Austin Miller, Jessica Hershberg, Paul Vogt Cast in Forestburgh Theatre's Idaho!
By Andrew Gans
The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at the Forestburgh Playhouse announced May 19 that it will open its Main Stage 2011 season with the original musical Idaho!, which was the winner of the Best of Fest Audience Prize at the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2008.
Directed by Matt Lenz, performances are scheduled for June 1-12.
The cast will be headed by Austin Miller (“Grease: You’re The One That I Want”), Jessica Hershberg (Little House on the Prairie) and Paul Vogt (Broadway’s Hairspray, “MadTV”) with Belinda Allyn, Austin Babin, Romelda Teron Benjamin, Grace Flaherty, Meggan Herod, Alle-Faye Monka, Susan Mosher, Max Nussbaum, Elliot O’Rourke-Peterson, Zoe Raphael, Jay Rogers, Dustin Smith and Will Taylor.
Idaho! features book and lyrics by Buddy Sheffield and music by Sheffield and Keith Thompson. The new musical is described as such: "Tater country is turned spud-side-up when a mail-order bride comes to town and falls in love with the wrong man. Born (out of wedlock) from the golden age of musical comedy comes a new love story...a twisted tale of wife stealin', spud peelin' and double dealin' at a time when men were men and Aunt Pearlie carried the shotgun."
"I think my love of theatre, especially the musicals of the ‘Golden Age,’ is what really shines through in Idaho!,” said Sheffield in a statement. “Sure, I make a lot of jokes at the theatre’s expense, but at the root of it, Idaho! is a love letter to the great musicals, the great composers and anyone else who ever did a hitch kick, belted a high C, painted a flat, manned a dimmer board, sewed a bustle - or anything else - that helped to bring a big, lusty, story-driven musical to the stage.”
The production will also feature choreography by Michele Lynch with set design by Michael Carnahan, costume design by David Withrow and sound design by Lewis Mead.
Show times are Tuesday-Saturday 8 PM with matinees Wednesday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
The Forestburgh Playhouse is currently in its 65th year, making it the oldest professional summer theatre in New York state. For the past 20 years, Norman Duttweiler has served as managing director.
Tickets, which will go on sale May 21, will be available through the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at the Forestburgh Playhouse box office (39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh, NY), by phone at (845) 794-1194, or by going online at www.FBplayhouse.org.
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