Fort Salem Theater: ‘You’re an Old Man, Charlie Brown’
In keeping with its ten-year tradition of presenting world premiere musicals, Fort Salem Theater announces the first-ever production of the ‘Peanuts parody, ‘You’re An Old Man, Charlie Brown,’ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 15 to 17. Penned by the Fort’s artistic director Jay Kerr and attorney/humorist Jeremy Blachman, ‘Old Man’ is a send-up of Clark Gesner’s 1967 classic musical, ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.’ “Peanuts was really never about kids. When Charles Schultz created the characters in 1948, he called his comic strip, ‘Little People,’” notes Kerr. “That’s what they are. Lucy is not that annoying girl down the street. She’s her mother. Charlie Brown isn’t a nerdy six year old we feel sorry for; he’s the nerdy guy-next- door we feel sorry for. And now, for your musical theatrical pleasure, they’re grandparents on social security and living in leisure villages in a state very much like Florida.”
The cast includes several friends of the Fort and accomplished members of Actors’ Equity, including musical and soap actress Kathleen Devine as Lucy and former Rockette Joyce Nolen as Peppermint Patty, joined by Albany’s Gregory Anderson as Charlie and Greenwich actor David Braucher as Linus. Glens Falls actor/musician John Muller plays Snoopy, and Kerr will be playing the Steinway as Schroeder.
‘Old Man’ examines and comments on a variety of senior activities: Charlie Brown involves his friends in a competitive pickle ball league; Patty encourages Charlie to explore senior dating; Lucy and Linus reflect upon their changing roles as individuals, parents and grandparents. They all see aging and death as aspects of life. Even Snoopy, who lost his reproductive rights at an early age, accepts the curves life has thrown his way, and moves on with enthusiasm and good humor. ‘You’re An Old Man, Charlie Brown’ plays at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, July 15 and 16, and Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. More information is online at fortsalemtheater.com. Tickets are available by calling 518-854-9200.