Tom Wopat, Joan Osborne, Garrett Long, Kevin Mambo Sing SCKBSTD Musical July 12 in NYC

News   Tom Wopat, Joan Osborne, Garrett Long, Kevin Mambo Sing SCKBSTD Musical July 12 in NYC
Tom Wopat and Joan Osborne are joining a July 12 Manhattan presentation of songs from the new Bruce Hornsby musical SCKBSTD, with composer Hornsby performing.

Tom Wopat
Tom Wopat

Osborne, the seven-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, is stepping in for actress Jill Paice, who is preoccupied with the world premiere of Death Takes a Holiday. Wopat (Catch Me If You Can) had previously appeared in readings of SCKBSTD, about a stranger who shakes things up in a town in Virginia.

The private industry presentation also features alumni from the January 2011 Virginia Stage Company production — Kevin Mambo, Bill Parry, Brynn Williams, Charles Franklin, Rosa Curry and Garrett Long. The appearance is at Jazz Standard, the room under the barbeque restaurant Blue Smoke at 116 E. 27th Street.

Industry people interested in attending the presentation can inquire via email to

Tony Award-winning director John Rando, who staged the VSC production, will narrate and explain the story. The title refers to a vanity license plate that suggests "sick bastard." The next regional step for the new show will be announced soon.

SCKBSTD had its world premiere in a popular run produced by Virginia Stage Company Jan. 18-Feb. 6 in Norfolk, VA. The show broke sales records at VSC's Wells Theatre, where leaders said on Feb. 21 that a new crowd was lured to VSC thanks to the marquee name of Hornsby, the Grammy Award-winning folk-pop songwriter who penned the show's music and lyrics. The musical has additional lyrics by Chip deMatteo and book by Clay McLeod Chapman. All three are native Virginians.

Set in Virginia, SCKBSTD – A New Musical tells of a stranger who comes to a small town, arousing paranoia and prompting changes in a handful of community members.

A joint production with commercial producers Mike Rafael and David Riemer of Spiral Staircase, the three-week not-for-profit VSC run grossed $236,363 at the Wells Theatre in Norfolk, making it the highest-grossing season production in VSC history. The show's sales exceeded VSC's world premiere of the Broadway-bound The Secret Garden.

SCKBSTD was directed by Rando (Urinetown) and choreographed by Tony winner Scott Wise. Music supervisor is Kim Grigsby.

The Norfolk staging featured former Jekyll and Hyde star Robert Cuccioli, who played mysterious stranger Norman Rhodes, plus 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 Show, Steel Pier), Karl Warden, Eugene Barry-Hill (The Lion King) and Ken Cavett.

Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby
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