About This Show

The Bowery Boys, a new musical, makes its highly anticipated world premiere at the Marriott Theatre. Inspired by the works of Horatio Alger Jr. and George M. Cohan, The Bowery Boys book and lyrics are by David H. Bell, with music by Jeremy Cohen.

Set in 1876, New York City, in the world of Diamond Jim Brady, Tammany Hall and the notorious Five Points, The Bowery Boys follows the journeys of Dick, a street wise kid, and Mary, a young British heiress whom Dick befriends after she is cruelly abandoned on the mean streets of New York.

Author and Director David H. Bell’s inspiration for The Bowery Boys leapt from books of Horatio Alger Jr., often called the American Charles Dickens.

The Bowery Boys stars Brian Sears as Dick and Morgan Weed as Mary.  Also featured are Lesley Bevan as Nanny Mae, Wilson Bridges as Johnny, Jeff Dumas as Kid Twist, Sean Fortunato as Dean Fiske, Andrew Keltz as Mickey McGuire, Susan Moniz as Mother, Roger Mueller as Lord Halberstam, and Bernie Yvon as John. Aaron Thielen, Lead Artistic Director, heads the artistic team. Direction by Chicagoland favorite David H. Bell (Shenandoah, Oliver!, Footloose), Choreography by Matt Raftery, with Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements by Michael Mahler.  Sound Design is by Cecil Averett, Properties Design by Greg Isaac, Costume Design by Nancy Missimi, Set Design by Tom Ryan, and Lighting Design by Diane Ferry Williams.  Patti Garwood conducts the Marriott Theatre orchestra, with orchestrations by David Sigel.

With the purchase of a $55 ticket on Wednesdays and Thursdays, dinner in either Kings Wharf or Fairfield Inn restaurants is included.  This special offer is based on dining availability. All other performance ticket prices are $45.00, excluding tax and handling fees.  A $5.00 discount for students and seniors is valid on Wednesday and Sunday matinee performances. Dinner packages for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are available for an additional $40.00 per person at King’s Wharf and $30.00 at Fairfield Inn. Free parking is available at all performances.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: December 17, 2008 Final Performance: February 15, 2009
Location: Marriott Theatre, Illinois

10 Marriott Dr,



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Theatermania Review

| | December 22, 2008
This new musical inspired by Horatio Alger and George M. Cohan could be a huge hit!