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Man of Monroe dedicates life to Chicago theater
John Reeger, known as John Schuetze during his youth in Monroe, and Paula Scrofano, his wife, were honored last year with the 2015 Equity Special Award for their lifetime achievement during the Jeff Awards, which make note of exceptional contributions to the Chicago theater scene. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - As "The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes" winds down its two-month musical debut in Chicago, story creator John Reeger has counted himself lucky to go from a native of Monroe to a successful contributor within the musical community of the Windy City. The son of a Monroe store owner and high school history teacher, Reeger was originally known as John Schuetze. He switched to the use of his middle name for his last name in the 1980s as a stage name to avoid confusion in both spelling and pronunciation.