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2014, and Godspell #1

posted Oct 31, 2013, 12:11 PM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Oct 31, 2013, 12:11 PM ]

        Currently closing the smach hit revival of The Texas Chainsaw Musical, Eric is steeped in projects just waiting to get started.  First of all, since we last met, he founded the Cleveland Stage Alliance, a website devoted to any and all local theatre in the Northeast Ohio region.  The site was created to level the playing field and show patrons of the arts the sheer magnitude of choices they have for locally produced theatrical programming.
        Next week, Eric will begin rehearsals for his first production of Godspell.  This is a show that everybody does at least once, if not five times, in their lifetime, and he will be following in the footsteps of both his father Jon, and his brother Kevin.  This production, however, will be like none you have seen before.  From the director of The Texas Chainsaw Musical, this production is set entirely in a child's bedroom (complete with a child) and the disciples are actually his toys and posters come-to-life to help him navigate his spirituality.  Blank Canvas Theatre will produce this re-imagined classic.  Tickets are $15 and more information can be found on the Calendar page.
        To kick of 2014 with a bang, Eric will be taking on Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza.  The show is about a young girl who goes to Italy with her mother, and finds love in a native boy named Fabrizio Nacarelli.  Matters are complicated by the parents' disagreements and difference in custom between the two cultures.  Eric will be playing Giuseppe Nacarelli, the philandering brother who at times lends a much needed comedic relief.  The show will be presented by Lakeland Civic Theatre at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland.  Tickets information is pending, but the show goes up January 31st for three weekends.  More information can be found on the Calendar page.
        The most exciting news comes much, much later in the year.  Eric will be directing his first show, The Boy Friend, at the Cassidy Theatre in Parma Heights.  The show is a classic from the 1950s, spoofing musical comedies of the 1920s.  The original Broadway production gave Julie Andrews her first big break.  The production, as envisioned by Eric, will be a fun filled night that will help you to forget all your troubles and make you want to Charleston.  Tickets are $15-$20 and can be purchased HERE.

pARTy in Gordon Square

posted Jun 6, 2013, 6:31 AM by Eric Fancher

    This Saturday, June 8th, Eric will be performing with the Blank Canvas Theatre for the pARTy in Gordon Square, a celebration of the thriving arts community within the inner-city neighborhood.  The performance will take place at 3:30 at the "Near West Theatre Stage" on the site of their future home on W67th and Detroit.  This will be preceeded by performances from some of Eric's colleagues from Near West Theatre.  Eric will be performing in the ensemble in a selection from Working, as well as performing "Growing Up" and "Our Time" from Merrily We Roll Along.  Admission is free and there will be art, beer gardens, fashion, food and more!

More information on the party can be found HERE.

The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

posted Mar 9, 2013, 5:46 AM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Mar 9, 2013, 5:47 AM ]

    Over the past few weeks, Eric has had the pleasure of opening These Are The Times, as well as getting cast in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Well and Living In Paris at Near West Theatre as well as a special benefit concert production of one of his personal favorite shows, Merrily We Roll Along, at Blank Canvas Theatre.  Most recently, he was cast in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Beck Center for the Arts.
    Jacques Paris will be a production like none you have ever seen.  The show itself was originally written for two men and two women on stools singing and interpreting the works of French poet/songwriter Jacques Brel.  Near West Theatre's production will feature 39 teens and adults each going on journeys through their own lives using Brel's music and lyrics as a road map.  With almost circus like staging, and one of the most multi-talented casts Near West Theatre has ever assembled, it is sure to be a production not to miss.  The show runs May 3rd-19th, tickets are 8 dollars general admission and showtimes can be found on the Calendar page.
    Blank Canvas's second season is hit midway through with a special production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along.  Eric will be playing the role of Frank, who achieves fame and fortune while forgetting what helped him get there- old friends.  This rarely-produced show from Sondehim's cannon will be directed by Marc Moritz, a member of the original Broadway cast.  The night will be filled with fun, raffles, prizes, and of course, the show.  Ticket information is still pending, but the show will take place for two nights only, May 24th and 25th.  Showtimes can be found on the Calendar page.
    The Beck Center's summer shows are always large Broadway musical comedies, but few are as large or funny as this summer's production of Monty Python's Spamalot.  Lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as well as drawing on the rest of the Python universe.  The "Pythons" in this production include Dougfred Miller as King Arthur, Matthew Ryan Thompson as Sir Robin, Brian Altman as Sir Lancelot, as well as Eric, who will be portraying Sir Galahad as well as the notorious Black Knight.  Full cast information can be viewed on the Stage Resumé page.  Tickets are $12 for students 22 and under, $28 for adults and can be purchased HERE.
    Keep checking back for updates on the return of the re-revised version of The Texas Chainsaw Musical! this fall!

