The show broke sales records at VSC's Wells Theatre, where leaders said on Feb. 21 that a new crowd was lured to VSC thanks to the marquee name of Hornsby, the Grammy Award-winning folk-pop songwriter who penned the show's music and lyrics. The musical has additional lyrics by Chip deMatteo and book by Clay McLeod Chapman. All three are native Virginians.
Set in Virginia, SCKBSTD – A New Musical tells of a stranger who comes to a small town, arousing paranoia and prompting changes in a handful of community members.
A joint production with commercial producers Mike Rafael and David Riemer of Spiral Staircase, the three-week not-for-profit VSC run Jan. 18-Feb. 6 grossed $236,363 at the Wells Theatre, making it the highest-grossing season production in VSC history. The show's sales exceeded VSC's world premiere of the Broadway-bound The Secret Garden.
SCKBSTD was directed by Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown) and choreographed by Tony winner Scott Wise, who will both continue with the show, as will music supervisor Kim Grigsby and the design team.
Playbill.com learned that the collaborators are already working on a new draft of the script, including a new song. The creators and producers are looking to change the title to clarify the message of the show, which is not raunchy and R-rated (as the "sick bastard" vanity license-plate title suggests) but rather about families growing closer. "The team at Virginia Stage Company couldn't have been better partners for this world premiere," said Spiral Staircase's Riemer. "We are currently exploring theatre for the next production of the show and hope to find another great group of collaborators like VSC."
The Norfolk staging featured former Jekyll and Hyde star Robert Cuccioli, who played mysterious stranger Norman Rhodes, plus Kevin Mambo (Fela!), Jill Paice (Woman in White, Curtains, 39 Steps), William Parry (of the original Sunday in the Park With George), Marcus Lovett (King David, Aspects of Love), Jayne Paterson (Les Miz, A Little Night Music), Brynn Williams (13, Bye Bye Birdie), Riley Costello (Everyday Rapture, 13, Bye Bye Birdie), Garrett Long (South Pacific, Off-Broadway's The Spitfire Grill), Rosa Curry (The Rocky Horror Show, Steel Pier), Karl Warden, Eugene Barry-Hill (The Lion King) and Ken Cavett.