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This sweetly charming new musical is a bonafide hit that deserves a long, successful life beyond Lincolnshire.

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Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
10 Marriott Dr.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Map This Place!Map it
Tickets: or (847) 634-0200

Aaron Thielen & Michael Mahler


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Runs June 20, 2012-August 19, 2012

Friday8 p.m.
Saturday4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Wednesday1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Thursday8 p.m.

Recommended a "Must See" Show

The Marriott's triumphant world premiere flies in the face of the Lincolnshire reputation for safe productions of classic musicals. "Hero," the story of a 28-year-old aspiring comic book artist whose dreams are woefully mismatched with his realities, leads with a boffo score by Micheal Mahler that critics say packs hit after hit. It's not perfect (what new musical is?), but with its great songs and compelling characters, this young show has a great destiny. See it so you can say you saw it first.

reviewed performanceCenterstage Show Review
Reviewer: Colin Douglas
Thursday Jul 05, 2012

In this sweetly charming original work by Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, with catchy music and lyrics by Chicago Renaissance man Michael Mahler, the Marriott has a bonafide hit that deserves a long, successful life beyond Lincolnshire.

Aspiring 28-year-old comic book artist, Hero Batowski, still spends his “Superhero Life” at home in Milwaukee, caring for and helping his dad run Brew City Comics. Kirk, Hero’s cousin and best friend, is determined to help him escape the funk he’s been in since his mom was killed in a car accident several years ago. Dragging his cousin to a bar, Hero runs into Jane, his former girlfriend. His life gets an exhilarating jump-start until tragedy strikes again. Along with Hero’s father, Al (the always reliable Don Forston), Kirk’s wise-cracking, “12-going-on-40” brother, Nate (a droll Jonah Rawitz), Susan (a very funny Tina Fey-like Dara Cameron), Jane’s tightly-wound friend and fellow teacher, Hero’s life overflows with superheroes whose powers lie in their devoted friendship. And that’s the real power of this show: it’s about everyday people audiences will recognize and care about. The story moves as smoothly as Thomas M. Ryan’s rotating, ever-changing set and Mahler’s pop-rock score, a blend of Alan Menken (“Newsies”) and David Yazbeck (“The Full Monty”).

David H. Bell has directed a talented cast of his own musical superheroes. Good-looking Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio of “Jersey Boys”) and lovely Heidi Kettenring both bring strong musicality, humor, compassion and real chemistry to Hero and Jane, while Alex Goodrich’s lovably quirky, caffeinated Kirk almost steals this fresh, funny and simply fantastic new show.

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