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Moonshine

“MOONSHINE: THAT HEE HAW MUSICAL” WILL HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT DALLAS THEATER CENTER THIS FALL

 

ORIGINAL MUSICAL COMEDY FROM AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITERS BRANDY CLARK & SHANE McANALLY
FEATURES BOOK BY ROBERT HORN
DIRECTION BY GARY GRIFFIN
CHOREOGRAPHY BY DENIS JONES

 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, a new musical comedy lovingly (and loosely) inspired by the classic TV series, will get the Broadway treatment when it has its eagerly awaited World Premiere this fall atDallas Theater Center. The musical, which had a much-buzzed-about industry reading in September, features a score by multi-Award winning artists Brandy Clark (a 2015 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Artist) and Shane McAnally, two of country music’s hottest new singer/songwriters. With a book by Robert Horn, direction by Gary Griffin and choreography by Denis Jones and musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award-winnerStephen Oremus, Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical begins performances at Dallas Center Theatre on September 2, 2015, where it runs through October 11, 2015.

Hilarious and downright irreverent, Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical distills the spirit of an iconic television series and bottles it into an original musical comedy. Set in present day Kornfield Kounty, this highly anticipated show introduces a new generation of irresistible characters as it tells the story of Misty Mae, the ultimate hometown girl, who heads out to follow her dreams in the big city of… Tampa. When she returns home to introduce her slick city-boy beau to her friends and family, everything goes haywire!

“We both grew up watching ‘Hee Haw,’ so it’s thrilling that we get to make our musical theater writing debut using source material that really shaped and defined so much in terms of the history of country music,” composers Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally commented. “We’re loving the collaborative process of writing for the theater too, and can’t wait to get the show in front of audiences!”

Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical will be produced by Opry Entertainment (Steve Buchanan, Sally Williams) and Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson), in conjunction with Dallas Theater Center. The design includes Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Mara Blumenfeld (Costume Design) and Tara Rubin (Casting). Nina Lannan serves as Executive Producer.

Subscriptions for the complete Dallas Theater Center season (including Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical) go on sale February 9, 2015 and will be available starting at $126. Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by calling the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at (214) 880-0202. Additional information, including how to purchase single tickets and casting information, will be announced at a later date.

 

ABOUT OPRY ENTERTAINMENT

Opry Entertainment®, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), is a producer of multi-media entertainment experiences with primary interests in location-based entertainment and television and stage production. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, its core business segments include the world-famous Grand Ole Opry®, the historic Ryman Auditorium®, and legendary radio station 650 AM-WSM.

 

ABOUT FOX THEATRICALS

Under the leadership of Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson, Broadway credits include the upcoming production of Fun Home; If/Then; Grace; Bring It On (Tony Award nomination); Red (Tony Award); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award); Legally Blonde; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award); Death of a Salesman (Tony Award); The Seagull; ‘night, Mother; Caroline, or Change (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Fun Home and Traces. For the Independent Presenters Network: Kinky Boots, Matilda, Spamalot, The Color Purple. Fox Theatricals is a division of Fox Associates, owned by Mary Strauss, Lisa Suntrup, Julie Noonan and the late Bob Baudendistel.

 

ABOUT DALLAS THEATER CENTER

One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 120,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Heather M. Kitchen, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production ofA Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and community outreach efforts including leading the DFW Foote Festival and recent collaborations with the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Opera, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including The Texas Trilogy by Preston Jones in 1978, Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, adapted by Adrian Hall, in 1986, and recent premieres of FLY by Rajiv Joseph, Bill Sherman and Kirstin Childs; Fly by Night by Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick and Will Connolly; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; The Trinity River Plays by Regina Taylor; the revised It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Supermanby Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams; Give It Up! (now titled Lysistrata Jones and recently on Broadway) by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Sarah, Plain and Tall by Julia Jordan, Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin; and The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson.