59E59 Theaters wraps up the inaugural 5A Season with the musical LONESOME TRAVELER
By Patrick Christiano
59E59 Theaters welcomed the final production of the inaugural 5A Season, the NYC premiere of LON
ESOME TRAVELER, written and directed by James O’Neil, which opened last night in a sensational production that is highly recommended for any fan of the history of folk music. LONESOME TRAVELER celebrates the enduring popularity of folk music, giving the audience a revealing perspective on the roots forever embedded in our culture. This thrilling musical journey traces the music from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco.
The tale uses nine fabulous singer/musicians to dramatize many of the key moments in the history of the American folk revival. The musical features classic songs such as "Goodnight, Irene," "This Land Is Your Land," "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Baby Blue," and "We Shall Overcome," weaving together a tapestry of the venues and historic moments that put folk at the core of the great changes that swept American society from the 1920s through to the 1960s. The musical story rejoices in the legacy of folk music as the backdrop of social change and revolution.
LONESOME TRAVELER features musical direction and arrangements by Tony Award-nominee Dan Wheetman and orchestrations by George Grove of The New Kingston Trio.
The amazing cast features nine extremely talented actor/multi-instrumentalists that indludes Matty Charles, Sylvie Davidson, Jamie Drake, Justin Flagg, Sam Gelfer, Anthony Manough, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Jennifer Leigh Warren, and Trevor Wheetman. To single one out would be difficult. This is a terrific ensemble under the steady guidance the gifted director and musical director, James O’Neil and Dan Wheetman respectively.
The design team includes Thomas S. Giamario (scenic and lighting design), Jonathan Burke (sound design), Pamela Shaw (costume design), Dave Micket (multimedia design), Marty Kopulsky (hair and wig design), and T. Theresa Scarano (prop design). The Production Stage Manager is Linda M. Tross.
LONESOME TRAVELER is playing for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 19. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Please note there are no matinee performances on Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8; there is no evening performance on Sunday, April 19. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org.
Photos & Copy by Patrick Christiano