The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Tony Award-Winning Musical
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The last date listed for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was Saturday July 9, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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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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Good cast and an enjoyable story with some good songs thrown in. Including audience members in the play was fun too. Overall good entertainment. The only short-coming for me was that the seats were a bit cramped and uncomfortable.
Quotes & Highlights
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ran for 1,136 performances on Broadway earning the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.
- Learn more about the history of Spelling Bee.
This six-time nominated Tony Award winning musical tells the story of five eccentric kids vying for First Prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Competition. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, this show exudes humor, originality, and poignancy.
Spelling Bee is directed by Christina A. Coakley, who co-directed Keegan’s Helen Hayes Recommended A Man of No Importance last season.
This unique musical comedy features Keegan favorites Michael Innocenti, Katie McManus, Madeline Botteri, Chris Mueller, Shayna Blass and Dan Van Why. Making their Keegan debut are Tina Ghandchilar, RaMond Thomas, and Dan Sonntag.
“Church Street is the perfect venue for the Bee,” Coakley explains. “Formerly the Holton-Arms school gymnasium, this theater with just over 120 seats, delivers unmatched intimacy. Our dynamic cast transports you into the private dreams and public humiliations of these awkward adolescents (and adults).”
“Initially, it was the score that drew me to the piece,” continues Coakley. “Finn is known for his complex compositions and relevant lyrics. However, Sheinkin’s Tony Award-winning book completes this unique package. What excites me the most about this show is the potential for modifications.”
The show is crafted so that topical references never go stale—no two shows are the same. Pieces of the text are altered at least weekly to remain relevant and fresh, and four audience volunteers are selected to participate in the Bee at each performance.
About the Ticket Supplier: Keegan Theatre
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.