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|Los Angeles Times
Songs in the Key of Public Life
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FOR RELEASE: April 19, 1999
New Musical Revue BOTH BARRELS To Open Goodspeed-At-Chester/The Norma Terris Theatre 1999 Season
Laugh at the absurdity of modern life when Goodspeed Musicals presents the hilarious musical revue BOTH BARRELS: A SALVO OF JOHN FORSTER SONGS with book, music and lyrics by John Forster, in development at Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., May 6 – 30.
This musical variety show has the cast singing, dancing and acting out 20 mini-plays satirizing a host of societal topics, including “In the Closet,” a savage send-up of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, “The Big Mac Tree,” which lampoons the devastation of rain forests, and “Way Down Deep (You’re Shallow),” a look at modern love.
John Forster is best known for the book and lyrics to the Mary Rodgers musical FREAKY FRIDAY and provided lyrics for the 1995 Goodspeed-at-Chester musical THE DREAM TEAM and ELEANOR at Ford’s Theatre. This year he received a Grammy nomination as a co-producer of Tom Chapin’s children’s album “In My Hometown.”
BOTH BARRELS will be directed by Paul Kreppel, who directed Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s musical of Kurt Vonnegut’s GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER, the world premiere of QUIRKS and the national tour of GODSPELL. As an actor he appeared in AGAMEMNON, COMEDY OF ERRORS, GODSPELL, and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, as well as the television series “It’s a Living” and is seen currently as Jackie’s dad on “That 70s Show.”
The BOTH BARRELS cast includes Wanda Houston, who originated the role of the wicked stepsister Magnolia in Musical Theatreworks’ SISTERELLA and appeared in regional productions of NUNSENSE, CAROUSEL and BEACH BLANKET BABYLON; Mark Martino, who has been seen on Broadway in OH, BROTHER!, off-Broadway in the long-running hits FOREVER PLAID and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, and at the Goodspeed Opera House in CARNIVAL; Kevyn Morrow, who appeared on Broadway in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE and DREAMGIRLS; Jim Newman, who created the role of Happy in Broadway’s STEEL PIER and appeared in SUNSET BOULEVARD and THE WHO’S TOMMY, and originated the title role in the national tour of BIG; and Elisa Surmont, who has been seen in regional productions of THE GREAT GATSBY, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM.
The set designer for BOTH BARRELS is Kenneth Foy, with costumes by Mariah Hale, and lighting by Jason Kantrowitz. The musical director is Peter Orich.
Following the Thursday evening performances on May 13, 20 and 27, Goodspeed-at-Chester will host “Talkbacks,” an informal discussion to give audience members the opportunity to meet the cast and creative team and provide valuable feedback for the new musical’s development.
In addition to BOTH BARRELS, Goodspeed Musicals is currently selecting two more new musicals to run this summer, August 5 – 29, and fall, November 11 – December 5.
Now in its 16th season, Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theatre is the Goodspeed Opera House’s second stage, dedicated to the development of new musicals. Since its inception, 39 new musicals have been produced at Goodspeed-at-Chester, including HARRIGAN ’N HART (1984), SWINGING ON A STAR (1994), BY JEEVES (1996), and EXACTLY LIKE YOU (1998).
Season subscriptions for Goodspeed-at-Chester are currently on sale at $66 for all three musicals, and single tickets are $27 through the Goodspeed Box Office (860/873-8668), open seven days a week. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m. The theatre is located on North Main Street in Chester, Conn. (Exit 6 off Route 9).
The 1999 season at Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theatre is sponsored by The Norma Terris/A.D. Firestone Foundation. Goodspeed gratefully acknowledges the support of American Airlines, the official airline of Goodspeed.
|Time Magazine Review of the New York Production
AUGUST 16, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 7
Short Takes – Theatre
A Good Swift Kick by John Forster
With Broadway musicals intent on offering messages instead of laughs, it’s
– By William Tynan
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