Play­house Con­cert Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been Filled with Laugh­ter & Mu­sic


MOR­RIS­BURG, On­tario - Play­house au­di­ences are in for a treat when the hit con­cert Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been comes to town Oc­to­ber 11 through 14. It’s a re­turn en­gage­ment af­ter sell­ing out two years ago with an orig­i­nal run that packed houses and wowed au­di­ences who got tick­ets and dis­ap­pointed those who didn’t. In fact peo­ple trav­elled as far away as Belleville hop­ing to get last minute can­cel­la­tions at the door for that orig­i­nal run. As promised, The Play­house has brought it back for an en­core this Oc­to­ber and has al­ready ex­tended it four times to ac­com­mo­date the de­mand. Cre­ated by Jesse Collins and star­ring Derek Mar­shall and Ni­cholas Arnold, it’s a live con­cert with a big dif­fer­ence­fab­u­lous mu­sic, hi­lar­i­ous comedy and an en­gag­ing story. It fea­tures the time­less hits and hi­lar­i­ous bits from the most fa­mous comedy duo of the 50’s-dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Backed by a dy­na­mite live band, the show sweeps au­di­ences back to a time re­mem­bered for the hits Ev­ery­body Loves Some­body, Sway, You’re No­body Til Some­body Loves You, Vo­lare, That’s Amore, Ain’t That A Kick In The Head, On an Evening In Roma, Re­turn To Me, Stand­ing On The Cor­ner, Mem­o­ries Are Made Of This, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Rock­abye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody and many more. It also fea­tures the clas­sic comedy rou­tines that made this leg­endary en­ter­tain­ment part­ner­ship fa­mous and takes a peak at their real-life re­la­tion­ship, beg­ging the ques­tion ‘what if they had never split’?

Creator and di­rec­tor, Jesse Collins, is an Emmy-nom­i­nated di­rec­tor and 38-year television, film, stage & ra­dio vet­eran. Af­ter many years di­rect­ing and act­ing in long run­ning television se­ries (Katts & Dog, Wind at My Back), Dean and Jerry marks his re­turn to mu­si­cal va­ri­ety en­ter­tain­ment – where he started on the CBC’S Du­mau­rier Search for the Stars in 1981. He di­rected The Play­house’s Plaza Suite this sea­son and is cur­rently the Artis­tic Di­rec­tor at the Oril­lia Opera House.

Derek Mar­shall, a na­tive of Cole Har­bour, Nova Sco­tia, has per­formed ex­ten­sively as a singer and ac­tor for more than twenty-five years in theatres, con­cert halls, clubs & casi­nos through­out Canada, USA and Europe. He has also been seen in such Play­house con­certs as Ve­gas Knights and Mem­o­ries of the Sum­mer of Love.

Ni­cholas Arnold is an ac­com­plished per­former, film­maker, writer and speaker. His fas­ci­na­tion with Jerry be­gan when he was 13 and hasn’t stopped. He di­rected an award-win­ning fea­ture film and re­cently launched a new pod­cast, Pay­ing Trib­ute – a look at nos­tal­gia en­ter­tain­ment.

The band in­cludes some of the best mu­si­cians in the coun­try. Mered­ith Zwicker, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and pi­anist, has been seen in many Play­house Christ­mas shows and most re­cently ap­peared in The Buddy Holly Story at the Thou­sand Is­lands Play­house. John Min­nis, on trum­pet, gui­tar and key­boards, has en­joyed a ca­reer that has taken him around North Amer­ica and the Caribbean. He con­tin­ues to per­form in Muskoka and the GTA, as well as be­ing a mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor. Naomi Higgins, tenor & alto sax and flute, is a Toronto-based wood­wind player, ar­ranger, com­poser and pri­vate teacher who has been trav­el­ing the world on ships and with big bands. Bass player Brian Que­bec has been a free­lance

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bassist play­ing gen­res rang­ing from clas­si­cal to coun­try and drum­mer Lo­gan Coey is in his last year of the Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic de­gree pro­gram at Hum­ber Col­lege. He has per­formed all over On­tario with the Deer­hurst Live show and sev­eral orig­i­nal artists in­clud­ing a per­for­mance on Canada Morn­ing Live.

Au­di­ences are en­cour­aged to book soon for the lim­ited en­gage­ment of this pop­u­lar show. The Play­house’s cur­rent show, Great Kooshog Lake Hol­lis Mc­cauley Fish­ing Derby, con­tin­ues til Septem­ber 30.

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