Do you miss the sound of creaky old doors, the groovy music interludes and bad guys ripping off their masks and claiming "I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!"? Well, grab your Scooby snacks and practice your "Zoinks!" because the jittery Great Dane and gang are back.
Making his stage debut at in 2001-2002 at theatres across the country, including Boston's Wang Theatre (Jan. 9-13) then at New York City's Radio City Music Hall (Feb. 20-27), is Scooby-Doo in Stagefright - Live on Stage. The Warner Bros. Family Entertainment production — which began in Louisville, Kentucky's Palace Theatre Oct. 26 — will tour the United States through May 5 featuring the hi-jinks you would expect from Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and of course Scooby-Doo.
Stagefright will feature the cherished characters from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, equipped with their Mystery Machine, setting out to — what else? — solve another mystery. Set up as a "long lost episode," the gang will hunt for clues to try to uncover the secret behind a ghost that's haunting an old movie studio where Daphne's uncle is filming a scary movie.
Jim Millan is the director and author of the show with script consultation by Mark McKinney (Off-Broadway's Fuddy Meers and TV's "Kids in the Hall"). Set design is by Robert Bissinger, costume design by Gregg Barnes (Broadway's Side Show and Mark Taper Forum's Flower Drum Song), sound design by Peter Hylenski and lighting design by Paul D. Miller.
The stageshow precedes the release of the Warner Bros. Pictures upcoming feature film "Scooby Doo" starring "She's All That"'s Freddie Prinze, Jr., TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Scream's" Matthew Lillard and TV's "Freaks and Geeks"' Linda Cardellini. Scooby can also be seen exclusively on the Cartoon Network in reruns. The tour schedule is as follows (all dates are subject to change):
Dec. 12-16 - Baltimore, MD - Mechanic Theatre
Dec. 19-23 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theatre
Dec. 26-30 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theater
Jan. 2-6 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theater
Jan. 9-13 - Boston, MA - Wang Center
Jan. 16-20 - Washington, DC - Warner Theater
Jan. 23-27 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall
Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theater
Feb. 5-6 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
Feb. 8-17 - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theater
Feb. 20-24 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
March 6-10 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
March 13-17 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theater
March 20-24 - Raleigh, NC - Civic Center
March 27-31 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum
April 3-7 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
April 10-14 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
April 17-21 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
April 24-28 - Miami, FL - Jackie Gleason Theatre
April 30 - May 1 - Jacksonville, FL - Times-Union Center
May 2-5 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center
Tickets are available now for Stagefright at each venue. Visit www.cartoonnetwork.com/SCOOBY for more information and fun.
— by Ernio Hernandez