As you can see from the photo to the left and those below, rehearsals are well underway in New York City for National Pastime, a new musical comedy about baseball and romance, playing April 2 to 19 at Bucks County Playhouse.
With music and lyrics by Albert M. Tapper and book by Tony Sportiello, National Pastime is choreographed by Lorin Latarro and directed by Hunter Foster, both Artistic Associates at BCP, where last season they collaborated on the hit musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.
The play is set in 1933 small-town Iowa, and follows the antics of Barry, the owner of the local radio station WZBQ, as he tries to save it from going under. His first formidable foe is Karen, WZBQ’s co-owner, who wants to sell the station. Will a crazy scheme involving baseball change Karen’s mind, and might she fall in love in the process? National Pastime is a musical valentine to love, baseball and the American dream, and is reminiscent of musicals from Broadway’s golden age.
MATTHEW BAUMAN (Ensemble)
MEREDITH BECK (Jingle Girl/Ensemble)
WILL BLUM (Marty)
DANIELLA MIA DINIZ (Jingle Girl/Ensemble)
JANINE DIVITA (Karen)
STEPHANIE GIBSON (Betty Lou)
ABE GOLDFARB (Vinny/Rogers/Ensemble)
ANDREW KOBER (Joe/Jackson/JP Sloan)
KELLI MAGUIRE (Mary)
MICHAEL DEAN MORGAN (Lawrence)
SPENCER PLACHY (Barry)
ALEXANDRIA VAN PARIS (Jingle Girl/Ensemble)
HUNTER FOSTER (Director)
LORIN LATARRO (Choreographer)
DAVID WOLFSON (Musical Director / Arrangements & Orchestrations)
JASON SHERWOOD (Scenic Designer)
JENNIFER CAPRIO (Costume Designer)
JAKE DEGROOT (Lighting Designer)
DAVID A. THOMAS (Sound Designer)
GREG SANTOS (Associate Director)
ABBEY O’BRIEN (Associate Choreographer)
REBECCA MCBEE (Production Stage Manager)
CHRIS FLORES (Assistant Stage Manager)
ALBERT M. TAPPER (Music & Lyrics)
TONY SPORTIELLO (Book)”
As Marty from the Wilkes Barre cast, I think I can speak for all of us when we send out a bog “Break legs” to the New Hope cast.