Goodspeed Serves Vintage Kern Musical, Very Good Eddie, July 11-Oct. 5

News   Goodspeed Serves Vintage Kern Musical, Very Good Eddie, July 11-Oct. 5 Goodspeed Musicals returns to the 1915 Jerome Kern musical, Very Good Eddie, July 11-Oct. 5 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut.
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The Tony Award-honored company devoted to new and old musicals first revived the classic show in 1975. That production went on to Broadway, was preserved on a cast album and a year later played 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).

The Very Good Eddie company includes Perry Ojeda, Donna Lynne Champlin, Jay Douglas, Gerry Vichi and Ann Kittredge, among others.

The musical comedy concerns honeymooners who change partners.

* 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.

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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.

Kern will be heard on Broadway in fall 2003 with the new musical, Never Gonna Dance, inspired by the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical, "Swing Time." The show borrows songs from many Kern projects. Kern, of course, is the composer of the grandfather of American musicals, Show Boat.