May 24, 2016 | A Man of No Importance
Farmers Alley Theatre continues its temporary residence at the Little Theatre on Oakland Drive with the Regional Premiere of the charming and heartfelt musical, A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE. Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the show is written by Terrance McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the Tony-Award Winning team who created Ragtime. A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is a tender story of family, friendship and acceptance that teaches us it really is a wonderful thing to “love who you love.”
Alfie Byrne (Dirk Lumbard from our 2014 production of Cabaret) is a bus driver in 1964 Dublin, whose heart holds secrets he can’t share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde’s Salome in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.” But the redemptive power of theatre changes his life and brings his friends back to his side.
A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is a rare gem in the canon of musical theatre, one which combines the depth and drama of a play with the lyricism and comedy of a musical. A tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship, and coming to terms with who we are spreads a timely message that will move and inspire all audiences.
A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE will be directed by Kathy Mulay, who has helmed many of our other June Musicals including The Light in the Piazza, Next to Normal and Cabaret. Music Direction will be guided under the deft hand of Catherine A. Walker.
Dirk Lumbard returns to Kalamazoo to play the lead role of Alfie Byrne. Audiences will recognize Dirk from his role as the kindly shop-owner Herr Schultz in our production of Cabaret. Another out-of-town professional, Michael Ehlers (who our audience will remember from the 2013 production of I Love A Piano) joins the rest of the cast which is filled with local talent. Also starring Jeremy Koch, Denene Mulay Koch, Natalie Burdick, Michael Ray Helms, Whitney Weiner, Mary Teutsch, Zachary Joel Smits, Katelin Spencer, Mitch Voss, Emma Brock, Brian Panse, John Mulay and Kaghen Miller.
A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE will run for just two weekends only – JUNE 10-19 – at WMU’s LITTLE THEATRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE. This will be Farmers Alley Theatre’s second production at the Little Theatre after the rousing success of the Gilmore Festival collaboration MURDER FOR TWO.
Friday June 10th 8pm
Saturday June 11th 8pm
Thursday June 16th 730pm
Friday June 17th 8pm
Saturday June 18th 8pm
Sunday June 12th 2pm
Sunday June 19th 2pm
Tickets for A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE can be purchased by calling the Farmers Alley Theatre Box Office at (269) 343-2727 or by going online towww.farmersalleytheatre.com. Tickets are $35 adults/$33 seniors on Fri/Sat/Sun and $30 adults/$28 seniors on Thursday, June 16th.
The address for THE LITTLE THEATRE is 798 Oakland Drive.
A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is sponsored by The Continental Companies and Honigman Law Firm.
Any Questions? Please call Adam or Rob Weiner at (269) 343-2727.