Billy puts on his boogie shoes and gets ready to rock as he joins the cast of GREASE at The Marriott Theatre, opening January 15.

From BroadwayWorld.com

Marriott Theatre is proud to present the electrifying smash hit GREASE, previewing Wednesday, January 15th, at 7:30 p.m., opening on Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:30 p.m. and closing Sunday, March 15th.

The Tony Award-nominated musical is directed by four-time Jeff Award winner, Scott Weinstein (Something Rotten!, Murder for Two, Shrek), with musical direction by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson and choreography by Jeff Award winner William Carlos Angulo.

“I grew up on GREASE and getting to direct it for the first time and at the Marriott Theatre is a real thrill,” said director Scott Weinstein. “It premiered here in Chicago nearly 50 years ago and still has so much to say about growing up, teenage rebellion, pop culture and of course, rock and roll. I can’t wait to explore this timeless rock musical in the city for which it was meant.”

GREASE follows the story of Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town, and Danny Zuko, the school’s coolest greaser, who have a secret romance over summer break away from school. However, when the pair find themselves face to face upon returning to school, everything is different. Sandy attempts to navigate the tricky social circles of Rydell High School and reignite her summer romance, but bad boy Danny is more concerned with maintaining his tough-guy reputation.

Join in the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High’s class of ’59 and rock to songs like “Beauty School Dropout,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “You’re the One That I Want.”

GREASE stars Jimmy Nicholas in his Marriott Theatre debut as “Danny” (Broadway: The Book of Mormon) and Leryn Turlington as “Sandy” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Writers Theatre: Parade). The cast also features Curt Bouril (“Vince Fontaine”), Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (“Teen Angel”), Jack Cahill-Lemme (“Sonny”), Kelly Anne Clark (“Mrs. Lynch”), Kevin Corbett (“Kenickie”), Jake Elkins (“Roger”), Landree Fleming (“Frenchy”), Jacquelyne Jones (“Rizzo”), Michael Kurowski (“Doody”), Michelle Lauto (“Marty”), Garrett Lutz (“Eugene”), Jessica Palkovic (“Cha Cha”), Billy Rude (“Johnny Casino”), Tiffany T. Taylor (“Jan”), and Alaina Wis (“Patty”), with ensemble members Nicholas Haas, Allison Sill and Kyra Sorce. GREASE will showcase set design by Jeffrey D. Kmiec, costume design by Amanda Vander Byl, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Sarah Ortiz, wig design by Miguel A. Armstrong, and properties design by Sally Zack; with intimacy director Tonia Sina, stage manager Maegan Burnell and musical supervisor Patti Garwood.

To make a restaurant reservation, please call 847.634.0100. Reservations strongly recommended. Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets, please call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or go to www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.MarriottTheatre.com for more information.

Come spend an evening with Porchlight Music Theatre as they celebrate 25 years of music theatre excellence in Chicago. Billy is thrilled to join an exceptional lineup of performers, Monday, Aug 5th, for a night of songs reflecting back on Porchlight’s quarter-century history with highlights from shows like In The Heights, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, End of The Rainbow, Company, Into The Woods, and more! The Aug 5th evening will also honor Gary Griffin with the 9th Annual Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago. It’s scheduled to be a wonderful night of music that you’ll surely love- hope to see you there! Monday, Aug 5th at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hollis Resnik in a preproduction still for SUNSET BOULEVARD | Porchlight Music Theatre
photo: joe mazza | http://bravelux.com/

Billy is thrilled to be joining the cast of Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Sunset Boulevard, opening Oct 11, 2019.

From PerformInk and Porchlight Music Theatres’ Press Announcement:

The production features the previously announced Hollis Resnik as “Norma Desmond,” alongside Billy Rude as “Joe Gillis;” Michelle Lauto as “Betty Schaefer;” Larry Adams as “Max Von Meyerling;” Joe Giovanetti as “Artie Green” and David Girolmo as “Cecil B. DeMille.” The ensemble includes Anna Brockman, Marcellus Burt, Justin Cavazos, Isaiah Silvia-Chandley, Laz Estrada, Brian Healey, Alex Jackson, Molly Kral, Jerry Miller, Mandy Modic, Michelle Owens, Danny Spagnuolo, Laura Sportello and Ambria Sylvain.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, silent-screen legend Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis (on the run from debt collectors) stumbles into her reclusive domain, he is persuaded to work on Norma’s “masterpiece,” a screenplay that she believes will put her back in front of cameras.

Based on the Billy Wilder film, “Sunset Boulevard” features a rich score including the hit songs “With One Look” and “As if We Never Said Goodbye.”

Weber’s production team includes Kevin Barthel, wig design; Anthony Churchill, projection design; Robert Hornbostel, sound design; Jeff Kmiec, set design; Bill Morey, costume design; Maggie-Fullilove-Nugent, lighting design and Michael Hendricks, stage manager.

“Sunset Boulevard” plays October 11 – November 24 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. More info at porchlightmusictheatre.org