Living the Dream: World Premiere Musical The House of Finnegan


Shamika Franklin as Susan Carter.

WIR Productions proudly presents The House of Finnegan, directed by Alissa-Nicole Koblentz and with musical direction, arrangements, and orchestrations by Bonnie Janofsky.

With a cast of twenty-two and an orchestra of eight, this is the culmination of a lifelong dream for playwright Bill Rich and his creative team. The House of Finnegan is an original work by Rich and composer Steve Kopandy. The comedy/drama with music and song combines recollections from the early days of musical theater and the golden age of television and motion pictures with the reality of the present era.

The House of Finnegan’s characters are in part from another era trying to cope with both the aging process and the modern world. As they deal with their show business and real world pasts they each find the task of being current is not always easy. Whether vocationally or personally, not just the sweet is recalled but all that was bitter; thought exorcised from the memory can still haunt many years later.

Jerry Finnegan and Susan Carter once had Broadway and forbidden romance in the palm of their hands until fate pulled them apart. Forty years later they rediscover each other. Through the eyes and heart of Jerry’s nine-year-old granddaughter we see the present is no more than the past and the only thing in the end (which counts) is family, true love, and friendship. The House of Finnegan is a little bit about us all.

Introducing: Rachel Albrecht as Carolyn O’Reilly. 

Introducing: Rachel Albrecht as Carolyn O’Reilly.

Also Starring: John McCool Bowers as Jerry Finnegan, Christopher Lindsey as Young Jerry, Laura Wolfe as Elizabeth Finnegan-O’Reilly, Shamika Franklin as Susan Carter, Melissa L. Williams as Young Susan, Georgia Kisob as Nancy Carter, Lori D’itri as Rhonda, Raffi Mauro as Ralph, Marc Ginsburg, Pete Michael Tatlock as Sid, Mateo Gonzales as Timmy Ryan, Austin Grehan as Burt, Chloe Lake as Bubbles Miller, John David Wallis as Announcer.

And: John David Wallis, Rachel Berman, Melissa Dunham, Mona King, Chloe Lake, Christopher Lindsay, Kerry Melachouris, Michael Segovia, Jackson Smith.

The House of Finnegan runs Oct. 18–28 at the Monroe Forum in the historic El Portal Theatre located at5269 Lankershim Blvd. inNorth Hollywood. For tickets and information please call (818) 508-4200 or visit

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