Stew-Heidi Rodewald Musical Family Album Sets Oregon Shakespeare Fest Premiere

By Adam Hetrick
01 Jul 2014

Family Album, the new musical by Passing Strange collaborators Stew and Heidi Rodewald premieres July 1 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the direction of Joanna Settle.



The new musical will officially open July 5. OSF is also where the Tony-winning drama All The Way had its world premiere. Performances continue through Aug. 31.

According to OSF, "Told through soul-stirring rock 'n roll music, Family Album is the story of middle-aged rocker Heimvey and his hip and influential, but relatively low-income band. Seasoned by years of touring throughout the country and on their way to NYC to open for a popular young band at Madison Square Garden, they land at the home of a former band member. Cleo, Heimvey's ex-girlfriend and former muse, and her art dealer husband/stockbroker Norman, live with their precocious child. The visit stirs deep questioning about choosing the artist's life or the homeowner's, and as alliances are formed and frayed, everyone starts to itch for what someone else seems to have, and assumptions and expectations are shuffled and shattered."

The cast features Luqman Brown as Heimvey, Casey Scott as Claudia, Christian Gibbs as Gibbs, Vinnie Sperrazza as Charles Andy, Alex Emanuel as Norman, Miriam A. Laube as Cleo, Lawrence Stallings as Paul, Daniel T. Parker as The Kid, Dana Lyn as Clara and Marika Hughes as Kika.

Family Album has music direction by Stew and Dana Lyn, with choreography by David Neumann. Scenic design is by Andrew Lieberman (associate scenic designer Eric Southern), costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting by Jane Cox and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

For tickets visit osfashland.org.