Michael Ogborn Musical Baby Case Opens Oct. 5 at Minnesota's History Theatre
By Michael Gioia
History Theatre presents Baby Case, a new musical about the media circus that surrounded the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping, officially opening Oct. 5, following previews that began Oct. 3, in St. Paul, MN.
Featuring a book, lyrics and music by Michael Ogborn, the musical — seen last year at the New York Musical Theatre Festival — continues through Nov. 3.
Directed by Ron Peluso, with music direction by Jake Endres and choreography by Jan Puffer, the cast features Peter Middlecamp as Charles Lindbergh/Bruno Richard Hauptman, Kendall Anne Thompson as Anne Morrow Lindbergh/Anna Hauptman and John Hegge as Walter Winchell.
Rounding out the cast are Garry Briggle, Kym Chambers Otto, Paul R. Coate, Ron Collier, Laurie Flanigan Hegge, Nicholas Freeman, James Ramlet and Emily A. Grodzik.
Here's how History Theatre bills Baby Case: "Narrated by Walter Winchell, the show begins with Charles Lindbergh’s rise to superstar status in 1927 when his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean launched him into the media spotlight as an American hero. From there, the media dogs Charles and his wife Anne until the fateful night in 1932 when their first son is taken from his crib. From there the media covers the case to an absurd degree, turning the Lindbergh’s family tragedy into a national pastime including jingles, Vaudeville shows, and countless headlines and special reports. Act one ends with the investigation pointing the FBI and New Jersey police to the doorstep of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. Act two follows the courtroom drama as Hauptmann is put on trial and the main street of Flemington, New Jersey is turned into an event center with vendors, movie stars, photographers, and spectators all vying to get in on the action."
Other members of the creative team include costume designer E. Amy Hill, scenic designer Michael Hoover, projection designer C. Andrews Mayer, lighting designer Chris Johnson and properties designer Kirby Moore.
The History Theatre is located at 30 East Tenth Street in St. Paul, MN. For more information and tickets, call (651) 292-4323 or visit HistoryTheatre.com.
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