Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins, the folk musical about the real-life case of a man trapped in a Kentucky cave, and the personal and public attention the accident received in 1925, ends its season-opening run at Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 8.
The Off-Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by Guettel (son of Mary Rodgers and grandson of Richard Rodgers) and book and additional lyrics by Tina Landau, has achieved a cult status due to its regional mini-tour and an album that preserved the work of the original cast (seen at Playwrights Horizons).
Guettel himself showed up at Skylight for the opening weekend. Performances began there Sept. 22.
The Skylight company (offering the Wisconsin premiere) is directed by Paul Barnes and musical-directed by Skylight artistic director Richard Carsey. The cast includes Laurie Birmingham (Miss Jane), Don Burroughs (Homer Collins), Tony Clements (Floyd Collins), Jered Tanner (Skeets), Michael P. Morgan (Ed Bishop), Michael Pocaro (Bee Doyle), Michael Sinclair (Jewell), Chris Flieller (Lee Collins), Carol Linnea Johnson (Nellie Collins), Steve Koehler (H.T. Carmichael), Reginald Kurschner (Reporter) and Bryce Lord (Cliff Roney/Reporter). Designers are R. Eric Stone (set), Dawna Gregory (costumes), Michael A. Peterson (lighting).
Tickets are $12-$49. Performances are at Skylight's Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. For information, call (414) 291 7800.
— By Kenneth Jones