Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"For Colored Girls..." with Innate Volution Theatre Company

I am currently working on choreographing a production of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Isnt Enuf" with Innate Volution Theatre Company. This production is set to open June 17 and will run through June 26. Go to for more details!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shawn Quinlan in "Whorehouse" at Circle Theatre

Reviews of "A Chorus Line"

"The theater is in what used to be perhaps two storefronts joined together. Even so, the stage is not wide enough for a kick line of the whole cast. But with talented choreography and direction, this shortcoming was not noticed by the audience. Without an orchestra pit, the front seats were more intimate with the stage than in a "legit" theater. adding to the enjoyment for us."

-Weisun C.'s Review,

"All 23 performers belt, hoof, and emote their hearts out in this enthusiastic production of Michael Bennett's 1975 musical about dancers auditioning for a Broadway show. Shawn Quinlan's cast are easy to love..."

-Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader

"Shawn Quinlan directs the perennial tale of 17 auditioning dancers and what they did for love."

-Time Out Chicago

"An excellent group of dancers pulling off an incredibly tough show. The vocals hold up well which is not often the case in dance shows. This production may not be the Marriott, but it gets awfully close. Very impressed and will recommend to my other theater friends. Bravo."

-Chicago Reader

"Under the fast-paced, carefully orchestrated direction and choreography of Shawn Quinlan, his 19-member cast dazzles from start to finish"

-Oak Park Oak Leaves

Circle Theatre's Jeff Recommended Production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Previews April 2, 3 & 6 April 7 - June 20

Book by Larry L. King & Peter Masterson

Music & lyrics by Carol Hall

Directed & choreographed by Kevin Bellie

Yee haw! Circle presents this Broadway blockbuster of small town vice and political side stepping recounting the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better “pleasure palaces” in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams frequented Miss Mona's bordello until puritanical hypocrites focus righteousness on the landmark. Religious zealots dictating decency and morality—sound familiar?

Stomp your feet and holler out loud, this down home charmer will thrill audiences.
Kevin Bellie, Circle Theatre Artistic Director, has helmed productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Can-Can, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sweet Smell of Success and more on Circle’s mainstage. In addition, his choreography has been seen in Meet Me in St. Louis, Tommy, The Secret Garden and more. He has choreographed for Light Opera Works, Porchlight Music Theatre, Nobel Fool Theatricals and many others. He is a multiple Jeff Award and After Dark Award winner.

This production has been Jeff Recommended!

Kevin Bellie, Director & Choreographer

Josh Walker, Music Director

Bob Knuth, Scenic Design/Lighting Design

Jesus Perez, Costume Design & Construction

Peter J. Storms, Sound Design

Beth Scheible, Stage Manager

Starring: Dan Beno * Sara Michelle Bickweat * Jennifer Bludgen * Christopher Boyd * Michael Buonincontro * Maxwell Burnham * (Antoinette) Toni-Lynice Fountain * Sydney Genco * Michael A. Gravame * Anita Hoffman * Elizabeth Lanza * Melody Latham * Justin LeClaire * Jeremy Myers * Andriana Pachella * Greg Payne * Shawn Quinlan * Blake M. Russell * Vanessa Schroeder * Monica Szaflik * Noah Sullivan * Kirk Swenk * Sheana Tobey * Carrie Weis * Gregory Wenrich

Showtimes:$12 Previews: April 2, 3, & 6 at 8pm opening night: Wednesday, April 7 @ 8:00 pmFridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 pmSundays @ 3:00 pmGroup Rates for 10 or More Available.Call 708-771-0700