Harry Chapin’s music will be featured in the winter show at Village Playbox—Haddon Heights’ 70-year old community theatre.
The theatre presents “Lies and Legends—The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin”, a unique musical featuring 25 songs of the singer/songwriter including Cat’s in the Cradle and Taxi. Village Playbox will also honor Chapin’s hunger fighting efforts by encouraging theatre goers to bring a non-perishable food item to the play.
“He saw hunger and poverty as an insult to America,” said Director John Blackwell. “Many of Chapin’s concerts were benefit performances, and sales of his concert merchandise were used to support World Hunger Year. This musical will provide our audience with an amazing evening’s entertainment and the donated food will help the N3C Food Pantry in Audubon feed local families. The food bank needs canned vegetables and soups.”
Show dates are February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on
February 10, 2013 at 3 p.m. Village Playbox is located at the handicap-accessible First Presbyterian Church of Haddon Heights, 28 Seventh Avenue in Haddon Heights, NJ.
Adult tickets are $18 at the door or $15 on-line. Senior Citizen tickets are $15 at the door or $13 on-line and student admission is $12 at the door and $10 on-line. Admission includes delicious free refreshments. Discount tickets are available on-line at villageplaybox.org.
The musical revue highlights Chapin’s most theatrical musical stories while transporting the audience to a wistful and world gone by era. The five cast members have dozens of shows to their musical credit and include Danielle DiPillo, Tyrone Fuimaono, Amanda Kochey, Greg Murphy and Michael Post. Musical Director Mark Kozachyn and others will accompany the actors.
Blackwell said he wanted to do the show because of his boyhood musical memories.
“As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Trenton, I was drawn to the story tellers of the time like Billy Joel, Elton John and Carly Simon” noted Blackwell. “All of them were good, but Harry Chapin made me sit up and listen.
“I got involved with the people that he sang about. He not only wrote great music, but his lyrics are deep, colorful descriptions of people he knew. He could put more in a five-minute song then some novelists can pack into 300 pages. He was a great songwriter and humanitarian who was taken from us too soon.”
Blackwell said his cast have amazing voices and will bring fantastic energy to Chapin’s music.
“This cast brings a Broadway-quality energy to the show,” declared Blackwell. “Chapin fans will get a wonderful, live musical evening for less than the cost of a movie and popcorn. Village Playbox’s free, homemade refreshments at intermission will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. The food donations will help nourish South Jersey families. Yet, the best part is Chapin fans, like me, will get to relive a little of our youth.”
Theater/Organization The Village Playbox
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.villageplaybox.org
Theater/Organization Address: 28 Seventh Avenue Haddon Heights, New Jersey 08035 (Map It)
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