GIRLFRIEND Starts a New Season

Book by Todd Almond
Music and Lyrics by Matthew Sweet
Directed by Jay Españo
Music Direction by Robert Ollis

PrideArts’ season 2022-23 opening production is the Chicago PREMIERE of the musical GIRLFRIEND, by Todd Almond and Matthew Sweet, based on Sweet’s album of the same name. Set in Nebraska in the 1990s, this heartwarming coming-of-age story is a celebration of friendship, love, and, of course, music. Will, a bit of a social outcast, and Mike, the popular baseball player, start to explore their relationship days after graduation, experiencing the awkwardness and intensity of first love.

This romantic musical has been a hit in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere since it first opened in Berkeley, CA in 2010. And now GIRLFRIEND will have its Chicago premier. It will open to the press on Monday, August 29, 2022, following previews from August 25-28, and will play through September 25th.

The cast for GIRLFRIEND includes Joe Lewis (Will), Peter Stielstra (Mike), Michael Radford (U/S Will) and Elijah Warfield (U/S Mike).

L-R: Joe Lewis, Peter Stielstra, Michael Christopher Radford, Elijah Warfield

The production crew includes Taylor Pasche (Assistant Director), Kyra Leigh (Assistant Music Director), Megan Hoppe (Costume Designer), Maggie Meyer (Lighting Designer), Kaeli Meno (Props Designer), Isabella Noe (Scenic Designer), Kiera Battles (Sound Engineer), Hannah Morris (Stage Manager), Megan Flanery (Assistant Stage Manager), Hannah Ottenfeld (Dance Choreographer), Kayla Menz (Intimacy Choreographer), Emily Blanquera (Master Electrician), and Isabella Noe (Technical Director). The pit musicians are Beckett Shertok (Bass), John McCreary (Percussion), and Cesar Romero (Guitar).

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