Friday, April 14, 2023

Skyline Theatre Company Presents BROADWAY IN THE WORKS, a one-night-only staged reading of a new musical in development, in Bloomfield Debut

A Thousand Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical
book by Eric Lane
music by Rachel Devore Fogarty
lyrics by Kevin Fogarty

WHEN: Friday, April 21, at 7:00pm
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield MAP
Reservations are recommended and can be made in advance at Skyline’s online box office:

Skyline Theatre Company, a 20-year-old professional theatre company previously calling Bergen County its home, will open its 2023 season in Bloomfield with a one-night-only staged reading of a new musical in development.

This special event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s 2023 Stages festival, a state-wide spring festival of free and low-cost theatre events for all ages. Thanks to the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, of which Skyline Theatre Company is a long-time member, admission for BROADWAY IN THE WORKS is free. 

A Thousand Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical—developed with the cooperation and participation of the subject’s own great-grandson Ron Chaney—tells the incredible true and heart-warming biographical story of the pioneering silent movie star who changed the face of film. 

Born to deaf parents who didn’t speak, Lon learns at an early age to communicate through facial expressions and pantomime. With their son in tow, Lon performs with his charismatic first wife as a song and dance man in vaudeville houses across the country. 

When a family scandal destroys his theater career and results in a bitter divorce, Lon must quickly find work and establish a stable home or lose his son. He turns to the budding silent film industry transforming himself with incredible depth and humanity into characters living on the fringe. 

Lon shoots to international fame as the star of over 150 films, including the original Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera. He struggles to meet the demands of career, along with those as a father, as talking pictures sweep the nation.

Sam Scalamoni, Skyline Theatre Company’s co-founder and artistic director, directs the staged reading. Music Supervisor is Gary Adler, and Music Director is Paul Masse. Charlie Sutton is Choreographer and Laura Dilling is Access Coordinator. Ron Chaney, Lon Chaney’s great-grandson, is the production’s Creative Consultant.

The cast of principals features Danny Gardner as Lon Chaney, Tori Palin as Cleva Creighton Chaney, Emily Larger as Hazel Chaney, Gregor Lopez and Bobby Davis as Frank Chaney, Chrissy Cogswell and Logan Epstein as Emma Chaney, and Jaxon James as Young Lon Chaney. Ensemble members include David Couter, Jo Davis, Sam Hartley, Haley Jones, Marie Lemon, Matthew McGloin, Bobby Montaniz, Jonah Nash, and Dax Valdes.

“All of us at Skyline Theatre Company are thrilled to bring live professional theatre back to Bloomfield!” says Artistic Director Sam Scalamoni. “Our 2023 season at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center in partnership with the Township of Bloomfield promises to be an exciting one and we look forward to welcoming area theatre lovers to Oakeside to see professional theatre right in their own backyard.”

BROADWAY IN THE WORKS is made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; Fund for the New Jersey Blind; and Customers Bank. For more information on New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival, visit

The rest of Skyline Theatre Company’s 2023 season in Bloomfield kicks off this fall with BROADWAY IN CONCERT: WORKING THE MUSICAL, a NYC Encores-style concert of Broadway’s musical celebration of the American worker featuring music by Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. The performance is Saturday, September 16 ,at 7:00pm.

The season continues in A NIGHTMARE ON BROADWAY on Sunday, October 29, at 4:00pm for a fa-BOO-lous afternoon with the family for a ghoulishly fun musical revue recognizing Broadway’s most thrilling and chilling showtunes and wickedly fun tales of the Halloween season.

The final season event is HOLIDAY CAROLS & STORIES, a jolly fun and musical afternoon of sing-alongs, carols, and holiday stories suitable for kids from 1 to 92, on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00pm.

Tickets are available to reserve in advance through Skyline’s website and online box office at Tickets range from $15 to $25.

About Skyline Theatre Company

Founded in 1995, Skyline Theatre Company’s mission is to bring together professional artists to create quality theatre that entertains and inspires an audience. We make commitments to the education of young people in all aspects of the arts and to cultivating and nurturing new artists and their works.

Skyline Theatre Company is a proud Associate Equity Theatre Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Skyline Theatre Company depends on private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, and supportive audiences to fund its programming. Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Skyline Theatre Company enjoys warm support for bringing inspirational, professional theatre to Northern New Jersey, having spent its first 20+ years in Bergen County and presenting its 2023 season in Essex County’s beautiful Bloomfield. More information can be found at or on Facebook at SKYLINETHEATRECOMPANY, Instagram @SkylineTheatre Company, Twitter @SkylineBergen.