Things are not good at Camp Grenada.
The Off-Broadway revival of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, which opened July 17 and then halted performances Nov. 25 owing to the winter doldrums and post-Sept. 11th aftershock, was scheduled to return to the Triad Theatre Jan. 22. But the show now remains on hiatus, with no word on any future plans.
Allan Sherman's Grammy-winning 1963 novelty hit, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" was just one of many parody numbers by the late creator of such LPs as "My Son the Folksinger" and "My Son the Nut."
In 1992, Douglas Bernstein and Rob Krausz fashioned a revue titled after the song, loosely structured around the life-cycle of a nice Jewish boy. Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! opened at Off-Broadway's Circle In The Square Downtown theatre Dec. 5, 1992 and has since gone on to a busy life in the regionals, including two New York-area stints at Long Island’s Broadhollow Centre Stage and a 1994 mounting at Queens Theatre in the Park.
This season, Off-Broadway once again heard Sherman's parodies and rock free pop tunes as Muddah/Fadduh received a revival at the Triad Theatre on West 72nd Street. Previews began July 17 for an opening Aug. 2. Songs in the show include "Grow, Mrs. Goldfarb" (to "Glow, Little Glowworm") and "Sir Greenbaum's Madrigal," "Shake Hands With Your Uncle Max," "Harvey and Sheila" and "Kiss of Myer" (to "Kiss of Fire"). The title tune is a young boy’s letter to his parents, in which he complains about the hellish conditions of Camp Grenada — until the sun comes out. The second act makes room for a couple of more serious songs, taken from the Sherman-Albert Hague Broadway flop, The Fig Leaves Are Falling.
Jennifer Dumas and Jack Cullen produced the remount, which was directed by co-author Krausz and starred Kevin Pariseau, Leslie Lorusso, Jimmy Spadola, Kristie Dale Sanders and Larry Cahn. (The original OB cast featured Mary Testa, Tovah Feldshuh and Jason Graae as the middle-class protagonist, Barry Bockman).
According to production spokespersons at the Keith Sherman office, designing this Mudd/Fadd were Bill Barclay (set), Michael Louis (costumes) and Philip Monat (lighting).
— By David Lefkowitz