Mueller family making the mortgage through local theater

January 4, 2011

The Mueller family of Evanston should have no trouble paying the rent this winter, due largely to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire where the family is triple-dipping for the next few months. The upcoming Marriott production of "Guys and Dolls" stars sisters Abby Mueller and Jessie Mueller as the romantic and comic female leads respectively, Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide, while their proud papa Roger Mueller offers support as kindly Arvide Abernathy. "Guys and Dolls" begins previews Jan. 26 and runs Feb. 6-March 27, however those Muellers already are drawing rehearsal pay.

But wait, there's more! Parallel to the Marriott musical the two Mueller sons also are trodding the boards. Chicago son Andrew is making his debut at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in "As You Like It" (running through March 6) while Denver son Matthew Mueller appears in "Boeing! Boeing!" in Colorado Springs. Matt Mueller is a summertime regular with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Proud mama Jill Shellabarger also is no slouch as an actor, but is taking some time off. We hear she's in negotiations with Actors Equity Association to establish a special "clan plan" for hiring all the Muellers at once.