War of The Roses Author, Warren Adler, Sees "Sunset Gang: The Musical" As The Perfect Show for Companies With Older Audiences
Producers an theatre companies, please note. If you ask the folks representing Warren Adler's work about theatre in general, the consensus is that in many communities audiences are getting older. That seems to be quite on point for many companies, especially for regional, dinner and community theatre grouops.
That being the case, Mr. Adler's musical, The Sunset Gang is the perfect show to add to the season! (Listen to the music by clicking here)
From this acclaimed author of the infamous and iconic book The War of the Roses, comes a musical hit that is a far cry from the utter devastation of Oliver and Barbara Rose’s marriage: The Sunset Gang: The Musical.
The musical takes place in the Sunset Village retirement community. While the residents may be old in looks, they are not old at heart—love and lust blossoms, blooms, and flourishes, and despite any canes and walkers, these seniors are still alive and kicking. The Sunset Gang: The Musical is a spry and invigorating tale—it is, at its heart, a celebration of life! And the critics agreed!
"…a bittersweet musical about aging and desire…a deeper examination of love and loyalty among people over 60." - The New York Times
"Those…stories…are in fact, pure drama - moving, comical, and most of all, sharply observed." - The Wall Street Journal
On a star-crossed night, Bill and Jenny fall suddenly and madly in love at the once-a-week Yiddish Club, their fates entwining over a night spent reminiscing about their pasts, and how they ended up in Sunset Village. The only problem? They are both “happily” married to another, which begs the question: is a new life and a new love only for the young?
About the Author of this original work: Warren Adler
Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. Adler's international hit stage adaptation of the novel will premiere on Broadway in 2015-2016. Adler has also optioned and sold film rights for a number of his works including Random Hearts (starring Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas) and The Sunset Gang (produced by Linda Lavin for PBS' American Playhouse series starring Jerry Stiller, Uta Hagen, Harold Gould and Doris Roberts). In recent development are the Broadway Production of The War of the Roses, to be produced by Jay and Cindy Gutterman, The War of the Roses - The Children (Grey Eagle Films and Permut Presentations), a feature film adaptation of the sequel to Adler's iconic divorce story, Target Churchill (Grey Eagle Films and Solution Entertainment), Residue (Grey Eagle Films), and Capitol Crimes (Grey Eagle Films and Sennet Entertainment), a television series based on his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series. Adler's forthcoming thriller, Treadmill, is slated to be released in 2014.
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Bio for Music Composer L. Russell Brown:
L. Russell Brown began his career when he was sixteen years old with the famous R&B label Fury Records. Over the course of fifty years of songwriting, Brown’s recordings have sold millions of records, many times topping the charts. He has written for such artists as The Four Seasons, Tony Orlando & Dawn, and Tracy Byrd. His song “C’mon Marianne” is currently featured in Jersey Boys, the highest-grossing Broadway musical ever. His timeless song, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” started a cultural revolution in the 1970s. It appears in such movies as Wallace and Gromitt, Fargo, and Forrest Gump.
Music for The Sunset Gang: The Musical:
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BILL: 70s, a forlorn, yet vital and handsome man
MIMI: 70s, Bill's wife, the domineering type, she is a woman of some pulchritude, once called a zaftig
JENNY: Mid-60s, attractive, still youthful and yearning for livelihood
DAVID: Mid-60s, Jenny's husband, a pleasant-looking man who is perpetually self-content.
HARRIET, SELMA, IDA: 70s, Mimi's friends, they are all the same age, typical of women from that era: tough, slightly cynical, enjoying old age
JACK, NATHAN, SAM: 70s, David's friends, they are all old men who are content with playing cards and living out their days.
MARLYN, JOANNE: 30s, daughters of Bill and Mimi, the two are shrewd yet caring.
LARRY: 40s, Mimi's son-in-law, a lawyer-type that is apathetic and selfish.
MICHAEL: 30s, Jenny and David's son
Necessary instruments are lead vocals, backing vocals, nylon guitar, jazz guitar, bass guitar, strings, piano, and drums.