Venues Announced for Second Leg of Captain Louie Tour

News   Venues Announced for Second Leg of Captain Louie Tour The second leg of the national tour of Stephen Schwartz's family-friendly musical Captain Louie will kick off Jan. 14 at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT.

Dennis Diaz and Lauren Possee have joined a cast that also includes Caylin Campbell, Jonathan Castillo, Jason Edward Cook, Ramona Mallory, Chelsea Jo Pattison and Dorian Shorts. Meridee Stein directs.

The 2007 tour itinerary follows.
Jan. 14 at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT
Jan. 23-28 at the Samueli Theatre Orange County PAC in Costa Mesa, CA
Jan. 30 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA
Feb. 2 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, CA
Feb. 3 at the Haugh PAC in Citrus C.C. Glendora, CA
Feb. 6 at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre in Medford, OR
Feb. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN
Feb. 22-23 at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC
Feb. 25-26 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
March 1 at the Coral Springs City Center in Niceville, FL
March 6 at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, NY
March 8 at the Rigas Family Theatre in St. Bonaventure, NY
March 9 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
March 11 at The Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY
March 22 at the Colden Center for the Performing Arts in Flushing, NY
March 24 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH
March 27-28 at St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NY
March 29 at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford, CT
March 30 at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, CT
April 1 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, NJ

Captain Louie began previews Off-Broadway Oct. 28, 2005, with an official opening on Halloween, Oct. 31. The musical played six previews and 16 regular performances.

The musical features a score by Schwartz, a libretto by Anthony Stein and direction by Meridee Stein. The Off-Broadway run was produced by Stein, Kurt Peterson and Bob Reich, who are also presenting the tour.

"Young Louie," according to production notes, "feels lonely and without friends in his new neighborhood. Looking for something to cheer himself up on Halloween Night, Louie returns to his old neighborhood in an imaginative journey on the wings of his magical toy, his little red plane. . . . Captain Louie is about friendship — the ability to make new friends and the importance of old ones." PS Classics released the world-premiere recording of Captain Louie in May 2005.

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