Based on the Charles Schultz' popular comic strip, You're
A Good Man, Charlie Brown chronicles the events in a day
in the life of Charlie Brown and his imaginative beagle Snoopy.
Originally, composer/lyricist/librettist Clark Gesner had no
intentions of turning his "Peanuts" songs into a stage
musical, that is until producer Arthur Whitelaw convinced him
to work up a theatrical version which they presented at a tiny
East Village theatre where it remained for four years.
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown opened at the Theatre
80 St. Marks on March 7, 1967 with a cast that featured Bill
Hinnant (Snoopy), Gary Burghoff (Charlie Brown), Reva Rose (Lucy),
Karen Johnson (Patty), Bob Balaban (Linus), and Skip Hinnant
(Schroeder). The production lasted 1597 performances and spawned
six touring companies between 1967 and 1971. A major Broadway
revival in 1999 added two new songs ("My Philosophy"
and "Beethoven Day") and featured 23 new vignettes
written by "Peanuts" creator Charles Schultz. Although
this production didn't last long, it did win Tony Awards for
two of its stars: Roger Bart (Snoopy) and Kristin Chenoweth (Sally--who
didn't even exist until director Michael Mayer got his hands
on the Clark Gesner musical!)
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