The recent Broadway revision of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown will make its Toronto debut in a resident staging at The New Yorker Theatre Oct. 12.
Kevin Bowers stages songwriter-librettist Clark Gesner's collection of musical scenes drawn from the Charles M. Schulz "Peanuts" comic strip. The musical began Off-Broadway in 1967, had a Broadway run and was revised and revived on Broadway in 1998-99, earning Tony Awards for featured players Kristin Chenoweth (who played Sally) and Roger Bart (who played Snoopy).
The Toronto staging reflects revisions by Michael Mayer and includes new songs by Andrew Lippa ("My New Philosophy" and "Beethoven Day"). The 450-seat New Yorker Theatre, 651 Yonge Street in Toronto, was the longtime home of Forever Plaid. Official opening of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is Oct. 25.
The "Peanuts" characters — Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Sally and Schroeder — are played by Charlotte Moore, Steven Gallagher, Brian Sills, Cara Leslie, Gab Desmond, Daniel Murphy. Musical director is Neil Bartram.
The popular show's score includes "Happiness," "Suppertime," "Boo Report" and the title tune. The show's slight script is culled from material in 50 years of strips by Schulz, who died in early 2000. It presents an average day in the life of hapless and hopeful round-headed boy, Charlie Brown. Designers are Ed Kotanen (set), Aisling Sampson (lighting), Sophie Forfar (costume), John Lott (sound). Janet Wagner is the choreographer. IMP Productions presents the staging.
Tickets range $35-$49.50. Call (416) 872-1111.
— By Kenneth Jones