Pete 'n' Keely


Extended Thru Mar 10th


by James Hindman
with Musical Arrangements & Additional Music by Patrick Brady

Directed by Kerry Meads

Musical Direction by Jon Lorenz

Choreography by Colleen Kollar Smith





Eileen Bowman, recent winner of the 2012 San Diego Critic's Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Female Performance in a Musical for last Season's Guys & Dolls at Lamb's! &

Phil Johnson, recent winner of the 2012 San Diego Critic's Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Male Performer in a Play for last Season's The Man Who Came to Dinner at The Coronado Playhouse!


It's 1968 and there is a buzz at the NBC studios as they get ready for the live telecast of the Pete 'n' Keely Reunion Special!  Yes America's Swingin' Sweethearts are back least for one night...with their celebrated voices and style. 


This Off-Broadway hit is packed with classic favorites like "Besame Mucho", "Secret Love", "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" and "Fever". Featuring San Diego favorites Eileen Bowman (GUYS & DOLLS, JOE vs THE VOLCANO) and Phil Johnson (AMERICAN RHYTHM), with gorgeous costumes by Lamb's Resident Designer Jeanne Reith, and a hot four-piece band, PETE 'n KEELY is a tribute to the performing couples of the 50s & 60s - Funny, smart and massively entertaining!


Running Time: 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.

Age Recommendation: PETE 'N' KEELY is an adult story that is appropriate for all ages.




Eileen Bowman

Patrick J. Duffy
Patrick was last seen as Bernado in West Side Story here, and his other favorite roles have been MacDuff in Macbeth at Intrepid, and Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Ion. Other stage credits here at Lamb's include Pete N Keely, The Book of the Dun Cow, Smoke on the Mountain ‘04 & ‘10, Festival of Christmas ‘08, The Voysey Inheritance, An Ideal Husband, Cold Comfort Farm, South Pacific, and Rehearsal for Murder (which he also stage managed and sound designed). He recently won the Craig Noel "Outstanding Sound Design" award for Les Misérables, and his other sound credits here are MIXTAPE, Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers, The Fantasticks, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph ‘07 and ‘15, American Rhythm ‘06 at the Lyceum, The Secret Garden, and Enchanted April. When not on stage or designing, he can be found building sets or as Lamb’s Audio Master. Patrick is thankful for all His blessings in his life, and wishes you the same. Thanks for coming by, enjoy!

Courtney Fero
Courtney feels honored to be back at Lambs Players! Previous San Diego roles include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes and Rumpleteazer in CATS (Moonlight), Anne in Little Night Music (Cygnet) and Luisa in the Fantasticks (Lamb's Players). But, her most favorite role to date is being married to the amazing Anton Fero and Mommy to their precious miracle, Eden Marie. Graduate of UC Irvine's BFA program. She wants to thank her family for their support and God for his greatness and undeserved blessings.

Kyrsten Hafso-Koppman
Carol/Asst. Choreographer
Kyrsten is thrilled to be back at Lamb’s after appearing in Joe vs The Volcano, Pete N' Keely, and Fiddler on the Roof. Her San Diego credits include: Cats (San Diego Musical Theatre), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Intrepid Shakespeare), Sweeney Todd (Moonlight Stage Productions), King O' The Moon (North Coast Rep), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Welk Resort Theatre), and Into the Woods (SDSU Theatre). Kyrsten earned her BA in Vocal Performance from Whitworth University and her MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.

Phil Johnson
PHIL JOHNSON has appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and in the National Tours of Sunset Boulevard and Miss Saigon. His San Diego credits include American Rhythm (Lambs Players); Mistakes Were Made, Little Shop of Horrors (Cygnet Theatre Company); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Leading Ladies and Pageant (North Coast Repertory Theatre); How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe); The Mousetrap, Moonlight/ Avo Playhouse; The New Century (Diversionary Theatre); A Christmas Carol (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Forever Plaid (Theatre in Old Town), True West (Sledgehammer Theatre). Original comedies include a one-man Hound of the Baskervilles (San Diego Foundation Artist Grantee), Nemesis with Mike Sears, Say Cheese (San Diego, Los Angeles and Chicago) and Casa del HaHa, an original sketch show. Television credits include “Notes from the Underbelly” (ABC), and he is a member of Acme Comedy Theatre, L.A.

John Rosen
John is happy to be back performing at Lamb’s Players in this fine production! Lamb’s: Festival of Christmas 2015, OZ, West Side Story, You Can't Take it With You, Fiddler on the Roof, Around the World in 80 Days, Joe vs the Volcano, Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Harvey, The Fantasticks, Room Service, The Winslow Boy, American Rhythm and Charley’s Aunt. REGIONAL: A Catered Affair and The Constant Wife for The Old Globe. LOCAL: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Ella, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for San Diego Rep; Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and To Forgive Divine for North Coast Rep; Bunbury, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and Looking for Normal for Diversionary; and other shows in the too distant past for Sledgehammer, Bowery, and Gaslamp Quarter Theatres.

Brent Schindele
is pleased to return to Lamb's after playing Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls in 2012 and the pianist/MC in Pete 'n Keely in 2013. In the last year, Brent also played Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps in Los Angeles, Max Mencken in Superman in San Francisco, Sam Mason in Girl Crazy in Thousand Oaks, Mark in Pump Boys & Dinettes in Santa Cruz, and Bob Wallace (again) in White Christmas in Palos Verdes...and most importantly, he got married! Broadway-Nat'l. Tour: West Side Story (Tony), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter, Simon the Zealot, keyboards). Off-Broadway/U.S. regional premieres: The Musical of Musicals (the Leading Man). Film/TV: Cold Case, It Is Written and Thirteen Days with Kevin Costner. Brent starred as Johnny Blue in the world premiere of South Street at the Pasadena Playhouse and played Curly McLain in Oklahoma! at the Moonlight Amphitheater and elsewhere. Other recent credits (with piano!) include Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along, Cosme in Souvenir, Brendan in Striking Twelve, and Buddy in Gunmetal Blues. For Erika, always. Matthew 7:21


Harley Magsino
received his Masters in Jazz Performance at San Diego State University in 2008. He has been active in the San Diego music scene for 15 years performing shows, clinics, and seminars on bass and guitar. He is currently finishing up his first solo album of original composition featuring local young lions Joshua White and Charles Weller. Local credits: musicals with Lyceum Theater (Zoot Suit), North Coast (Tom Foolery), Moonlight Theater (Footloose), and SD Junior Theater. This is his first production with Lambs Players and he is excited to be part of one of the most exciting and entertaining shows in San Diego.

Tom Versen
TOM VERSEN, is thrilled to be working with the amazing cast and crew of Pete N Keely. (NCRT)Back to Bacharach and David, Jacques Brel, I Love you Because, Spelling Bee, Dames at Sea. (San Diego Rep) Respect, John Doe the Musical, Six Women with Brain Death, Always Patsy Cline, Bessie’s Blues, Menopause the Musical, (LPT) Music Man, Boomers, The Secret Garden, The Mysteries of Edwin Drood. (SMT) - Smokey Joe's Cafe, (Off Broadway) – Suds. Thanks to all of you who support the arts, and special thanks to my friends and family. Enjoy the show…

Mike Buckley
Set Designer
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 190 productions at Lamb's in addition to many shows at such companies as San Diego Rep, The Laguna Playhouse and the Old Globe/USD MFA program. Recent favorites include sets for West Side Story and Les Misérables here at Lamb's and set and lights for In The Heights at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre and design. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy The Hit had an extended run at Lamb's Coronado Theatre and then the Horton Grand Theatre and his set for The Hit earned Mike his fifth Patte Award. As an actor, Mike has appeared in many shows at Lamb's. Favorites include The Hit, Joseph…, Beau Jest, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Secret Garden, Boomers and My Fair Lady. He also appeared in Crazy For You at Moonlight. TV credits include Wicked, Wicked Games as well as several commercials. Mike also designs residential interiors through his business Weekend Makeover.

