Theatreworks USA's Click, Clack, Moo, with Bieber, Cates, Holmes, McVety, Nason, Opens, July 28

News   Theatreworks USA's Click, Clack, Moo, with Bieber, Cates, Holmes, McVety, Nason, Opens, July 28 Theatreworks USA's 21st Annual Free Summer Theatre Program, Click, Clack, Moo — based on the children's book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin — officially opens July 28 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Previews began July 21.
Click, Clack, Moo stars Gretchen Bieber and Michael Thomas Holmes
Click, Clack, Moo stars Gretchen Bieber and Michael Thomas Holmes Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown) directs the production, which plays the Greenwich Village venue through Aug. 28.

The cast feature Gretchen Bieber as Darlene (a cow), Kristy Cates as Maddie (another cow), Michael Thomas Holmes as Loretta (another cow), Drew McVety as Farmer Brown, DeMond B. Nason as Duck and Sarah Katherine Gee as Jenny/Chicken.

Theatreworks USA is the not-for-profit professional theatre for family audiences. Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth serves as Honorary Co-Chair for the 21st Free Summer Theatre Progam, which offers what it advertises: free admission to the new show. School and summer camp groups get first crack at tickets.

Choreographed by Wendy Seyb (Toxic Avenger), Click, Clack, Moo features a book by Billy Aronson (TV's "Wonder Pets," "Postcards from Buster"), lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila (Altar Boyz) and music by Rodgers Award-winning composer Brad Alexander (See Rock City and Other Destinations).

According to Theatreworks USA, "All day long Farmer Brown hears 'click clack moo, clickety clackety moo...' The cows are typing and protesting their working conditions! Recommended for children ages four and up, Click, Clack, Moo is hilariously 'moo-ving' new musical about compromise, based on the acclaimed 2005 children's book 'Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.'" The show is a 60-minute, one-act musical, recommended for children ages four and up.

Click, Clack, Moo features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rock of Ages), costume design by Lora LaVon (Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere), lighting design by Matthew Richards (Port Authority, Theatreworks USA's Seussical) and sound design by Jeremy Wilson.

Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre box office (121 Christopher Street) on the day of the performance, one hour prior to curtain time. Individual reservations cannot be made in advance.

Launched in 1989, the mission of Theatreworks USA's Free Summer Theatre Program is "to provide New York City youth with their own free theatre tradition that not only entertains, but also educates and fosters positive values and an appreciation for theatre." More than 20,000 free tickets will be distributed to Click, Clack, Moo this summer.

The performance schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 AM and 1 PM, Thursday at 10:30 AM, 1 PM and 6 PM and Sunday at 2 PM.

There are no free tickets available for the Opening Night benefit performance on July 28, although tickets for this performance can be purchased by calling (212) 647-1100 ext 126.

Summer camps, youth programs and social service organizations can make reservations for groups of ten or more by calling (212) 627-7373.

Each day, a limited number of free tickets will be made available to individuals at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on a first-come, first-served basis.

Because Theatreworks USA accepts reservations from summer camps, public distribution tickets are extremely limited for the weekday daytime performances. Availability is usually better for evening and weekend performances. Once all tickets are distributed, any remaining patrons will be admitted at curtain time on a space-available basis.

For more information, visit www.twusa.org.

Drew McVety and Company
Drew McVety and Company