The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
April 17 & 18, 2015
Directed by Ron Daum, Musical Direction by Alan D. Lytle
Series sponsor is Dr. Fritz Camp
Based on the classic story by James Thurber
Book by Joe Manchester
Music by Leon Carr and Lyrics by Earl Shuman
Ticket prices are $20 for all seats.
Venue: Side Door Stage in Lakewood Center for the Arts
Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or purchase tickets securely online.
Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.
This musical version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty depicts Mitty (Alan Anderson) at age 40, tempted by "would-be chanteuse" Willa De Wisp (Cassi Quinn Kohl) to leave his wife Agnes (Margo Schembre) and really live "the Secret Life".Lakewood's ensemble cast also features Darren Hurley, Teresa Renee Lawrence, Sammuel Hawkins, Annika Cutler, Dennis Corwin, and Terra Lynn Hill.
Plot: On his 40th birthday, Walter Mitty reflects on his drab, ordinary life. Defeated in his quest for wealth and glory by family responsibilities, a mortgage, and a routine job, he creates elaborate fantasies in which he is the hero. His secret world is so enticing that he often loses sight of the boundary between dream and reality and comically slips into his imagination. An attractive would be chanteuse aptly named Willa de Wisp encourages Walter to leave his wife, shed the burdens of suburban living and really live the secret life.
History of the Play
The popular James Thurber short story was adapted for the stage in 1964 by Joe Manchester. It features 17 songs, with lyrics by Earl Shuman and music by Leon Carr. The musical opened off-Broadway at the Players Theatre on October 26, 1964, and ran for 96 performances.Time magazine referred to the musical's plot as having been "boldly extrapolated" from the short story, and called the result "a thoroughly pleasant musical evening.” Columbia Records issued an original cast recording on LP, also dated 1964.
The musical was recorded by Columbia Records. The score is by Leon Carr, a composer best known for writing TV jingles (“Sometimes you feel like a nut …”), with lyrics by Earl Shuman. Marc London, an actor who also wrote for Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, played Mitty, along with Emmy-winner Cathryn Damon (TV’s Soap), Lorraine Serabian (Tony® nominee as The Leader in Zorba) and the late Rue McClanahan.
About the original creative team:
JOE MANCHESTER (Book): Born in New London, CT on March 17, 1932. Educated at Carnegie Tech (playwriting major) and New York Law School. He has written TV and screenplays in addition to plays. Frequent lec-turer in high schools and colleges on the subject of theater. Produced the Broadway play, The Deadly Game by Friedrich Duerrenmatt, which was chosen as one of the ten best plays of 1959-60 by Louis Kronenberger. His other plays include Balloon Shot, Except for Susie Finkel, and Run Thief Run!.
LEON CARR (Music): Songwriter of "See the USA in Your Chevrolet," "Gina," "Hey There, Lonely Boy," was a composer, arranger, pianist and conductor. Mr Carr was educated at Pennsylvania State University and a student of the Schillinger System at New York University. He led his own dance orchestra at college, and wrote college musicals. Arriving in New York in 1935, he wrote special material for night clubs, and later, television commercials, and the off-Broadway musical "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".Carr's marketing jingles are among the best known in the history of commercials. His biggest non-jingle hit was "There's No Tomorrow," a parody of "O Sole Mio," which was popularized by Tony Martin in the film Two Tickets to Broadway and spent 27 weeks on the Billboard charts in 1949, peaking at #2. Carr's other popular-song compositions include "Bell Bottom Blues," "Hotel Happiness," "Herthquake," "Hey There Lonely Girl," "Your Socks Don't Match," "A Man Could Be a Wonderful Thing," "Goblins in the Steeple," "Big Name Button," "If You Smile at the Sun," "Skiddle-Diddle-Dee," "Should I Wait?," "Our Everlasting Love," "Another Cup of Coffee," "Most People Get Married," "Clinging Vine," "Marriage Is for Old Folks," "The Secret Life," and "Confidence."
About the Venue
Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue. Seating is general admission in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages are available to purchase before and during the show.
The Lost Treasures Collection
The Lost Treasures Collection is a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version by Lakewood Theatre Company. In 2013 Lakewood's Lost Treasure Collection series received a PAMTA "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre" award. All shows is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production). The 2014/15 theme is men and supermen. Our series sponsor for all three shows is Dr. Fritz Camp.
Ron Daum, Curator/Director
Alan D. Lytle, Music Director
Alan Anderson as Walter Mitty