WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG
August 8 - September 9
Songs and Writings by Woody Guthrie, Conceived and Adapted by Peter Glazer.
Based on the songs and writings of Woody Guthrie, “Woody Guthrie's American Song” was conceived and adapted by Peter Michael Glazer in 1989 to rave reviews as it was produced worldwide. An exuberant musical celebration of America, “Woody Guthrie's American Song” tells the life of the rambling folk singer and the people who moved and inspired him through his words and music. The New York Times said it "manages to find both the high beauty and the earthly humor of Guthrie's love affair with America."
Says assistant director and dramaturg Evalyn Hansen: “Woody Guthrie was an extraordinary artist with an unbridled sense of purpose. As he characterized his life and times, he chronicled America’s history and portrayed its poverty and prejudice.”
With words and vocal harmonies reminiscent of “Oh, brother, where art though,” “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” follows Guthrie as he travels from the Dust Bowl to California and east to New York City. It includes over two dozen songs, including “bound for Glory, So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Deportees,” “Hard Travelin’” and his most famous and unforgettable love song to America: “This Land is Your Land.”
The cast of five singer/actor/musicians embodies character of Woody Guthrie: Tamara Marston, Kendra Taylor, Tyler Ward, Peter Wickliffe and Scott Woolsey. The onstage country band includes the entire cast on guitar, with Woolsey adding in both banjo and mandolin. Joining them are Peter Spring (bass), Mark Tuttle (fiddle) and James Abdo (guitar).
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