World-Premiere Narrative Folk Revue Lonesome Traveler Will Bow in Laguna with Jennifer Leigh Warren

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30 Dec 2011

The Laguna Playhouse will offer the world premiere of Lonesome Traveler: A Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk, studded with such songs as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “We Shall Overcome" and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” beginning Jan. 10, 2012.

Nine artists take the stage in the musical narrative that includes songs by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Lead Belly, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary and more. It is a production of the Rubicon Theatre Company.

Rubicon artistic director James O’Neill wrote the piece, which he will also direct. Lonesome Traveler will run through Feb. 5, 2012.

The cast includes Jennifer Leigh Warren (Little Shop of Horrors), Anthony Manough (The Lion King), L.A.-based singer/songwriters Justine Bennett and Brendan (B. Willing) James, Sylvie Davidson, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Justin Flagg and musicians James Webb and Trevor Wheetman.

"Music is a declaration of a particular kind of humanity – one that perseveres through life’s difficulties and respects and cares for others. The title of Lonesome Traveler essentially comes from the idea that we all take a solitary journey through life – we come in and out of this world alone. But music is a great unifier – a great healer. It can help us feel a little less, lost or alone," O'Neill said in a statement.

Lonesome Traveler has musical direction and arrangements by Dan Wheetman. Tom Giamario designs the production.

Tickets are available by phoning (949) 497-2787, or by visiting