WWII-inspired musical production earns raves
June 15, 2022
The original stage production "I'll Be Seeing You" featured a cast of eight, a five-piece live band, video projections of vintage images, and classic tunes from the Great American Songbook.
I'll Be Seeing You charms crowd with top-notch performances, production
The Palladium audience was treated to a charming and moving display of talent Saturday at the premiere – and so far, the only scheduled performance – of a unique in-house stage production, I’ll Be Seeing You: Love Stories of World War II.
Written and directed by local theater veteran Ellen Kingston, the Center’s Director of Creative Events, the poignant musical revue was based on true stories collected from families who lived and loved through the war era. Crafted as an homage to the Greatest Generation, the production included a costumed cast of eight, a five-piece live band, video projections of vintage images, and tunes from the Great American Songbook – lots and lots of tunes. See the full list below.
The singers and dancers included Olivia Broadwater, Tiffany Gilliam, Jerry Hacker, Kathleen Hacker, Nathanael Hein, Joseph Perkins, Melissa Schott and Matthew Vire. Music Director David Duncan led a live combo with musicians Becky Chappell, Bill Myers, Rob West and Ginny Womack.
Local arts critic Tom Alvarez praised the production as “a first-class theatrical experience” featuring “some of the most exceptional local talent around … in one of the finest performing arts venues in Indiana, if not the region.” Read Alvarez’s full review here.
Here’s a full list of the songs performed and their creators. All reflected the period, and many of them were favorites of the families who shared their stories.
Prelude: Sentimental Journey (Ella Fitzgerald recording) – Les Brown, Ben Homer, Bud Green
All the Things You Are – Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II
Almost Like Being in Love – Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
Blue Skies – Irving Berlin
Come Rain or Come Shine – Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree – Sam H. Stept, Lew Brown, Charles Tobias
From This Moment On – Cole Porter
It Had to Be You – Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
It’s De-Lovely – Cole Porter
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) – Cole Porter
My Funny Valentine – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
My Romance – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
Some Enchanted Evening – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
The Way You Look Tonight – Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
When the Children Are Asleep – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
You Were Meant for Me – Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller, Mitchell Parrish
You’ll Never Know – Harry Warren, Mac Gordon
Just One of Those Things – Cole Porter
Tennessee Waltz – Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King [Sam Cooke]
Nevertheless I’m in Love with You – Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive– Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
Margie, I’m Always Thinking of You – Con Conrad, J. Russell Robinson
Bill – Jerome Kern, PG Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein II
The White Cliffs of Dover – Walter Kent, Nat Burton
Some Other Time – Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
You’re My Everything – Harry Warren, Mort Dixon, Joe Young
I Remember It Well – Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
Till The End of Time – Buddy Kaye, Ted Mossman
The Girl Who Loves a Soldier – Noel Gay, Joseph Butler
Them There Eyes – Maceo Pinkard, William Tracy, Doris Tauber
Every Time We Say Goodbye – Cole Porter
My Country ’Tis of Thee – Henry Carey, Samuel Francis Smith
I’ll Be Seeing You – Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal