Lies and Legends (musical)

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Lies and Legends is play of Harry Chapin story songs that was assembled after his death. The play premiered in Chicago in 1983. A cast album from a play was also released on vinyl in 1984. This musical is still performed around the country to this day.

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Notable performances

1980s

1983

1985

  • April 24 - Village Gate, NYC. It ran for 79 shows. The cast was Joanna Glushak, John Herrera, Terri Klausner, Ron Orbach and Martin Vidnovic.[2]
  • May 23 - Centre Stage Company at the Bluma Appel Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada. The play ran through June 22. The cast included: Kevin Hicks, Vince Metcalfe, Diane Stapley, Moira Walley, and Alec Willows. The play was direct by Richard Ouzounian.[3][4]

1986

  • August - Theatre Three in the Quadrangle.[5]

1988

  • July 29 - Pasadena Playhouse in CA. Performances run through September 11. The cast included John Herrera, Amanda McBroom, George Ball, Ron Orbach and Valerie Perri. Perri received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for her performance.[6]

1989

1990s

1991

  • March - Macon State College Impromptu Players in Macon, GA. Performed under the name Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin.

1992

  • Blackfriars Theatre in Rochester, NY. Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin was the first production of the 1992-1993 season.[8] The cast included Nicolette Hart.[9]

1995

  • September 20 - Appleseed Productions in Syracuse, NY. Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin.

1997

  • June 26 - Belvidere, IL. From June 26 to 28. Posting on the Harry Chapin message board at the now-defunct Harry Chapin Fan Pages.
  • August - South Bend Civic Theater in South Bend, IN.[10]

1998

  • January 29 - Sonoma County Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, CA. Thursday-Saturday February 15th. Sarcastic review includes such witticisms as "..more than two hours of antiquated folk music can certainly lead you to believe that the end is near--or at least make you wish it were..."[11]

2000s

2000

  • February 29 - Encore Room Theatre at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, FL. The show ran through May 21st. The performance was directed by Christopher Bishop and starred Bishop, Sarah Guarnaccia, Barry Tarallo, and Amy Carol Webb. In the Broward Palm Beach New Times Jackie Potts observed that "If you listen with an uncynical ear, the themes of Chapin's songs -- alienation, disappointment, unrequited love, and yearning -- still resonate, some eerily so...".[12] Bill Hirschman in the Sun-Sentinel commented observes "His moving character studies of offbeat love and profound loneliness, his gentle but pointed social commentary and his joyous songs imbued with life provide the soundtrack for the interior lives of many forty- and fiftysomethings".[13] The show received 5 nominations for local Carbonell awards. Amy Carol Webb's web site has more reviews of this production.
  • May 19 - The Lost Nation Theater Company and the Montpelier High School Masque at the Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, Montpelier, VT. Lies and Legends: The Music of Harry Chapin ran through May 28.
  • July 27 - Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA. Lies and Legend: The Music of Harry Chapin was reviewed by the LA Times. Rob Stevens of Showmag.com gave this performance a great review[1] . The show ran through August 27th.
  • August 4 - Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC, Canada. Lies and Legend: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin was reviewed by Robert Mitchell of CBC who gave this production a great review.
  • August 18 - Warner Theater at the Studio Theater in Torrington, CT. Lies and Legend: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin performance dates were August 18-20 and 25-26.
  • September 20 - Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. Lies and Legend: The Music of Harry Chapin ran through October 16. Philadelphia Weekly gave this play an excellent review.[14]
  • November 3 - The Studio at Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco, CA. Lies and Legend: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin was previewed by Richard Dodds of Theater.com who previewed this show. The show ran through November 19th.

2001

  • January 14 - Swift Creek Mill Theater in Colonial Heights, VA. Harry Chapin's America: Lies & Legends played through March 25th. Performances were on Sunday and Tuesday nights.
  • January 30 - Cabaret Club of the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. Harry Chapin and Friends included the music Harry Chapin and his contemporaries. The musical revue ran through March 24.
  • May 4 - Workshop Players in Amherst, OH. The performances ran through May 30th.[2][3]
  • August - Terrific New Theatre (TNT) in the Dr. Pepper Center in Birmingham, AL. Lies & Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin played through August 28 with performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.[15]

2002

  • June 7 - The Colonial Playhouse, Johnstown, NY. Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin was performed through June 15th.[4]
  • December - Off-Broadstreet, Hopewell, PA. Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends performances ran through January 18.[5]

2004

  • January 10 - Appleseed Productions in Syracuse, NY. Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin was performed through January 24.[16]
  • April 30 - The Burlington Players, Burlington, MA. This production of Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin ran through May 22nd.
  • May 15 - North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theater, Raleigh, NC, USA. This Lies and Legends production ran through May 23rd.[6]
  • May 17 - Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. Harry Chapin: Remember the Music ran through June 13.[17] This production was also a fundraiser for World Hunger Year. Selling Bananas, T-shirts, and a recording of the performance.[18]

