The Collective at Concordia University Chicago presents Clark Gesner’s classic musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” directed by Tomica S. Jenkins with musical direction by Christian Hauser. Performances will run Feb. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 23 and March 1 at 3 p.m. at the Bergmann Theatre on the University’s campus. The production is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark.
In “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. In this revised version, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and dialogue by Michael Mayer, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a fresh insouciance and playfulness of the award-winning, family comedy is revealed.
Tomica S. Jenkins is an actor, singer and director who has worked with Chicago Dramatists, Saltbox Theatre Collective, Oakton College, A Contemporary Theatre, Attic Theatre, Davenport’s, Vitello’s and Café-Club Fais Do-Do. A graduate of Bradley University, Jenkins has appeared on CBS, ABC and UPN, and earned an MFA in directing from the University of Southern California School of Theatre.
Guest artists for this production include Annaliese Ayers, choreographer; Joe Burke, projection designer; and Robert S. Kuhn, costume designer.
General admission tickets to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” are $15, with discounts available for students, seniors and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at CharlieBrownCUC.brownpapertickets.com or with cash or credit card at the box office an hour before show time. The Bergmann Theatre is located in the Krentz Center at 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.