The 1915 Jerome Kern show — about honeymooners who change partners — was revived by Goodspeed in 1975 and went to Broadway (and was preserved on a cast recording). A year later, it had a run in London.
This return to the Goodspeed Opera House is directed by thirtysomething BT McNicholl and choreographed by Dan Siretta (the latter also staged the musical numbers in 1975, when he was in his twenties).
Champlin appeared in Goodspeed's By Jeeves, No, No, Nanette and Battle Cry of Freedom. She appeared on Broadway in 2002-03 in Hollywood Arms. Ojeda is remembered as Gabey from the recent Broadway revival of On the Town, Vichi was seen in Broadway's recent Annie Get Your Gun and How to Succeed..., Douglas was in Broadway's The Full Monty.
The cast also includes Randy Rogel, Christianne Tisdale (a Belle of Broadway's Beauty and the Beast), Patrick Boll and Alison Walla, with Jacqueline Bayne, James Compton, Kurt Domoney, Jennifer Evans, Paul Lincoln, Gregory Lofts, Louise Madison and Karen Sieber.
The musical director for Very Good Eddie is Michael O'Flaherty, with orchestrations by Dan DeLange. John Coyne will design the sets, with costume design by Suzy Benzinger and lighting by Richard Pilbrow. Tickets are $22-$55. For information, call (860) 873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.
Here's how Goodspeed describes the show, which has a book by Guy Bolton (based on a farce by Philip Bartholomae) and lyrics by Schuyler Greene: "Chaos ensues when two honeymooning couples cross paths and trade partners…accidentally. The vaudeville adventure continues while the mismatched couples find their way to each other along the Hudson River."
The Kern song, "Babes in the Wood," was the standout hit, but still isn't known widely.
McNicholl's recent directing credit was The IT Girl for York Theatre company. He was also that show's lyricist and co-author.