Robert is back at Hartford Stage, which launched A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, with his new musical, The Flamingo Kid, for which he’s writing Book and Lyrics, with Music by Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens, War Paint). Based on the screenplay by Neal Marshall and Garry Marshall, the director is, once again, Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, Anastasia) with choreography by Denis Jones (Tootsie, Holiday Inn). Opening night is May 24, 2019.
The Flamingo Kid takes place in the summer of ’63. Against the wishes of his father, Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Winnick leaves behind his blue-collar roots for an exciting job working as a cabana boy at the colorful El Flamingo — a posh private club on Long Island. There, Jeffrey meets Karla, a forward-thinking young woman from California. The music, the romance, the beach are magical — until tensions grow between father and son when a slick club member takes Jeffrey under his wing.
The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costumes), Philip Rosenberg (Lighting), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), and Charles LaPointe (Hair Design), all part of the Tony-winning team of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Joining them are Peter Hylenski (Sound), Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), and Thomas Murray (Music Director).
New discovery Jimmy Brewer stars as Jeffrey, alongside Broadway veterans Samantha Massell (Karla), Liz Larsen (Ruth), Adam Heller (Arthur), Mark Kudisch (Phil), Lesli Margherita (Phyllis), Alex Wyse (Hawk), Ben Fankhauser (Steve), Lindsay Brent Carothers (Joyce), and Omar Lopez-Cepero (Alejandro). Rounding out the cast are Ben Bogen, Michael Hartung, Jean Kauffman, Ken Krugman, Taylor Lloyd, Anna Noble, Erin Leigh Peck, Gregory Rodriguez, Steve Routman, William Squier, Kathy Voytko, Price Waldman, Jayke Workman, Kelli Youngman, Stuart Zagnit (Ensemble).