|Rogue Music Theatre selects Happy Days -- A New Musical for Summer 2013
The lovable old sitcom gang is back, this time with dancing shoes on their feet and new songs in their heart. For television viewers of a certain age, the characters of Happy Days -- A New Musical -- Richie, Joanie, Potsie, Chachi, the Fonz -- will need no introduction. Like old friends, they are instantly recognizable and comforting -- our ageless tour guides through a theatrical time warp. With script by the show's originator, Garry Marshall, and score by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams, it's the genuine article!
After considering many possibilities, Rogue Music Theatre's board selected this new musical, never before performed in the area, for its annual production. It offers young actors some major roles and ties into the Back to the '50's theme that is a Grants Pass favorite..
The original sitcom ran from 1974 to 1984, but the era it evoked was Milwaukee circa 1959, a time of drive-ins and sock hops, a period when adolescent rebellion meant wearing a leather jacket -- with the collar up -- while cruising around on a motorcycle.
A pleasing stroll down memory lane, Happy Days -- A New Musical offers the stage equivalent of a yearbook flashback, revisiting the sitcom characters exactly as we remember them --
endearingly archetypal characters. Paul Williams' songs channel an infectious doo-wop beat and are punctuated with the sitcom's original and familiar theme song at key intervals.
Happy Days is becoming a favorite for small-town regional theaters. The humor is family-friendly and the transgressive pleasures -- few that there are -- possess a winking innocence.
Happy Days runs two weekends: Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 8 at 2 PM.
Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 15 at 2 PM.
WE HAVE MOVED. WE WILL PERFORM AT THE GRANTS PASS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, NOT AT THE ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOWL.