The York Theatre Company's all-kid production of the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown officially opened May 31 at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s Off-Broadway, following previews that began May 24.
The Clark Gesner and Andrew Lippa musical reunites the characters of the popular Peanuts comic: Charlie Brown, Snoopy and their regular gang of friends.
The seven-member Peanuts gang, usually played by adults, features Joshua Colley (Elf, The Musical) as Charlie Brown, Gregory Diaz (School of Rock) as Schroeder, Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland) as Snoopy, Milly Shapiro (Matilda) as Sally, Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita) as Lucy and Jeremy T. Villas (Kinky Boots) as Linus. Graydon Peter Yosowitz (The Odyssey) performs the role of Charlie Brown through June 7.
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The production is directed by York associate artistic director Michael Unger, with music direction by Eric Svejcar and choreography by Jennifer Paulson-Lee.
“Come spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends,“ state production notes. “From bright, uncertain morning to starlit, hopeful evening, and all of the lonely brown-bag lunches, kite-flying failures, book reports, glee club rehearsals, and suppertimes in between.“
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown features a book, music and lyrics by Gesner and additional material by Lippa. It was last seen on Broadway in 1999 starring Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth, who both won Tony Awards for their roles.
Tickets for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown can be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, Manhattan).