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COLONY ANNOUNCES SECOND MUSICAL TO RUN 
IN REP WITH SIDE SHOW: A…MY NAME IS ALICE
Alice Marks The Final Production Of The Colony’s 2001-2002 Season

Burbank, CA - January 15, 2002 — The Colony Theatre Company will present the musical review A…My Name Is Alice, conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd, to run in repertory with the Southern California premiere of Side Show.

Alice is a bright and lively revue created by a wide variety of comedy writers, lyricists and composers.  An Outer Critics’ Circle Award winner for Best Musical, it offers a funny and insightful kaleidoscope of contemporary women. The New York Post found it to be “a boodle of laughs” and The New York Daily News said Alice “rates an A!” The New York Times called it “Delightful and so sophisticated…the [creators] would rather tickle a male chauvinist pig to death than hack him to pieces.”  Among the writers were Marta Kauffman and David Crane, the creators and Executive Producers of the hit NBC-TV show Friends.

Director Chad Borden announced the women of Alice: Cindy Benson, Peggy Billo, Jenifer Chatfield, Faith Salie, and Cindy Warden, who will also serve as Musical Director. As with Side Show, the cast is rich in powerhouse talent. 
 

T . . . The Subject Is TALENT

Benson appeared on Broadway as  Mme. Thermardier in Les Miserables and as the 200-pound tap-dancing Gumbie Cat in Cats.  Off-Broadway, she created the role of Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense and Donna the Dominatrix in Eating Rauol. Billo played Mrs. Pugh opposite John Schuck, and understudied both Jo Anne Worley and Marcia Lewis as Miss Hannigan in the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Annie. Chatfield appeared on Broadway in Into The Woods, and received stunning reviews in The Colony’s Ovation Award-winning production of Working; Salie appeared in the Theatre West production of A Christmas Carol with Steve Allen, and earlier this season, she made her debut in The Colony’s critically acclaimed drama, The Clearing.  Warden appeared in MTG's production of Where's Charley? at The Pasadena Playhouse, and Funny, You Don't Look Like A Grandmother at The Santa Monica Playhouse. Last fall, in her Colony debut, Warden garnered rave reviews as Sister Agatha in the California premiere of the religious farce, Incorruptible. 

Borden will be making his directorial debut with Alice, but as an actor, dancer and singer his many credits include playing Frank Capra opposite Douglas Sills, Jane Krakowski and Donna McKechnie in the Reprise! production of Mack & Mabel, and understudying David Hyde Pierce in Reprise!’s The Boys From Syracuse, in which he also played the Merchant of Syracuse.  Borden also earned ecstatic reviews and a Theatre L.A. Ovation Award nomination for his Colony debut as Bud Frump in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. 

"What really attracted me to Alice was the energy of the music and the madcap comedy of the sketches,” said Borden. “This revue is an outright celebration of women living and loving -- powerfully and hysterically.  We have so many amazingly talented musical women at The Colony, so it's a thrill for me to direct several of them in Alice."

In choosing A…My Name Is Alice, The Colony’s Producing Director, Barbara Beckley, said, “I was really attracted to the contrasts between Side Show and this review. Side Show is a big, complex Broadway show with a sung-through score. Alice is small and intimate in scope, and its contemporary view of women is just as topical today as it was when it first premiered.” 

Anjali Bal and Rob Humphreys are co-producers of the show. 
 

AEA Agreement, Performance Schedule, Ticket Prices

During the run of Side Show and Alice, the theatre will be curtained off to 168 seats, per The Colony’s Special Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. With the start of the 2002-2003 season, the company will begin performing at full 276-seat capacity under Equity contracts.

A…My Name Is Alice opens to the public Tuesday, February 26th, and will run through Saturday, April 6th.   Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 PM, Saturday matinees at 2 PM, Sundays at 7 PM. All tickets are $10. Due to mild sexual references, the show is not recommended for children.

Burbank Center Stage, home of The Colony Theatre Company,  is located at 555 North Third Street in Burbank, at the corner of Cypress, between Ikea and Mervyn’s. For further information and reservations, call (818) 558-7000.  Fax number: (818) 558-7110.  E-mail: boxoffice@colonytheatre.org. Website address: www.colonytheatre.org
 
 
CONTACT:  Catherine Springer 
(818) 558-7000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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