Attention Floridian Wagnerians: Das Barbecu, the wacky western 1991 spoof of Richard Wagner operas by Jim Luigs & Scott Warrender, stampedes its way into the Actors' Playhouse, June 3-28, opening June 5 in the company's Miracle Theatre venue. Choreographed by Barbara LeGette, Barbecu is staged by artistic director David Arisco.
Not only does Das Barbecu boast five actors playing 30 characters, not only does the show offer country-western versions of Wagnerian ditties, but the opening night will feature a real barbecue with country music, two-step lessons and guacamole.
Commissioned by Seattle Opera in 1991, Das Barbecu played Off- Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre in 1994. Like its counterparts in "Der Ring Das Niebelungen," Das Barbecu tells of lovers Siegfried and Brunnhilde who seek happiness, love and a magical ring of gold.
Songs in the spoof include "Makin' Guacamole," "If Not Fer You," "Hog-Tie Your Man" and "Barbecue For Two."
Author Luigs also penned Second Wind, winner of the 1992 Texas Playwrights Festival. Composer/lyricist Warrender composed the Off-Broadway revue, Living Color and Seattle Rep's Texas Chainsaw Manicurist. Cooking in Barbecu are Lourelene Snedeker, Jerry Gulledge, Marcia McLain, Rachel Jones and Francisco "Pancho" Padura. Designing Das Barbecu are M.P. Amico (set), Mary Lynne Izzo (costumes) and Ginny Adams (lighting).
For tickets ($26.50-$29.50) and information on Das Barbecu, which opens June 5, at Actors' Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, call (305) 444-9293.
Following Das Barbecu will be a summer weekend run (beginning July 10) of the two-character musical by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald, John & Jen.
-- By David Lefkowitz