The Southern Baptist, gospel-flavored musical Smoke On The Mountain, closes Sept. 12 after 14 previews and 79 performances at Off-Broadway's Lamb's Theatre.
Like Cabaret, Smoke was affected by the July 21 construction accident in Times Square, losing 15 performances while 44th Street was closed off, according to spokesperson David Rothenberg.
Connie Ray wrote Smoke, which was conceived and directed by Alan Bailey. Constance Barron, Sean Dooley, Dionne McGuire Gardner, John Griffith, Jonah Marsh, Robert Olsen, and Bobby Taylor star in the production, which has musical direction by John Foley.
Smoke In The Mountain is designed by Peter Harrison (set), Mary Jo Dondlinger (lighting), and Pamela Scofield (costumes).
Smoke tells the story of the musical Sanders family, who "testify" in monologues and then pluck and sing their way through southern gospel tunes at their down-home church. The score features such numbers as "I'll Never Die (I'll Just Change My Address)", "Rock of Ages", Angel Band", and "I'll Fly Away". On June 15, Daywind Music Group, a Christian music label, released a CD of Smoke On The Mountain, which includes 18 of the 24 songs featured in the show.
The Lamb's Theatre originally produced Smoke On The Mountain in their 1990-91 season. The show ran then for 475 performances.
-- By Christine Ehren