The country's going crazy; partisan politics, civil rights threatened, technology exploding. That's right, it's 1979! Somewhere in America's heartland, with more heart than sense, Bronco Billy struggles to keep his traveling Wild West show alive. But when Billy and his ragtag troupe of misfits meet Antoinette, a Manhattan heiress on-the-run, the ride gets even wilder as she turns Billy's world upside down.
“The show is about living your passion. About being part of a family even if you have to create your own. With some unexpected turns through love, villainy, show business, and lots of humor, composers Chip, John, and Michele have beautifully honored the book and enlightened the characters with their magical musical influences,” says Hackin. “All this, during a time when everyone could use a new upbeat musical.”
Dennis Hackin(Book) wrote the novel and the film version of Bronco Billy, co-produced with Neal Dobrofsky. The story was created in homage to his parents who wanted to be cowboys and moved their city slicker family from Chicago to Arizona to live out their dreams. The film was released by Warner Bros. Additional novels include Star Boy, Android Roy The Paranoid Android, and H: Forbidden Love. He is founder of The Invisible Theatre in Tucson, AZ.
Director Hunter Bird, in discussing what drew him to the show, said “Bronco Billy is so much about identity. Rather than accepting the roles we're given, we always have the ability to create our own realities, our own families, and our own identities.”
Hunter Birdis a recipient of Manhattan Theatre Club'sJonathan Alper Directing Fellow (2017 & 2019). He has directed and developed work at stages such as Roundabout Theatre,Ars Nova,Lincoln Center Education,59E59,La Mama, and The Getty Villa. Upcoming: XY(Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Workshop, Village Theatre Workshop, NAMT). Accolades include The UCLA Emerging Director Award (2011), Gilbert Cates Fellowship (2009).
Musical Director is Anthony Lucca(Mutt Houseat the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Cult of Loveat IAMA,), choreographer is Janet Roston(The Boy From Oz - Ovation Award & LADCC Award; The Color Purple - Ovation Award) with Arrangments/Orchestration by David O(Soft Power– Ahmanson Theatre, 13, and Wild Party– Mark Taper Forum).
Chip Rosenbloom (Music & Lyrics), John Torres (Music & Lyrics), Michele Brourman (Additional Lyrics).
Cast: Eric B. Anthony* (Broadway– The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Hairspray; Awards - Ovation, NAACP Theatre, Broadway World Awards, Recorded in Hollywood – Kirk Douglas Theatre) stars as Bronco Billy, with Amanda Leigh Jerry*(Kirk Douglas Theatre's Mutt House, South Coast Rep's Once,Musical Theatre West's Carousel, and Mary Poppins) starring as Antoinette inthis wild west road show extravaganza.
The talented troupe of characters includes Michelle Azar(La Bohemewith Placido Domingo, worldwide solo performances From Baghdad to Brooklyn, My Barking DogatBoston Court-Stage Raw Award) as Constance; Benai Boyd(Violetat Actor's Co-Op - LA Times Critics Choice & Ovation Nominated, and West Coast Premiere of The View Upstairs, Disney's Frozen: Live at the Hyperion)as Doc;Marc Cardiff(Happy Days at Boston Court, An Empty Plate… at the Laguna Playhouse, Juan Peron in Evita in the 25th Anniversary National Tour) as Lawyer Lipton; Randy Charleville (National Tours: The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, and The Phantom of The Opera, Tony Awardsw/Liza Minnelli, and The ESPY Awards) as Two Gun Lefty Lebow; Fatima El-Bashir (Pasadena Playhouse - Breaking Through, La Mirada's Empire the Musical, International Tour – Dreamgirls, National Tour - Beehive the 60's Musical -) as Lorraine; Kyle Frattini(Richard in The Man Who Came To Dinnerat the Actor's Co-op, The Man/Peter/Doctor in The Pride at My Big Fat Queer Theater Company, and Pinocchio in Shrekat 5-Star Theatricals) as Lasso Leonard James; Bella Hicks(Janis Joplin in Beehive 30th Anniversary Tour, Finnick in The Mollyhouse, and American Idiotat La Mirada. Recorded with LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban, and Lionel Ritchie on multiple David Foster productions) as Mitzi/Female Ens/Covers; Chris M. Kauffmann(Off-Broadway: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Henry and Mudgetour); Regional: Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q - Ovation Nom, 1776at Goodspeed, and The King's Faceat Blank Theatre) as John Arlington, Big Eagle/Lasso cover; Anthony Marciona (Broadway/National Tours: Gypsy, Zorba, Georgy, Tommy, Starlight Express, has worked with Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince, Stephen Schwartz, and Andrew Lloyd Weber) as Sam/Character Male; Jamie Mills(National tour - Mrs. Donnor/Dolly in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Regional: Annie in Annie Get Your Gun at Candlelight Pavilion; Aquata in The Little Mermaidat Cabrillo Music Theatre, and The Trouble with Wordsat Coeurage Theatre) as Ensemble/Constance Cover; Pat Towne (Laughter on the 23rd Floorat Garry Marshall, Charles Busch's Die, Mommie, Die! at Kirk Douglas; Skullduggeryat Sacred Fools; Hoboken to Hollywood —LAWeekly Award “Best Musical,” Stoneface and Kiss Me Kate at Pasadena Playhouse) as Sinclair; Michael Uribes (title role in Hamletfor the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, Oedipus El Reyat Boston Court, El Pachuco in Zoot Suit) as Big Eagle.
Bronco Billy – The Musical opens at 8:30pm on Saturday, May 18, and runs at 8:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00pm Saturdays and Sundays through June 30, 2019 (Previews begin on May 10th). Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $29 - $55.Children under 6 years old are not admitted. Information and reservations: (213) 761-7061 or (866) 811-4111. Online ticketing: http://SkylightTix.org