Grossman-Hall Musical A Christmas Memory, Starring Penny Fuller, Bows at TheatreWorks Dec. 1

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The TheatreWorks world-premiere musical A Christmas Memory, starring Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, begins performances Dec. 1 in Palo Alto, CA.

Gabriel Hoffman and Penny Fuller
Gabriel Hoffman and Penny Fuller Photo by Mark Kitaoka

Based on Truman Capote's sepia-hued memoir of his childhood, A Christmas Memory has a score by Larry Grossman (Minnie's Boys, Snoopy!, A Doll's Life), lyrics by Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and a book by screenwriter Duane Poole, who also penned the 1997 teleplay of Capote's short story.

TheatreWorks artistic director Robert Kelley stages the production that will officially open Dec. 4 for a holiday run through Dec. 26.

Fuller (Dividing the Estate, A New Brain) portrays Aunt Sook, opposite young, Bay Area actor Gabriel Hoffman as Buddy. The cast also includes Eileen Barnett, Jennifer Chapman, Richard Farrell, Joshua Park and Cathleen Riddley.

TheatreWorks describes the musical as "a wistful memoir of cherished youth, chronicling a young boy's loving friendship with an eccentric aunt in a small Southern town in the 1930s, where misfits Buddy and Sook launch kites, haunt speakeasies, and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt."

Grossman penned the music to Minnie's Boys, Goodtime Charley, A Doll's Life and Grind. Hall is best known for the score to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Poole also penned the 1997 made-for-television adaptation of "A Christmas Memory."  Orchestrations are by Steve Orich.

The musical adaptation of A Christmas Memory received a stage reading in March 2010 by The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH, and had developmental workshops at TheatreWorks in May and September 2010.

For tickets phone (650) 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.

Penny Fuller and Gabriel Hoffman
Penny Fuller and Gabriel Hoffman Photo by Tracy Martin
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