Political Rock Musical The Fix Returns to the Signature, Starting Tonight

News   Political Rock Musical The Fix Returns to the Signature, Starting Tonight The Signature Theatre production of the political-themed musical The Fix is presented Aug. 11-Sept. 20 in the MAX Theatre.

Artistic director Eric Schaeffer directs the musical, which made its U.S. debut at the Signature in 1998.

The Fix, which has a book by John Dempsey and music by Dana P. Rowe, is the first production of Signature’s 2015-16 season.

The Fix paints a picture of American politics that’s part fun-house, part haunted house,” said Schaeffer in a recent statement. “It’s twisted, and it pushes boundaries. It instantly became one of Signature’s favorite projects. And on top of that, it’s one of the shows most requested by our audiences. It’s only fitting that we follow the year-long celebration of Signature’s first 25 years with this all-new production of a great work from our past.”

The production stars Mark Evans (The Book of Mormon, first national tour) as Cal Chandler, Lawrence Redmond (Signature’s Elmer Gantry) as Grahame Chandler, Christine Sherrill (Mamma Mia! Las Vegas) as Violet Chandler and Bobby Smith (Signature’s Cabaret) as Senator Reed Chandler. Boyd, Redmond, Sherrill and Smith are joined in the cast by Jessica Lauren Ball (Deborah Pullman; Signature’s Elmer Gantry), Matt Conner (Frankie Diamonte; Signature’s Elmer Gantry), Mark Chandler (Richard; Signature’s Cabaret), Jordan DeBona (Leroy; Signature’s Cabaret), Jamie Eacker (Donna/Mistress; Signature’s Cabaret), Maria Egler (Maria; Signature’s Diner), Will Gartshore (Bobby Cracker; Signature’s Show Boat), Nick Lehan (Carol Moreland; Signature’s Elmer Gantry), Dan Manning (Anthony Gliardi; Signature’s Sunday in the Park with George), Christopher Mueller (Cardinal O’Hare; Signature’s Miss Saigon), Tracy Lynn Olivera (Leslie Pynchon; Signature’s Company), Stephen Gregory Smith (Peter; Signature’s Elmer Gantry), Nickolas Vaughan (Sergeant; Signature’s Dreamgirls), Caroline Wolfson (Danielle; Keegan Theatre’s Hair) and Rachel Zampelli (Tina McCoy; Signature’s Brother Russia).

The production also has choreography by Matthew Gardiner, musical direction by Jon Kalbfleisch, scenic design by Misha Kachman, costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara, sound design by Lane Elms, wig design by Dori Beau Seigneur and video design by Hannah Marsh. The production stage manager is Kerry Epstein, and the assistant stage manager is Karen Currie.

"When a popular presidential candidate dies in his mistress’s bed, his ambitious wife Violet thrusts their lackluster son Cal into the spotlight," according to press notes. "With the help of her strategic brother-in-law, Violet transforms Cal into the perfect citizen. Together they create one of the most dysfunctional – and brutally entertaining – almost-first families ever."

Single tickets are available in person at the Signature Box Office at 4200 Campbell Avenue in Shirlington, by calling the Signature Theatre Box Office (703) 820-9771, and online at sigtheatre.org.

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