The Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke series is proud to present “From Broadway to Obscurity,” Eric Gutman’s autobiographical one-man musical journey. The performance is set for Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the campus of Clarke University.
“From Broadway to Obscurity” is a high energy, incredibly funny concert about making hard choices for the right reasons. At the peak of his career playing several roles in the Tony and Grammy award winning smash hit “Jersey Boys” on Broadway, Gutman made the decision to return to his hometown of Detroit so that he could raise his two young daughters closer to his family. His internal compass pointed him back to the values of his community—faith, family, and tradition.
Throughout “From Broadway to Obscurity,” Gutman uses well-known musical theatre and pop songs, dead-on celebrity impressions, a heart-warming narrative, and a look at what goes on backstage of one of the biggest hits in Broadway history to tell the story of his transition from Broadway star to suburban dad.
“Eric Gutman is a truly gifted and dynamic performer and the message of his one-man show will undoubtedly resonate with the audience,” notes Joe Klinebriel, Professor of Drama and chair of the Arts at Clarke committee.
In his extraordinary run with “Jersey Boys,” Gutman performed close to 1,200 shows in six different roles. He was one of the few actors to play live instruments on stage. Gutman has also been a company member for over ten years with the Off-Broadway and touring companies of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood.
Tickets for this one-of-a-kind show are $10 can be purchased by phone at (563)588-6377.