2006

  • July 1 - Beck Center, Cleveland, OH. Lies and Legends: The Music of Harry Chapin performances ran through July 23.[19] [20]

2007

2008

  • March 7 - M&M Productions and Ross Music Theater at Center Street Studio, Hobart, IN. Performances run through March 16th.[9]
  • July 10 - The Lost Nation Theater Company at the Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, Montpelier, VT, USA. Lies and Legends: The Music of Harry Chapin runs through July 27th.[22] [23]
  • October 17 - Mariam & Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center, Blowing Rock, NC. Lies and Legends: The Music of Harry Chapin runs through November 2nd. [10]

2010s

2010

References

  1. "Sandy Chapin Cradles Memory of her Singer-Husband". Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA): p. C-3. October 25, 1985. Retrieved 2011-12-27 . 
  2. Holden, Stephen (October 25, 1983). "The Stage: Stories by Chapin". New York Times (New York, NY): p. C-3. Retrieved 2011-12-27 . 
  3. Atkey, Mel Broadway North: The Dream of a Canadian Musical Theatre Toronto, ON, Canada: National Heritage/National History, Inc. p. 214 ISBN 1-897045-08-5. Retrieved 2011-12-27  
  4. "Lies and Legends: the Musical Stories of Harry Chapin / directed by Sam Weisman, 1985 - production photos" Centre Stage Archives University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada: World Cat 1985. Retrieved 2012-01-14  
  5. "August Event Openers". D Magazine (Dallas, TX). August 1986. Retrieved 2011-12-28 . 
  6. Sullivan, Dan (August 16, 1988). "STAGE REVIEW : 'Chapin' True to Storyteller's Moving Songs". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA). Retrieved 2011-12-27 . 
  7. "Around the State". Texas Monthly (Texas): p. 20. August 1988. Retrieved 2011-12-27 . 
  8. "History of the Blackfriars..." Blackfriars Theatre Rochester, NY. Retrieved 2012-01-14  
  9. "Nicolette Hart artist page" 2 Generations Management. Retrieved 2012-01-14  
  10. "SBCT Season Archive" South Bend, IN: South Bend Civic Theatre. Retrieved 2012-01-14  
  11. Howell, Daedalus (January 29, 1998). "Chapin Chaps: Maudlin, weepy, and humdrum, SCRT's 'Chapin' drones on". Sonoma County Independent (Sonoma County, CA). Retrieved 2011-12-27 . 
  12. Potts, Jackie. ""Cradle" Will Softly Rock". Broward-Palm Beach New Times (Palm Beach, FL). March 16, 2000. Retrieved 2012-01-14 . "If you listen with an uncynical ear, the themes of Chapin's songs -- alienation, disappointment, unrequited love, and yearning -- still resonate, some eerily so..." 
  13. Hirschman, Bill. "Tribute To Chapin Hits All The Right Notes". Sun Sentinel (Miami, FL). March 11, 2000. Retrieved 2012-01-14 . "His moving character studies of offbeat love and profound loneliness, his gentle but pointed social commentary and his joyous songs imbued with life provide the soundtrack for the interior lives of many forty- and fiftysomethings." 
  14. "2003-2004 Season" Ambler, PA: Act II Playhouse 2000. Retrieved 2012-12-18  
  15. "Ray family gives $10,000 gift for 'GWTW' expo". Gadsen Times (Gadsen, AL): p. 3. July 25, 2001. Retrieved 2011-12-28 . 
  16. Reynolds, Donna (January 9, 2004) "Idol Thoughts" Syracuse, NY: Syracuse.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18  
  17. "2003-2004 Season" Ambler, PA: Act II Playhouse 2003. Retrieved 2012-02-18  
  18. "New Stage Production Offers Harry Memorabilia to Benefit WHY". Circle!. Summer 2004. Retrieved 2012-02-18 . 
  19. "Cleveland Theatres Support BC/EFA" Actor's Equity Association January 4, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-19  
  20. Howey, Christine. "Extra Harry: Lies and Legends offers lots of an artist who was best in smaller doses.". The Scene (Cleveland, OH). Retrieved 2011-03-19 . 
  21. "Lies & Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin" Pegasus News and Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-12-28  
  22. "Lies & Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin". Seven Days (Vermont). Retrieved 2011-03-19 . 
  23. "Starring Roles" (PDF) BackStage (James Madison University): 5 Spring 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-19  
  24. Gail M. Burns (July 2010) "Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin" Williamstown, MA: GailSez. Retrieved 2011-12-27  
  25. "LIES & LEGENDS: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin" London. Ontario, Canada: The Original Kids Theatre Company. Retrieved 2011-03-19  

External links

The Rogers and Hammerstein Organization - licensing agent for the theatrical version

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