Final shows of J.R. Sullivan’s Hometown Holiday this weekend
It's definitely the end of an era for the variety show that's been running in Rockford for the last 25 years during the holiday season. J.R. Sullivan's Hometown Holiday will be making its final curtain call with shows Friday through Sunday at the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford.
The performance consists of one part of seasonal comedy, one part of sentimental storytelling, one part of happy holiday music. The sentimental storytelling part is different for every performance and its written and spoken by Sullivan himself.
He began the show in 1994, when he was at the beginning of his theater career. Although not born in Rockford, he attended Boylan High School and Beloit College. He also helped start the former New American Theater in 1972. After starting in Rockford, Sullivan's theater work continued in Chicago, New York and theaters nationwide.
He says that while this is the last weekend of the performance, he'll always be grateful for everything Rockford has and continues to give him.
He says, "I love the city. This city is where I began. I wasn't born here, I was born in Chicago. But my life in the theater was born here and that has been my whole life. That support came from this city, friends in the city, loved ones in the city. I thought it was the right time. It's a hard thing to do because its a poignant to let it go. I love it so much. But I had a sense that such a strong run and a good run for the show is here and that we should leave on the highest note possible."
The performances are slated for Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and for Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.
Those interested in the show may come to the Nordlof Center Box Office on the nights or day of the production to check on any tickets that may have been returned. However, available tickets are not guaranteed.