Broadway Veteran to direct Westport Central School Play

Westport, N.Y. – The show will go on for this spring’s Westport Central School Drama Club production of  “Our Miss Brooks”.

Jonathan Hadley

Jonathan Hadley returns to The Depot Theatre and Westport, N.Y.

With the director of the play unexpectedly unavailable, the status of the production was left in question with opening night looming.  

“I was speaking with members of Westport’s Depot Theatre board of trustees, who offered to try to help us resolve this time-sensitive situation,” said Cynthia Johnston, Superintendent of Schools. “And they came through with not only a director for us, but with a professional Broadway veteran with a familiar face!”

Popular and accomplished actor and director Jonathan Hadley, from New York City, will take the reins of director for the school play, along with support from Depot Theatre business manager Erin Harrington.

“When we heard about the situation, we knew we just had to help,” said David Howson, president of the Depot’s board. “The show must go on!”

Hadley is no stranger to Westport, having performed and worked at the Depot, including last summer when he took both the role as Interim Producing Director and co-star of the hit main stage show “Pete & Keely”. 

“It’s an honor to be able to give back to the strong, vibrant Westport community that has supported the Depot Theatre for an unprecedented 36 seasons,” said Hadley. “I can’t wait to start working with the cast and crew!”

Hadley most recently appeared on Broadway as “Bob Crewe” in the hit musical Jersey Boys, a role he then played for five years on the First National U.S. Tour, as well as in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. He was previously seen on Broadway as Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Bennett in A Class Act and Off-Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow and Peg O’ My Heart at New York’s acclaimed Irish Rep. Tours include Into The Woods (with Cleo Laine), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), Fiddler on the Roof (with Theo Bikel) and Forbidden Broadway in the US and Australia.

“Our Miss Brooks” takes the stage at Westport Central School from May 15-16.  

Depot Theatre's Jonathan Hadley directs Westport Central School's "Our Miss Brooks".

Jonathan Hadley begins rehearsals with the Westport Central School Drama Club

Depot Theatre Announces its 37th Season

Westport, N.Y. – Complete with classic songs from the 60’s, zany romantic comedy and toe-tapping honky tonk, the Depot Theatre is pleased to announce its dynamic 2015 main stage lineup.

 

“The Bikinis” opens the season on July 10. A non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” punctuate the story of a girl band’s 20-year reunion, and will have audiences dancing in the aisles!

 

The opening musical is followed by “New York Water!”. This quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy documents Albert and Linda’s relationship from their first fearful meeting in New York City through to the mid-west and on to the left coast as they search for meaning, happiness, and success.

 

Rounding out the season is the Northeast regional premiere of “Savin’ Up for Saturday Night: The Honky-Tonk Musical”, with an energetic combination of showstoppers, cat fights and love quadrangles set in a one-stop honky-tonk and auto body shop.

 

“We’re looking forward to another summer of great theatre in Westport,” said David Howson, board president. “We are grateful to the community, our generous donors and volunteers for the amount of support that they continue to devote to the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.”

 

In addition to the main stage shows, the Depot’s popular play reading series “La Depot Dangereuse” will return for its second year. This four-night series is offered for the discriminating playgoer who wants cutting-edge drama and comedy, with samples of what’s hot on and off-Broadway, read by local and New York City-based talent.

 

The Depot Theatre dedicates its 37th season to the memory of Gordon Decker, patron, friend, and trusted advisor whose guidance and counsel was vital to securing a financially sustainable future for one of the region’s most treasured arts institutions.

 

Season subscriptions are now available online. A three-show flexible subscription package is $78 per person ($75 for seniors). Single tickets go on sale to the public on June 1 and are $29 per person ($27 for seniors). For more information, updates and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 518.962.4449.

 

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ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

 
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.”  The Depot Theatre’s 2015 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Beth Glover (vice president), David Howson (president), John Klipper (treasurer), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (secretary), Cheri Phillips, Kimberly Rielly and Shirley Bacot Shamel.

 

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL
Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Sharon Reynolds, Annie Scavo and Sally Struthers.

 

ABOUT THE SEASON

 

THE BIKINIS
Created and Written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman
July 10-26
Sponsored by The Galley at Westport Marina

 

The Bikinis are irresistible!  The Jersey Shore girl group “The Bikinis” reunites after 20 years to take us back to their glory days of the swinging ‘60’s (and through the 80’s) sharing more than 30 songs they sang on (and under) the boardwalk in an attempt to raise money to save the “Sandy Shores Mobile Home (Beach Resort)”.  This non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” will have you dancing in the aisles!

 

 

NEW YORK WATER! 
By Sam Bobrick
July 31-August 16
Sponsored by Skidmore College

 

This quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy documents Albert and Linda’s relationship from their first fearful meeting in New York City through to the mid-west and on to the left coast as they search for meaning, happiness, and success.   Is love enough?  Will a change of location shore it up or will ambition shake its foundation?  Join this unusual – and very funny – duo as they seek the answers.  [Not suitable for children.]

 

 

SAVIN’ UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT: THE HONKY-TONK MUSICAL
By Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson
August 21-September 6
Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design

 

Y’all know lovin’ ain’t easy in a small town.  Two best friends fall for the same lady, while a spit-fire ex-wife kicks up her heels threatening the harmony of “The Ready Bar & Fill” the town’s one-stop honky-tonk and auto body shop.  You’re in for an evening of showstoppers and toe-tappers, cat fights, and love quadrangles that keeps the joint jumpin’ till way past last call.