Directed by Erica Schmidt, Burnt Part Boys will play the Martel Theater in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film through July 26. The cast includes Al Calderon as Pete, Skylar Astin as Jake, Noah Galvin as Dusty, Andrew Durand as Chet, Molly Ranson as Frances, Joe Cassidy as Pete's Movie Fantasy Men/Dad and Timothy Warmen, John Schiappa and David Abeles as the other three miners. Matt Hinkley is featured on guitar with Joseph Brent on the fiddle.
Burnt Part Boys was penned by Chris Miller (music), Nathan Tysen (lyrics) and Mariana Elder (book). The musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "Five teenagers set out on a quest to find the Burnt Part coal mine, in the mountains of West Virginia, where their father's died 10 years earlier, in a tragic mining accident. Three of them hope to close the mine forever – preserving the living tomb to their fathers – while the older teens, employed by the coal mine company, seek to stop them."
Peter Pucci choreographs with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner. The production also features set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Brett Jarvis. Hannah Cohen is the stage manager.
A full Off-Broadway staging of The Burnt Part Boys — a co-production between the Vineyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons — is expected on the Mainstage of Playwrights in 2010.
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