Cast Complete for Premiere of A Christmas Memory Musical, With Penny Fuller

News   Cast Complete for Premiere of A Christmas Memory Musical, With Penny Fuller
Casting is now complete for the TheatreWorks' world premiere of the musical A Christmas Memory, starring Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller. Broadway writers Larry Grossman and Carol Hall collaborate on the production, which will arrive in Palo Alto, CA, Dec. 1.

Penny Fuller
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Based on Truman Capote's sepia-hued memoir of his childhood, A Christmas Memory has a score by Grossman (Minnie's Boys, Snoopy!!!, A Doll's Life), lyrics by Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and a book by screenwriter Poole, who also penned the 1997 teleplay of Capote's short story.

TheatreWorks artistic director Robert Kelley stages the production that will officially open Dec. 4 for a holiday run through Dec. 26.

Fuller (Dividing the Estate, A New Brain) will portray Aunt Sook, opposite young, Bay Area actor Gabriel Hoffman as Buddy. The cast will also include Eileen Barnett, Jennifer Chapman, Richard Farrell, Joshua Park and Cathleen Riddley.

TheatreWorks describes the musical as "a wistful memoir of cherished youth, chronicling a young boy's loving friendship with an eccentric aunt in a small Southern town in the 1930s, where misfits Buddy and Sook launch kites, haunt speakeasies, and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt."

Grossman penned the music to Minnie's Boys, Goodtime Charley, A Doll's Life and Grind. Hall is best known for the score to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Poole also penned the 1997 made-for-television adaptation of "A Christmas Memory."

The musical adaptation of A Christmas Memory received a stage reading in March 2010 by The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH, and had developmental workshops at TheatreWorks in May and September 2010.

For tickets phone (650) 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.

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