Last week we announced the cast of Portland Musical Theater Company’s first show of our “Season of Premieres” All Hands On Deck! opening October 20th.
Do you have your tickets?
And today I have even more exciting news…
Our Interview with Rich Cohn-Lee from All Hands On Deck!
Rich, what sort of person is going to love this show?
Anyone who loves classic songs or the WWII era
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The number of songs and the complexity and harmony layering of those songs
Why did you want to be involved in this production?
I love these songs and have always been fascinated by what Americans experienced during WWII
What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
The great songs but also that this country has always been able to unite during times of great conflict
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
How many songs in our popular culture came from this era
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
My mother-in-law Nancy whose father was an accomplished musician during this era
How is your character like you?
I play Ted Crosley, the host and leading man in the show. I think Ted likes to be a unifying force in a given situation and I definitely admire that trait. Different? I think Ted has a cornball sense of humor that I aspire to but do not yet possess.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
The number of songs in this production is the largest of any project I have been involved with thus far. Great for audiences but bad for my tiny brain.
Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?
I can truly say that they are all amazing. I am continuously in awe of the depth of talent and musical knowledge of my fellow cast mates.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
I was recently told by a young lady that I looked like “Mark Wahlberg if he kept himself in shape as he got older” so I ‘ll have to run with that.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
Again, they are all hilarious but i have to give the nod to Ashley who truly does have a manic sense of humor
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Working, being with family and racing cars.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I have actually been cast in a production of Annie as Rooster alongside my youngest daughter who will be playing Duffy the Orphan.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Pump my fists in the air because it is amazing that we get to do this sort of thing.
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Portland, Oregon (February 23, 2017)- Portland Musical Theater Company launches their second season, a Season of Premieres, with the Oregon premiere of ALL HANDS ON DECK! opening October 20, 2017 at the Mister Theater.
Flash back to 1942 and savor Portland Musical Theater Company’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!, an all-American, all-singing, roadshow and radio broadcast reproduction that features classic commercials, tight harmonies, impromptu skits, and 42 of the greatest, most enduring American tunes of all time.
Among the enduring songs highlighted in this patriotic homage to the American way of life are “Sentimental Journey,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “I’ve Got A Crush On You” and “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon.”
Audience members are encouraged to dress in their favorite 1940s-inspired attire.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! Is directed by Deanna Maio, Founder and Executive Director of Portland Musical Theater Company. It was conceived by Jody Madaras & Quincy Marr, book and musical arrangements by Jody Madaras, with additional music and lyrics by Jody Madaras. It is presented by permission of Miracle or 2 Productions, Inc.
Mister Theater, 1847 East Burnside Street #101, Portland, OR 97214
October 20 – November 12, 2017
FRI/SAT @ 7:30PM
SUN @ 2:00 PM
Doors open 30 minutes before performance
No performance November 11th.
By Phone: Call box office at 971-225-7469
Tickets from $12.00 – $24.00
The show’s run time is 2 hours and includes a 15-minute intermission.
Concessions will be available for purchase.
Groups interested in buying 10 or more tickets are encouraged to call the box office at 971-225-7469 for a group savings.
Arts for All tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 971-225-7469 or at the door if available.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! features Rich Cohn-Lee as Ted Crosley, Aidan Nolan as John Hanley, Deanna Maio as Betty Blake, and Ashley Moore as Daisy Maxwell.
October 29 features Ava Anderson as Betty Blake
November 5 features Caitriona Johnston as Daisy Maxwell
ABOUT PORTLAND MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY:
Portland Musical Theater Company seeks to inspire others to get into the arts through performances and educational programs. The programming and productions are selected to serve two fundamental truths- that each of us is special and has unique gifts to contribute to the world, and that we’re more alike and connected than we realize. As the organization believes in the uniqueness of the individual, their programs seek to bring out the individual strengths of each student, while productions seek to create community and connection.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! is the first of three productions offered by Portland Musical Theater Company during their 2017-2018 season. To learn more about Portland Musical Theater Company, please visit their website or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.