How are things at Camp Grenada?
If you don't know the answer to that question, you're probably too young to remember Allan Sherman's 1963 novelty hit, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh". That Grammy-winning tune was just one of many parody numbers by the late Allan Sherman, creator of such LP's as "My Son The Folksinger" and "My Son The Nut."
In 1992, Douglas Bernstein and Rob Krausz fashioned a revue titled after the song, loosely structured around the life-cycle of a nice Jewish boy. Songs in the show included "Grow, Mrs. Goldfarb" (to "Glow, Little Glow worm") and "Sir Greenbaum's Madrigal" and "Kiss Of Myer" (to "Kiss Of Fire"). The title tune is a young boy’s letter to his parents, in which he complains about the hellish conditions of Camp Grenada -- until the sun comes out.
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh opened at Off-Broadway's Circle In The Square Downtown theatre Dec. 5, 1992 and has since gone on to a busy life in the regionals, including two New York area stints at Long Island’s Broadhollow Centre Stage.
The latest stop for HMHF is a return trip to Queens Theatre in the Park, where the show runs April 5-9. Paula Whelihan, who appeared in QTIP’s 1994 mounting of Hello Muddah, is featured again, alongside Joanne Borts, Jimmy Spadola, Chris Dell’Armo and Dana Pauley. James Behr is the musical director, with co-author Krausz again serving as director, as he’s done for various stagings of the revue across the U.S. For tickets ($15-$24) or more information on Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!, call (718) 760-0064.
-- By David Lefkowitz