World Goes ‘Round


The World Goes ‘Round

Directed and Choreographed by Debra Gillingham

Music Directed by Chiaki Ito

SHOW DATES:  July 26-29; August 3-5

Ticket prices:  $25 & $22

Senior and CAM discounts available. Please call for CAM discount.

TICKETS:  Click here or (910) 264-2602

ABOUT THE SHOW: "Sometimes you're happy and sometimes you're sad – but the world goes 'round." Life (with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams) is the subject of this stunning revue of the beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb.

The vast range of human experience is explored in song after impeccable song by one of Broadway’s most daring and successful teams and masters of the heart-grabbing Broadway showstopper. This glittering revue features unforgettable gems from throughout their incredible career in theatre, film and television, spotlighting songs from CABARET, CHICAGO, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, New York, New York, Funny Lady and more.

Director Scott Ellis and choreographer Susan Stroman shaped the original production into one of the most memorable, well-constructed revues since AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' with a small, multi-talented cast, gorgeous vocal arrangements, sizzling orchestrations and delightfully inventive staging involving banjos, roller skates, shopping carts and more! (Their helpful suggestions are available in an optional staging guide.)

Filled with humor, romance, drama, nonstop melody and brassy, insightful lyrics, THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND is a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going.

Emily Gardenhire

(Woman 1)

Emily Gardenhire is so grateful to be doing her second production with City Stage!  She is currently studying Acting at UNCG.  Favorite credits include Always…Patsy Cline (Patsy) with City Stage, Dames at Sea (Ruby), Stage Door (Terry), Les Miserables (Fantine), A Chorus Line (Maggie), AIDA, and Dreamgirls.  “Thank you to my family, and everyone involved with the show for welcoming me in, and to God for the incredible opportunities.  A big thanks to my 2nd parents, Albert and Dana, who have made their home my Wilmington home and always welcomed me with love and generosity.”

Penny Kohut

(Woman 2)

Penny is a musical performer and entertainer who moved to Wilmington from Boston, where she wrote and performed material in various musical and comedic venues. She recently portrayed ‘Jacqueline’ in Thalian Association’s production of La Cage Aux Folles, and would like to thank Chiaki and Debra not only for their patience, but for giving her the opportunity to perform with such talented singers. Penny also thanks her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Katy (by far her best ‘production’!) for their love and support!

Michelle Reiff

(Woman 3)

Michelle is happy to be working with City Stage again and in such a lovely venue.  She works for Springer-Eubank Oil Co. and has been performing in Wilmington for over 20 years.  Some of her favorite City Stage roles include Betty in The Great American Trailer Park, Mrs. Lovitt in Sweeny Todd and Joann in Company.  She works for Springer-Eubank Oil Co.and teaches musical theater for Theater Dance Workshop with Judy Greenhut.  Some  of her passions include working with TACT (Thalian Association's Children's Theater) and of course her newly wed daughter.  Congratulations Jennifer and Jason!

A very big thank you to Chiaki, Debra and Justin for giving me the chance to do what I love most - SING!

Chiaki Ito

(Music Director, Producer)

Chiaki is a graduate of NC School of the Arts, UNC-CH, Univ. of Guam and Univ. of SC.  She practices law in New Hanover County and has music directed over 80 musicals.  She enjoys participating in triathlons and spending time with her dog, Elvis. More info at

Michael Lauricella

(Man 1)

Michael, an avid fan of Kander and Ebb, is thrilled to be making his Wilmington debut with The World Goes ‘Round! He has appeared Off Broadway at the Actor’s Playhouse, Rattlestick Theatre, Walt Whitman Theatre and the Wings Theatre. Favorite past performances: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline (Circa ’21), Peter Pan (International Tour, Jeff Moss-producer), Tea and Crumpets (Geary Theatre of San Francisco), A Day in Hollywood… (Millbrook Playhouse ), Joseph…(Music Theatre North), Li’l Abner (Forestburgh Playhouse), Carousel (Lake George Opera). Michael is thankful to Debb and Chiaki for giving him this wonderful opportunity and to Eric for his patience.

Who’s who of World Goes ‘Round

Mike Maykish

(Man 2)

Mike is excited to be part of such a talented cast in his first production with City Stage. He is happy to return to his musical theater roots after 5 years and over 800 performances with the vocal band Almost Recess. He currently works as a speech-language pathologist in the Brunswick County Schools.  He would like to thank his family, friends, and most importantly his wife for their support, love, and encouragement!

Debra Gillingham

(Director, Choreographer)

Debra is happy to continue her summer at City Stage and to work with this talented cast and great music!  Thanks, Chiaki and Justin.  She just directed/performed in The All Night Strut!  Other recent projects include directing Sound of Music and choreographing La Cage Aux Folles for Thalian Association.  Debra's credits include work with  Opera House Theatre Company, Big Dawg, Flat Rock Playhouse, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Temple Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre, Peace College, Barter Theatre, and Theatre of the American South.   Special thanks to her husband, Bruce, and their Belgian sheepdogs, Nikki and Caleb, for putting up with her crazy theatre schedule!

Publicity photos.

Michelle Reiff, Penny Kohut, Emily Gardenhire, Michael Lauricella and Mike Maykish.  (That’s Elvis in the background.)