Patrick J. Duffy
Sound Designer/Audio Master
Patrick was last seen as Bernado in West Side Story here, and his other favorite roles have been MacDuff in Macbeth at Intrepid, and Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Ion. Other stage credits here at Lamb's include Pete N Keely, The Book of the Dun Cow, Smoke on the Mountain ‘04 & ‘10, Festival of Christmas ‘08, The Voysey Inheritance, An Ideal Husband, Cold Comfort Farm, South Pacific, and Rehearsal for Murder (which he also stage managed and sound designed). He recently won the Craig Noel "Outstanding Sound Design" award for Les Misérables, and his other sound credits here are MIXTAPE, Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers, The Fantasticks, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph ‘07 and ‘15, American Rhythm ‘06 at the Lyceum, The Secret Garden, and Enchanted April. When not on stage or designing, he can be found building sets or as Lamb’s Audio Master. Patrick is thankful for all His blessings in his life, and wishes you the same. Thanks for coming by, enjoy!

Maria Mangiavellano
Production Stage Manager
For Lamb's, Maria has stage managed the world premiere of mixtape, in addition to An Inspector Calls; Enchanted April; Godspell; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; Boomers (x 3); The Voysey Inheritance; The Secret Garden; An American Christmas (x 10); American Rhythm; Metamorphoses; Dial M For Murder; South Pacific; The Great Divorce; 1776; Dr. Faustus; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; The Fantasticks; Joyful Noise; Hello, Dolly!; An Ideal Husband; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (X2); and Festival of Christmas. Elsewhere she has stage managed Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, Pageant, and Man of La Mancha for North Coast Repertory Theatre and six productions for Moonlight at the Avo Playhouse and Moonlight Amphitheatre. She has also stage managed for San Diego Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company, and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from UCSD.

Michael McKeon
Scenic Art and Lobby Design
I’m an avid Painter, Sculptor, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Videographer and "maker of things." In San Diego theaters, I’ve worked as a Scenic Designer/Builder, Scenic Artist, Properties Designer, Multimedia/Video Designer and Technician and Stage Manager for numerous productions and special events. Some favorites: Killer Joe (SDTCC Craig Noel Award - Compass); SideMan (Diversionary); Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella (StageHouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre); For Lambs: Mixtape, Trying (SDTCC Nomination), Joe vs. The Volcano (SDTCC Nomination), 39 Steps. Thanks to all! Check out my work at

Kerry Meads
Kerry wears many hats as actor, director, and playwright. She is the director of Lamb’s Educational Outreach. On staff at Lamb's since 1976, she now serves as Lamb’s Associate Artistic Director. As resident playwright, her work includes Boomers, American Rhythm, Dracula, My Asparagus Is Growing Fine and LPT’s annual Festival of Christmas. Her directing credits include MIXTAPE, Guys & Dolls, Trying, An Ideal Husband, Pretty Fire, Thunder At Dawn, Private Lives, The Boys Next Door, Amadeus, Beau Jest, The Foreigner and You Can’t Take It With You. As a performer she has been seen in such productions as The Great Divorce; Quilters; Tartuffe; Godspell; She Loves Me; A Woman of No Importance; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Till We Have Faces; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Into The Woods; Hello, Dolly!; Boomers, The Hit, Leaving Iowa, Harvey , The Music Man and See How They Run.

Nathan Peirson
Lighting Designer/Director of Production
a graduate of Biola University, Nate is Lamb’s Director of Production. He has been with Lamb’s since 1982 working as photographer, set construction, lighting designer and performer.

Jeanne Reith
Costume Designer
This marks Jeanne's 25th year as a Costume Designer with Lambs. Her work has achieved Theatre Critics Awards such as the Craig Noel, KPBS Patte, and Billie Awards. Productions awarded for Costume design included: Servant of Two Masters. An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Till We Have Faces, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Joyful Noise, Tarantara! Tarantara!, Dr. Faustus, Little Foxes, The Winslow Boy, and Metamorphoses. In 2008 a Patte Award for costumes was presented to her for the entire season including Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance, The Hit, Boomers, The Light in the Piazza, Festival of Christmas: Angel’s Arms and An American Christmas. Besides continuing her service and collaborative work at Lambs she currently teaches fashion programs including Patternmaking and Sewn Product Business at West City Continuing Education in Point Loma.

Colleen Kollar Smith
Lamb's: 100 Hours of Stories, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, miXtape (co-creator), Guys and Dolls, Music Man, The Fantasticks, Godspell, Joseph..., Light in the Piazza, Book of the Dun Cow, American Christmas. New Village Arts: Return to the Forbidden Planet, Nutcracker. Intrepid: Midsummer the Musical. Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Private Lies, Moonlight Stage Productions: Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell. USD: Gone Missing. Colleen is a graduate of the University of San Diego's Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program and is proud to work as the Executive Director of San Diego Musical Theatre. Favorite roles to date: wife to the remarkable Lance Arthur, and mom to Scottie and Pepper.

"A perfect pair, this Pete ‘n’ Keely. Like cheese ‘n’ crackers (extra cheese, please). Or maybe gasoline ‘n’ a match.

The couple with the nosediving show-biz careers and the combative marital history have gritted their pearly whites and reunited for a 1968 TV special that looks a little like “Laugh-In” and smells a lot like desperation.

Do the two deliver a happily fatuous version of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” complete with lounge-y lyrical embellishments like “Darlin’, his truth goes marchin’ on”? They do.

Do they perform excerpts from their long-ago Broadway musical “Tony and Cleo,” an Egyptian affliction (based flimsily on Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”) whose reviews apparently earned such headlines as “Mideast Crisis”? They do.

Do “Pete ‘n’ Keely” stars Phil Johnson and Eileen Bowman and the people at Lamb’s Players Theatre roll out this kitschy little revue with style, wit and just the right note of cluelessly goofy exuberance?

Darlin’, you know they do. "

Jim Hebert - UT San Diego

"NBC bounced Bonanza to bring you an event so big it rivals the birth of Little Rickey. Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens - that's right, America's sweethearts - are reuniting live!

Okay, they've gone their separate ways since the divorce, and their solo albums wallowed in the mire (Keely A-Go-Go anyone?). But those rumors about his womanizing and her thirst for firewater? Tabloid palaver. They're getting along just fine.

The premise is familiar. Legendary entertainers, their names forever linked (like Steve and Eydie, Martin and Lewis), rejoin after a break-up. On the surface they gleam; not far beneath, they seethe, the old wounds still divide them - until the end.

James Hindman's two-character musical sticks to the formula. You know where it's headed before it starts. Sparks will fly at predictable points. Love will salve.

What also becomes predictable at Lamb's Players: Phil Johnson and Eileen Bowman will nail every number and entertain in spite of the creaky vehicle.

And they walk an amazing tightrope throughout: a dead cross between genuine talent and glitter gulchy cheese. Call it "sincere parody"? Johnson must have majored in Lounge as a Second Language. He's got all the mannerisms from kitsch gestures to wistful whisperings. You half expect him to say "I'm sure you recognize my signature song." And I mean it.

And when he has a big solo, as the audience snaps its fingers in unison, Johnson does "Fever" full justice.

Bowman shines throughout as well. Donning a bizarre assortment of wigs, and enough sequence to illumine a small country, Bowman croons, belts, and delivers. Her renditions of "Black Coffee" and especially "Wasn't It Fine" dive beneath the showbiz veneer and resonate.

