Toledo Rep brings ‘Victor/Victoria’ to OwensWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
The Toledo Rep’s latest production proves love knows no bounds. The regional premiere of Blake Edwards’ classic musical comedy “Victor/Victoria” will take center stage at the Owens Community Center for Fine and Performing Arts beginning at 8 p.m. June 4.
The production features a large cast, including Ann M. Steck in the roles of Victor/Victoria. Rep veteran James M. Norman is directing. There will be a 14-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Josh Glover with choreography by Brian Rodabaugh. The show includes music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse with additional music by Frank Wildhorn.
“I headed up the selection committee when we chose this piece. I had seen it performed in the past, and have always found it to be hilarious; the music is very entertaining, very cinematic,” Norman said. “The hardest thing about directing this show was that the cast was huge — we had 29 cast members, and even then we could have used 35 to 40. One of the reasons we chose to put the show on at Owens is because our stage just wasn’t large enough.
“I prefer working on musical comedies like this, though I find them harder than traditional dramas. As a performer myself, I think they’re more difficult. The level of talent we had working on this production is fantastic.”
Norman has also directed the Rep’s productions of “The Full Monty,” “All Shook Up” and “Rebecca,” as well as a number of local high school shows. He is a graduate of UT.
“Victor/Victoria” first appeared as a book and was produced as a feature film starring Julie Andrews in 1982. Andrews later reprised her role during the show’s Broadway run beginning in 1995 and was nominated for a Tony Award.
Show dates for “Victor/Victoria” are June 4-5 and 11-13. The Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students older than age 12. Group rates of $19 are available for parties of 10 or more. Owens Community College is located in Perrysburg at 30335 Oregon Road.
For more information, call (419) 243-9277 or visit www.toledorep.org.