8/7/2009 - HCAC: Jerry's Girls


Teaneck New Theatre (TNT)-in association with The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC)-presents Jerry's Girls, the third production of its 23rd season. Marilyn Schilkie of Teaneck directs the musical revue featuring the songs of Broadway composer/lyricist Jerry Herman. Passaic resident Stephen Banyra serves as musical director and Carrie Nagy of Clifton is choreographer.

Jerry's Girls takes to the boards from August 7-16 at HCAC, 39 Broadway, Hackensack. Show times are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

L to R: Fran Leonardis, Candice Gibson (Stage Manager), Beatriz Esteban-Messina, Marilyn Schilkie (Director), Steve Banyra (Musical Director), Elaine Enright, Carrie Nagy (Choreographer), Lisa Garrabrant, Alina Randazzo, Vanessa Rappa.

Jerry Herman won a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre this past June, and has also been honored with Tonys for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles. The Broadway production of Jerry's Girls, conceived by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry Herman, was cited by The New York Times as "a brilliantly lively and scintillating evening of cabaret." Herman's musical theatre output also includes Mame, Milk and Honey, Mack and Mabel, and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.

Among the highlights of Jerry's Girls are the musical numbers "We Need A Little Christmas," "I Won't Send Roses," "Bosom Buddies," "Before The Parade Passes By," "Hello Dolly," "It Only Takes A Moment," "I Am What I Am," and "Mame."

Bringing these hit songs to life are, in alphabetical order, Secaucus resident Elaine Enright; Beatriz Esteban-Messina of Union City; Lisa Garrabrant, a Little Falls resident; Fran Leonardis of Ringwood; Carrie Nagy (who doubles as choreographer), Vanessa Rappa of New Milford; Alina Randazzo, a resident of Emerson; and Marilyn Schilkie (doing double duty as director).

Serving as producer is Chris Sienkiewicz of Rutherford, and stage-managing the production is Candice Gibson of Montclair.

Tickets for Jerry's Girls are $18; $15 for students and seniors; and $12 for theatre parties of 10 or more.

For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. Visit TNT's web site at www.go-tnt.org for directions to the theatre and for online credit card ticket purchases through Theatermania (212 352-3101 or 1-866 811-4111).

Coming next from TNT: John Osborn's comedy Morning's At Seven, running October 30-November 15 at HCAC.