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‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical’ to begin Run at Playhouse on Park

Susan Haefner and Samuel Lloyd Jr. from Weston Playhouse's 2017 production of 'Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical.' Photo credit: Tim Fort

‘Tenderly,’ the next show in the MainStage Series, will open Jan. 15 at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

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Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman’s “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical” begins performances at Playhouse on Park on Jan. 15, and will run through Feb. 2. The McAuley is the producing partner of “Tenderly.”

“Tenderly” is a loving re-creation of 20 or so of Rosemary Clooney’s popular songs and a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend.

With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life. The show features many of Mrs. Clooney’s signature hits, including “Hey There (You with the Stars in your Eyes),” “Tenderly,” and “Come On-A My House.” It is as moving as it is entertaining.

Susan Haefner. Courtesy photo

Susan Haefner, who originated the title role, will be starring as Rosemary Clooney. Kyle Brand will direct, with music direction by Robert James Tomasulo and choreography by MK Lawson.

Cast members include:

  • Susan Haefner (Rosemary): Playhouse on Park: THE DINING ROOM. Broadway/National Tour: STATE FAIR, DAMN YANKEES, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, 42nd STREET, BILLY ELLIOT.
  • Samuel Lloyd Jr. (The Doctor and Others): Best known on Television as “Ted the Lawyer” from Scrubs. TV Guest Star: American Housewife, Modern Family, Shameless, Seinfeld.

    Samuel Lloyd Jr. Courtesy photo

Tickets for performances Jan. 15-Feb. 2 range from $40-$50 for reserve seating. New this season: Tuesday and Saturday matinees! Student, senior, and Let’s Go Arts discounts are available. There will be a complementary pre-show wine and cheese reception on Friday, Jan. 17.

Consider purchasing a subscription for the remainder of the 2019-20 season: four shows at a 20% savings over individual ticket prices plus additional perks! In addition to “Tenderly,” the remaining shows include “Pride and Prejudice,” Ugly Lies the Bone,” and “It Shoulda Been You.”

Group sales discounts are also available. To coordinate a group, contact Lily Horn at 860-523-5900 x11 or [email protected]org.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT 06119.

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