ROADSIDE - musical adaptation

Roadside - by The York Theatre Company at The Theatre at Saint Peter's - Citigroup Center (619 Lexington Avenue (54th Street)) New York, NY - November 13-December 23, 2001

A musical adaptation of the Lynn Riggs play Roadside by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt was performed at the Irving Arts Center's Dupree Theater's Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas February 16 through March 3, 2001.

Cast of Characters
Pap Raider - Randy Tallman
Amos K. (Buzzey) Hale - Stan Graner
Hannie Raider - Julie Johnson
Red Ike - Ryan Appleby
Black Ike - Steve Barcus
Texas - Jonathan Beck Reed
The Verdigree Marshall - Richard Estes
Neb, the Jailer - Rick Prada
Judge Snodgrass - Jerry Haynes
Miz Foster - Lois Sonnier

Nyela Basney - piano
Mike Cruciger - banjo & guitar
Dave Yonley - fiddle

Veteran tunesmiths Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt have revisited this early work they abandoned decades ago to create The Fantasticks. The script is adapted from a play by the author of Green Grow the Lilacs, which inspired Oklahoma! Roadside can't approach that legendary musical, but the cast assembled by producer Steven Jones and director Drew Scott Harris regularly elevates the material.
Julie Johnson is particularly delightful as a strong-willed (and strong-voiced) woman of the west whose free-spirited ways clash with social restrictions of the early 20th century.

After a three-week run at Lyric Stage, the show (with most of the same cast), moved to Granbury, where it was right at home (Perry Stewart).
Granbury Opera House, 116 E Pearl St, Granbury, (866) 572-0881
Two hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.
Mar 09 through April 1, 2001

Tom Jones (book & lyrics) Harvey Schmidt (music) Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt wrote The Fantasticks for a summer theatre at Barnard College. Since its Off-Broadway opening in May 1960, it has gone on to become the longest running production in the history of the American theatre. Their first Broadway show, 110 in the Shade, was nominated for a Tony Award and was successfully revived by the New York City Opera. I DO! I DO!, their two character musical starring Mary Martin and Robert Preston, was a success on Broadway and on tour, and is frequently done around the country and the world. (One production, at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Minneapolis, played for twenty-two continuous years with the same two actors in the leading roles.) For several years Jones and Schmidt worked privately at Portfolio, their theatre workshop, concentrating on small-scale musicals in new and often un-tried forms. The most notable of these efforts were Celebration, which moved to Broadway, and Philemon, which won an Outer Critics Circle Award. In 1998, The Show Goes On, a musical revue featuring their theatre songs and starring Jones and Schmidt, was presented in New York to great acclaim. Mirette, their musical based on the award-winning children's book, was premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut and was performed last year at Lyric Stage in Irving. In addition to an Obie Award and the 1992 Special Tony Award for The Fantasticks, Jones and Schmidt are the recipients of the prestigious ASCAP-Richard Rodgers Award for 1993. In February of 1999 they were inducted into the Broadway Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theatre, and on May 3rd, 1999, their "stars" were added to the Off-Broadway Walk of Fame outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Lynn Riggs Memorial