(COVINGTON, KY) – From a humble Midwestern childhood in Northern Kentucky to topping the charts for nearly five decades, the story of Rosemary Clooney’s remarkable journey is the focal point of the next production in The Carnegie’s 2017-18 Theatre Series, TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL, playing weekends Nov. 4 – 19, 2017.
In a story that begins just 60 miles from The Carnegie in Maysville KY, TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL follows Rosemary Clooney’s rise to Hollywood stardom, and continues beyond battles with depression to a triumphant comeback. With many of her signature songs woven in and out such as “Come On-A My House,” “Tenderly,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” audience members will learn the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well the struggles in her personal life.
“I couldn’t be more excited to share this show in Rosemary’s home state and with our amazing Carnegie audiences,” said Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “And we’re premiering a new version of the script, so it’s doubly exciting to bring her life to the stage in a fresh, new way.”
Written by award winning composers, lyricists, and playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman and directed by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen, TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL will feature musical direction by Steve Goers. Actress Kim Schroeder Long stars as Rosemary Clooney, with Allen R. Middleton taking on the role of the doctor.
Performances of TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm. Tickets are $30, $27 for Carnegie Members, Northern Kentucky Chamber Members and Enjoy the Arts Members, $23 for students. Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 5pm, in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940, or online at www.thecarnegie.com. Patrons seeking group or student tickets should call to make arrangements.
The 2017-18 Carnegie Theatre Series is sponsored by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.
TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center. More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.
The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, The City of Covington, and the Kentucky Arts Council. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.
Kim Schroeder Long (Rosemary Clooney):
Born and raised in rural Ohio, Kim obtained her theatre degree from Bowling Green State University, where she was a performance scholar, and got her stage legs in Cincinnati, gaining notice for her work with various theatre companies such as ArtReach, Cincinnati Music Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Cincinnati Landmark Productions.
In 2014, she relocated to California, and has been performing throughout the Bay Area, featuring in John Bisceglie’s SONDHEIM IN CONCERT and LADY SINGS THE BLUES at Marines’ Memorial Theatre, cycling through all the roles in the zany audience-cast comedy EAT THE RUNT at Altarena Playhouse, lending her voice to Chanticleers’ TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, antagonizing the Bennet sisters in IAM Theatre’s national premiere of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE THE MUSICAL at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, and starring in Altarena Playhouse’s much-acclaimed 2017 season opener, TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL. She’s performed in cabaret rooms in New York City, San Francisco, and San Jose, most recently debuting a new solo show, PARDON MY FRENCH, at Society Cabaret San Francisco.
Allen R. Middleton (The Doctor):
Middleton is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and has appeared in a number of shows with theatres in the Cincinnati area and around the region including THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (Falcon Theatre), NEXT FALL (Falcon Theatre), FOX ON THE FAIRWAY (Covedale Center), 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL (Warsaw Incline Theater), GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE (Theatreworks), RAVENSCROFT (Sherman Playhouse), CABARET, GUYS & DOLLS, SOUTH PACIFIC, HELLO DOLLY!, CAMELOT (West Virginia Public Theater), PIPPIN (Minneapolis Children’s Theater Company). In addition to his stage work, Middleton has appeared in several film and television productions such as BRAND NEW KITCHEN (2017 Release), CURVATURE (2017 Release), FTL NEWSFEED (SyFy/NBC Universal), ALLIGATOR ALLEY (NMN Entertainment), END OF THE LINE (Methexis Productions), FOUND AND ROUND (PBS), JUST IN TIME (PBS).