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Leader of the Pack

book by Anne Beatts

music and lyrics by Ellie Greenwich and Friends

based on the originalplay by Melanie Mintz

additional material by Jack Heifner

May 7, 8 , 14, 15, 16, 1993

Plank Road School

As a teenage member of the Jivettes during the late 1950s, Ellie dreams of hearing her songs played on the radio, but her plans are put on the back burner by a mother who insists she finish high school and pursue a degree in education so she'll have a means of supporting herself. While attending Queens College, she finds work in the music industry's temple, Manhattan's Brill Building, where she meets Gus Sharkey (a thinly-veiled caricature of Phil Spector) and fellow aspiring songwriter Jeff Barry. After a whirlwind courtship, the two wed and begin to churn out hits for the Ronettes, the Crystals, the Shangri-Las, Darlene Love, Connie Francis, and Lesley Gore, among others. In 1965, at the pinnacle of their partnership, Jeff wants to start a family, whereas Ellie would rather keep working than settle down as a housewife/mother, so he divorces her. They remain professional partners for another year, but when her ex-husband remarries, Ellie falls into a downward spiral of depression and eventually suffers a nervous breakdown. The show then fast-forwards to the mid-1980s, showing off a self-confident and successful Ellie who is in control of her life.

 

 

 

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Production Staff

Producer

Rosie Peterson

Director

Gene Guenther

Stage Manager

Jan Nehring

Musical Director

Donna Kummer

Technical Direcotr

Mary Jo Resop

Set Designer

Gene Guenther

Lighting Designer

Mark Horaitis

Bob Kafka

Choreographer

Reggie Kurschner

Roller Skating Choreographer

Donald Schlicht

Lighting Crew

Mike Adamski

F. John Kessler

Ron Schaefer

Maxwell Shadd

Costume Designer

Barbara Lynch

Assistant Stage Manager John Luedtke
 

Props

John Leudtke

Set Construction

Mike Adamski

Alicia Georgoulis

Mark Horaitis

Bob Kafka

Tom Kohls

Craig Lynch

Mary Jo Resop

Paul Sheehan

Costume Crew

Donna Kay Kohls

Guinevere Kohls

Dorthy Lembke

Judy Tarbox

Hair Stylist

Lisa Ann Hajek

Graphic Designer

Donna Kay Kohls

Program

Mary Guiffre

Judy Tarbox

Photographer

Dorff Brewer

 

Cast

Ellie Greenwich

Kathy Williams

 

Jeff Berry

Kerry Mallard

 

Bridesmaids

Debbie Bumm

Kelly Gumm

Susie Rohmann

 

Mona

Laurene Lembke

 

Shelley

Jovan Kreuser

 

Rosie Greenwich

Barbara Lynch

 

Gus Sharkey

Keith Schmitz

 

Mickey

Nicole Jensen

 

D.J.

Don Baral

 

Maitre'd

Brian Dettmering

 

Bill the Cook

Donald Schlicht

 

Dottie

Mary Schlicht

 

Bebe Mary Schlicht

 

Groomsman Mark Bumm  
 

Session Singers

Andrew Euting

Alicia Houk

Margie Kaczmarek

Reggie Kurschner

Rosie Peterson

Giselle Schmitz

Arlene Spanier

Elizabeth Stowe

Johnny Triplett

Christine Washington

 

Dancers

Matthew Cohen

Andrew Euting

Alicia Houk

Margie Kaczmarek

Jovan Kreuser

Reggie Kurschner

Mary Schlicht

Johnny Triplett

Christine Washington

 

 

Orchestra

Synthesizer

Steve Koenigs

Guitar

Larry Dahlgren

Tom Riepenhoff

Alto and Soprano Sax

Theo Kirk

Tenor Sax and Flute

Ken Johnson

Trumpet

Tom Dill

 

Trombone

Luke Weber

Electric Bass

Rebecca Schroeder

Keyboard

Donna Kummer

Drums

Michael Etteldorf

Dean Brandt

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