BURT BACHARACH & LARRY MCKENNA
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWvwG6XuBlU
THEATRES THAT HAVE PRODUCED BURT & ME:
ACT II PLAYHOUSE in Ambler, PA
DEERTREES THEATRE in Harrison, ME
SOCIETY HILL PLAYHOUSE in Philadelphia, PA
HACKMATACK PLAYHOUSE in Berwick, ME
GRETNA THEATRE in Mt. Gretna, PA
BROADWAY PALM THEATRE in Fort Myers, FL (Prather Entertainment)
PALM THEATRE in Mesa, AZ
DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY in Wilmington, DE
FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE in Sarasota, FL
MEADOWBROOK THEATRE in Rochester, MI
IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE in Essex, CT
COMMENTS FROM PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
"BURT & ME at Gretna was a COMPLETE HIT with our audiences. With the highest average attendance of any production of our season, it was by far the most profitable as well! What makes this 'jukebox musical' really sing is the funny, touching, sweetly romantic book. Given our audience's reaction to it, BURT & ME is a 'fail-safe' show!" Larry Frenock, Producing Artistic Director, Gretna Theatre, PA
“Hackmatack Playhouse found BURT & ME to be the perfect answer to any summer doldrums. The show is full of love and light and lingering melodies of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The audience leaves with a smile, a tune and good feelings all around. The show is a winner, and a secret weapon to any scheduling situation!” Michael Guptill, Artistic Director, Hackmatack Playhouse, ME
"Society HIll Playhouse had the pleasure of presenting Larry McKenna's production of BURT & ME. The audiences were DELIGHTED by the piece. It is a wonderful show and perfect summer theatre fare. BURT & ME is a real crowd pleaser that appeals to all ages." Deen Kogan, Producing Artistic Director, Society Hill Playhouse, PA
“A fabulous show! It left the audience warm in the glow of familiar music for the entire family. Reinforces what a musical should be. Love wins out for the actors and audience. I was sad to see it end.” Bill Felts, Exec. Director, Deertrees Theatre, ME
"This production is one of which we are very proud and exceeded all of our expectations. " Bud Martin, Producing Artistic Director, Act II Playhouse, PA
“BURT & ME was the by far the biggest money maker…well surpassed its goal and had an incredible 99% capacity.” End of the season board minutes, Act II Playhouse, PA
"The audiences loved the show. They were touched every night and brought to tears." Cheryl L. Marshall, Managing Director, Meadow Brook Theatre, MI
“A fun romantic musical comedy!” NBC’s “The 10 Show” in Philadelphia, PA
"Burt & Me" serves up one of the best revues around." Chris Silks, Naples Daily News, Naples, FL
“The way a romantic comedy should be...heart-warming...delightful...adorable!” Amy Sowder, News Press, Fort Myers, FL
"If you like the timeless music of Burt Bacharach, I suggest you make a beeline for Broadway Palm to see Burt & Me. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It brought back a lot of memories." Di Saggau, The River Weekly News, Fort Myers, FL
“The night can be summed up in just a few words, this gal is in love with "Burt & Me"...left me wishing and hoping for just one more scene...a delightful night...a winner!" Cape Coral News, FL
“An engaging musical that can’t help but bring a smile to your face…..mesmerizing vitality….a fun and thoroughly entertaining production.” April Boyle, Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
“Good wholesome fun...filled with likeable characters and plenty of ‘feel good moments’… nostalgia galore!” Marianna Salz, The Examiner
“Bacharach’s tunes are beautifully integrated into the dialogue with appropriate lyrics to match the situations…an outstanding job.” Harvey Pollack, Press Focus
“The perfect romantic fling…it’s a whole lot of summer lovin’ and light-hearted fun squeezed into one whimsical act, complete with its own soundtrack. The precise arrangement of pop classics nicely complements McKenna’s playful script.” T.J. Neary, Stage Door Magazine
“The script nicely weaves the dialog around the music, all songs by Bacharach and David, to create a light, fun, very enjoyable performance.” Christine Perryman, Delaware County Times
“Playwright Larry McKenna delivers a seamless integration of the best popular music with the story of two high school sweethearts brought together by music…Burt & Me a great selection for a light-hearted summer show. For Bacharach fanatics and those who don’t even know his name, Burt & Me gives the audience a chance to reminisce upon high school memories of first love, memorable friends and, most of all, good music.” Christine Adkins, Philadelphia Citypaper
