Backstage with BJ
Our popular discussion series with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal.Read More
by Joanna Murray-Smith
directed by Rob Lindley
music direction by Andra Velis Simon
featuring Bethany Thomas
This one-woman tour-de-force celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Share in the unexpected encounters between these legendary divas and the ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. Featuring such favorites as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Crazy,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” Songs for Nobodies illuminates the power of song to share a story, heal a heartbreak, and inspire a dream.
“Thomas is a true talent to be treasured…with this tour-de-force performance, she proves to be one such diva herself.” – BroadwayWorld
Credits include: The Secret Garden, James Joyce’s “The Dead,“ Angels in America: Parts 1 & 2, Caroline or Change and Carousel (Court);Bach at Liepzing, Oh Coward! (Writers); Candide (Goodman); Wings (Appletree); Urinetown (Mercury); The Most Happy Fella (Ravinia); A New Brain, Sweeney Todd, Closer Than Ever (Porchlight). Directing credits:How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Porchlight) and the musical parody 50 Shades!: The Musical, which played around the country and Off-Broadway. Rob won a Jeff Award for his performance in Oh Coward! and his cabaret trio Foiled Again has won an After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Performance. Foiled Again’s album Blanket of Winter is available on iTunes and CDbaby.com. This winter Rob will direct the musical version of Far From Heaven at Porchlight.
Jeffrey is a Chicago-based scenic designer. Local credits include: Butler, Funnyman, The Commons of Pensacola and Tom Jones at Northlight Theatre; The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Story and Les Miserables (2015 Jeff Award Recipient) at Paramount Theatre; Crazy For You, Deathtrap (2016 Jeff Award Recipient) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Drury Lane Oakbrook; Man of La Mancha at The Marriott Theatre; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Double Trouble, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sweeney Todd and Sondheim on Sondheim at Porchlight Music Theatre; Good Boys and True, Dividing the Estate (Jeff Award Nomination), The Old Friends, A Loss of Roses (Jeff Award Nomination) and The Assembled Parties at Raven Theatre; Watch on the Rhine (Jeff Award Nomination) and The Seagull at The Artistic Home. Regional credits include: American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Jeffrey received his MFA from the University of Virginia.
Northlight credits include: Snapshots, A Life, The Miser, Lady, Bee Luther Hatchee and Rounding Third. Off-Broadway credits include: Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Vineyard Theatre, Pearl Theatre and Primary Stages. Regional credits include: Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Alley, Steppenwolf and Lookingglass. International credits include: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Jones has received six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 16 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards and two Drama Desk Award nominations. Film scores include The Brass Teapot for Magnolia Pictures and 2006 Academy Award-winning A Note Of Triumph for HBO Films. www.lindsayjones.com
Production Stage Manager
Rita is proud to be in her 13th season at Northlight, where she has the stage manager for 35 productions. Other recent projects: The Polar Express train ride, seven seasons of The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theater, and productions at Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Theatre at the Center, and Northlight’s productions of Chapatti and Stella & Lou in Galway, Ireland. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to seven-year-old Charlie, and is celebrating her 20th year as a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
Northlight is fully wheelchair accessible and offers select wheelchair seating in our theatre. If you require wheelchair access, please inform the Box Office or make a note on your subscription form.
For our hearing impaired patrons, we offer a Radio Frequency (RF) Headset system. This two-part system features a radio belt pack and headset, and can be obtained from House Management (ID deposit required).