'Closer Than Ever' caps theater season

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka College will cap its theater season with the musical review “Closer Than Ever” at 7:30 p.m. April 12-16 in Pritchard Theatre.

The production features songs that address the ups and downs of life, including friendship, romance, parenting, careers and aging. The songs are based on the real-life experiences of the authors’ friends.  Music is by David Shire and lyrics are by Richard Maltby Jr., who were nominated for Drama Desk Awards for the work. The review won the Outer Critics Circle award for outstanding off-Broadway musical in 1989.

Cast members are Eureka College students Boyd Critz, West Peoria; Sarah Dillard, Hanna City; Tim Jenkins, Watseka; Elizabeth Johnson, Galesburg; Lauren Kao, Normal; Cody Leach, Pontiac; and Danielle Praul and Rahmell Brown, both of Peoria. 

Central Illinois director and actor Chip Joyce is the guest director, and Eureka College voice instructor Gina Wright is the musical director. Choreographer is Eric Cochran of Collinsville, and stage manager is Catherine Davis of Otterbein, Ind.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and Eureka College faculty, staff and alumni and $3 for Eureka College students.  For reservations, call 467-6363 or e-mail boxoffice@eureka.edu.