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David Lyman, Theatre Critic, The Cincinnati Enquirer
A new and exciting two-person bio-musical about the life and career of actress, singer, and Hollywood legend Rosemary Clooney.
Concept and book by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman with terrific new arrangements of Rosie's greatest hits.
Two actors, and a three piece jazz ensemble - TENDERLY has simple production values and big box-office appeal.
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"When Vogt and Friedman sneak an original song into the mix, it fits in so naturally with the 1940s and 1950s songs that it could fool you into thinking it's a lesser-known B-side from Clooney's back catalog.
Sam Herwitt, San Jose Mercury News
"A thoroughly entertaining two hours on the Playhouse stage - appealing to audiences - the show has been extended twice! "
Rick Pender, Theatre Critic Cincinnati City Beat
Overall, “Tenderly” is thoroughly entertaining, captivating the audience from beginning to end. I wouldn’t hesitate to say it is one of the best theatrical productions I have seen this year! This is a must-see show!
Jan Miller, Critic, Joint Forces Journal
BELOW: Susan Haefner as Rosemary Clooney in the 2014-15 CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK production.
BELOW: Mark Farrell as The Doctor and Lynda DiVitos as Rosemary Clooney in the 2015 CENTER REP production.
BELOW: Scott Stoney as The Doctor and Tory Ross as Rosemary Clooney in the 2012 VICTORIA THEATRE production.
ABOVE: Susan Haefner as Rosemary Clooney in the 2014-15 CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK production.
“TENDERLY The Rosemary Clooney Musical does not fail, this touching portrayal goes beyond the basic jukebox."
Vince Mediaa - Media Backstage.com
TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL is not a typical "juke-box musical." It offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend.
In TENDERLY, Rosemary Clooney's journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom.
ABOVE: Lynda DiVito as Rosemary Clooney and Mark Farrell as The Doctor in the 2015 CENTER REP production.
With Rosie's signature songs woven in and out, welearn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life - with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll and her battles with addiction and depression. Audiences stand and cheer as they rejoice at her triumphant comeback and even more succesful career as a jazz singer.
ABOVE: Lynda DiVito as Rosemary Clooney in the 2015 CENTER REP production.
It was first featured featured in 2010 at the Human Race Theatre New Works Festival on Dayton, Ohio.
The stage premiere took place at the historic Victoria Theatre in Dayton, Ohio where it played in their 2012 Broadway Series to over 15,000 people.
The TONY AWARD winning CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK featured TENDERLY in November 2014 through January 2015 - where it broke all Playhouse box office records and was extended two times.
TENDERLY is playing to rave reviews at CENTER REP in Walnut Creek, CA, September - October 2015.
It will play at the WILLIAMS STREET THEATRE in Crystal Lake, IL, January - February 2016.
"The audience really enjoyed themselves, bursting into applause and getting lost in the various concert scenes as if we were transported back to an era were music was more elegant. If you want to see it, you better call the Box Office today; its selling out night after night."
Kirk Shepherd, Cincinnnati Arts Critic
"Tenderly" is decribed by Nick Clooney, Rosemary's brother, as "the perfect show with the arc of our lives." Reviews from critics and audiences alike have been outstanding.
Production needs are minimal - music is arranged for a small 3 piece jazz combo: piano, bass, drums/percussion
You will love hearing classic standards by Irving Berlin, Stan Freeman, Jerry Ross, Richard Adler, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and many others - with songs such as: