Folk City The Musical

February 15th through March 4th, 2018

Brunish Theatre, Portland'5 Centers for the Arts

 

World premiere!

 

It’s 1960. Greenwich Village is bustling with Bohemian poets, Beatnik folk singers, struggling artists, students and curious youth from around the country.

 

Folk City: The Musical follows the story of six young people who are drawn to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and find a home at a little restaurant-turned cabaret, Gerdes Folk City, which eventually becomes the historic and iconic epicenter of popular music. Through time, the group closely bonds and as the years pass, they interact with the now-famous personalities of that special time and place, through 30 years of open mic, or “Hoot Nights.” These nights have shaped a generation, and the roller-coaster ride from its start as an Italian restaurant/bar through the ‘60s when Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, the Mamas and Papas, and just about anyone with a guitar was signed to a record deal, through the ‘70s when the singer-songwriters took over the Village, and on to the ‘80s when new-wave and punk was blossoming in the club and folk music went through a hip revival. And then…1986. The club loses its lease. It’s the end of an era. The Last Hoot is the final scene of the show. Where did the six characters end up? Who made it; who didn’t?

 

Folk City’s audience will be transported to New York’s Greenwich Village, and the cool, hipster world of Beatniks, artists, jazzbos, poets, folk singers, bluesmen, and rockers, all creating a vibrant breeding ground for friendship, romance, civil rights, feminism, free love, fashion, Viet Nam, jealousy, drugs and fame, through three turbulent and exhilarating decades, all set to a killer soundtrack—the classic hit songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and 80s.

Cast

 

Tony D'Angelo

 

Dean Graham

 

Karen Fairchild

 

Shelley Moore

 

Ernie Davis

 

Brian McNamara

 

Jazz

 

Bartender

 

Anthony McCarthy

 

Morgan Mallory

 

*Joann Coleman

 

Hallie Griffin

 

Steve Coker

 

Jess Ford

 

Kim Vogels

 

Sam Jones

* Denotes member of the Actors' Equity Association

Orchestra

Conductor/Piano

Guitar

Bass

Drums

Brian Michael

Eric Toner

Geoffrey Jellesma

Bob Shotola

Production Team

 

Book Co-Writer

 

Book Co-Writer

 

Director

 

Musical Director

 

Stage Manager

 

Assistant Stage Manager

 

Assistant Stage Manager

 

Scenic & Lighting Design

 

Prop Master

 

Sound Designer

 

Sound Engineer

 

Projection Designer/Social Media

 

Mural Reproduction Artist

Costume Designer

 

Wigmaster

 

Production Consultant

 

Photographer

 

Production Manager

 

House Manager

 

Volunteer Coordinator

 

Associate Artistic Director

 

 

 

 

Bernadette Contreras

 

Robbie Woliver

 

Kirk Mouser

 

Michael Brian

 

Michael DeMaio

 

Mychal Elmore

 

Lexi Morsch

 

Demetri Pavlatos

 

Bruce Tolonen

 

Brian Moen

 

Garrett Brown

 

Jen Olson

 

Mikayla Borresen

Margaret Louise Chapman

 

Jane Holmes

 

Janet Mouser

 

Paul Fardig 

 

Gordon Mouser

 

Sandra Vincent

 

Pam Knight

 

Julianne Johnson-Weiss

 

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