WEST HARTFORD — Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman’s “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical” begins performances at Playhouse on Park on Jan. 15, and will run through Feb. 2.

“Tenderly” is a loving re-creation of 20 or so of Rosemary Clooney’s popular songs and a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life. It features many of Mrs. Clooney’s signature hits, including “Hey There (You with the Stars in your Eyes),” “Tenderly,” and “Come On-A My House.” It is as moving as it is entertaining. Susan Haefner, who originated the title role will be starring as Rosemary Clooney. Kyle Brand will direct, with music direction by Robert James Tomasulo and choreography by MK Lawson.

Susan Haefner, who plays Rosemary has played at Playhouse on Park: “The Dining Room,” and on Broadway/National Tour: “State Fair,” “Damn Yankees,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “42nd Street,” and “Billy Elliot.”

Samuel Lloyd Jr., who plays The Doctor and others) is best known on television as “Ted the Lawyer” from “Scrubs, and as a TV guest star in: “American Housewife,” “Modern Family,” “Shameless” and “Seinfeld.”

Tickets for performances are now on sale and range from $40-$50; reserve seating. New this season are Tuesday and Saturday matinees. Student, Senior, and Let’s Go Arts discounts are available. There will be a complementary pre-show wine and cheese reception on Friday, Jan. 17.

To coordinate a group, contact Lily Horn at 860-523-5900 x11 or LHorn@playhousetheatregroup.org.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford.

Connecticut Media Group