Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids Presents "Brill"
- Dates: September 7, 2016 - September 18, 2016
- Recurring daily
- Times: 8:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids
Venue: Spectrum Theatre
160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Phone: (616) 234-3595
- Category: Theatre/Performing Arts
- Price Per Person: General: $22 Senior Citizens: $20 Student Tickets: $5 with ID
The first production of the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 2016-17 season, "Brill", by David Wells, opens Wednesday September 7th and runs September 7 - 18, 2016. Performances will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased either by calling the Box Office at 616-234-3946 or by going online to http://jtgr.org/tickets.htm. (Season Ticket holders should call the Box Office.)
Directed by Jason Marlett and starring Leonard Robinson and Madeleine Hagger, "Brill" will be performed in the intimate “Black Box Theatre” on the second floor of Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids.
"Brill" is based on a building in New York that was a factory of popular music. Carol King, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach and even Elvis, had offices and studios in that building. This play, with musical elements, is a fictionalize story of a young girl who shares a studio with an older songwriter from the Tin Pan Alley days. It takes place in the summer of 1959 when the big-band songwriters were holding out their last gasp of hope that rock and roll was just going to be a fad. Jimmy, the big band songwriter, and Margie, a Carole King prototype—a young woman with a guitar and rock and roll aspirations, end up sharing an office. It is the inherent conflict in this set-up that inspired the author to write this fun, humorous piece of theater.
The author, David Wells, is a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan and will be attending the Saturday, September 10th show. Afterwards he will give a short talk about the Brill Building and will answer questions from the audience.