The revised version of the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown ends its brief run at Sacramento's Music Circus July 31-Aug. 6. The show coincides with the 50-year anniversary of Charles Schulz's classic comic strip. The touched-up revival enjoyed a run at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway last season. It won Tonys for Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart as Sally and Snoopy, respectively.
This production marked the first time the new version played on the west coast. The original music, book and lyrics are by Clark Gesner. Additional material was written by Andrew Lippa (namely, "My New Philosophy," and "Beethoven Day"). Lippa also wrote additional material for the title song. In the script, 17 of the original 42 sketches were cut, and 21 new sketches were added. The character of "Patty" from the original 1967 production was changed to Charlie Brown's little sister, Sally.
The show follows Charlie Brown and his friends, as he tries to find happiness. James Ryan is Snoopy, the dog who has fantasies of flight. Tracy Katz is Sally, Charlie's younger sister trying to get over a D in school. Jeff Skowron is the piano-playing Schroeder. Rebecca Rich is Lucy and Ben Rauch is Linus. Scott Bridges is the round-headed Charlie Brown.
The theatre is constructed tent-style, in the round. Charlie Brown continues the Music Circus' tradition of offering one show each summer with half-price tickets for children under 12. The theatre is located on the corner of 15 and H Streets for seven performances. To order tickets by phone, call (916) 557-1999 or (916) 766-2277, or visit the Music circus website at www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com.
-- by Daniel Fischer