Louis, Max and Sonny have a simple plan to live a lavish life: marry a rich spouse.
It’s Manhattan in the 1950s and the three bachelors — two of whom are gay — are scheming to use their good looks and charm to convince wealthy partners to marry them, enabling the suitors to go from rags to riches.
“It’s such a great show," said Sean Doherty, who plays LouiS. "It has universal themes such as love and romance and has something for everyone, which is why everyone will enjoy it.”
“Men With Money,” which will play the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville from March 7 through April 7, combines comedy with over-the-top musical performances to tell the story of three men navigating the Big Apple in search of better lives by marrying into high society.
“Part of what makes ‘Men With Money’ such a great show is its timely and inspirational storyline,” said director Justin Anderson, who also is Aurora’s associate artistic director. “Inspired by classic Broadway shows, ‘Men With Money’ encourages people to be themselves, to chase after what they want no matter the hurdles and to learn how to listen to their heart. The show will be sure to leave audiences laughing, singing and dancing all the way home.”
The show, which is based on Bill Nelson’s book, features the musical direction of Ann-Carol Pence — the Aurora Theatre’s co-founder and associate producer — and choreography by Ricardo Aponte. The show’s songs include “Go for the Tackle,” “Hot Dogs,” “My Tycoon,” “The Star I Named for You,” “Here Comes Max,” “All-out Love,” “So Hot You Can Die” and the title track, “Men With Money.”
Marcello Audino stars as Max, with Kenny Tran rounding out the leading roles as Sonny. The cast also includes Daniel Wisniewski as Hot Dog, Adrianna Trachell as Thursday, Brian Robinson as Tycoon, Jimi Kocina as Frenchy, Cecil Washington Jr. as Marvatech and Candy McLellan as Mugsten.
“The cast brings so much energy that lasts the whole show,” Doherty said. “It’s a great musical because it has something for everybody, from romantic love ballads to huge showstoppers.”