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Season 102

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February 7-9 & 14-16, 2020

There’s this song writing team—but they aren’t a team when our musical begins. He’s already a successful composer (think Marvin Hamlisch). She’s a slightly crazy but very talented lyricist (think Carole Bayer Sager). First, she’s intimidated working with such a successful man. But that doesn’t last very long and sparks begin to fly—professional and romantic sparks. (Think Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager’s real life romance.) Ten great songs to share their story with us in a great script by Neil Simon (Think THE ODD COUPLE.). A delightful musical treat right around Valentine’s Day.

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Director

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Ric Roberts

Ric is very proud that in 2020 he will be celebrating his 45th year in theatre. The veteran actor/director has an impressive list of credits at Bay City Players (Music Man, Kiss Me Kate, 1940’s Radio Hour) Pit & Balcony, S.V.S.U., Bay City Players, and the 1997 Off-Broadway Musical production of That’s Life! in New York City.

 

Ric has been very involved with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He has served as KCACTF festival host four times, spent four years as the Michigan State Chair, three years as Region III Vice-Chair and recently finished serving as Region III Chair. In 2019, Ric was recently honored by having his name placed on the Kennedy Center American College theatre Festival wall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Ric recently retired from teaching after serving as chair of the department of theatre at Saginaw Valley State University where he is was full Professor. He received his BA in Theatre from S.V.S.U. and his M.F.A. in Drama/Theatre for the Young from Eastern Michigan University. He studied professionally at the New Actors Workshop in New York City.

 

An avid singer, he sings 1st tenor in the choir at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saginaw and with the Saginaw Choral Society. He has been a past featured soloist at the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival on Beaver Island. Ric and his husband, Jeremiah Kraniak, are currently restoring a thirty-two room mansion in the Cathedral District in Downtown Saginaw.

Musical Director

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Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist who garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families. He has shared the concert stage with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, William Warfield, Sylvia McNair, Lorin Maazel, Itzhak Perlman, Brian d’Arcy James, Barbara Cook, Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman, Idina Menzel and friend and mentor Marvin Hamlisch. Kevin has given Master Classes in musical theatre vocal performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as Musical Director for Pasadena Playhouse, Michigan Ensemble Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Royal George Theatre (Chicago) and New York Musical Theatre Festival. Kevin is also an internationally known concert pianist whose engagements include sold-out performances at Hollywood Bow, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua Institute and legendary Carnegie Hall. Kevin has been active at Bay City Players as Music Director, Assistant Director and Actor-Singer. He has been instrumental in the progress of renovations to the theatre through many benefit concerts. One of his original musicals, A SHINE ON YOUR SHOES, made its premiere at Bay City Players in 2007.

Cast

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