The new stage musical in two acts about the making of television's first great sitcom!
"Another fabulous night of theater in L.A.!" -- Ester Goldberg
"The songs hold a lot of wit and inspiration...choreography works well for the intimate stage ...One will definitely become entertained..." Rich Borowy. READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW BELOW!
REDHEAD CUBAN HAUSFRAU HUSBAND Original Cast Recording CD and World Premiere Edition DVD now available! Scroll to the bottom of the page to order now!
Joan Elizabeth Kennedy (REDHEAD) "Sex, Relationships, and Sometime…Love" "Seven Deadly Sins" "Walk-Ins Welcome"
Derek Rubiano (CUBAN) "Li'l Abner" "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" "Damn Yankees" "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Jodi Skeris (HAUSFRAU) Upright Citizens Brigade &the Magnet Theaters; the UnScripted Theater Company; The Actors' Network www.jodiskeris.com
Michael-Anthony Nozzi (HUSBAND) "Harvey""Laughter on the 23rd Floor" "The Seven Year Itch," "Hello, Dolly!""And Then There Was, Nun!"
REDHEAD CUBAN HAUSFRAU HUSBAND press release:
Redhead: “Funny, what we’ll do in the name of love.”
Cuban: “What great work of art was ever inspired by anything else?”
Writer/director Fletcher Rhoden’s new stage musical, REDHEAD CUBAN HAUSFRAU
HUSBAND, is the backstage story of the making of television’s greatest sitcom. It reveals,
as stated in the song’s opening number Love Is A Comedy, “The sorrow and rage, the lies
and the sin” behind America’s most iconic foursome. And what this love inspired was one
of the great comedy works of art ever produced.
The two -act musical, (Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm at the Mt. Hollywood Theater in
the heart of Los Feliz Village) REDHEAD CUBAN HAUSFRAU HUSBAND features
over a dozen new songs by the acclaimed Rhoden, whose tunes have been called,
“Immensely hummable,” “Music you could dance to all night long...” and more by Music
Connection, New Times Los Angeles and other popular publications.
The decade-long association of the four actors is examined through musical styles of the
day. The courageous but tragic Redhead (Joan Elizabeth Kennedy) delivers a
heartbreaking operatic ballad Stay, while the tomcatting Cuban (Derek Rubiano) boasts of
his cultural womanizing in the bossa-flavored Ladies' Man, which features a Spanish guitar
solo. The Hausfrau (Jodi Skeris) and Husband (Michael-Anthony Nozzi) square off in a
jaunty battle of wits -- not to mention the ole’ soft shoe -- in the vaudeville-esque Wives.
Fifties rockers Bo Diddley and the Beach Boys echo in the soundtrack’s influences (Work
This Out, One Night In Malibu), while American Train reverberates with the spirit of Johnny
The 90-minute play charts their friendships and conflicts through the run of the popular
television show, highlighting the rocky marriage of the show’s leads, in particular the
Redhead’s struggle to keep the union -- and the show -- together. Kennedy (Sex,
Relationships, and Sometime…Love; Seven Deadly Sins) anchors the piece with her
soulful rendering of the long-suffering but determined Redhead, against an equally strong
and supple-voiced Rubiano (Carousel, Li’l Abner). Improv specialist Skeris (Upright
Citizens Brigade) is a swaggering and bawdy Hausfrau, handily going toe-to-toe with
Kennedy as well as choreographer Nozzi’s Husband. Nozzi (Harvey, Greater Tuna) plays and sings the gruff old screen actor with relish.
More than just a musical biography, Rhoden’s script touches on issues of gender rights,
world politics and immigration; as relevant in the middle of the Twentieth Century as they are
in the beginning of the Twenty-first.
REDHEAD CUBAN HAUSFRAU HUSBAND is Rhoden’s fourth stage play. His
previous play, LAST TANGO WITH MARLON, about the friendship of actors Marlon
Brando and Wally Cox (now on DVD) was hailed as, “A theatrical dance to remember...
funny and fast moving... comedically delicious... exquisite...” His historical novellas are
equally well-reviewed, called, “Incredibly well written... thoughtful yet riveting from first page
to last...” by Midwest Book Review and others.
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