The answer is another musical chestnut—I Do! I Do!—a funny, touching and intimate two-person theatrical tour-de-force about one-couple’s incredible 50-year marriage—the highs and lows and everything in between, including a few surprises!
“I Do! I Do! is not only about marriage, but the value of honesty in relationships and the courage to be who we are as individuals,” notes Mark Corcoran, Theatre in the Circle’s managing director, and a Judson Manor resident. “The audience can expect to laugh, relate and be touched by some heart-rending moments.”
And the surprises? “Oh, there’s one in the second act that you won’t see coming!”
With book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks), I Do! I Do! features memorable tunes such as “My Cup Runneth Over” and “The Honeymoon Is Over.”
“The show borrows from classical forms, vaudeville, operetta and classic American musical theatre,” says Mark. “There are ballads, big brassy numbers and downright silly songs that advance the story.”
The original Broadway production, directed by Gower Champion, opened in December 1966 with Robert Preston and Mary Martin as Michael and Agnes Snow. Preston won a 1967 Tony Award for “Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.”
Theatre in the Circle’s production of I Do! I Do! is directed by the company’s Artistic Director Bill Corcoran. Actors Angela Mitchell and Mason Stewart, who both appeared in Jacques Brel…, return to play Agnes and Michael.
“It’s very demanding, not only do the actors share all the dialogue for two full acts, they sing 18 songs, change costumes seven times and age from their early 20’s to 70-plus!,” says Mark.
“Angela and Mason showed us they were up to this daunting challenge when they appeared in Jacques Brel… which offered very difficult music, complex lyrics—a real emotional roller coaster for any actor. We are so fortunate to be working with such disciplined, hard-working professionals who are also fun and a real joy to work with as creative collaborators.”
Performances take place Thursday, June 22, 2017—Sunday, June 25, 2017, in the ballroom of the historic Judson Manor retirement community, 1890 East 107 Street, in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood.
Thursday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 25, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for residents of Judson’s three communities and members of Judson at Home are complimentary with a reservation. Tickets for the general public are $15. Please call (216) 282-9424 or visit www.theatreinthecircle.com.
SEATING IS OPEN AND LIMITED!
Conceived by Judson Manor residents Bill and Mark Corcoran, Theatre in the Circle is a professional community theatre in University Circle, and makes the landmark Judson Manor its creative home and primary performance venue. Theatre in the Circle produces theatre for Judson, University Circle and Cleveland metro communities. Bill serves as Artistic Director and Mark as Managing Director. Their combined theatrical and business experience create a synergy that is the heart of Theatre in the Circle, “a bright light in University Circle.”
I Do! I Do! is presented with the generous support of the Judson Foundation.