Burnt Part Boys, a Musical Tale of West Virginia, Begins in NYC; Park, Brady, Calderon Star

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Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre team up to produce the New York City premiere of the new musical The Burnt Part Boys, a coming-of-age story set in the mining country of West Virginia, beginning performances April 30.
Michael Park and Asa Somers
Michael Park and Asa Somers

The musical by Mariana Elder (book), Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) will open May 25. The limited engagement will run through June 13 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater.

Here's how the producing partners characterize the play: "Coal country, West Virginia, 1962. Fourteen year-old Pete [Al Calderon] is fighting to claim his past. His older brother Jake [Charlie Brady] is hoping to forge a future. With their friends, they've embarked on a life-altering journey to the mine that took their father's life. Featuring a vibrant, haunting bluegrass and pop-inspired score, this gripping new musical from an acclaimed new team will capture your heart as it finds the streaks of light within the darkness."

The cast of The Burnt Part Boys features Brady (South Pacific), Calderon (13), Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening, Yank!), Steve French (Manifesto at Second Stage), Noah Galvin (Cirque du Soleil's Wintuk), Michael Park (Smokey Joe's Café, the recent Applause for Encores!, three-time Daytime Emmy nominee as Jack Snyder on "As the World Turns"), Molly Ranson (August: Osage County), Randy Redd (Some Men, Parade, Ring of Fire) and Asa Somers (Grey Gardens, Next to Normal).

Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin (The Light in the Piazza). Vadim Feichtner (...Spelling Bee) serves as music director.

Direction and musical staging are by four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Calarco (Shakespeare's R&J). The production features scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Elizabeth Flauto, lighting design by Chris Lee and sound design by Lindsay Jones. Production stage manager is Lori Lundquist.

The performance schedule for The Burnt Part Boys is Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $70.

Tickets may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth &Tenth Avenues).

Visit playwrightshorizons.org or vineyardtheatre.org.

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After an initial developmental production at Barrington Stage Company in 2006, The Burnt Part Boys "has had an innovative production and development schedule on the way to its Off-Broadway premiere." Following a developmental Lab Production at Vineyard Theatre in spring 2009, the musical was presented in summer 2009 at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. The Off-Broadway premiere is a co-production between Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre.

The unique developmental track of the show comes in part under the aegis of the Playwrights Horizons Musicals in Partnership Initiative.

This program is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new musicals in partnership with regional theatres, "wholly within the non-profit system from start to finish." For The Burnt Part Boys, this partnership is between Playwrights Horizons and New York Stage and Film.

The cast and creators of <i>Burnt Part Boys</i>
The cast and creators of Burnt Part Boys
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