Final 2 Shows of 'Company' this Weekend at Raue Center

Williams Street Repertory's production of Company will present final shows on Friday and Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts.

Williams Street Repertory’s production Company comes to a close this weekend with two final shows at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 16, at the Raue Center for the Arts. 

Since opening on Feb. 1, the production has garnered high praise from patrons and the community alike.

The Stephen Sondheim tuner that attracted the attention of national outlets like Playbill.com and BroadwayWorld.com stars John Michael Coppola of Chicago’s Jersey Boys.

Company is performed on stage at Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., in historic Downtown Crystal Lake.

During his 17 year career, John Michael Coppola has had the good fortune of appearing on the stages of some of the top regional and Off Broadway theatres in the US. Among them: the Duke Theatre, the Promenade Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, Stages St. Louis and the Marriott Theatre.

Coppola's career highlights also include appearing on the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as sharing stages with Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and George Hearn.

Coppola's most notable success was his appearance in the Chicago and Las Vegas companies of the Tony Award winning musical, Jersey Boys, where he understudied and performed the role of Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons.

From there, he went on to perform with new vocal group, "Under the Streetlamp," where he was a regular fill-in for all four vocal parts for the group (although never at the same time).

Coppola has also been seen on tour throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including multiple productions of She Loves Me, 42nd Street, Flight of The Lawnchair Man, Hot Shoe Shuffle and Singin' in the Rain.

Currently living in Chicago, alongside his theater projects, he also performs his solo concert throughout the region.

The Company cast includes: Matthias Austin (Peter), Sarah Breidenbach (Jenny), Chris Davis (David), Amy Ferraro (Sarah), Amanda Flahive (Amy), Frank Gaughan (Larry), Kate Hein (Marta), Mark R. Mahallak (Harry) and Dana Parker (April) are also cast in this production.

WS Rep is pleased to welcome newcomers Teresa Arnold (Kathy), J. Matthew Madigan (Paul), Mary K. Nigohosian (Joanne) and Miriam Naponelli (Susan).

Richard Kuranda (O’Neill, Signature, Epic Rep, Actors Studio) directs the musical as the WS Rep company starts the new year. The production has expanded to include an original Bronze sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Erik Blome.

The book is by George Furth, and music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim.

Tickets are on sale now online via www.rauecenter.org, and through the Box Office at 26 N. Williams Street or by calling 815-356-9212.


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