“My little Jackie, my oldest, has run off to tour in Vaudeville” so sings Mud Donahue, when her 19-year-old tap-dancing whiz of a son runs away from home, Jack Donahue, a young man born to dance and an Irish Catholic mother desperately trying to save her baby boy from life upon the wicked stage. My Vaudeville Man is a moving musical comedy that takes us through the life of tap dancing legend Jack Donahue.
This endearing musical follows “eccentric dancer” Jack Donahue proving to his mother that his passion lies in performing on the vaudeville stage. When Jack runs off to play the small-time New England Circuit, Mrs. Donahue is left with two children and a dead-beat husband, who is off on another one of his benders. The more success Jack finds, the more his mother is left trying to hold her splintering family together. In a series of musical skits and short dramatic scenes that skim over the vaudevillians career. My Vaudeville Man follows Jack from his start as a cocky teenager performing on the small-time vaudeville circuit to the big-time at the Palace and eventually as a star in Broadway musicals.
My Vaudeville Man is a mother-son love story about following your dreams, second chances, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love the most. This heartwarming, foot-tapping, and whimsical new musical is a must see that will reaffirm that love is the key to every family relationship.
Based on “Letters of a Hoofer to His Ma”, Book and Lyrics by Jeff Hochhauser, Music and Lyrics by Bob Johnston, Directed by Joshua Kelly, Music Directed by Martina Rodgers, Choreography by Courtney Laine Self, Set Design by Joshua E. Gallagher, Costume Design by Kim Jones, Lighting Design by Ethan Vail, Props Design by Denise Lalevee, and Sound Design by Simon Ghezzi.
The cast includes Matthew Fairlee as Jack Donahue and Millbrook favorite Shannon Agnew as Mud Donahue.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. My Vaudeville Man runs July 31 – August 2, August 5 – 9 at 7:30pm and August 5 at 2:00pm. Special one night only meet the authors of My Vaudeville Man after the performance on Thursday, August 6th. Group rates are available. Purchase tickets by calling 570-748-8083,online at www.millbrookplayhouse.org or by coming to the box office any day of the week.