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.
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."