OB's Smart Traveler Celebrates Second Anniversary, Oct. 30

News   OB's Smart Traveler Celebrates Second Anniversary, Oct. 30 It's still a few years short of Forever Plaid, but who knows? Off Broadway's hit revue, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, celebrates its second anniversary Oct. 30, with no closing date in sight.
Ray DeMattis, Denise Nolin, Nick Santa Maria
Ray DeMattis, Denise Nolin, Nick Santa Maria (Photo by Photo by Carol Rosegg)

It's still a few years short of Forever Plaid, but who knows? Off Broadway's hit revue, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, celebrates its second anniversary Oct. 30, with no closing date in sight.

Secrets, which opened Oct. 30, 1997 at the Triad and later moved to midtown's Ibis Theater, covers the globe in 100 minutes with 20 original songs and sketches that take the audience to 40 different countries. Writers of the show's material include Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Barry Creyton, Lesley Davison, Stan Freeman, cast-member and bassist Jay Leonhart, and songwriters Dave Frishberg and Murray Grand.

Forever Plaid, another long-running revue, opened at Steve McGraw's Supper Club (which was later renamed the Triad) and racked up more than 1,800 performances. On Saturday, Secrets will reach number 824, according to spokesperson David Lotz.

Producer Scott Perrin's sister, Wendy Perrin, wrote the popular Fodor travel guide spoofed by the musical revue. Songs in the show include "Seeing America First," "Red Hot Lava," "Aging Planes" and the self explanatory, "Customs."

A 33-track CD of Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know was released by RCA Victor June 1, 1998. Patrick Quinn, a veteran of another revue, Forbidden Broadway, directs the Off-Broadway production, with musical direction by Stan Freeman.

The current cast includes Denise Nolin, David Skouson (piano), Jay Leonhart (bass), Ray DeMattis, Nick Santa Maria and Maribeth Graham.

The show has enjoyed regional productions in Key West, FL, Rochester, NY and Braintree, MA and just opened a Boston company at the Copley Theatre, Oct. 26. Los Angeles is targeted for late fall.

For tickets to Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know at the Ibis Theatre, 327 West 44th Street, call (212) 239-6200.

-- By David Lefkowitz