RTP’s ‘Sister Series’ starts off with the obscure musical gem ‘Glory Days’
No, this is not a play with music by Bruce Springsteen. It is a little known musical that originated at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia and then moved to Broadway, where it had a quick death, closing on opening night.
Too good for Broadway by all accounts.
Lucian Restivo, Associate Producing Director of the Richmond Triangle Players, was a young impressionable theatre lover who saw this play in its original Virginia run and wanted to stage it or be in it ever since.
With RTP’s “Sister Series,” Restivo gets his wish as director of the production. He has enlisted the fabulous Leilani Giles to be his musical director.
The ‘Sister Series’ is a new venture for RTP wherein they produce a series of plays that have short runs and modest budgets. It is an opportunity to produce new or challenging works which might otherwise not get a full production. It allows young talent a chance to produce, direct and act at a professional house.
RTP plans five shows in this series.
Glory Days is a musical, with music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire and a book by James Gardiner, about four high school friends reuniting a year after graduation. Like many reunion scripts before it, Glory Days reunites a tight knit band of brothers who find that separating from the group has allowed some to find their individuality and their identities.
One of the group of four has had the opportunity to come to terms with his sexuality and comes out as a gay man to his buddies. This group had defined themselves in high school by their macho ethic and the revelation turns friend against friend with recriminations fracturing the foundation of the group’s bond.
The plot explores the meaning of friendship and forces some to confront the fact that their good friend had always been gay.
Not all friends are horrified. One may even welcome the news (wink wink).
Even if the story isn’t as fresh as a daisy, the play’s structure calls for four beautiful boys to sing in four part harmony and that is exciting news indeed.
Restivo has assembled a quartet who are beautiful as well as talented.
Dan Cimo has thrilled audiences this past season in both TheatreLAB’s “Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play” and RTP’s very own “Buyer and Cellar,” a spectacular one man show about keeping watch over Barbara Streisand’s mall like basement (for which he should have been nominated for an Artsie, but was tragically overlooked).
Luke Newsome is fresh off RTP’s mega success The Boy From Oz, where he played Peter Allen’s AIDS’s stricken lover.
Ian Page spent the first half of the year being “Suddenly Seymour” in Swift Creek Mill’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Sean Dunavant has yet to have a breakout role in town but was a standout in 5th Wall’s Carrie and has been chorus support for many top notch musicals. I have heard a snippet of a solo he sings from this play posted on Facebook that is truly angelic. Watch it. It’s worth the price to see this talent on the rise.
Speaking of price, it’s only $10.00! It only runs August 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m (doors and bar open at 7:15!) So don’t piddle around ordering tickets. At the fabulously marqueed Richmond Triangle Players Theatre at 1300 Altamont Avenue in Scott’s Addition. Tickets at rtriangle.org or (804) 346-8113.
See you there!
Have a few cups of spiked eggnog and get over to RTP.November 29, 2016
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