By Robert Simonson
and Sean McGrath, David Lefkowitz
28 Oct 1998
The eagerly anticipated NY revival of the Clark Gesner musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, directed by Michael Mayer (A View from the Bridge, Side Man), will hit New York in mid February 1999, after a three month pre-Broadway tour.
The cast includes Roger Bart (Triumph of Love) as Snoopy, Kristin Chenoweth as Sally (Steel Pier), Ilana Levine (The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as Lucy, Stanley Wayne Mathis (The Lion King) as Schroeder, Anthony Rapp (Rent) as Charlie Brown, and B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly) as Linus.
The Charlie Brown tour dates are as follows:
Nov. 18 - 28, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie IL
Dec. 3 - 13, The Playhouse, Wilmington DE
Dec. 16 - 27, The Fisher Theatre, Detroit MI
Dec. 30 - Jan 3, 1999: The Fox Theatre, St. Louis MO
Jan. 7 - 17, 1999: The Shubert in Boston MA
Previews at Broadway's Longacre Theatre begin Jan. 23, 1998 for a mid February 1999 opening.
Charlie Brown is based on the long-running Charles M. Schulz comic strip "Peanuts," which features such characters as luckless Charlie, Lucy the shrew, blanket-toting Linus and piano-playing Schroeder. Begun Oct. 2, 1950, the strip now appears in more than 2,600 newspapers internationally. The musical opened Off-Broadway at Theatre 80 St.Marks on March 7, 1967 and comprises loosely arranged songs and vignettes -- a slice of the lives of these elementary-school aged characters. Song include "Happiness Is," "Book Report" and "My Blanket and Me."