Cheri Steinkellner's Tin Pan Alley Musical Hello! My Baby Will Play Lobero Theatre

By Michael Gioia
and Adam Hetrick
April 30, 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, will be offered May 5-6 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, following its limited engagement at California's Rubicon Theatre.



Hello! My Baby received a developmental staging at the Village Theatre's 11th annual Festival of New Musicals in August. It incorporates songs by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, George M. Cohan and more. The show had a developmental world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in fall 2011, and concluded its limited engagement April 15 at the Rubicon.

Directed by Brian McDonald, the musical will play May 5 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM and May 6 at 2:30 PM.

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).

The Lobero Theatre is located at 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara, CA. For more information and tickets, call (805) 963-0761 or visit Lobero.com.