We Are "The Times"!

posted Jan 7, 2013, 6:49 AM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Jan 7, 2013, 8:20 AM ]

There's a new show in town and it's premiering at the Cleveland Public Theatre's "Big Box" new plays festival.  The show is called These Are The Times, by David Hansen.  Fact and fiction overlap in this theatrical panorama of Cleveland's heyday. Bernard Schrader discovers a life in the theater during the Cleveland Centennial, 1936, but decisions made then bring down a fledgling improv comedy troupe during the 1950s Red Scare.  Act One is presented as a Federal Theater Project "Living Newspaper" recounting the events of 1936. It is told in reverse chronology, following the career trajectory of Bernard, a college drop-out and would-be activist who discovers a life in the theater through luck and pluck.  Act Two is presented as a sketch improv comedy show. Spanning the years 1954-60, it follows the development and success of a small company of young comedians, mentored by Barney Silver. Events from the 1930s return to haunt these young performers, culminating in an appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.  In this production, Eric plays many roles including Orson Welles, Elliot Ness, and Danny Michaels (who is based on the real-life comedian/director Mike Nichols).  This is also the first show he is starring in with his good friend Joseph Dunn since they were in Chicago together during high school.  Tickets are 15 dollars, but they have 10 dollar discounted tickets on Thursday, and on Friday they have free beer after the show!  Tickets can be ordered HERE, and more information on the show can be found on CPT's website HERE.  The show runs March 7-9.  More info on the Calendar page.

Come to the garden- of Eden.

posted Sep 4, 2012, 2:43 PM by Eric Fancher

        It's a story everybody knows.  God makes man, God makes woman, women eats apple, man loves woman, God loses man.  But the hardest part of love is letting go.  This is a retelling of the book of Genesis like you may have never seen.  Robert Navis, Jr. has amassed a cast of over 60 youth, teen, and adult actors from varied experience levels to create a musical, visual, and emotional spectacle on the third floor of the St. Patrick's Club Building.  The show called Children of Eden, written by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, never had a Broadway run, but is one of the 20 most licensed shows in the MTI library.  Originally produced in 1991 in London, then re-worked to the version we have today in 1997 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, the show has undergone many changes.  Eric's role in this production, that of both Adam and Noah, were originally two separate roles in London.  Eric is eager to return to Near West Theatre, one of the few places an actor can open up fully, without the sense of judgement or ridicule.  Jordan Cooper will serve as the musical director and Hope Schultz will take over Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek's usual role of choreographer for this production.  The production opens November 16th, and will run for three weeks.  Tickets are 8 dollars, general admission and can be purchased HERE.  You can find showtimes there as well, or look at my CALENDAR page.

Summer News

posted May 23, 2012, 6:55 AM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Aug 14, 2012, 9:21 AM ]

        As the spring winds down and the summer approaches, Eric leaves Ragtime behind and looks forward to starting Little Women this summer, which he is directing with Sarah Clare.  The show is cast, and begins rehearsals on May 27th.  The extremely talented company of actors is listed on the Little Women page in the Stage Resume.
        After Little Women, he will be returning to his very first show, Arsenic and Old Lace, at the Cassidy Theatre.  This time around, he will be playing Mortimer's other brother, Teddy Brewster.  The show is about a man whose aunts take pity on lonely old men by poisoning them with arsenic mixed with elderberry wine and burying them in their cellar.  Mortimer's brothers are both "crazy", the one who lives with his aunts, Teddy, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and Jonathan who is on the run from the law with his accomplice (and plastic surgeon) Dr. Einstein.  This show goes up in August, and more information can be found on the Calendar page.

March News

posted Mar 19, 2012, 3:04 PM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Apr 17, 2012, 4:06 PM ]

        After opening and closing A Night With Rodgers and Hammerstein to large crowds and positive reaction, Eric has begun rehearsals for his next project, Ragtime at Near West TheatreRagtime is a musical from the late 1990s, with a book by Terrence McNally and with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Aherns.  Based on the celebrated novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant.  In this show, Eric portrays Mother's Younger Brother, who is a young man in search of something to believe in, a cause.  The intensely difficult score will once again be tackled by Jordan Cooper, and the show's concept will take on a Vaudevillian style, quite different from it's original presentation on Broadway both in 1998 and in 2009.  The show will run from May 4th through May 20th.  Tickets are a mere 8 dollars for adults, but should be ordered in advance.  You can purchase tickets online HERE, or you can make a reservation with your credit card by calling 216-961-6391.

