2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Off-Broadway Version (2001) / York Theatre
Join Uncle Billy and his traveling tent show on a Wild West adventure in this pioneering musical.
Based on Lynn Riggs' play (the same author whose Green Grow the Lilacs served as the backbone to Oklahoma!), Roadside looks at the people who fought against statehood for the principals of freedom and individualism. This hilarious and raucous show from Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) pays homage to a vanished world of homespun variety shows, loaded with corn, clowns and olio.
Roadside is filled with the characters that have shaped our fantasies of these saddle-sore American pioneers. Pap Raider, having lost his wife, only wants the best for his beautiful, fiery daughter, Hannie; will it be the farmer, Buzzey, who's been following their wagon on foot for months, begging for her hand? Or will it be Texas, the larger-than-life, ornery cowboy on the run from the law?
This humorous and touching ride through the West as told by an old-fashioned traveling tent show is fun for the whole family. The music is as lively as the conversation and is sure to be a foot-stompin' good time.
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Kept from the wrestling team because of knee injury, a teen-age Tom Cruise auditioned and won the role of Nathan Detroit in his Glen Ridge, NJ high school production of Guys And Dolls, and so began his acting career.