Dream a Little Dream, Mamas and Papas Bio-Musical Opens, April 23

News   Dream a Little Dream, Mamas and Papas Bio-Musical Opens, April 23 The Mamas and Papas musical Dream a Little Dream opens April 23 at downtown's Village Theatre. The tuner began previews April 2 following some technical delays.
(L-R) Angela Gaylor, Denny Doherty, and Doris Mason in Dream a Little Dream.
(L-R) Angela Gaylor, Denny Doherty, and Doris Mason in Dream a Little Dream. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

Denny Doherty, one of the two surviving members of The Mamas and the Papas, has teamed up with Canadian playwright Paul Ledoux to pen Dream A Little Dream — a musical celebration of his former group. The stage show plays at the Greenwich Village neighborhood where the group began.

Dream a Little Dream traces the story and the glory of the act from its humble beginnings playing in Greenwich Village cafes to its rise to fame. The musical, which debuted in Toronto in June 2001, stars Papa Doherty. He is one fourth of the team of Doherty, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips and Cass Elliott who sang songs like "California Dreamin'," "Dedicated to the One I Love," and "Monday Monday"—all featured in the multi-media production, among other hits of the period.

Randal Myler, who helmed the Village's last tenant Love, Janis, directs Dream A Little Dream. No stranger to musicals derived from popular music, Myler has also directed Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Myler also received credit as playwright on both previous works. Myler directs a new version of Almost Heaven, a musical about the life, times and music of John Denver, for the Denver Center Theatre Company in the 2003-04 season.

Richard Burke, Angela Gaylor and Doris Mason join Doherty in the cast. The design team is Walt Spangler (set), Brian Nason (lighting), David C. Woolard (costumes), Lucas J. Corrubia, Jr. (sound) and Jan Hartley (projections).

The complete songlist of Dream a Little Dream includes “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along With Mitch,” “Wild Women,” “500 Miles,” “Everybody’s Been Talkin’,” “Twist and Shout,” “Chanson, Chanson, Chanson,” “12:30,” “Go Where You Want to Go,” “California Dreamin’,” “Got a Feelin’,” “Theme From Peyton Place,” “I Saw Her Again,” “In Crowd,” “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair),” “Monday Monday,” “It Can Only Happen in America,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “Creeque Alley.” For tickets to Dream A Little Dream at the Village Theatre, 158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson St.) call (212) 307-4100.

Doris Mason and Denny Doherty (with Mama Cass projected in the background) in <i>Dream a Little Dream</i>.
Doris Mason and Denny Doherty (with Mama Cass projected in the background) in Dream a Little Dream. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)