Summer 69, the "Musical Happening" currently playing at the East Village's Theatre 80 (home of the Pearl Theatre Company), will transfer Off-Broadway to The Douglas Fairbanks Theatre after it closes shop at Theatre 80, Aug. 8.
The production, a revue of rock and pop songs from the 1960s, began performances June 24 for a run through July 11 and was then extended through Aug. 8.
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 ("The Times They Are A-Changin'"), Arlo Guthrie, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, Janis Joplin ("Mercedes Benz"), 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. Former Tommy Tune collaborator and Barrymore Award winner Bruce Lumpkin directs.
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 a Philadelphia Barrymore Award 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 Christine M. Williamson. The design team is John Farrell (set), James Tomaselli (sound), Colleen McMillan (costumes) and Jeffrey Koger (lighting). Michelmore is the musical director.
Tickets ($12) for the Theatre 80 run are available by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4111.
-- By Sean McGrath