‘Love’ is in the air for Pheasant Run musical
By Annie Alleman June 5, 2013 2:36PM
“Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” is playing at Pheasant Run Resort. | File photo
‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,’ through July 28, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $42-$32. (630) 584-6342; ticketmaster.com
Updated: June 6, 2013 2:59PM
It’s a bachelorette party gone wild, and everyone’s invited.
So goes “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” the musical being presented by Fox Valley Rep at the Pheasant Run Resort through July 28. “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” directed and choreographed by Kyle Donahue, tells the story of bride-to-be Millie and her bachelorette party, thrown by the boy-crazy Sally, shy Florence and Florence’s innocent cousin Dee Dee. The play opens after the dry, staid bridal shower. When the liquor starts to flow, the ladies dive into age-old questions about love, marriage and dating.
“The second act is when they meet up again after Millie has been married for about a month,” Donahue said. “You get to see what happens to Millie and all the characters afterwards. The premise of the show is based on the thought, ‘Why do fools fall in love?” We get to [explore] that, and depending on your circumstances, how love affects you.”
This feel-good musical features classic 1960s songs including “My Boy Lollipop,” “I Will Follow Him,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and more.
Donahue thinks audiences are going to fall in love with the show because of the music.
“Music is the heart of this show. They are great tunes from great artists,” he said, “.... [such as] Ruby and the Romantics, Ike and Tina Turner, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Little Peggy.”
The show encompasses the ’60s not only with its music, but with its “great old dance moves you still see at weddings,” according to Donahue. “The Twist, the Mashed Potato, The Monkey, The Jerk — plus the mod, psychedelic stuff, too. It’s the perfect summer musical,” he said.
Donahue credited his “amazing” cast of Stephanie Herman of Roselle, Mary-Margaret Roberts and Carol Rose of Chicago, and Carrie Weis of Schaumburg with making the show spectacular.
“It’s not the easiest stuff to sing, and these girls are all fantastic vocalists,” he said. “And I’m throwing a lot of dance at them too, because you can’t do these songs without having some great dance numbers. They are ‘triple-threat’ actors, all four of them. Everything about the show is just amazing.”
Annie Alleman is
a Sun-Times free-lance writer.