Running time: Approximately 90 Minutes
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DATES TO NOTE
$5 Night - Wednesday, April 26
Wine Down Friday - Friday, April 28
Lowell Night - Wednesday, May 3
Ladies Night - Thursday, May 11
CHARISSA BERTELS (Charissa) is a Broadway actress and champion of new musicals. She recently toured the country in the first national tour of If/Then starring Idina Menzel, La Chanze, and Anthony Rapp. She made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of Pasek & Paul's Tony-nominated musical A Christmas Story, and later reprised her role at Madison Square Garden. As part of the singing ensemble for New York City Center Encores' productions of Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Lady Be Good, her work can be heard on the subsequent cast recordings, featuring Megan Hilty and the legendary Tommy Tune. Charissa produced the new musical Academia Nuts at NYMF, garnering awards for Best New Musical, Best Director, and two Best Actors. She produced two concerts of new works with participants of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop at The Duplex: “Musical Speed Dating” and “Contemporary Christmas”. Film: Gingerbread House, It Is What It Is. She is humbled to be an artistic Patriot at MRT and to premiere this personal show with such a fabulous team. My deepest gratitude to my collaborators, Christian and Ed, for your beautiful work bringing this show to life, to Peilin for being a rockstar and making it happen all the way from Shanghai, and to Sean for taking a chance on this new musical and helping it grow. Many thanks to God, Robert, CTG, family, friends and my amazing husband, James. www.charissa.nyc
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Highlights from My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend
PRESS RELEASE:CHRISTIAN DUHAMEL WINS KLEBAN PRIZE FOR MUSICAL THAT PREMIERED AT MRT IN LOWELL
The Nashua Telegraph: "Charissa Bertels is nothing short of phenomenal... There is surely no one who wouldn't enjoy this absolutely lovely story of a beautiful friendship, presented with humor, love, and Broadway-level entertainment."
ArtsFuse: "Universally compelling... My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend is a joyous delight, performed with skill and passion: an irresistible reminder that time flies."
OnStage: "Within seconds of singing her final note in “What Counts” the audience leapt to their feet with robust applause and cheers giving Bertels a long-lasting standing ovation that was entirely well deserved. This touching and humorous musical is bound to not only tug at your heartstrings, but make you laugh and send you out of the theatre smiling. This new musical is a must see this May and Charissa Bertels’ performance is not to be missed!"
Broadway World: "The narrative is uplifting... the performer is delightful company... a very enjoyable ninety minutes of theater."
Lowell Sun: "Bertels is a gifted singer...The number she performs when she first sees Milton's apartment, 'What A View,' is the standout track. Milton is showing Charissa a side of New York City she has never seen. It's a thrilling moment, for her and the audience."
Everett Independent: "Bertels beams in her one-woman show."
New England Theatre Geek: "A one-person play is like a long blind date – you are stuck with a stranger for the evening, so you inwardly pray beforehand that you’ll like them. But when that one person is actress Charissa Bertels performing her passion project, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend, you might find yourself cursing time for flying so fast through an entertaining evening."
Broadway World Feature: "Charissa and Milton's story is about discovering joy through close, personal connection, even in places you'd never expect to find it."
Lowell Sun Feature: What happens when you reach out to someone different from yourself? And how does it impact your life? That's what 20-something actress Charissa Bertels discovers in the delightful new musical, "My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend," a show based on her real-life friendship with 80-something millionaire Milton.
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