You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown


November 2 – 18, 2018
Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
1949 Campus Drive, Evanston

Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Music and Lyrics by Clark M. Gesner
Directed by Stephen Schellhardt

Explore a day in the life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his colorful friends in the Peanuts gang including Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Linus, and of course Snoopy! Based on the beloved Charles Schultz comic strip that have delighted countless generations, this witty and big-hearted Broadway musical features charming songs and vignettes that remind us of the joys of friendship and the pleasure of the simple things in life.

Musical numbers include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.” Guaranteed to please audiences of all ages!

The running time for this production is 60min and will not include an intermission.

Recommended for ages 3yrs and older. Fun for the whole family.

STEPHEN SCHELLHARDT (Director) most recently directed the 87th Annual Waa Mu Show: MANHATTAN MIRACLE this past spring at Northwestern University. He has acted in equity productions in Chicagoland theatres and regional theatres elsewhere, receiving three Jeff Award nominations and a Barrymore award for acting, as well as a non-equity Jeff Award nomination for his directorial work on URINETOWN and his choreographic work on DOGFIGHT THE MUSICAL (BoHo Theatre). Stephen has directed and choreographed at Writers Theatre, About Face Theatre, The Winnetka Children’s Theatre, Timberlake Playhouse, The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Ars Nova in New York City, and BoHo Theatre in Chicago, where he is a company member and Artistic Associate. As an actor, Stephen has worked at the Marriott Theatre, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Goodman Theatre, About Face Theatre and the Ravinia Festival. He has performed with the national tour of ALTAR BOYZ where he also served as the dance captain and assistant for Christopher Gatelli. Stephen is a founding member of the Chicago Artists Chorale, and most recently served as the Casting Director and Associate Producer at Writers Theatre in Glencoe. He is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

CHARLES M. SCHULZ (Original Author, 1922 – 2000) was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Peanuts which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists, including Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, and Matt Groening. When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, the PEANUTS comic strip was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book collections translated in over 25 languages. He has been awarded with the highest honors from his fellow cartoonists, received Emmy Awards for his animated specials, been recognized and lauded by the U.S. and foreign governments, had NASA spacecraft named after his characters, and inspired a concert performance at Carnegie Hall. And still today, the Peanuts Gang continues to entertain and inspire the young and the young at heart. There is a museum in his honor located in Santa Rosa, CA.

CLARK M. GESNER (Book, Music and Lyrics, 1938 - 2002) was an American composer, songwriter, author, and actor and is best known for composing YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. None of his other musicals (most notably THE UTTER GLORY OF MORRISSEY HALL in 1979) had been able to match the success of ...CHARLIE BROWN, though he had small success in regional productions (mostly ANIMAL FAIR in 1990). Gesner's song "Happiness" became a hit standard in the 1960s, being recorded by various artists. The latter was also recorded in a smooth jazz version by David Benoit in May 2000, shortly after Charles M. Schulz' death, on an album entitled HERE'S TO YOU, CHARLIE BROWN: 50 GREAT YEARS! The album made it to #2 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.

Performance Schedule
Friday, November 2 7:00PM
Saturday, November 3 11:00AM & 2:00PM
Sunday, November 4 2:00PM
Friday, November 9 7:00PM
Saturday, November 10 11:00AM & 2:00PM
Sunday, November 11 2:00PM - Sensory Friendly Performance
Friday, November 16 7:00PM
Saturday, November 17 11:00AM & 2:00PM
Sunday, November 18 2:00PM

The running time for this production is 60min and will not include an intermission.
Tickets available online now!

Ticket Pricing
Adult $12
Child $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/door

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