WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW MUSICAL AT RUSKIN SATURDAY, AUG. 1
“SNEAKY OLE TIME” by two-time Grammy winner and five-time Songwriter of the year composer Paul Overstreet with book by
Mazur will open 3,000 miles from Broadway Saturday night, and
run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm through September 19, 2015 at the Ruskin Group Theater, 3000 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica.
Overstreet (BMI, Hall of Fame – NSAI) chose to launch his latest musical at the Ruskin. Overstreet has charted 16 singles on Bill-board, including two #1 hits. Vocalists Tanya Tucker, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, The Judds, and Randy Travis have all covered Overstreet’s songs.
Mazur said, “A songwriter who can make you roar with laughter one minute and move you to tears in the next has a truly unique talent. My goal in writing the book is simple to state but hard to achieve: to match the heart, the wit, and the soul of Paul’s songs.”
Day drinking strangers in a Tennessee honky-tonk discover that they have a lot more in common than they ever could have imagined. “Sneaky Old Time,” a cosmic and comic exploration of love and/or marriage is built around twenty-two of Overstreet’s greatest songs, including “Forever and Ever,” “Amen,” and “When You Say Nothing at All.” The World Premiere goes straight to the heart of what it means to fall in (and out) of love, with the play’s characters designed to give voice to disparate perspectives, from ”I’d Choose You Again” to (“You Are the Reason We’re) Not Going to Make It.” No matter what brings them all together to hash it out on a Wednesday afternoon, nobody leaves unchanged.
Overstreet (Music/Lyrics) has written and co-written 27 top ten songs, his first being George Jones’ “Same Ole Me.”
Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Alison Kraus, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Glen Campbell are just a few of the artists who have recorded Paul’s songs. “When
You Say Nothing at All” was released in the motion picture, “Notting Hill,” starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Gant.
Tickets are $30 ($25 for students, seniors, and guild mem-
bers) and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244 or online at www.ruskingrouptheatre.com. Ample free parking is available at the theater.
Mazur has written or co-written the screenplays for “Liar, Liar,” “Heatbreakers” (MGM), “The Crooked E” (CBS), “Wedding Wars” (A&E), “Without a Paddle II” (Paramount), and “Jingle All The Way II” (Fox). At RGT, Steve has written two dozen L.A. Café Plays over the past five years, and was included in “The Best of L.A. Café Plays.”
OUR PRODUCTION TEAM:Michael Myers (Director), Cliff Wagner (Musical Director), John Ruskin (Artistic Director), Yonta Taiwo (Producer), Mike Reilly (Lighting design/Production Manager), Chip Bolcik (Sound Designer), Tor Campbell (Choreographer), Paul Ruddy (Casting/CSA), and Nicole Millar (Stage Manager)
Ruskin’s Healing Through The Arts program brings their actors into Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to work with and entertain the children. The CAFÉ PLAYS, created by RGT are produced and celebrating their 10th anniversary. RGT supporters Dylan McDermott, Ed Asner, Chris Mulkey, Olivia d’Abo, and other industry celebrities joined to produce the Best of Café Plays (both shows sold out within hours). Anthony Hopkins, David Mamet, Tony Franciosa, and Ed O’Neill are just some of the noted guests to teach master classes at the Ruskin.
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