Following his turn in Ragtime, Eric will once again return to Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory to be the Co-Director for Little Women: The Musical.  He will once again be working with his girlfriend and creative partner Sarah Clare to create a show using a youthful cast, but worthy of adult tastes and audiences.  The show follows the story of the classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott.  It focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio.  Youssef Hamid will musical direct.  Auditions will occur at the end of April, and the show will run Thursday through Sunday, July 6th through July 15th.

More information on showtimes and ticket information for both shows can be found on the Calendar page.

Spring Projects

posted Feb 27, 2012, 9:05 AM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 3:11 PM ]

        The Music Man opened this past weekend to packed houses and Eric began work on his next project, A Night With Rodgers and Hammerstein at Cassidy Theatre in Parma Heights.  The musical review, featuring songs from the collaborative library of  Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, will be directed and musically directed by Jordan Cooper, with whom Eric has worked previously with on A Year With Frog and Toad, Altar Boyz, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Santa's Toys, and The Texas Chainsaw Musical.  This show, not included in Cassidy's regular season, will be presented the Friday-Sunday of St. Patrick's Day weekend, Mach 16, 17 at 8pm and March 18 at 3pm.
        Following this show, Eric will once again be working with Fred Sternfeld, this time on a staged reading for Interplay Jewish Theatre at Dobama Theatre called House, Divided.  More about the event, including cast biographies and a show synopsis can be found at Fred Sternfeld's page HERE.  More information on additional spring projects is on the horizon.  Check back soon.

2012 News

posted Nov 26, 2011, 6:29 AM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Feb 27, 2012, 9:07 AM ]

       To kick off the new year with a roar, Eric will be appearing in the Ohio Premiere of The Texas Chainsaw Musical! as "Steven, the pantywaist runt" in the inaugural production of the inaugural season of the Blank Canvas Theatre at West 78th Street Studios.  The Texas Chainsaw Musical! is the coming of age story about a handsome serial killer, his overly affectionate Momma, the woman he loves, and the pantywaist runt that ruins everything. It is a comedy/horror play very loosely based on the true story of Ed Gein, the inspiration behind Psycho, while having nothing to do with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It is an adult rock musical loosely set in the 1970’s.  The show is directed and designed by Patrick Ciamacco, with Musical direction by Jordan Cooper.  P.J. Toomey, Cleveland's leading theatrical makeup and special effects artist, will be doing all the blood effects.  The costumes will be handled by Cleveland's renowned designer Jenniver Sporano.  Tickets are 15 dollars each and can be purchased HERE.  More information, including a full cast list can be seen at the Blank Canvas Theatre's website.  There is a splatter zone for this show, so get your tickets and be a part of the bloody fun!

    Following this foray into the mind of a serial killer, Eric will be handling a much lighter role in much lighter fare as a part of The Music Man at Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory.  Eric will be playing the role of Mayor Shinn, participating as a guest artist in the talented company of young actors.

More information on these events can be viewed on the Calendar page, with dates, locations, and times.

August News

posted Aug 5, 2011, 8:45 AM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Aug 5, 2011, 9:33 AM ]

Eric has new projects coming up after Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.  One week from today, on August 12th, Eric will be performing in a reading of Larry Nehring's new play End of the Road as a part of the Dobama's Playwrights' GYM new play development program at Dobama Theatre.  The rest of the cast includes Tricia Bestic*, John Buck Jr.*, Christine Fallon, Dougfred Miller*, and Tom Woodward with stage directions read by Christine McBurney.  This event is free, though donations are accepted.

Coming up in September, Eric will be playing the Reverend David Marshall Lee in The Foreigner at Huntington Playhouse in Bay Village, OH.  Tickets are $20 for Adults, and $10 for students (18 and under).

In October, Eric will be performing in A Little Night Music at the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory in Mayfield Village, OH.  He plays the role of Frid, servent to Madame Armfeldt, portrayed by Cleveland theatre legend Dorothy Silver.  Other cast members include Tracee Patterson* as Desiree Armfeldt and Matthew Wright* as Fredrick Egerman.  More information on this event can be found on director and producer Fred Sternfeld's website HERE.  Tickets are $25 for Adults, $23 for Seniors, $17 for Students, $14 for Children (12 and under).

More information on these events can be viewed on the Calendar page, with dates, locations, and times.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

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