we agreed that Over the River and Through the Woods, now at Theatre at the Center, has the feel of an intimate
look into a changing family, rather than a stage work…But even more important is the fact that this terrific cast of actors, in
bringing (Joe) DiPietro's script to life, seem like genuine familia, the Italian kin they're supposed to be. Most definitely,
Theatre at the Center's artistic director Michael Weber, who directed the show, chose the consummate cast for this human
comedy…It is perfect.‖
Myra Eder – The Star Newspapers

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – ―With some sentimentality, a lot of humor and a dash of nostalgia, Over the River and
Through the Woods is a sweet, charming play that makes us feel good about being alive and gets us to appreciate our family,
You‘ll call home after seeing this beautiful show.‖
                                                                 7
Tom Williams – Chicago Stage Talk Radio

**** ―Theatre at the Center Artistic Director Michael Weber has crafted such a rich and heartwarming production that
transcends the play‘s lighthearted sitcom sensibility… From the moment we enter the theatre, Set Designer Angela Miller
creates an environment so attractive and comfortable we want to kick off our shoes and stay awhile. That‘s also the feeling
that Weber and his cast have created. We aren‘t just watching a play here, we are spending a couple of hours in the company
of friends and family. And when the company is this good, that‘s a very rewarding evening indeed.‖
Joe Stead – Steadstyle Chicago

A Christmas Story (Chicago Premiere)
―With detailed attention, Artistic Director Michael Weber remains faithful to Shepherd‘s kid‘s-eye view of growing up in
Hammond, Indiana during the 1940‘s.‖
Erin Pakowski – Backstage

―Never one to shirk a challenge, the director Michael Weber gives A Christmas Story a very noble shot. Not only is there a
huge, terrific set featuring both period interiors and exteriors, there's a slew of exploding props and other special effects
rendered with Weber's usual eye for authenticity.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

―Michael Weber was right. He said if we loved the movie, we wouldn‘t be disappointed at A Christmas Story, the play.
Weber‘s direction of the classic story is about as faithful to the classic film version as you could possibly expect…a delightful
evening for all. The casting‘s darn near perfect…Weber has set the bar pretty high.‖
Don Snider – The Star

Singin’ in the Rain
―These are salad days for the goofy Singin' in the Rain in the Chicago area...When Bernie Yvon, the former "Ragtime" star
who now plays the Gene Kelly role of Don Lockwood, hits the water in Indiana, the audience has such a transparent good
time getting wet, you'd think everyone's first grandchild had just been announced. But in all fairness to Michael Weber's
impressive production, there's more to enjoy here than rain. Aside from his skills at persuading top-tier Equity performers with
Broadway credits to work in Munster, Weber tends to approach these kinds of classic musicals with an attention to period
detail that's positively nebbish. Those touches are all over this show — from the film-within-a-play sections with just the right
rumble of an ancient projector to the well-honed pratfalls that button every last comic number. Weber was a cast member in
Marc Robin's much-vaunted Drury Lane Evergreen Park version, and you can see that this latest production was the work of
someone who stood on a stage every night thinking about how to do this show just a little bit better…The cast size is limited
here and Theater at the Center has a huge and oft-unwieldy stage, which takes a lot more scenery to fill than any Drury Lane.
But it's hard to notice any gaps in the spectacle.
Weber cast the thing well. Yvon, an irony-free but genial performer here, was a nice choice for a movie idol getting a little
soft around the edges. Ingénue Alison Naskrent is charming and tuneful. And it's not hard to see why Richard Strimer is the
Midwest Cosmo of choice.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

"Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Laugh..." That is exactly what Theatre at the Center's production of Betty Comden and Adolph
Green's reworking of their original screenplays classic Singin' In The Rain does. Michael Weber directs the adaptation of the
famous 1953 MGM movie musical that featured Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor with his own unique
flavor and attention to detail. Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed's memorable classic songs such as "Good Mornin'," "My
Lucky Star," and of course "Singin' In The Rain" are presented with a sense of style and spectacle that is all their own… It is
impossible for a person not to enjoy this stage version of the movie classic Singin' In The Rain. I left the theatre hoping it
would rain so I could rush out and jump in some puddles. On second thought, I'd better leave it to the professionals.‖
Erin Pakowski – Backstage

