Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death
A world premiere comedy in two episodes
By Ron House
Based on Bullshot Crummond by Diz White, Ron House, Alan Shearman, John Neville-Andrews and Derek Cunningham
Directed by Alan Shearman
March 4 - April 10, 2016
The show sponsors are Samantha Richardson and Work for Art.
Action-packed B-movie adventure explodes on stage as British hero Bullshot Crummond once again pits his dull wits against arch enemy Otto Von Bruno with the help of hi-speed planes, trains and automobiles, plus a rocket car, tramp steamer and flying carpet thrown into the fun mix.
This world premiere sequel follows in the footprints of its award-winning forerunner, Bullshot Crummond, the legendary comedy that has been leaving audiences laughing for the last 42 years (including a 5-year run in San Francisco and a movie adaptation produced by George Harrison’s HandMade Films).
The “True” Story: On the eve of his wedding to Rosemary Fenton, Hugh Bullshot Crummond learns that Dr. “Cuckoo” Croxley, a preeminent figure in the field of invisibility, has escaped from the very lunatic asylum that Crummond had him committed to a year earlier. Fearing revenge on his bride, Crummond races to Rosemary’s side and attempts to catch the invisible fugitive. In vast leaps of logic and paranoia, Crummond deduces that his archenemy Otto Von Bruno is behind it all and plans to use the Doctor’s invisible skills to hijack Queen Nefertiti’s precious ancient crown for its mystical powers that could enable world domination.
The chase is on with the wrecking of a London to Paris express train, a race between a plane and a tramp steamer, and another between a rocket car and a flying carpet. Everything culminates at the invisible mythical city of Jabar somewhere in the Sahara. Mirage or real? It remains to be seen...
This true story has all the hallmarks of complete fabrication as Captain Crummond characteristically blunders his way into saving the world from Von Bruno’s evil clutches while accidentally allowing Scotland to slip into the North Sea… and oblivion. Wall-to-wall special effects and high adventure thrills add to the side-splitting fun.
The show stars Spencer Conway (Superman, Bell Book and Candle) as Hugh ‘Bullshot’ Crummond, Stephanie Heuston (Monty Python’s Spamalot) as vamp villainess Lenya Von Bruno, Kelly Stewart (The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as imperiled English heroine Rosemary and Rick Warren (The Producers) as Otto Von Bruno, the ‘Second Most Dangerous Man in the World.’ The remaining dozen characters are shared by two tour-de-force performers: Andrew Harris (Sweat Comedy Group) plays a slew of characters from an Upper Class English twit, to a one-eyed rug dealer and a scatterbrained professor; and Burl Ross (The Producers, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Young Frankenstein) ably competes by playing everything else, from a frumpy Aunt to an Ancient Egyptian slave commander and a mad inventor trapped in his self-created world of invisibility,
The creative team includes stage director Alan Shearman, scenic designer John W. Gerth, lighting designer Mark LaPierre, costumer Margaret Louise Chapman and stage manager/prop master Felix Kelsey. Hair design is by Jane Holmes, sound design is by Sharath Patel, the technical director is Kurt Herman and the producers are Kay Vega and Steve Knox.
Performance schedule: Opening Friday, March 4, 2016 and continuing through April 10 with the following schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (March 6, 13 and 20) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (March 13, 20 and April 3, 10). There are also two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM (March 23 and April 6).
Ticket prices: $32/adults and $30/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Purchase Tickets.
Wine on Wednesday performance on March 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM with tickets at $25 for ages 35 and under! One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines.
Why this show?
Lakewood is committed to bringing new works to the stage. In our 63-year history we have brought more than 60 original works to life! This particular show has been several years in development and we are especially proud to work with Ron House and Alan Shearman in creating a new piece that we are sure you will enjoy.
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND MATERIAL
Low Moan Spectacular, the underground British theatre group founded by author Ron House in the early 1970s, is best known for creating the internationally acclaimed comedies El Grande de Coca-Cola, Bullshot Crummond, Footlight Frenzy and The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope. A sequel to El Grande de Coca-Cola called El Grande CIRCUS de Coca-Cola took Los Angeles by storm last summer, breaking records at the Skylight Theatre in Hollywood before transferring to the 270-seat Colony Theatre in Burbank. This year sees the sequel to Bullshot Crummond called Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bridge of Death, a comedy in two episodes, by Ron House. The world premiere opens at the Lakewood Theatre March 4 and runs through April 10, 2016.
Over the years Ron House has worked on many projects with director Alan Shearman, writing screenplays and TV scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney, ABC-TV, Showtime and HBO. Bullshot Crummond was adapted for the screen by George Harrison's HandMade Films as Bullshot and starred Alan Shearman as Bullshot Crummond and Ron House as arch enemy Otto Von Bruno.
The books of H.C. McNeile aka "Sapper," who created the wildly popular Bulldog Drummond character, inspired the original Bullshot Crummond, and this new sequel, Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death. Radio serials and movies followed the books and launched the career of Ronald Colman among others.
The Creative Team
Ron House (author) created the role of villain Otto Von Bruno in the original Bullshot Crummond. At the age of 15, he left home and traveled the world, becoming fluent in five languages. Starting his theatrical career as a member of the Second City Company, he later moved to New York with El Grande de Coca-Cola. Ron founded Low Moan Spectacular, the London underground theatre company that spawned the hit Bullshot Crummond.
The original production of the first Bullshot Crummond began at the Hampstead Theatre Club, London in 1971 to national rave reviews followed by smash-hit success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In the U.S. the show ran for five years in San Francisco and over a year in Los Angeles. In 1983 George Harrison's HandMade Films produced it as a movie. Ron's latest work, Decorum Maintained, was inspired by personal experiences while working as an under butler in the London townhouse of Klaus and Sonny Von Bulow.
Alan Shearman (Director) is delighted to be back at Lakewood, this time directing the world premiere of Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death at Lakewood, his 14th show here. Previous shows include Monty Python's Spamalot, The Producers, Boeing, Boeing and many more. Over the years, Alan has won five Best Director OTAS awards, plus two for Best Play and one for Best Musical. Since he was last here, he's directed a record-breaking production of the sequel to El Grande de Coca-Cola called El Grande CIRCUS de Coca-Cola in Los Angeles. He also co-wrote the original version that brought him to America over 40 years ago. Plans are in place to transfer the El Grande CIRUS show to London's West End within the next year. Alan is a founder/member of Low Moan Spectacular, the British comedy group with whom he also wrote Footlight Frenzy, The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope and Bullshot Crummond. Alan played the lead and co-wrote the HandMade Films movie version of Bullshot. Three of Alan's comedies have been produced at Lakewood (this is the fourth) and continue to be presented across the country and around the world. Mr. Shearman is planning to take this world premiere sequel to Hollywood for a summer 2016 production.