Photo Flash: First Look at Cast of MOONSHINE: THAT HEE HAW MUSICAL; New Production Details Announced!
Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, a new musical comedy with music and lyrics by award-winning songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally and a book by Robert Horn. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical begins previews on Wednesday, September 2 and runs through October 11, with press opening on Friday, September 18. Tickets for Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical are on sale now at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org.
"DTC is thrilled to launch our 2015-16 season with this hilarious world premiere musical," said DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. "Creating and nurturing new work is at the center of our mission at DTC. MOONSHINE is a brand new, funny, smart musical created by a team of artists who are at the center of contemporary country music in Nashville and Broadway musical theater."
Hilarious and downright irreverent, Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical distills the spirit of an iconic television series and bottles it into an original musical comedy! Set in present-day Kornfield Kounty, this highly anticipated show introduces a new generation of irresistible characters as it tells the story of Misty Mae, the ultimate hometown girl who heads out to follow her dreams in the big city... of Tampa. When she returns home to introduce her slick city-boy beau to her friends and family, everything goes haywire! Featuring an original score by Grammy® Best New Artist nominee Brandy Clark and Grammy® Award winning songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (two of today's most critically acclaimed country music singer/songwriters), a book by Robert Horn, direction by Gary Griffin, choreography by Denis Jones and orchestrations by Tony® and Grammy® Award winner Stephen Oremus, Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical gets the Broadway treatment with its eagerly awaited world premiere at DTC.
"We're so thrilled to get to debut MOONSHINE in Dallas, a city that we both love so much," said Clark and McAnally. "The process of writing a musical is new for us, but we're having so much fun and can't wait for audiences to get to see what we've been working on with this fantastic team."
Ken Clark; Justin Guarini, of American Idol fame; Rose Hemingway from the Tony Award®-nominated How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; and Ryah Nixon all make their DTC debuts as the leads of this knock-out cast. Also making their DTC debuts are Mackenzie Bell; P. J. Benjamin; Kevin Cahoon; Travis Kirk Coombs; Katherine McMillan; Harris Milgrim; Rob Morrison; Adam Perry; Aaron Ramey; and Jonalyn Saxer. DTC alums John Campione (LES MISERABLES) and Julie Johnson (Sense and Sensibility; A Christmas Carol, The Rocky Horror Show and Cabaret) round out the cast.
Kornfield Kounty is brought to life by the creative and design team including David Bova (Wig Desing), Tony® Award-winner John Lee Beatty (Set Design), Mara Blumenfeld (Costume Design), Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Tony® Award-winner John Shivers (Sound Design) and Tara Rubin (Casting). Beatty's set reaches out to the audience and takes them on a journey that they soon won't forget. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical is a story about community and it wouldn't be a community without the musicians on stage as a part of Kornfield Kounty as well. Musicians include Dominick Amendum (Conductor/Piano), Steve Bartosik (Drums/Percussion), Bob Baxmeyer (Steeles, Mandolin, Banjo), Peggy Honea (Upright Bass), John Lee (Guitar), and Dale Morris Jr. (Fiddle).
Tickets for Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $18 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202. All performances of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical will take place at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street, where it runs Sept. 2 - Oct. 11, 2015. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical begins previews on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30pm with a Pay-What-You-Can performance. The press opening will take place on Friday, Sept. 18 at 8:00pm. DTC's Come Early sponsored by Wells Fargo will take place one hour before every performance and will be led by a member of the Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical team. Patrons will have the opportunity to learn about the play prior to viewing the production. DTC's Stay Late presented by Dr Pepper Snapple will take place after each performance and will be led by Julie Johnson. Patrons will have the opportunity to engage with artists, learn about the production and share insights about the play in a lively discussion. Details for Come Early and Stay Late are available online.
Dallas Theater Center gratefully acknowledges Executive Producing Partners brierley+partners, Sidley Austin LLP, and Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District; and Assistant Producing Partner Lucchese Boots. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and a presentation of the Kimberley and Scott Sheffield Musical Theater Series.
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