Summer 69, a new "Musical Happening," begins performances June 24 for a run through July 11 at off-off Broadway's Theatre 80. Former Tommy Tune collaborator and Barrymore Award winner Bruce Lumpkin directs. Actor-writer-director Bill Van Horn and Ellen Michelmore co wrote '69, a look at the summer of Woodstock, told through tunes by Bob Dylan, Artho Guthrie, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, Janis Joplin, Country Joe McDonald, J. R. Robinson and Stephen Sills and Graham Nash. Seven actors play over 30 roles ranging from a farmer and his wife to suburban parents and their hippie children to Captain Condom.
Lumpkin collaborated with Tune on My One and Only, Nine and Grand Hotel, co-directing the West End production. Other credits include Cabaret for which he won the Barrymores for Best Director and Best Musical. Lumpkin is currently developing a musical version of the film Time After Time and Honky Tonk Angel, the Patsy Cline story.
The cast includes Alyssa Claar (30th anniversary production ofHair), Jamie Hurley, Brian Maillard , Ron McClary, Kirk Mcgee (Uncle Vanya), Anne Moore, Rik Sansone and Christina M. Williamson.
The design team is John Farrell (set) and Jeffrey Koger (lighting). Michelmore is the musical director.
Tickets ($12) are available by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4111. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St. Marks Place.
-- By Christine Ehren