Redhouse's ON GOLDEN POND Starring TV Star Fred Grandy Opens at Redhouse at City Center, 3/8
Redhouse Arts Center is thrilled to inaugurate its new City Center home with Ernest Thompson's classic On Golden Pond. Performances will take place March 8-18, 2018 and will mark the first performances at the brand new Redhouse at City Center, located at 400 South Salina Street, which boasts three new theatres, an attached parking garage, full service concession, larger lobby space, and much, much more. The show will feature actor and TV star Fred Grandy, lovingly know as "Gopher" by his millions of fans around the world who watched him on the long-running TV Series The Love Boat. On Golden Pond was adapted to an academy award winning movie in 1981 which starred Henry Fonda who won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor in what was his final film role. Don't miss this gorgeously witty and heart warming classic featuring an all star cast.
On Golden Pond charts the poignant love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a curmudgeonly retired professor nearing 80. Ethel, 10 years younger, delights in the small things that have enriched their long life together. Their respite is interrupted by the arrival of their estranged daughter, her fiancé , and his teenage son. When Norman develops an unlikely friendship with the boy, it reinvigorates the grumpy retired professor and highlights the rocky relationship between this father and his now middle-aged daughter. As the summer days grow short, there is still time for their family to heal, and to rediscover the joys in everyday life. On Golden Pond is a touching and funny observance of life, family and the "golden years".
Redhouse has put together an all-star cast for this inaugural MainStage production at City Center. Actor Fred Grandy stars as Norman Thayer alongside his real-life daughter broadway star Marya Grandy as Chelsea. This will mark the first time the Grandys portray father and daughter together on stage. Although best known for his role of Gopher on the hit TV series The Love Boat, Fred Grandy has most recently been seen as the lecherous Dr. Ledreau on the long running Fox/ Hulu series The Mindy Project and will appear in the upcoming Nickelodeon series, Knight Squad. On stage he starred this fall in the premiere of the new comedy Dinner at Five in Denver and has been seen as JB Biggley in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In addition to acting Fred has also served four consecutive terms in the United States Congress. Marya Grandy is familiar to New York audiences from her roles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Closer Than Ever and Boadway's Les Miserables. Her television/film credits include Chicago P.D., Rescue Me, Conviction, Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. Also starring alongside them will be television, movie and stage actress Jan Radcliff portraying the role of Ethel. In addition to extensive voice over and on-camera commercial work, Jan's film credits include Salvation Boulevard starring Pierce Brosnan and Ed Harris and Cripple starring Tom Berrenger, Aaron Paul and Celia Weston. More recently she was seen in the HBO movie, Confirmation.
Local young actor Justin Dunn of Fayetteville will star as Billy Jr. the teenage son of Chelsea (Marya Grandy). Redhouse audiences will recognize Justin whose previous credits include include, Little Boy in Ragtime, Oliver in Oliver!, Young Tarzan in Tarzan, Young Roo in Seussical and Seagull in Little Mermaid to name a few. Other titled roles include Fritz/Hanz in The Nutcracker (Syracuse City Ballet), Milky White in Into the Woods (Montessori School of Syracuse), and Young Evers/Elmer in The Steadfast (Appleseed Productions). Rounding out the cast is Redhouse favorite John Bixler who was most recently seen on stage at the Redhouse in Six Degrees of Separation. Other Redhouse performances include Passion Play, Big Fish, Broadway Bound,and MacBeth (SALT Award - Best Actor) to name a few. He was most recently seen onstage at Connecticut Repertory Theater as Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off! John will also be seen in the upcoming Redhouse production of La Cage aux Folles.
Vincent J. Cardinal returns to direct On Golden Pond (The Little Dog Laughed, Six Degrees of Separation). Mr Cardinal is the Arthur and Martha Hearron endowed Professor of Musical Theatre, Chair of the Department of Musical Theatre, and Professor of Music at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of Michigan. Previously, Cardinal was the Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut. Vince is a graduate in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where he was honored with the ASCAP- Cole Porter Award for Best-Collected Work, Cardinal's plays have been produced internationally, including "The Colorado Catechism," which premiered at Circle Repertory Company. The Los Angeles production of the play garnered actors Timothy Daly and Amy Van Nostrand Dramalogue Awards for Best Performances. Cardinal has directed productions from coast-to-coast including the premieres of Killing El Cid by Dan Shea and Disengaged by Anita Gabrowsek. He recently directed Terrence Mann in My Fair Lady and Man of La Mancha, Pat Sajak in The Odd Couple and The Drowsy Chaperone, Steve Hayes in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jerry Adler and Richard Kline in The Sunshine Boys, and Leslie Uggams in Gypsy.
Other production crew include Production/Technical Director Joshua Reid, Lighting Designer Marie Yokoyama, Set Design by Timothy Brown, Sound Design by Anthony Vadala, Costume Designer Raven Ong and Stage Manager Victoria Whooper.
On Golden Pond runs from March 8-18th at the new Redhouse at City Center located at 400. South Salina Street. On site parking is available in the attached garage on Clinton Street. For tickets and information on On Golden Pond, call the Redhouse Arts Center box office at (315) 362-2785 or visit www.theredhouse.org.