The new musical will have its final performance at Dodger Stages, ending its Off-Broadway run after 121 performances. A cast album is slated to be released in mid-December.
Featuring music and lyrics by David Nehls with a book by Betsy Kelso (who also directs the show), the country-rock and blues musical began previews Aug. 20 and opened Sept. 22. The musical is billed as "a new show about agoraphobia, adultery, '80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan & disco." The show hit its 100th performance Off Broadway Nov. 15.
Inspired by 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 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 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.
The songlist includes "This Side of the Tracks," "One Step Closer," "The Buck Stops Here," "It Doesn’t Take a Genius," "Owner of My Heart," "Great American TV Show," "Flushed Down the Pipes," "Storm’s A-Brewin’," "Road Kill," "But He’s Mine/It’s Never Easy," "That’s Why I Love My Man," "Panic," and "Finale (Make Like a Nail)."
The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Dodger Stages, 340 West 50th St (between 8th and 9th Ave.). For more information, visit the website at www.trailerparkmusical.com.