“Fans of the hit TV series “Glee” will want to head to Ambler to catch Act II Playhouse’s world premiere of the romantic comedy musical “Burt & Me,” on stage July 6 through Aug. 1…Vince DiMura’s musical arrangements of songs such as “Wishin’ and Hopin’, ” “What the World Needs Now” and “Say a Little Prayer” would make “Glee’s” Will Schuester proud…Conceived and written by McKenna, “Burt & Me” weaves Bacharach’s irresistible music into a story about young sweethearts who meet up again as adults.” Naila Francis, Bucks County Courier Times
“An absolutely amazing production...5 stars....a joy to behold." Howard Frydman, On Stage & Screen
“An adorable show." Tim Leininger, The Journal Enquirer
“Burt & Me is fun, cute and entertaining. It more than delivers." James Ruocco, Take 2
“A perfect musical pairing. Engaging and charming." Bonnie Goldberg, The Middletown Press
THIS SHOW CAN BE DONE WITH AS FEW AS 5 CAST MEMBERS WITH DOUBLING OF ROLES. IT CAN ALSO HAVE AS MANY CAST MEMBERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE
NOTE: The action of the play takes place in the 1960’s and 70’s. All roles that are listed as “teens” will be played by young adults. These characters “age” from approximately 17 to 30 years of age as time passes in the action of the play. All roles require excellent singer/actors who can either dance or move well, have great stage presence and have the ability to learn and hold harmony when needed.
-Joe Madsen (Tenor, A-A plays 17-30) the “romantic” lead and narrator of his own story. An all-around nice guy who was extremely shy in high school. Likes to play basketball and also loves music, especially the music of famed composer Burt Bacharach, which affects every facet of his daily life. Attractive and clean cut in an All-American way with good build but not necessarily classically handsome. Must have warmth, charisma and genuine likability along with stage presence. Essential that he “connect” with the audience. Prefer actor who plays piano well enough to accompany himself on some songs at onstage piano. Starring role.
-Jerry Landis (Tenor, A-G plays 17-30) usually cast as African-American but it is not absolutely necessary. Joe’s best friend in high school. Likable and funny sidekick. Also likes to play basketball. Likes to have fun. Excellent singer/actor who either dances or moves well and has good comic timing. Must have strong falsetto to B. Second lead.
-George Madson/Father DeJoseph (Baritone, G-E plays late 40’s -50’s) This actor doubles as Joe’s father who is extremely likable and caring with a real soft side and as a Catholic priest who is head of the high school choral group and is stern but likable. Excellent singer/actor with a good sense of comic timing, personal warmth and presence. Featured role.
-Lacey Turner (Mezzo Sop. w/belt mix, A-G plays 17-30) Joe’s romantic interest. An attractive and sweet young girl. Typical All-American good looks and sparkling personality. Excellent singer/actress who dances or moves well and has star quality. Starring role.
-Sally (Alto/Mezz mix, G-Eb plays 17-30) Lacey’s friend. Off beat but attractive looks. Energetic and funny young character type with both a sarcastic and wry sense of humor. Excellent singer/actress who dances or moves well and has great comic timing. Leading role.
Ensemble This can be a many or as few as your budget will allow. They can be utilized in several of the musical selections such as “Always Something There to Remind Me,” “Wishin’ & Hopin’,” “You’ll Never Get to Heaven,” Don’t Make Me Over,” “Walk On By,” “Christmas Day,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” and “What the World Needs Now.” They can do minor roles such as Mrs. Bernstein, the chorus members of the Blue Haze, fans at the basketball game, clients at the restaurant, etc.
ACT II PLAYHOUSE IN AMBLER, PENNSYLVANIA
DEERTREES THEATRE IN HARRISON, MAINE & SOCIETY HILL PLAYHOUSE IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
GRETNA THEATRE IN MT. GRETNA, PA
HACKMATACK PLAYHOUSE IN BERWICK, MAINE
BROADWAY PALM THEATRE IN FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE
MEADOW BROOK THEATRE IN ROCHESTER, MICHIGAN
IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE IN ESSEX, CONNECTICUT
(Photo credit: Jonathan Steele & Ivoryton Playhouse.)