By Spalding Negron
Last month we told you about the sudden passing of local theatre legend Bob Farley who was the founder of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. To be sure, GET will not only continue in his absence, but I’m sure they will thrive in serving his legacy for many years to come. You can see this on full display in January as GET presents the hit musical Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical which runs Jan. 11 through 28 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. After receiving rave reviews for the Broadway hit Once On This Island, and then selling out Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s outrageous new story Morningside, GET will bring audiences the wonderful music and turbulent life story of Hollywood icon Rosemary Clooney.
Written by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, it will be directed by the multi-talented director and actor James Donadio, one of GET ’s founding company members. The musical direction will be done by GET debutant Dale Grogan.
The production is a fresh, remarkably personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. In Tenderly, Rosemary Clooney’s journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom. With her signature songs like “Come on-a My House,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Count Your Blessings,” “Hey There,” “Mambo Italiano,” and more, woven throughout, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life—with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll and her battles with addiction and depression.
Audiences rejoice at her triumphant comeback and even more successful career as a jazz singer.
The production features an extraordinary cast of two GET veterans. Rachel Sorsa (Only Light in Reno and 20th Century at GET) will bring Rosemary Clooney to life and Mark Cabus (My Fair Lady and One Slight Hitch at GET) will play the Doctor along with all eleven other roles.
Tickets are available now online at www.get.org, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260.