Flanagan's Wake: Funny, Interactive Irish Wake Comes to New York
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The last date listed for Flanagan's Wake was Sunday April 27, 2008 / 5:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“One of the funniest shows you’ll ever see” —NBC
“A great party” —Chicago Tribune
“A hoot!” —The Boston Globe
Flanagan’s Wake is the hilarious interactive Irish wake that has been running in Chicago for 13 smash years! Set in the fictional town of Grapplin, in the real county of Sligo, Ireland, the whole town (read: the audience) has come to mourn (read: sing, dance, drink and celebrate) the passing of good old Flanagan at his favorite pub. With the Mayor tending bar, town folk eulogize Flanagan (with the help of all in attendance) and celebrate a life well-lived. Of course, it wouldn’t be a wake without a disputed will. In Flanagan’s Wake, you’ll be transported to the Emerald Isle to grieve as only the Irish can!
The New York production brings two of the original creators in Bonnie Shadrake (musical director) and Amy Binns-Calvey (director).
Bonnie Shadrake composed the score and acted as music director for Flanagan’s Wake in Chicago and other cities nationwide. She was a co-founder of the Noble Fool Theater Company in Chicago, where she co-created all incarnations of the popular Christmas show Roasting Chestnuts and the full-length musical Vikings! A Musical in Two Axe. She is also the composer, arranger, and pianist for the popular cabaret act, The Weird Sisters, and a co-founder of Cabarah, a comedy cabaret. Bonnie is currently the musical director/staff accompanist for Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory.
Amy Binns-Calvey is a co-creator/original cast member of Flanagan’s Wake. She has directed Flanagan’s Wake in St. Charles, Chicago (2003), Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Buffalo and has performed in the show all over the U.S. Other directing credits include Mikado: Version 2.005, Roasting Chestnuts (1997, 2000), Open Call, Guys and Dolls, Oh! Coward, and the world premiere of Ma Murphy’s Chowder House. She was a founding member of The Noble Fool Theater Company. Amy is also a co-creator/ writer for the many ongoing versions of Roasting Chestnuts. She can be currently seen in the outrageous cabaret trio The Weird Sisters. Amy was an Artist in Residence with the State of Illinois, and an instructor with the School of the Art Institute’s Continuing Education program.