Conrad John Schuck (Annie Get Your Gun, Annie) and Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (Children of a Lesser God, Ragtime) star in roles created by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, respectively. Susan Anton (The Will Rogers Follies, Hurlyburly) plays Ariel, the woman who comes between them. Ken Page (Ain't Misbehavin', Cats) plays Chuck, the owner of a bait shop.
Here's how Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre characterizes the project: "What's there to be grumpy about in Wabasha, Minnesota? There's lots of ice, ton of fish and a gorgeous new neighbor for long-time rivals John [played by Rubinstein] and Max [played by Schuck] to fight over. Criticized by their children for not embracing change, these two aging co-curmudgeons stand firm, content to fuel the fire of their decades-long feud. But, like it or not, everything is about to change in Wabasha. A story about the true nature of friendship and an appreciation of life's fragility, this poignant and laugh-out-loud musical stays true to the double entendres and small-town feel of the beloved feature film."
Here, the cast and creative team, including director Bill Castellino, talk about working on the new musical and offer a glimpse into the rehearsal process. The limited engagement runs through Nov. 5.
To watch the Grumpy Old Men in rehearsals, look below: