National Pastime: A World Premiere Baseball Musical From Keegan Theatre
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The last date listed for National Pastime was Sunday May 15, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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A darkly cynical drama about party compromise, complete with last-minute backroom deal-making, this revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 hit The Best Man is as timely and topical as ever. This inside look at the double- and triple-crossing that occurs during a presidential race tells the story of two men battling for the nomination, both of whom must choose between mudslinging and campaigning on the issues. The show's original Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards. Filled with Vidal's trademark verbal fire, this seminal political work, featuring Artistic Director Mark A. Rhea and Keegan company member Colin A. Smith, resonates as an exploration of how political and personal agendas can change the destiny of a nation. Learn More
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I really wanted to like this show, and at its core is a very good and novel idea, but it just doesn't work in its current form. It might work well as a screwball comedy with a tighter plot, fewer characters, and a better, more realistic ending, but it doesn't work as a musical. There are too many songs, the great majority of which are forgettable and disposable. Bless their hearts for giving a new musical a try, but it just doesn't work. I can't recommend this play.
Tony Sportiello (Book) is the author of several plays, including LOL, The Bet, Tickets, Please!, The Valley of Fear, The Grandfather Paradox, Second Chance, Love On Trial, Star Power and The Summer of Katya. Tony’s plays National Pastime and Contract Time are in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, NY. Tony is the Artistic Director of Algonquin Theater Productions and the producer of the hit shows Sessions, An Evening at The Carlyle and Shel Silverstein’s The Devil and Billy Markham.
Al Tapper (Music and Lyrics) wrote the book, music and lyrics for the Off-Broadway show Sessions, which ran for fourteen months in New York and is currently playing in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sessions is the first Off-Broadway show ever to play in Guadalajara, a city of five million people. He is also the creator of the Off-Broadway shows An Evening at The Carlyle and Imperfect Chemistry. His plays include Bettinger’s Luggage and Conversations with Max.
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Founded in 1996, The Keegan Theatre is a professional nonprofit theatre company dedicated to supporting theatre artists and technicians in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.