Only Two Weeks Left to See Broadway-Bound Musical NATIONAL PASTIME, Now Until 3/30
National Pastime is a new Broadway-bound musical that pays homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930's and '40s. It tells the story of WZBQ, a near bankrupt radio station in a small Depression-era town and its hometown team, the Baker City Cougars, the greatest baseball team to NEVER exist!
To bolster its abysmal ratings, the owners of WZBQ decide to revive the barnstorming local baseball team that was once the source of it broadcasting success. The team - and the town's ballpark - are long-gone. What to do? Reinvent the Cougars as an unbeatable team that only plays in Europe. Their fictional games are aired only on WZBQ and are a tremendous success with the local audience. The plan works and ratings soar ... but big trouble is just around the corner as a reporter from Life Magazine shows up do a story on the imaginary team.
The talented cast of National Pastime is directed by David Vining and MusicallyDirected by Steve Hilderbrand. It includes actress Sarah Wolter who was recently featured in Theater Works' 2013 acclaimed production of Ragtime.
Wolters is joined by Valley favorite, Joe Kremer, who has brought his considerable charisma and humor to many local stages. Their rapid-fire exchanges are reminiscent of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby.
Rounding out the cast are Ian Christiansen, Tony Blosser, Anne-Marie O'Reilly, Scott Hyder, Michael Schwenke, Lee Pitts, Lindsay Newhard, Samantha Isley, Alexandra Utpadel and Alanna Kalbfleish.
Throughout its development, National Pastimehas entertained audiences across the US and is now making its Arizona debut at Theater Works before making its way back to New York for an anticipated Broadway run in 2015.
National Pastime runs through March 30, 2014.