It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Everyone's favorite holiday tale, told in a whole new way.
adapted by Joe Landry
Original Music and Musical Arrangements by Kevin Connors
Back by popular demand, this holiday classic returns to The Rep’s stage to close the 2019 season.
Ring in the holidays with an entertaining spin on a familiar holiday favorite. Set in a 1940s radio station on Christmas Eve, enjoy a live radio version of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film as the actors on stage transform into dozens of characters from Bedford Falls. Faced with the threat of scandal and financial ruin, George Bailey experiences a crisis of faith and wishes he had never been born. Divine intervention arrives in the form of Clarence (Angel Second Class), who is on a mission to restore George’s will to live… and earn his own wings in the process. Every life impacts countless others, whether we know it or not.
Sponsored by: UAMS College of Pharmacy, AR Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Bank of America, Harriet & Warren Stephens, and Rose Law Firm
(Freddie Filmore/Music Director) Larry Daggett is thrilled to be return to Arkansas Repertory Theatre, having previously appeared here in seven shows. Credits include: Ragtime (Henry Ford; original Broadway cast), Candide (New York City Opera), Red Hot and Cole (Cole Porter, National Tour), My Fair Lady (Alfred Doolittle/ Colonel Pickering), Damn Yankees (Applegate), Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote, Dr. Carrasco, Barber), A Midsummer Night ‘s Dream (Quince), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Follies, (Benjamin Stone), Souvenir (Cosme McMoon), A Little Night Music (Fredrik Egerman), Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake), Annie (Rooster), Sunset Boulevard (Max von Mayerling), H.M.S. Pinafore (Captain Corcoran),The Full Monty (Harold), Oliver! (Fagin), This Wonderful Life (36 Characters), Seussical (Cat in the Hat), 1776 (Richard Henry Lee), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Bernadette; IRNE Award), The Mikado (Pish-Tush), Tom Jones (Mister Allworthy), Carousel (Mr. Snow), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Chico), Mr. President (President Henderson), Li’l Abner (Dr. Finsdale), On The Twentieth Century (Conductor Flanagan), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes), Some Enchanted Evening (Lead Singer), Front and Center (with Whoopi Goldberg), Drat! The Cat! (Lucius Van Guilder), What Makes Sammy Run? (Al Manheim), The Man Who Came To Dinner (Beverly Carlton), Hay Fever (David), The Happy Time (Uncle Louis), Show Boat (Frank), Cinderella (the King), The Goodbye Girl (Mark/Ricky), Candida (Morell), Father’s Day (Tom), Big River (The Duke), and many more at theatres which include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Asolo State Theatre of Florida, Barnstormers Theatre, Barrington Stage, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape May Stage, Cleveland Play House, East Lynne Theatre Company, Engeman Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre of Boston, Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Repertory, Fulton Opera, Goodspeed Opera, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Mt. Washington Valley Theatre, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Harmony, North Shore Music Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Shenandoah Music Theatre, Sierra Repertory, Theatre League of Kansas City, Virginia Musical Theatre, White Plains Performing Arts Center, among others. Graduate of the Asolo Theatre (M.F.A.), the Grove School of Music (Piano/Composition major), and the Lehman Engel Workshop for the development of new musicals, Larry is also CEO of New Tune Entertainment, LLC, a company built for the production of original short musical films. For more information please visit www.LarryDaggett.com and www.NewTuneEntertainment.com
(Jake Lauents) A California native, Alan Dronek received his MFA from UNLV and currently resides in New York City. Alan is thrilled to be making his Arkansas Rep. debut. Regional theater credits include: Detroit (Theatre with a View); Pride and Prejudice (Cincinnati Playhouse); Noises Off, Summers of Fear, The Fantasticks, Fool for Love (Nevada Conservatory Theatre).
Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood
(Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood) happily returns to The Rep, where he appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and The School for Lies, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. His work has been seen Off-Broadway and at many of the country’s major resident theaters, including The Pearl, Denver Center, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Baltimore Center Stage, Pioneer Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, TheatreSquared, Syracuse Stage, The Kitchen, Mill Mountain, White Heron, and four seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Difficult People, and commercials for Google, US Cellular, and Humira. Patrick is a Bucknell graduate and native of Poughkeepsie, NY. He celebrates the audiences and loyal supporters of the Rep, who have made this renaissance possible. www.patrickhalley.com
Honored to being making her Arkansas Rep debut! National Tour: The 39 Steps (Annabella/Pamela/Margaret) Select Regional: The Spitfire Grill (Meadow Brook Theatre), I Do! I Do! and Damn Yankees (Ozark Actors Theatre), Mack and Mabel (Bickford Theatre), Legally Blonde and Lend Me a Tenor (Palace Theatre), Baskerville and Cabaret (Surflight Theatre), 8-Track (Gretna Theatre), BUDDY (NCC Summer Theatre). Directing: Hello Dolly! (Ozark Actors Theatre), All my love to Dan! www.larissaklinger.com
Mary is delighted to be performing at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. As an actor she has worked in all mediums: theatre, film, TV, radio and animation. On stage she recently starred in the one woman play An Evening With Lola Montez that premiered at Capital Fringe, and appeared in Did You Hear Her Voice?. A few of her other credits include Boardwalk Empire, Man With A Gun, POP!, Train, Room 333, Dracula, Clutter, DNA, Live Forever, and Moving Mountains. She can currently be heard on Disney’s animated series Octonauts, PBS Kids’ Past/Present, Muzzy, voicing the role of Venus in Kinetic Light’s Descent, and on various audio books and audio dramas. She performs regularly in Fireside Mystery Theatre’s live radio shows and podcast program, and has played various roles on recent seasons of The NoSleep Series, The Lift, and To The Manor Borne. AEA/SAG-AFTRA