1 Act, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Off-Broadway Version (2010)
Teenagers from a mining town learn the power of self-reliance in this Appalachian, bluegrass-inspired journey.
The Burnt Part Boys is a richly authentic theatrical experience- piece of musical theatre treasure with a book & score that reverberate as resonantly in audiences' souls as the acoustic instruments that provide the accompaniment.
Locally named The Burnt Part, the Pickaway Coal Company's South Mountain closed down after an accident in 1952 that resulted in the death of four miners, three of which left behind children. Ten years later, Jake Twitchell is an employee of that same company, doing the same job that took his own father's life. Much to the dismay of his movie buff, younger brother Pete, the Pickaway Coal Company is going to begin re-mining The Burnt Part and send down both Jake and Jake's friend, Chet, whose father also died in the South Mountain accident. Inspired by his silver screen heroes, Pete sets out for The Burnt Part with his saw-playing-best-friend Dusty, a pack full of dynamite, and plans to render it useless. With Jake and Chet in hot pursuit, Pete and Dusty are in need of a guide and find a perfect Sacajawea in the young runaway Frances, who also lost her father in the accident. Dangerous and heart-warming discoveries comprise every theatrical layer of the adventure on the road to the mine.
Hailed among critics and creatives, The Burnt Part Boys is the type of riveting, coming-of-age story that has mesmerized listeners, readers, and watchers for centuries. The Burnt Part Boys also features a masterfully orchestrated and arranged score that will engross every generation of theatergoers.
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Composer/Lyricist Sherman Edwards was a history teacher turned songwriter from Morristown, New Jersey. He spent ten years working on 1776.