After concluding its successful run this weekend, Both Barrels, a new five-person revue of songs by John Forster, will be looking seriously at a summer run Off-Broadway. According to New York spokesperson Chris Boneau, New York producers have been eyeing the piece, which began performances May 6 at the Goodspeed Opera House's Norma Terris Theater in Chester, CT.
As reported by Variety, producers Steven M. Levy, Leonard Soloway and Julian Schlossberg have been especially interested in Both Barrels, which ends its Chester run May 30.
Forster, who writes both the music and lyrics for the revue, is best known for the book and lyrics to the Mary Rodgers musical Freaky Friday. Recently he was nominated for a Grammy Award as co-producer of Tom Chapin's children's album "In My Hometown." Both Barrels is described as "20 miniature musical plays" poking fun at a variety of societal topics.
Paul Kreppel will direct Both Barrels, with Steve Orich acting as musical director. In the cast are Wanda Houston, Mark Martino, Kevyn Morrow, Jim Newman and Elisa Surmount; it is likely the same cast would be in the New York mounting.
Designing the show are Kenneth Foy (set), Jason Kantrowitz (lighting) and Mariah Hale (costumes). For tickets and information on Both Barrels call (860) 873-8668. -- By Robert Simonson