Saturday, March 18, 2006

LI'L ABNER at Goodspeed!

Jubilation! (T. Cornpone that is...)

I knew it, I knew it!

Blogway Baby predicts the future (almost) in this post from October, 2005.

I knew that eventually this musical would be revived. Yeah!

Now the Goodspeed Musicals revival may not measure up to the Earl Haig High School production that starred yours truly (well, not actually starred) as one of the wives ("they was dumb they was heathen but at least they was breathin"). Although I tried out for Daisy Mae, the guidance counselor/director (a powerful combination...) thought my talents would be better used in a more "supporting role".

Anyways...I was excited to hear about this revival. Can a Broadway production be far off?

According to this article in Playbill:

The cast of Goodspeed Musicals' revival of Li'l Abner -- the musical inspired by Al Capp's comic strip, set in Dogpatch USA -- has been announced.

Director Scott Schwartz's company at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, April 21-July 2, will feature Glenn Lawrence, a recent graduate from the University of Hartford's Hartt School, in the title role.

The troupe will include Curt Buckler as Earthquake McGoon; Trent Armand Kendall as Marryin' Sam; William McCauley as General Bullmoose; Christeena Riggs (Broadway's Les Misérables and Jane Eyre) as Daisy Mae; Andrea Wolff and John Shuman as Mammy and Pappy Yokum; Paul Aguirre as Romeo Scragg; Larry Daggett as Dr. Finsdale; Dick Decareau as Senator Phogbound; Jeff Hiller as Available Jones; Nick Locilento as Mayor Dawgmeat; Sarrah Strimel as Stupifyin' Jones; Christopher Windom as Evil Eye Fleagle, with Jennifer Balagna, Adriene Couvillion, Ryan Donovan, Krista Kurtzberg, Kate Marilley, Eddie Rabon, Shane Rhoades, Mark Roland and Shorey Walker, Dante Russo, Ginger Child Smith, and Marcellus Waller.

The sexy musical satire opens Goodspeed's 2006 season.

"From Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul, Li'l Abner features a book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, based on the comic strip created by Al Capp," according to Goodspeed. "Trouble begins in the cornseed town of Dogpatch, USA when the government decides to wipe it off the map. Hilarious protests and a riotous Sadie Hawkins Day chase ensue."

The score includes "If I Had My Druthers," "Jubilation T. Cornpone," "Love in a Home," "Progress Is the Root of All Evil" and "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands."

Winner of two Tony Awards, Li'l Abner was first directed and choreographed by Michael Kidd. It opened Nov. 15, 1956 at Broadway's St. James Theatre and played for 693 performances.

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