Two previews and now one opening night performance under our belt and I think to say that we have created something special here at Wayside Theatre with Southern Crossroads: The New Orleans Adventure. Each of the three performances has received an enthusiastic standing ovation. The laughs are hitting consistently across the board and the music is delighting audiences to the point that they have a hard time sitting in their seats they are bouncing along with the beat. So, I think it might be safe to say that we've got another big hit on our hands.
But then we've got a run through March 12 to find out if that is true or not. I'm very proud of everyone involved in this production from the uber talented cast to the designers to the staff. My collaborator Steve Przybylski has once again proven to be my muse and his genius has helped shape this adventure in ways that are slam bang entertaining, but also powerfully full of resonance. As he put it the original Southern Crossroads created the Green Family Singers that audiences loved, but this prequel proves that the delightfully dysfunctional dynamic we created can endure beyond just one adventure. And he's right. The magic is in the music of course because that's what separates the Greene Family Singers from any old depression era family. And while the family is the key and the core, this play's engine moves on Stewpot, MeMe, the Sheriff, and Caw Cut the villain. They create the atmosphere of New Orleans and the conflict and make sure the family feels constantly like a fish out of water.
I'm exhausted as is everyone who worked on this world premiere. We partied hard tonight and can all sleep the sleep of those who know we accomplished something special as a team. It's something that will bind us all together in this wacky world of theatre forever. I'm just blessed to have been in the position to work with them all in creating something that offers folks a chance for an afternoon or evening's entertainment.
Bravo all! And thank you!