―Be prepared to get wet if you sit in the first couple of rows at Theatre at the Center‘s production of Singin’ in the Rain.
There‘s a whole lot of happy splashing going on during the show-stopping title song.
But no one minded a little water, least of all the love-struck Don Lockwood (Bernie Yvon), the lead character in this charming
musical, who finds a spring downpour the perfect place to express his newfound happiness. No, the audience was just as
delighted and dreamy as Lockwood, even without raincoats and umbrellas…Where recent decades have seen movies and
literature look at Hollywood as a seedy, decadent place, Singin’ in the Rain is perhaps the only production that looks at
Hollywood in its innocent youth. Singin’ takes a bunch of old songs, wraps them around a plot that sees silent movie actors
                                                                8
tackle talkies, stirs in some swell dancing and physical comedy, and becomes a musical unafraid to be happy, glad to be corny
and unabashedly all about love and friendship…This production fares amazingly well, even in comparison to the movie. Little
is changed from the film, and, most astoundingly, the leads are not only good, they actually compare to the movie‘s stars.
The show is just plain fun to watch, with its rising stage, realistic rain and stunning, colorful costumes.
But fun is what it‘s all about here. No deep meanings, no serious overtones, no mulling over what you just saw when you
leave the theater. Just be prepared to be humming and whistling the wonderful Brown and Freed tunes for a day or two
afterwards — and maybe even having to suppress a desire to tap dance down the street ... even if it‘s rainy and cold.‖
Diane Aden Hayes – Post-Tribune

―As my mate said as we filed out the door: "It makes you feel like tap dancing out."
Meanwhile, overheard as we passed a woman on a bench in the lobby talking on a cell phone to a friend or relative:
"I'm singin' in the rain ... just singin' in the rain."
That's what the acknowledged "greatest musical ever" does to you…Makes you want to sing and dance all the way home…I
highly recommend it.‖
Don Snider - Times

Fifth of July
―Director Michael Weber has done a great job of building on Wilson's strengths, packing this production with fine actors who
know how to plumb the script's depths.‖
Jack Helbig – The Reader

―Wilson‘s strong finish to his trilogy of plays focusing on the Tally family, is given a proud, elegiac production here by the
Oak Park Festival Theatre…Director Michael Weber uses Austin Gardens‘ natural atmosphere to emphasize Wilson‘s
characters‘ love of the land and wields a subtle, naturalistic hand with his phenomenal cast.‖
Brian Kirst - Chicago Free Press

Emotions explode in 'Fifth of July'
"5th of July," smoothly directed by Michael Weber, is a sequel to the playwright's trilogy that includes "Talley's Folly," which
Festival Theatre produced in 2007 to critical acclaim.‖
Tom Witom - Chicago Sun Times

The '5th of July,' America's 'morning after'
―Directed by Michael Weber, this nicely mounted work is insightful about the challenges of coping with life's frequent
transitions...You may remember the first play in this Talley Trilogy performed here two summers ago. Talley's Folly focused
on Aunt Sally when she was younger and in love. 5th of July is an ensemble work, and the entire cast is dynamic.‖
Doug Deuchler - Wednesday Journal

―Under director Michael Weber, Oak Park Festival has mounted an earnest and lively production of Fifth of July, with a fine
ensemble of equals…The always-delightful Austin Gardens lush outdoor setting is a perfect environment for a play set in the
summertime.‖
Jonathan Abarbanel - Windy City Times

―The show was staged appropriately outdoors which added a nice emotional and character flair…it was fantastic and
captivating… overall the cast and casting was done very nicely…There were amazing stage pictures throughout and the actors
were very aware of where everyone was at onstage and how to give off their presence.‖
Nicholas Ryan Lamb – Steadstyle Chicago

