Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

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Sun Oct 17, 2:00pm
Sun Oct 17, 7:00pm
Wed Oct 20, 7:30pm
Thu Oct 21, 7:30pm
Fri Oct 22, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 23, 8:00pm
Sun Oct 24, 2:00pm
Sun Oct 24, 7:00pm

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
Presents the First Show in its 2021-2022 Season of Reopening!
LINDA PURL & DAVID ENGEL starring in
The Southern California Premiere of
TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL

Book by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
Music Direction by George Friedenthal
Choreography by Jean Michelle Sayeg

DIRECTED BY JENNY SULLIVAN

Limited Engagement begins Thursday, October 7 at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) presents the first show of its reopening season, the Southern California premiere of a new musical about one of the most iconic vocalists of all time, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, with book by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, direction from JENNY SULLIVAN, music direction from GEORGE FRIEDENTHAL, and choreography by JEAN MICHELLE SAYEG, begins previews on Thursday, October 7, opens on Saturday, October 9 at 8:00pm and runs through Sunday, October 24, 2021 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.

Tenderly is the remarkably personal and poignant bio-musical of the legendary song stylist Rosemary Clooney. Starring Linda Purl as Rosemary and David Engel as a multitude of characters including, Frank Sinatra, Jose Ferrer, and Bing Crosby, the production features a live, on-stage band performing many beloved songs, including “Hey There (You with the Stars in Your Eyes),” “Tenderly,” and “Come On-A My House.”

“We are all so thrilled to begin performing live again on the New Vic stage,” said ETC’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Fox. “We are even more excited to once again greet our audiences in person at the theater as we present one of our most ambitious seasons ever, opening with this inspirational show. With an iconic songbook that is deeply woven into the fabric of this country, this musical is the perfect way to reopen our doors and invite audiences to ‘Come On-a Our House’ once again for a sensational night and season of theatrical magic. We’re thrilled that it brings back Director Jenny Sullivan to direct and the one-of-a-kind Linda Purl.”

ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

The cast of Tenderly stars ETC favorite Linda purl as Rosemary Clooney. Previously seen on ETC’s stage in The Year of Magical Thinking, Linda is an acclaimed cabaret singer. Her television credits include the series “The Oath,” “Homeland,” “True Blood,” and “The Office,” among many others.

Los Angeles theater favorite and Ovation Award-winner David Engel plays “The Doctor.” His Broadway credits include the original casts of Putting it Together, Seussical: The Musical, La Cage aux Folles, and the original New York production of Forever Plaid, Plaid Tidings and he also starred in “Forever Plaid: The Movie.”

Jenny Sullivan is back at ETC after directing ETC’s productions of The Legend of Georgia McBride, I Am My Own Wife, and The Year of Magical Thinking.
The musical’s book is by JANET YATES VOGT and MARK FRIEDMAN. Ms. Vogt is known nationally and internationally not only for her musical theatre works, but also for her numerous publications in many different musical genres, including vocal music for children and choral works for adults. Mr. Friedman is a playwright, composer, and lyricist who fell in love with musicals at an early age

Tenderly is made possible through the generosity of ETC’s 2021-22 Season Sponsor, Dana White. This production is sponsored by The Pulitzers, with additional sponsorship provided by Montecito Bank & Trust, The Corwin D. Denney Foundation through Andy and Jo Gifford, Ruth and Alan Heeger, Deb and Ken Pontifex, Kathy Weber, and Parm and Frank Williams.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical previews on Thursday, October 7, opens on Saturday, October 9, and runs through Sunday, October 24, 2021 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.

Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, with an added Tuesday 7:00pm show on October 12 and a Saturday 4:00pm matinee performance on October 16, 2021.
Tickets are $25 - $77
Single tickets are available through the ETC box office at (805) 965-5400, or online at etcsb.org.

Subscriptions are on sale for the entire 2021-22 Season, which includes The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly, Carmen Jones, American Son, and Sleuth.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY COVID PROTOCOLS AT THE NEW VIC

For the health, safety and well-being of its patrons, staff and artists, ETC will require audience members to be fully vaccinated. Masks are required for everyone.

The New Vic has upgraded its theater’s ventilation system to meet current standards, including higher grade filters and bringing in 40% outdoor air. Lobby restrooms have additional air-purifying stations. Please check www.etcsb.org for any updated procedures before your scheduled performance date.

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