The Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Story” is one many of us are all too familiar with - Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean ol’ miser faces demons from Christmas past, present and future, only to learn the true spirit of the holidays. Well move over Scrooge, Conrad Ticklebottom is the new old’bag in town, and he’s got three version of the lovele Liza Maneli to contend with as he faces his own demons.
Fresh off a box-office smashing tour in Chicago, We Three Lizas, written and composed by Scott Bradley and Alan Schmuckler, is set to come to the Richmond Triangle Players stage Nov 19.
“…Schmuckler’s score includes some really lovely tunes (you could see the sweet romantic number “Please Handle With Care” becoming a new seasonal standard),” wrote Kris Vire for Time Out Chicago who highly recommended the performance. “For those in search of a little holiday irreverence, We Three Lizas 2.0 could be a new favorite carol.”
Keith Fitzgerald, the RTP production’s director, said he’s had a blast working with the cast and crew since production began in early October.
A first for Fitzgerald, the plays creators actually came to Richmond to help them fine-tune the performance. “They’re just trying to make it a better show that stands on it’s own,” he said of the trip from Bradley and Schumckler.
This means the Richmond performance will feature fresh content, including a re-written opening number.
The story of We Three Lizas is what really stuck out for Fitzgerald. A time-less tale with a holiday theme, the director said the show capitalizes on the heart.
“Part of the gifts the Lizas are convincing Conrad to get back to are things like losing the love of his life.” he said. “Bringing to light the decisions that we make sometimes negatively affect our personal lives… [when we] sacrifice for fame or fortune or money.”
But don’t let the heart-heavy message fool you – expect laughs and good time from this performace for the duration of its run.
“Be prepared to have a good time and go on the ride with cast,” said Fitzgerald.
Expect some Richmond favorites performing in the show along side some fresh new talent.
“I am thrilled we are bringing a new work work to Richmond,” said RTP’s Artistic Director Phil Crosby. This will be the mid-Atlantic premiere for the show. He was also excited the authors came to work with the production during rehearsal.