Goodtime Charley - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage under the Pavilion Tent August 27 & 28, 2021
Aug. 27 at 7:00 PM & Sat. Aug. 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Directed by Dennis Corwin.
The Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems, is back for its eleventh season at Lakewood Theatre Company on its Side Door Stage. The musical Goodtime Charley will be presented on August 27 & 28, 2021. Normally our Lost Treasures series is presented on our Side Door stage at Lakewood. For this first show, in a series of three shows, Goodtime Charley will be staged outside under our Pavilion tent to provide a COVID-19 safe environment! The shows, staged in a concert/cabaret style, are presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production)
For this production, bring your low-back lawn chairs and snacks. Beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.
The production, with stage direction by Dennis Corwin and musical direction by Jeffrey Michael Kauffman, will be performed for two performances only: Friday, August 27, and Saturday, August 28, at 7:00 PM.
The series sponsor is Fritz Camp, and the curatorial sponsor is Jack's Overhead Door. The Program Sponsors are Ed & Judy McKenney
a musical with a book by Sidney Michaels, music by Larry Grossman, and lyrics by Hal Hackady
About the show: A humorous take on actual historical events, it focuses on the Dauphin of France, who evolves from a hedonistic young man enamored of women in general (and Joan of Arc in particular) into a regal king while Joan follows her voices to her tragic fate.
The Story: Putting a comic spin on history, Goodtime Charley re-tells the story of Joan of Arc and a fun-loving, self-indulgent Dauphin of France. Charley meets his match in the Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc. With her prodding and inspiration, Charley grows from a fun-loving woman-chaser into Charles the VII, King of France, while Joan follows her voices to a greater fate as martyr and saint.
The cast of Lakewood’s production playing multiple parts in each act includes Jeremy Southard, Kelly Sina, Robert Altieri, Laura Hiszczynskyj, Sam Schultz, Christine Greenhalgh, Joe Brookhouse, and Dennis Corwin.. They are accompanied by pianist Jeffrey Michael Kauffman. The director is Dennis Corwin and music director is Jeffrey Michael Kauffman. The lighting and technical director is Demetri Pavlatos, and the producer is Steve Knox.
Ticket prices are $20 for all seats. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.
History of the Show:
The show was originally announced under the title Charley and Joan, with Al Pacino and Barbara Harris as the intended leads. It underwent extensive changes throughout its development stage, especially when Joel Grey expressed interest in playing the lead. The script and score were rewritten significantly in order to tailor the piece to his personality and talents. The producers were so keen on casting Ann Reinking as Joan they put everything on hold while she recovered from a back injury she had sustained while performing in Over Here!. The delay would prove to be damaging since Grey had been signed for the film Buffalo Bill and the Indians and had limited time to commit to the stage project.
The musical opened on Broadway on March 3, 1975, at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for only 104 performances and twelve previews, closing on May 31 when the producers were unable to find a name star to replace the departing Grey. The director was Peter H. Hunt, original choreography and staging concepts, Dennis Nahat (who brought in designers Willa Kim and Rouben Ter-Arutunian), replaced after Philadelphia by choreographer Onna White, with scenic design by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costume design by Willa Kim, lighting design by Feder and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The cast included Susan Browning, Richard B. Shull, Louis Zorich, and Grace Keagy.
A New York City revival, starring Daniel Reichard, was presented at the Arclight Theatre in September 2001.
An original cast recording was released by RCA
Tickets are $20 and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.
Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.
Dennis Corwin Curator/Director