“A Lug Nut’s Christmas” – VA Rep’s Doo-Wop Holiday Performance has Roots in RVA
Virginia Repertory Theatre will be presenting A Lug Nut’s Christmas, an original holiday doo-wop musical, at Hanover Tavern starting Nov. 29 and running through Jan. 5.
The musical is written and directed by Bruce Craig Miller who has served as the artistic director of Virginia Repertory Theatre for the past 38 years.
“A Lug Nut’s Christmas is a doo wop holiday musical centering on a fictional group called the Lug Nut’s who sang their way into the hearts of Mechanicsville in the 1960’s and 70’s,” Miller said. “Mechanicsville is a neighboring community to Hanover Tavern and so we focused the story around the community that surrounds the theatre.”
The Lug Nut’s are four grease monkeys who reunite to perform a special holiday concert. The cast includes Jody Ashworth, Ford Flannagan, Steve Travers and Eric Williams performing classics such as “Little Darlin”, “Book of Love”, and “Up on the Roof”.
Jason Marks serves as the musical director for the play which features about 20 songs which Miller said spoke to him. The process for writing the play started with the music according to Miller.
“The music that is in the play is the music that I grew up with in the 60’s and 70’s and I’ve always loved it and I know other people my age love it and its classic a cappella music,” said Miller.
“And so we were inspired by the music to do a show about a fictional local group that became famous locally singing this music and local venues so it’s a little bit a tour of what Greater Richmond was like in the 1960’s and 70’s.”
“I round up with a group of about 50 songs that I loved and then connecting them in a plot that is very loose and secondary to the music itself but nonetheless we connect them in a plot and then we round up with 20 songs rather than 50, so I had to narrow it down considerably,” Miller said.
The musical is one to get the audience into the holiday spirit. Miller said the play could be considered a tribute to those who lived through that time and serve as a trip down memory lane.
“It’s a very Richmond show and a very 60’s show, so if that has appeal to people that is what the show is,” Miller said. “I am a Richmond native so this is very much the life that I lived growing up as a teenager in Richmond.”
Miller said he and Marks have been working with the cast on making the show about having a fun around the holiday season.
“The thing that has been the most fun is teaching these songs to a group of performers, many of whom had never heard them before and were not alive at the time,” Miller said. “So a lot of them are learning the songs for the first time and falling in love with the songs for the first time so it’s great to see them get excited about songs that are definitely a part of my youth.”
Miller said the people who will really enjoy this musical will be those who love the music of the 60’s and 70’s but the overall message of the play is to get together and have a fun evening.
The musical will open on Friday, Nov. 29 at Hanover Tavern and will run through Sunday, Jan. 5. For tickets can be obtained by calling the box office at (804) 282-2620 or visiting the Virginia Repertory Theatre website.
The Bottom Line: Light, feel good holiday/variety show play. Lots of charm and laughs. Just what Santa ordered. The women are in rare form at the Hanover Tavern where the Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Victory Trinity Church has “lost” their blue Crèche baby Jesus. He might be stolen. Yes. “Blue.” The reason might have [...]December 5, 2016
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