Equity actors Bill Carmichael, Richard Koons, Chuck Muckle and Barry Pratt take a break after a recent rehearsal of “Four Play: The Musical” which debuts at the Charles Wood Theater in a four-show run April 3 through April 6. The musical has been described as the male version to ‘Menopause: The Musical,’ tracking four men from their college years through middle-age, conveying their candid conversations about health, relationships, aspirations and life’s quirks. Courtesy photo
A musical comedy billed as the male response to “Menopause: The Musical” is set to debut this weekend onstage in the Charles Wood Theater — before the show goes on tour.
The world premier of the show “Four Play: The Musical,” written and produced by a Queensbury couple, is set for Thursday April 3 — and additional shows are scheduled for Friday April 4 through Sunday April 6 at the theater.
Tickets are still available for several of the performances, theater representatives said this week.
Rick Wilson, a local mortgage broker, wrote the script — and his wife Nancy is producing the show,which features professional Equity actors.
A reading of the musical’s script last year in Glens Falls sparked prompted considerable enthusiasm.
Publicist Kate Austin-Avon describes the show as “a laugh-yourself-silly true-to-life musical about friendship, men’s health, and aging.
The musical begins with four male students arriving at college, full of youthful doubts and fears, Austin Avon said.
“They become friends and pledge a future of golf and fun,” she said, noting that the plot resembles playwright Rick Wilson’s personal experiences at Siena College — where the show is to be staged June 7, one stop on its initial tour. The musical is now booked in four venues in New York State for 14 shows, with an expectation that it will extend its tour nationally.
Nancy Wilson said expectations are high for the show’s success.
“The show’s premise is that these four guys get together every year to play golf, and as they age, they discuss their concerns,” she said. “It’s clever, it’s fresh, it’s a very sweet story about the friendship between aging baby boomers.”
Austin-Avon noted that Benita Zahn of WNYT NewsChannel 13 has praised the musical, noting it will appeal to both men and women. Austin-Avon added that Mark Frost of The Chronicle also enjoyed a preview of the show.
The Wilsons are providing free refreshments during the intermission of the shows — Instead of a charge, donations will be collected and handed over to the cancer screening services of Glens Falls Hospital.
Starring in the play are actors Bill Carmichael, Richard Koons, Chuck Muckle, Barry Pratt and Melissa Bayern. The show is directed by Avery Babson with musical direction by John Benware and Equity Stage Manager Sara Friedman. Biographies of the actors and more information can be found at: www.fourplaythemusical.com
Show times in Glens Falls are 7 p.m. Thursday April 3, Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5, plus a Sunday matinée April 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are on sale at the Wood Theater box office, which can be contacted at 874-0800. For more details, see: www.woodtheater.org.
The show’s tour continues April 11 to 13 with a dinner theater at the Clayton Opera House; May 2 and 3 at Lake Placid Center for the Arts; and May 23, 24, 30 and 31 at Siena College — Rick Wilson’s alma mater. The final show of its inaugural run is to be presented June 7 during the college’s 40th reunion, which is where the play itself also concludes.