Lakewood Theatre Company to Premiere New Comedy 'BULLSHOT CRUMMOND'
Action-packed B-movie adventure explodes on stage as British hero Bullshot Crummond once again pits his dull wits against arch enemy Otto Von Bruno with the help of hi-speed planes, trains and automobiles, plus a rocket car, tramp steamer and flying carpet thrown into the fun mix. March 4 - April 10, 2016. The show sponsors are Samantha Richardson and Work for Art.This world premiere sequel follows in the footprints of its award-winning forerunner, Bullshot Crummond, the legendary comedy that has been leaving audiences laughing for the last 42 years (including a 5-year run in San Francisco and a movie adaptation produced by George Harrison's HandMade Films).
Stage direction for Lakewood's premiere production is by Alan Shearman (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Producers, Boeing-Boeing). Performances continue through April 10 with the following schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (March 6, 13 and 20) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (March 13, 20 and April 3, 10). There are also two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM (March 23 and April 6). The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Ticket prices are $32/adults and $30/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or order online at www.lakewood-center.org
Special performance note: On Wednesday, March 23, the theatre continues the popular program called WOW: 25-35. For people 35 and under tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour prior to that performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines. Come enjoy wine paired with a show at a discounted price. The "True" Story: On the eve of his wedding to Rosemary Fenton, Hugh Bullshot Crummond learns that Dr. "Cuckoo" Croxley, a preeminent figure in the field of invisibility, has escaped from the very lunatic asylum that Crummond had him committed to a year earlier. Fearing revenge on his bride, Crummond races to Rosemary's side and attempts to catch the invisible fugitive. In vast leaps of logic and paranoia, Crummond deduces that his archenemy Otto Von Bruno is behind it all and plans to use the Doctor's invisible skills to hijack Queen Nefertiti's precious ancient crown for its mystical powers that could enable world domination. The chase is on with the wrecking of a London to Paris express train, a race between a plane and a tramp steamer, and another between a rocket car and a flying carpet. Everything culminates at the invisible mythical city of Jabar somewhere in the Sahara. Mirage or real? It remains to be seen...
This true story has all the hallmarks of complete fabrication as Captain Crummond characteristically blunders his way into saving the world from Von Bruno's evil clutches while accidentally allowing Scotland to slip into the North SeaŠ and oblivion. Wall-to-wall special effects and high adventure thrills add to the side-splitting fun.
The show stars Spencer Conway as Hugh 'Bullshot' Crummond, Stephanie Heuston (Monty Python's Spamalot) as vamp villainess Lenya Von Bruno, Kelly Stewart (The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as imperiled English heroine Rosemary and Rick Warren (The Producers) as Otto Von Bruno, the 'Second Most Dangerous Man in the World.' The remaining dozen characters are shared in two tour-de-force performances: Andrew Harris (Sweat Comedy Group) plays a slew of characters from an Upper Class English twit, to a one-eyed rug dealer and a scatterbrained professor. Burl Ross (The Producers, Monty Python's Spamalot, Young Frankenstein) ably competes by playing everything else, from a frumpy Aunt to an Ancient Egyptian slave commander and a mad inventor trapped in his self-created world of invisibility,
The creative team includes stage director Alan Shearman, scenic designer John W. Gerth, lighting designer Mark LaPierre, costumer Margaret Louise Chapman and stage manager/prop master Felix Kelsey. Hair design is by Jane Holmes, sound design is by Sharath Patel, the technical director is Kurt Herman and the producers are Kay Vega and Steve Knox.