Talley’s Folly
―Michael Weber directs Wilson's story of an unlikely, if not exactly star-crossed, couple inching toward middle age with a
hand that spares the sentimentality and emphasizes the vinegary vulnerability of both characters… a warmhearted, wistful,
and sometimes-pointed portrait of against-the-odds romance, a welcome change from summer love stories awash in nubile
teens.
Kerry Reid-Chicago Tribune

―It's purely character and dialogue driven, and with its static location and unwavering focus on just two people, "Talley's
Folly" could become mired in stasis in a heartbeat. But director Michael Weber, whose work has gotten even deeper since his
abrupt departure from the post of Artistic Director at the Drury Lane, Water Tower Place a few years ago, shapes a dynamic,
                                                                9
emotional valentine. This is a love story without pyrotechnics, but it is heartfelt to the core.‖
Catie Sullivan-Pioneer Press

―Michael Weber directs with a sure and subtle touch that gives this play a poetic and lyrical feel… We can't help but care for
these characters because of charismatic David Girolmo's performance as Matt and Maggie Graham's portrayal of Sally.‖
Betty Mohr-Daily Southtown

The Petrified Forest
―This play is, above all, a sad work about the death of idealism and the impotence of the creative classes. Look closely at this
typically detailed and dignified revival from Michael Weber, and it feels like you can see all that… And Weber's earnest and
irony-free revival is exceedingly faithful to its source.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

 ―Theatre at the Center is reviving "The Petrified Forest" in the hope that the play has something to offer beyond its Bogart
nostalgia. The play, under Michael Weber's sharp directing, turns out to be well worth a revival.‖ ***1/2
Dan Zeff - Copley News Service

―Under artistic director Michael Weber's guidance, the production of Robert E. Sherwood's powerful 1935 drama The
Petrified Forest captured the entire flavor of a Depression-era Humphrey Bogart thriller, Maltese Falcon and Key Largo
style… this superb production has less to do with plot than Weber's phenomenal directing and an excellent cast. Unfortunately
for Theater at the Center, Weber will be leaving after the next production. Somehow, the entire drama returns to the days of
yesteryear. Every bit of acting matches the mid-Depression-era dialogue. Though dated, and in some places hokey, the
combination of superb performances and classic script work… This is a must ride back in time.‖
Myra Eder – The Star Newspapers

―Theatre at the Center comes up with a winner with the intensely realistic revival of Robert Sherwood‘s
psychologically complicated suspense drama…a fascinating, rewarding production.‖
Kathleen Tobin – The Beverly Review

 ―Michael Weber selected a seldom produced drama that presents well on stage… Classics need to be produced for each
generation and this production is terrific… Full of light moments, intellectual expressions and melodramatic action, The
Petrified Forest is an engaging show that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout… The Petrified Forest is
engaging theatre. Recommended‖
Tom Williams – Chicagocritic.com

She Loves Me (Jeff Award BEST PRODUCTION nomination)
―Michael Weber is leaving his position as artistic director at the Theatre at the Center for a similar position with a new Drury
Lane Theatre in downtown Chicago. But at least Weber is leaving a winner, with his delightful revival of the 1963 musical
She Loves Me… In a show like this, touch is everything. Michael Weber sustains the fragile charm (there's that word again) of
the show to keep the production buoyant. The result is a delectable fairy tale about two ordinary but very sympathetic people
who live happily ever after.‖ ****
Dan Zeff - Copley News Service

―Departing artistic director, Michael Weber leaves Theatre at The Center in Munster, Indiana with a wonderful show…
Director Michael Weber has cast the show with able performers who win our hearts… Treat yourself (and your loved ones) to
this smart, last of the classic romantic musicals. In the hands of Michael Weber, Theatre at the Center‘s She Loves Me looks
feels dances and sings like a major Broadway production, yet it is comfortably staged in the intimate confines of Munster‘s
thrust stage. This is ‗feel-good‘ theatre at its finest. Recommended‖
Tom Williams – Chicagocritic.com

