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Jeremy Koch

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In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch, two of the founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, share their anticipation for the seven Signature Series productions, three Spotlight Series shows, and three Theatre For Young Audiences offerings in the 2019-2020 season. At season 12, says Weiner, their vision and model is reaching new stages of experience and growth, thanks to a growing reputation nationally and the good word of performers from New York and Los Angeles cast in Farmers Alley productions.

The Spotlight Series begins Oct 4 with a re-envisioned chamber setting of the Lerner & Loewe musical Camelot, followed in late November-December by It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The ripped-from-the-headlines dramedy The Cake and Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers follow, in February and March. Farmers Alley Theatre will partner again with the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in spring to present an intimate look at Billie Holiday's life, in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grille. Then in June, they'll present the first regional production of Bright Star, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, followed by High Fidelity in July-Aug, adapted from the 2000 film.


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When she saw the show on Broadway, Denene Mulay Koch thought she had found a role that fit her incredibly well: the character of Francesca was the right age, was also Italian, and the songs were in the right range for her voice. Additionally, it was a chance to work with her husband, actor Jeremy Koch, who was perfect for the role of Robert Kincaid, the photographer who upends Francesca's life while her husband and children are away at the state fair. Francesca's children? They could be played Jason and Carly Koch, the couple's two real-life children. There was one more family member to add to the mix: Kathy Mulay as director. The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted from the book by Robert James Waller, which won the 2014 Tony for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, comes to Farmers Alley Theatre on June 8 in the Little Theater on Oakland Drive. Jeremy Koch and Denene Mulay Koch joined Cara Lieurance to talk about this contemporary musical with music by Jason Robert Brown.


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Two founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch, join Cara Lieurance to give listeners the high points on the large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows that make up the tenth season of this award-winning, professional theater based in Kalamazoo. Bookended by the classic musical Gypsy and the modern smash The Producers, the season also offers dramas like The Diary Of Anne Frank and The Christians, an adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, and a one-man show, Liberace!, which takes place during the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.


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Farmers Alley Theatre, which was founded by four theater veterans - Adam Weiner, Rob Weiner, Jeremy Koch, and Denene Mulay Koch - begins its ninth season on September 30. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch say their mission to produce thought-provoking, entertaining live theater in an intimate setting has expanded. Four years ago, the theater began an association with the Actor's Equity Association, the professional union for actors on Broadway and other major theater centers. This has allowed local casts to mix with seasoned professionals.


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A musical based on a beloved children's book, The Secret Garden will open this week at Farmers Alley Theatre. 

Kathy Mulay directs a cast that includes her daughter, Denene Mulay Koch (Lily Craven), her son-in-law Jeremy Koch (Archibald Craven), and her grandson Jason Koch (Colin Craven). Cara Lieurance leads the three family members in a discussion about playing their roles in real life and on stage. 

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