Nancy and Rick Wilson of Queensbury are producer and playwright respectively of the new production: “Four Play: The Musical” which debuts at the Charles Wood Theater in a four-show run April 3 through six. 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 penned and produced by a Queensbury couple — that’s enjoyed rave reviews at its initial readings — will be premiering April 3 through 6 at the Charles Wood Theater.
Rick Wilson, a local mortgage broker wrote the script — and his wife Nancy is producing the show, "Four Play: The Musical" — featuring professional Equity actors.
A reading of the musical’s script last year in Glens Falls sparked prompted considerable enthusiasm about its prospects, and after the show was fully developed, it is ready to go on tour, according to publicist Kate Austin-Avon. The musical is now booked in four venues in New York for 14 shows, with an expectation that it will extend its tour nationally. Actors are now in Glens Falls rehearsing the show.
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.
In a recent interview, Wilson talked about what led him to authoring the show.
“About five years ago, my wife and I and two other couples attended a showing of “Menopause: The Musical” and two of us guys were mocked mercilessly by both the women onstage and in the audience,” he said. “I left theater laughing, and I said to myself, ‘There’s got to be a male response to this — how the stages in life men go through could be presented in humorous way.’ So about three years ago, I started writing it. Since then, it’s evolved, and it’s amazing how it’s come to life.”
Part of the evolution for this musical which depicts the four men’s friendship over 40 years, Wilson continued, was to add a sole female character.
“We wrote in a part for a female to show how shallow men really are,” he quipped.
Nancy Wilson added her thoughts.
“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.”
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 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 now. at the Wood Theater box office, which can be contacted at 874-0800. For more details, see: www.woodtheater.org.