I Do! I Do! (Premiere of new adaptation set in Chicago)
―Director Michael Weber could have set the piece on Krypton and it still would have worked. Kettenring's rendition of "What
Is A Woman" is worth the price of admission as is Tovar's "I Love My Wife". Kettenring and Tovar also do nice work on the
duets "Together Forever," "Nobody's Perfect," "When the Kids Get Married". When the old age make up is applied and the
duo sing "This Has Been A Very Good House", there was nary a dry eye in the house. Douglas Peck's musical direction is
also as masterful as the two performers.‖
Michael J. Roberts-Broadwayworld.com
                                                                 10
―Schmidt and Jones set their musical portrait of a marriage between 1895 and 1945. There's precious little subversion.
Schmidt and Jones were writing in 1966, which was before the 1960s really began.

Michael Weber, the director of the ambitious and detailed revival that opened Monday at American Theater Company, sets
out to change that. He moves the marriage to the years between the late 1950s and the present day. And he makes Agnes and
Michael -- originally an Everyman pair with no geographic specificity -- into full-on Chicagoans. Thanks to some clever fake
film footage, we see this Frango-loving pair courting at Riverview, living around Southport and Addison, being photographed
with Mayor Daley I.

The concept is entertaining and exquisitely detailed and followed with precision by the very game performers Heidi
Kettenring and Stef Tovar. And as a device to freshen the show, localize it for a Chicago audience and let us hear this score
again, it has its merits.‖
Chris Jones-Chicago Tribune

―The skillful director and "adapter" Michael Weber has deftly updated the piece and placed it in Chicago. Tinker Toys and
Pucci prints are among the era-markers; the Playboy Mansion and rising John Hancock tower are part of the archival video
backdrop.‖
Hedy Weiss-Chicago Sun-Times

I Do! I Do!
―You Must! You Must! OK, it's time to take out your itinerary for the coming week and if you haven't done it already pencil
in a visit to the Bar Harbor Theatre's production of the musical, I Do! I Do! No, use a pen, then underline it and add a couple
of stars. In other words, this is a show not to be missed. It really doesn't get much better than this, anywhere - Boston, New
York, Chicago - so when it happens to land right here at your doorstep - well, you'd have to be crazy to pass up the
opportunity...Michael Weber's direction was terrific - I don't think there was a static moment throughout the play.‖
Nan Lincoln – Bar Harbor Times

―I Do! I Do! hits it, hits it! Michael Weber‘s direction is straightforward and clean…I Do! I Do! is a worthwhile
commitment.‖
Caitlin Tunney – Mount Desert Islander

Mid-Life, the Crisis Musical (Chicago Premiere)
―The cheeky, pun-filled lyrics are amusing. And the show, which unfolds on set designer Kevin Depinet's bright, well-
manicured suburban paradise, benefits from Michael Weber's breezy direction and a cast with solid comedic chops.‖
***
Barbara Vitelo-Daily Herald

42nd Street
―A gem of a revival…much of (Gower) Champions pizzazz has been reconstructed by director Michael Weber with right-on-
the-money staging…a wonderful old-fashioned musical.‖
Betty Mohr – Daily Southtown

―Michel Weber‘s direction gels this show with panache. Each actor gives a multi-faceted performance with depth that fleshes
out this classically caricaturish book.‖
Katherine Burke – Backstage

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
―Director Michael Weber shows off Theatre at the Center at its very best, with a light and flexible crew of the four ensemble
members, a piano and a violin. Weber‘s staging is clever and snappy, with a big dash of cheese thrown on top.‖
Katherine Burke – Backstage

―I Love You, You‘re Perfect, Now Change…is being given a nearly flawless staging by director Michael Weber.‖
Betty Mohr – Daily Southtown

―Best Bet‖
The Hammond Times
                                                               11
High Society (Chicago Premiere)
Under Artistic Director Michael Weber, Theatre at the Center has shown that it can compete with Chicago‘s musical houses.
Weber‘s latest effort is an impressively full-blown affair.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

―Michael Weber has created an elegant musical confection.‖
Betty Mohr – Daily Southtown

