Charming Billy: Stage Adaptation of Alice McDermott's National Book Award-Winning Novel
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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Good..but several of the female actresses were hard to hear. Also, the wigs used were so obvious that it cheapened the experience.
The flashbacks were well done. Music enhanced the performance. Set design was perfect.
I do not think though that this production has enough to go to the next level (ie.August Osage County).
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- Learn more about playwright/director <a target="_blank" href="http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/about-us/staff/theatre-leadership/">Blake Robison</a>.
- For an NPR interview with <em>Charming Billy</em> author Alice McDermott, click <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec98/mcdermott_11-20.html">here</a>.
In a small Bronx bar, a funeral party has gathered to honor Billy Lynch. Through the night, his friends and family weave together the tale of a husband, lover, dreamer, and storyteller, but also that of a hopeless drunk whose immense charm was but a veil over a lifetime of secrets and all-consuming sorrow.
Charming Billy is a masterful look at how a community can pin its dreams to one man, and how good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide. Blake Robison directs his stage adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Bethesda’s Alice McDermott, a National Book Award winner.