The book for SCKBSTD is by Clay McLeod Chapman (Hostage Song). Music is by Grammy Award winner Hornsby; lyrics are co-written by Hornsby and his friend and fellow Virginian Chip deMatteo. Hornsby is a native of Hampton Roads, the name given to the Norfolk area.
Producers characterize the show as such: "A stranger [Cuccioli] comes to a small town with a terrible secret. His presence has unintended consequences for a doctor [Lovett] and his wife [Paice]. Fear and paranoia grow when a child goes missing. In the end an unbearable loss brings a family and a town back together."
Here is a look at the cast in rehearsal with Hornsby, musical director Kim Grigsby and choreographer Scott Wise:
Jill Paice, Marcus Lovett, Kevin Mambo Rehearse Bruce Hornsby's SCKBSTD
In addition to former Jekyll and Hyde star Cuccioli, who will play mysterious stranger Norman Rhodes, the Jan. 18-Feb. 6, 2011, production by Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, VA, will feature Kevin Mambo (Fela!), Jill Paice (Woman in White, Curtains, 39 Steps), William Parry (of the original Sunday in the Park With George), Marcus Lovett (King David, Aspects of Love), Jayne Paterson (Les Miz, A Little Night Music), Brynn Williams (13, Bye Bye Birdie), Riley Costello (Everyday Rapture, 13, Bye Bye Birdie), Garrett Long (South Pacific, Off-Broadway's The Spitfire Grill), Rosa Curry (The Rocky Horror Shoe, Steel Pier), Karl Warden, Eugene Barry-Hill (The Lion King) and Ken Cavett.
Hornsby, a Williamsburg, VA, native, had a hit with "The Way It Is," performed by Hornsby and the Range. The singer-musician-writer draws on rock, bluegrass, jazz and more for his sound. For more information about Virginia Stage Company, visit vastage.com.