written by Brent Hazelton
Original Musical Composition and Arrangements
by Jack Forbes Wilson
Liberace! was developed in cooperation with the
Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts.
Liberace! Premiered at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Mark Clements, Artistic Director and Dawn Helsing Wolters, Managing Director.
Presented by special arrangement with Stage Rights (www.stagerights.com)
Brent Hazelton is a director, administrator, and educator, as well as a playwright. A Wisconsin native, Brent has been a company member since 1999 at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where he currently holds the title of Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Project Development. His debut authorial effort, Liberace! ranks among the five most successful shows (based on both sales and total attendance), of the more than 100 productions performed in the 25-season history of Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret.
about Brent Hazelton
from the producer...
2019 marks the 100 year anniversary of Liberace's birth. What a marvelous time to celebrate all he gave to the world. Music, endless laughter by way of double entendre, joy, grand sparkling costumes, and the gift of bringing people together. Liberace had...Liberace has...heart!
When I first did this show, Liberace in 2015 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, what struck me most was the time I spent listening to countless stories after the show. The stories began with "...my family used crowd around our television every Sunday night to watch..." or "...I remember when I was five in 1980 and my uncle took me to see Liberace, I'll never forget". These encounters usually ended with the holding of a hands and hugs, tissues, and the tears of those who recounted their story. AND in this very building, the Grand Central Station Building...an occupant who used to cook for Liberace and another who used to dance at one of his clubs now working at the Pebble Beach Company.
Liberace still brings people together from all walks of life. His accomplishments, the legacy of music and the television he pioneered as well as the mark he left on the world is truly something unique, and extraordinary to be remembered.
Liebstraum by Franz Liszt
Three Little Fishies Waltz
Chopsticks alla Liberace
Beer Barrel Polka
Cole Porter's Night & Day
Maple Leaf Rag
Malaguena by Ernest Lecouna
12th Street Rag
I'll Be Seeing You
Chopin's Nocturne in Eb
Please be advised that due to copyright law, the videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
Also, photography of any kind is strictly prohibited during the performance.
special thanks to all contributors, supporters, and donors
Bob & Judy Hurley
Robert & Estee Perez
Melody & Frank Kragh
Fred & Susie Cabatoge
Steve & Peggy Della Rochetta
Arlon & Susan Moon
Dave Marzetti & The Shagbag Show
Jennifer MacMurdo from Carmel Chamber of Commerce
KSCO AM Radio 1080
The Carmel Pine Cone
2019 copyright Jon-Mark Hurley