Mobile Home Musical The Great American Trailer Park Musical Settles Off-Broadway, Aug. 20

News   Mobile Home Musical The Great American Trailer Park Musical Settles Off-Broadway, Aug. 20 The denizens of the Armadillo Acres mobile home community move into Off Broadway's Dodger Stages as The Great American Trailer Park Musical takes root Aug. 20.
Cast members from The Great American Trailer Park Musical in rehearsal
Cast members from The Great American Trailer Park Musical in rehearsal Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Producers Jean Doumanian (Democracy) and Jeffrey Richards (Glengarry Glen Ross) team to present the work seen last summer at The New York Musical Theatre Festival to open Sept. 15.

The new Off-Broadway cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical features Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma, "Van Helsing"), Linda Hart (Hairspray, Anything Goes), Kaitlin Hopkins (Bat Boy, Noises Off, Bare), Orfeh (Footloose, Saturday Night Fever), Leslie Kritzer (Hairspray, Bat Boy), Wayne Wilcox (A Man of No Importance, The Light in the Piazza) and original NYMF cast member Marya Grandy.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical centers around the regular guy Norbert (Hensley) and his agoraphobic wife Jeannie (Hopkins) whose marriage is threatened by Armadillo Acres' newcomer, the hot young stripper Pippi (Orfeh). The trailer park also plays home to a Greek chorus-like trio of women Linoleum, Betty and Pickles (Grandy, Hart and Kritzer, respectively) — each dysfunctional in their own right.

Featuring music and lyrics by David Nehls with a book by Betsy Kelso (who also directs the show), the country-rock and blues musical billed as "A new show about agoraphobia, adultery, '80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan & disco."

Inspired from a neighborhood from his childhood paper route, Nehls finally lets loose the earthy folk he describes have "always been a nugget in the back of my head." The composer recalled to Playbill.com "In the wintertime, I was out for like an hour and a half delivering papers and they were always the people who had hot cocoa and cookies for me and would always engage me in conversation. They were the coolest people on the paper route; and they were so lovely." (For more from the cast, read Playbill.com's feature.) The design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Donald Holder (lighting), Markas Henry (costumes), Peter Fitzgerald (sound) and Josh Marquette (hair and wig). Richard C. Rouscher serves as production stage manager with Francesca Russell (asst. stage manager) and Rob Conover is technical supervisor.

For more information on The Great American Trailer Park Musical, visit the website at www.trailerparkmusical.com.

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