Take the music of the swingin' 1940s, a threatened World War II USO show and lots of laughs, and you have the main ingredients for toe-tappin' fun in the musical comedy "The Andrews Brothers" at the Redlands Theatre Festival.
The show opens at 8:30 p.m. July 13 for eight performances in the outdoor Avice Meeker Sewall Theater in Prospect Park at Highland Avenue and Cajon Street in Redlands. It is directed by Redlands Theatre Festival founder and artistic producer Cliff Cabanilla.
Disaster looms when a certain famous trio of singing sisters fail to appear for a USO show, so three earnest and determined GI stagehands decide to go on in their place, with plenty of mistaken identities and madcap adventures to follow.
With songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Slow Boat to China" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," this musical send-up is filled with songs and lots of fun as the those well-meaning stagehands take aim at not disappointing the troops.
"It's a challenge directing a show with music and story line that almost none of the performers have ever heard or have any idea that existed," Cabanilla said.
But the music of an entire generation, the South Pacific setting and the entertaining Roger Bean script, make this a show not to be missed by any generation, he said.
"The Andrews Brothers" features Richard King, Paul Blatchley and Pete Bennett, all of Redlands, and Sara Blair of Riverside.
Performances of "The Andrews Brothers" continue at 8:30 p.m. July 23 and 27 and Aug. 2, 7, 15, 18 and 23.
The play is one of five shows in repertory at Prospect Park through Aug. 25. Other shows are
"The Importance of Being Earnest," "Hairspray," "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" and "Dividing the Estate."
Single tickets are available in advance or at the door for $20. Student tickets may be purchased 15 minutes before curtain with a valid I.D. for $16. Season tickets are available for $80 for all five shows. Group tickets are available at a discounted rate.
Tickets are available at the Redlands Theatre Festival box office in Prospect Park or by calling 909-792-0562. Ticket information is available at rftseason.com.
Theatergoers may park on Cajon Street and take the free tram ride to and from the theater.
Picnicking is allowed on the festival grounds before each show.
SOURCE: Owen Sheeran, publicity coordinator for Redlands Theatre Festival
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