The Lon Chaney Musical will premiere at Encore in Dexter, MI

THE ENCORE presents the world premiere of a new musical “A Thousand Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical” from April 21 to May 1, 2022 With a creative team of Broadway professionals, A Thousand Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical will get its world premiere April 21 – May 1, 2022 at The Encore Musical Theater Company in Dexter, Michigan. A Thousand Faces tells the incredible true story of pioneering silent film star Lon Chaney. At CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Lon learns early on to communicate through facial expressions and pantomime. With their son, Creighton, in tow, Lon performs with his charismatic first wife as a singer and dancer at vaudeville houses across the country. When a family scandal destroys his theatrical career and leads to a bitter divorce, Lon must quickly find work and establish a stable home or risk losing his son. He looks to the nascent silent film industry, transforming himself with incredible depth and humanity into characters living on the fringes. Lon achieved international fame as the star of more than 150 films, including the original Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera. His unique ability to transform, using inventive make-up techniques he developed, earned him the nickname “the man of a thousand faces”. “What a pleasure to premiere this new musical at the Encore!” says Broadway director Sam Scalamoni (Elf the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast). “Making this unique story of an artist who championed the misunderstood by bringing compassion, depth and dignity to humanity living on the margins is such an honor. I can’t wait to see how audiences react to our show about family. , the gifts and challenges they bring!” It was Scalamoni who first conceived the idea for the musical. After introducing him to RON CHANEY (great-grandson of Lon Chaney and chairman of Chaney Entertainment), a partnership was formed. Together they produced and developed this moving musical, based on the book A Century of Chaneys, written by Ron and Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man, Son of Dracula). From the first painting read in New York to multiple subsequent rewrites and readings, the journey ultimately led to Scalamoni reaching out to Broadway veteran and The Encore artistic director Dan Cooney with a pitch to create the first full-scale production at Dexter. , Michigan. The company is led by Broadway’s Danny Gardner (Flying Over Sunset, Dames at Sea) and music director Gary Adler (Avenue Q, Altar Boyz, Radio City Christmas Spectacular). The musical features book by ERIC LANE (Ride, Filming O’Keefe), music by RACHEL DEVORE FOGARTY (The Necklace) and lyrics by Kevin Fogarty (Call Me Home). “I can’t believe this is coming to fruition and I’m so glad the Encore hosted us,” said Ron Chaney, the musical’s creative consultant. “My great-grandfather’s life experiences made him one of the most gifted actors and entertainers to ever grace stage and screen. Lon Chaney and Lon Chaney, Jr. are widely known for playing monsters and ‘scaring’ people. This incredible story and musical shows their human side that will hopefully touch your heart.” This world premiere is funded, in part, by grants from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (formerly MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Michigan Radio, and is presented by special arrangement with Ron Chaney and TLS Ventures , LLC. A THOUSAND FACES will run for two weeks only, from April 21 to May 1, 2022 at The Encore Musical Theater Company. Tickets can be purchased at www.the‌encoretheatre.org, through the box office (toll-free) by calling 734-268-6200, or in person at The Encore Musical Theater Company, 7714 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, MI 48130.

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