Hello! My Baby, Featuring George Wendt and Kristine Zbornik, Debuts at the Rubicon March 21
21 Mar 2012
The Tin Pan Alley musical Hello! My Baby, featuring book and lyrics by Emmy-winning "Cheers" writer and Tony-nominated Sister Act co-librettist Cheri Steinkellner, begins performances March 21 at the Rubicon Theatre in California.
Brian McDonald stages the production that will officially open March 24 and continue through April 15 at the Rubicon in Ventura, CA. It will then transfer to the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, May 4-6.
The cast includes George Wendt ("Cheers," Hairspray) and Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair, 9 to 5) in featured roles as song publishers Bert and Ethel Coots. The cast is led by Ciaran McCarthy as Mickey McKee and Evie Hutton as Nellie Gold.
Completing the cast are Jordan Kai Burnett, McKenna Kylie Tedrick, George Ball, Will Sevedge, Lilli Babb, Harley Jay, Zach Johnson, Erick Paul, Ixchel Lopez, Tad Murroughs, Rich Hoag, Jeremy Lucas, Allison Paraiso, Teya Patt, Neil Starkenberg, Lauryn Tillery and Carly Wielstein.
Here's how the musical is billed: "Set in the early part of the last century on the sidewalks of New York, the story follows Mickey McKee, King of the Song-Pluggers, who dreams of writing the next Tin Pan Alley million-selling hit song. Only problem is Mickey can't write a note — until he meets Nelly Gold, a factory worker with a talent for tunes and moxie to spare. Mickey and Nelly make beautiful music together until she puts on the trousers she once sewed, calls herself Ned, and becomes the new King of the Pluggers and Mickey's arch-rival. These mismatched young lovers and their unlikely friends sing, dance, bicker, and coo from Debutante Balls to Delancey Street, confronting class struggles, social reform, gender-swapping, street-thugs, and a whole lot of ukuleles, as they sell the songs we're still humming a hundred years later."
Lloyd Cooper is musical director, with Lee Martino as choreographer. The creative team includes Craig Safan (arranger orchestrator), William Keeler (dramaturg), Thomas S. Giamario (set designer), Jeremy Pivnick (lighting designer), Marcy Froehlich (costume designer) and Jonathan Burke (sound designer).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.