Think of it as An L.A. Songwriter in King Arthur's Court.
Knight Life, a new musical comedy by '60s pop tunesmith Jeff Barry and former sitcom producers Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser, premieres March 15 at Santa Barbara's Granada Theatre. Ovation Award winner Michael Michetti directs the Music Theatre of Santa Barbara production.
Knight Life plays like a straight forward Medieval tale — there's an elderly king, who wishes to pass his kingdom on to his young daughter, who, in turn, must pick a suitable husband. But this comic land is packed with a plotting trophy wife, a noble peasant seeking a change of status as a knight of the realm, a minstrel who discovers rock 'n' roll and a feminist princess.
Barry's successful songwriting career includes the hits "Doo Wah Diddy," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Leader of the Pack," Iko, Iko" and "Chapel of Love," as well as the theme song to "Family Ties." Sternin and Fraser produced TV's "Who's the Boss?" and "The Nanny."
Knight Life features Rende Rae Norman, Chad Broden, Paul Green, Kirsten Benton and Gibby Brand. Tickets are $16.50-$58. For reservations, call (805) 966-2324. The Granada Theater is located at 1216 State Street.
— By Christine Ehren