Golden Boy Of The Blue Ridge (Peter Mills) 2009 Cast
Composer: Peter Mills
Lyricist: Peter Mills
Peter Mills and Cara Reichel's highly entertaining morality comedy transports J.M. Synge's 1907 "Playboy of the Western World" to Depression-era hillbilly country, with an unlikely blend of smart, dark comedy and foot-stomping country music. --The New York Times
Joyous, tuneful, and a barrel of fun... The songs are delivered by a truly talented cast with not one weak link... This small, delicious musical deserves a longer life. --Backstage
Golden Boy shimmers thanks to its engaging, on-stage bluegrass band and the grit and gusto of its capable cast… What sets Golden Boy apart are its unique, irresistible songs; composer Peter Mills has created an enigmatic, evocative score that tells the story better than any dialogue could... there's something immediately engaging about the shivering guitar chords and casual camaraderie of this music. --CurtainUp.com
Great White Wax, Inc. is proud to present the Original Cast Recording of "Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge," with music and lyrics by Peter Mills. Adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from J.M. Synge's "The Playboy of the Western World," "Golden Boy..." was hailed by The New York Times as "highly entertaining...with foot-stomping country music by Peter Mills, and a likably rowdy down-home band...smart satire with a dark backwoods accent." Originally produced by Prospect Theater Company (Melissa Huber, Managing Director / Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director) at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, April 11 to May 3, 2009, with the following cast and band: Melody Allegra Berger, Matthew Duré, Jeff Edgerton, Carol Hickey, Victoria Huston-Elem, Dennis Michael Keefe, Mark Mozingo, Mike Rosengarten, Dan Sharkey, Scott Wakefield & Eli Zoller.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS: Anyone who cherishes great musical theater writing will love the music and lyrics of this wonderful score. Don't let the Appalachian style fool you into missing this marvelous original cast recording. Add the tight and lively instrumentation, the first-rate singing, and this is one of my favorite musical recordings I've heard in quite a while. And if you love bluegrass or Appalachian music you will love it too. Hats off to composer/lyricist Peter Mills and the cast and musicians.