Pump Boys and Dinettes
―Working with a talented cast, Weber and music director Greg Walters have captured the musical‘s essential buoyancy.‖
Jenn Goddu – Chicago Sun Times

―Theatre at the Center‘s production, under director Michael Weber‘s sure-fire staging, is by far the best of the recent
reincarnations of the show.‖
Betty Mohr – Daily Southtown

Moon Over Buffalo (Chicago Premiere)
―Director Michael Weber‘s cast plays the material for all it‘s worth, and maybe a little bit more. It is as they used to say back
in the ‗50‘s, ―a laff riot.‖
Richard Christensen – Chicago Tribune

―Director Michael Weber realizes the play‘s comic intent with controlled wit. The audience rewards the ensemble‘s boundless
energy with well-deserved laughter.‖
Jenn Goddu – Chicago Sun Times

Here’s Love! Miracle on 34th Street (Chicago Premiere)
―Michael Weber has mounted a big, complex production with efficiency and spark. As usual with Weber‘s work, there‘s a
solid supporting cast. When they all come out for their curtain call, the holiday good cheer is spread all over the place.‖
Richard Christensen – Chicago Tribune

―Despite a lackluster songbook, the saving grace is Michael Weber‘s well-paced direction. One of the merrier holiday
offerings, this show is guaranteed to get you into a joyous mood for Christmas.‖
Betty Mohr – Daily Southtown

Meet Me In St. Louis (Chicago Premiere new adaptation)
―As directed by Michael Weber, the cast is enthusiastic and engaging, and its conviction makes the loves scenes and little
battles in the Smith family believable. Whether at a party or a ball or aboard a trolley, this ensemble genuinely seems to be
enjoying itself. Weber‘s imaginative blocking fills the stage with movement.‖
Jenn Goddu – Chicago Sun Times

―The best show of the season. Michael Weber has succeeded in overcoming the musical comedy‘s character stereotypes and
dated story line. Weber crafts a delightful presentation in which we actually care about whether Esther gets her man and
whether Warren will propose to Rose. Weber‘s staging helps a lot since it allows for no slow movements, keeping the action
moving and the pacing just right.‖
Betty Mohr – Daily Southtown

―Michael Weber‘s expansive revival is a grand and admirable effort at giving Theatre at the Center audiences plenty of old-
fashioned show for their holiday money. Weber does his level best to stick most of the 1944 Vincente Minnelli movie on the
stage.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

Nunsense
―Theatre at the Center‘s production of NUNSENSE is a riotous whirlwind, fueled by the rapid-fire direction of Michael
Weber. ****‖
Jeff Rossen – Gay Chicago


                                                               12
Forever Plaid
(Co-Directed with Paul Pement, Jeff Award BEST PRODUCTION nominated)
―Judging by the ecstatic reaction to the show…there‘s pent up demand for the ―Plaid‖ crew.‖
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune

―The production was delightfully staged on the thrust semi-circular stage…The absolutely funniest scene has the Plaids
recreating the Ed Sullivan Show…it‘s a rocket-paced, perfectly choreographed and executed take on variety that left the
audience in stitches…this is a don‘t miss.‖
Myra Eder – Star Newspapers

Soup Du Jour (Chicago Premiere)
―Michael Weber's period perfect staging turns six Depression-era stereotypes into people you want to hug.‖
Lawrence Bommer – Chicago Reader

 ―Musical comedy heaven! The show is lean and polished with nary a wasted reprise or throwaway gag in sight. And it has
been directed with enormous style and flair befitting its thirties milieu by the gifted Michael Weber.‖
Joe Stead – Steadstyle Chicago

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – ―Much credit must go to the talented director, Michael Weber, for assembling this compatible
cast. Weber understands old fashion musical romantic comedy and how to make it work on stage. He gives us a polished
charming show that moves along nicely with many laughs and no fluff.‖
Tom Williams – Wicker Park Voice




                                                             13

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:59
posted:8/7/2011
language:German
pages:13