Bruce Hornsby Musical Will Premiere in Virginia in January 2011

News   Bruce Hornsby Musical Will Premiere in Virginia in January 2011
Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, VA, will offer two world premieres in its 2010-11 season, including Bruce Hornsby's musical, SCKBSTD, a show known in its development as Sick Bastard.

The production will be part of VSC's American Soil Project, the company's new-play development project "that explores the cultural fabric of southeastern Virginia."

In its 32nd season as a LORT theatre, VSC will partner with commercial producer Spiral Staircase LLC on this production. As previously reported on, this is the first musical by multi-Grammy Award winner and Virginia native Hornsby, along with fellow creators and Virginians Chip deMatteo and Clay McLeod Chapman.

"Hornsby's project has long been a dream in the making for us that is now becoming a compelling reality," stated VSC artistic director Chris Hanna.

SCKBSTD will play Jan. 18-Feb. 6, 2011. It has music and lyrics by Bruce Hornsby, additional lyrics by Chip deMatteo, book by Clay McLeod Chapman.

According to VSC, "After a stranger moves into a small town and starts cruising the streets in his Dodge, the rumors fly. The next play in VSC's American Soil project, Hornsby's haunting melodies and words continue the company's exploration of life in southeastern Virginia." Hornsby, a Williamsburg, VA, native, had a hit with "The Way It Is," performed by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. The singer-musician-writer draws on rock, bluegrass, jazz and more for his sound.

The other world premiere planned is artistic director Chris Hanna's The New Pink – An Implausible Comedy, Oct. 26-Nov. 14. In it, the new economy wipes out the retirement funds of a middle-class couple, so they cook up a wild plan to live out their golden years in comfort.

Read's story about the show's 2009 workshop here.

The VSC season also includes Wendy Kesselman's adaptation of Goodrich & Hackett's The Diary of Anne Frank, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, August Wilson's Radio Golf and A Christmas Carol.

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