This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this Broadway chamber musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
M. WIlliam Panek* (Co-Director)
is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois' Theatre Department. Director: Now. Here. This., [title of show] (Jeff Award Nominated), A New Brain, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, Godspell, To Tree (world premiere), Reefer Madness! The Musical in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Casting Associate: EVERYBODY, The Baltimore Waltz, Julius Caesar, Spike Heels. Cabaret: "Positively Present," "Mary'z With a Z," "Proud at Mary's" at Mary's Attic, "Spring Forward Fail Back" at Uncommon Ground, and "BPB Yearbook" "Character Breakdown" at Davenport's. He recently collaborated with Zach Zimmerman (Luke Babylon: Christian Magician and Spell) at iO Chicago, iO New York, The Duplex New York, and the Annoyance Theatre. William served as an artistic associate with The Orchard Project in Hunter, NY, a production assistant for the 24-Hour Musicals at Joe's Pub, and the business management assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram @mwilliampanek.
Stephanie Rohr* (Co-DIrector)
has worked with BPB Co as director of Spike Heels, assistant director of A New Brain, and coordinator for Spring Forward Fail Back cabaret. She has performed with BPB Co. in Godspell, Aloha Say the Pretty Girls, and [title of show]. Stephanie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Drake University and an MA in Classical Acting from Drama Centre London. She made her West End debut in Opera Up Close's Olivier Award winning production of La Boheme, and also performed at the Roundhouse Theatre and the Barbican Centre in London. Chicago credits include: High Fidelity (Refuge Theatre), Macbeth, Reservior Dogs, and Predator: The Musical (Roundhouse Productions), Two Gentleman of Verona (Spectralia Theatre), Jesus Camp (Cornservatory), Perfect Wedding and Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Towle Theater), and No Sex Please, We're British (JPAC). Stephanie also works as a private vocal coach, sings with The Moxie Sisters and The Bangers, and is a fiber artist and cross-stitch designer. (StephXstitch.com)
T.J. Anderson* (Musical Director)
is ecstatic to work with Brown Paper Box Co. again! He has music directed three BPBCo. shows, including A New Brain, [title of show], and Now. Here. This., as well as appearing onstage in Godspell, Julius Caesar and numerous cabarets. He has also recently music directed productions with Underscore Theater Company and Black Button Eyes Productions. He performs with other BPBCo. members in The Moxie Sisters and is a trumpeter throughout the city.
Meet the cast & crew- Coming soon!
Book by Alan Knee, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, & Music by Jason Howland Co-Directed by M. William Panek* & Stephanie Rohr* Musical Direction by T.J. Anderson*
Zach Dries* (Photographer/Videographer) Jeremy Hollis* (Production Manager) Charlie Sheets* (Graphic Designer)
Cast: TBD Understudies: TBD
*Denotes BPBCo. member
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