One of their best numbers comes early: an over-the-top, spangly-syrupy rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to die for. Hey, Elvis did it. Why not Pete and Keely? Though Elvis never sang "His truth...darling, it just goes marching onnnnnnnnn."

Under Kerry Meads' direction, and Colleen Kollar Smyth's inventive choreography, Bowman and Johnson brilliantly convey the need - it's way beyond an addiction - this couple has for approval.

What the production could use a bit more, however, are the sparks (which often feel more rehearsed than spontaneous) and the lingering threat that the live show may implode.

The musical takes place in 1968. Mike Buckley's set, the interior of an NBC studio, reeks of peacocks and creamy sherbert colors and provides ample room for a tight backup band. Jeanne Barnes Reith's costumes, as usual, define period and character to a T.

Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado, playing through March 3. "

Jeff Smith - The Reader

"...Phil Johnson and Eileen Bowman are in excellent voice, displaying impressive comic chops and wide vocal range.

...the four-piece band, under the direction of multi-talented Brent Schindele, is outstanding.

.....Jeanne Barnes Reith, glitz and glam galore to Bowman and an array of kitschy tuxes to Johnson, with eye-popping sartorial splendor saved for the goofy ‘Tony and Cleo’ bit, a riff on Shakespeare’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ set in Cairo, which offers an excuse for the amusing “Hello, Egypt” number. The other clever musical creation is “The Cross Country Tour,” a coast-to-coast medley that includes every town, city and state song imaginable. The two most serious solos -- Johnson’s finger-snappin’ “Fever” and Bowman’s bluesy “Black Coffee” -- are highlights."

Pat Launer - KSDS, CenterStage

"...a feast for musical theater and comedy lovers"
Charlene Baldridge - San Diego Downtown News

"If chanteuse Peggy Lee is looking down from that big cabaret in the sky, I bet she’s getting a giggle at the thought that her competition these days is – wait for it – Phil Johnson.

The funnyman/actor/singer does a terrific job on the Lee standard “Fever” in “Pete ’n’ Keely,” playing through March 3 at Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado.

We’re in an NBC studio in 1968, where former singing duo Pete (Johnson) and ex-wife Keely (Eileen Bowman) are on air live for a “reunion concert.” Their divorce a few years ago not only broke up the act, but effectively ended both careers; this is an attempt to get back on track. And we are assured by stage manager Marty (Patrick Duffy) that, despite what we may have read in the tabloids, Pete and Keely “are getting along just fine.”

Not so much, actually, and part of the fun is in the on-air sniping while the show is in progress.

Kerry Meads directs the familiar story tracing the careers of this volatile duo.

Let’s stipulate that this is a thin and shopworn idea, but Johnson and Bowman are such consummate performers that it doesn’t matter. Both can act, dance and put across a song, and they are helped immensely by a terrific four-man combo (led by pianist Brent Schindele) and fine arrangements by Patrick Brady.

It’s a varied musical program, with standards like “Lover” and “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big” giving way to a hoot of a musical tour of the U.S., reflecting the 63 cities in 14 weeks the pair hit on tour all those years ago. And let me not forget a scene from the pair’s lone foray onto the Broadway stage – “Tony and Cleo,” a musical version of Shakespeare, complete with shiny costumes and headpieces. Jeanne Barnes Reith’s costumes, by the way, are spot-on and fun, especially Keely’s first gig as a kid singing “Daddy.” Kudos to the band (Tom Versen, Harley Magsino and Leonard Sundelson, in addition to Schindele) that really swings those terrific arrangements, and to dancers Meryl (Courtney Fero) and Carol (Kyrsten Hafso), who add pizzazz with Colleen Kollar Smith’s peppy choreography. There are plays that make you think and shows that let you relax and have a few laughs. “Pete ‘n’ Keely” is in the latter category, and does it very well indeed. "

Jean Lowerison - SDGLN

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