The Root Beer Bandits - a Rootin' Tootin Wild West Musicale

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The marshallARTS Family Series presents The Root Beer Bandits –
A Rootin' Tootin' Wild West Musicale, at the Garry Marshall Theatre in a new, updated pull-out-all-the-stops version complete with live band, added songs, a revised book, and all-new costumes for its 15th anniversary.

The book is by Joseph Leo Bwarie (one of the theatre's artistic directors and a record-holding ‘Frankie Valli' in Broadway's Jersey Boys) and Lori Marshall (co-author, My Happy Days in Hollywood); the music is by Rachael Lawrence (songwriter, American Girl film series). Garry Marshall Theatre's Artistic Directors are Bwarie and Dimitri Toscas.

The Root Beer Bandits has only 17 performances, April 4 to April 28 (press opening April 5). Tickets, starting at $20, are on sale now by calling 818.955.8101 or by visiting www.garrymarshalltheatre.org.
The Garry Marshall Theatre has designated Friday, April 19 at 7pm as a sensory-sensitive performance.

Returning for its third visit, The Root Beer Bandits tells the story of Polly Peppercorn, the only female to ride for the Pony Express. But as often is the case -- that is her predicament – she really has dreams to become a songwriter.

When Polly delivers a letter to Sheriff Bailey of Sarsaparilla City, they discover that Copper Penny is scheming to steal the city's famous root beer supply. With Sally Sue Tucker, a trailblazing female entrepreneur named helping her, and Sheriff Bailey, Polly sets things right and makes it clear that everyone is capable of greatness, no matter what their circumstances may be.

Hold onto yer hats, 'cuz laughs are sure to be a-plenty in this high-paced vaudevillian show including a chase, a Ho' Down, a sing-off at high noon, and although the show has a surprise ending, its no surprise that girl power saves the day!

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Reviews

"Director Leo Bwarie holds the reigns of this rip-roarin' delight which only plays until April 28. Rustle up your children, the neighbor's kiddies or your grandchildren and head on down to Burbank for a taste of sarsaparilla this weekend. No kidding…root beer is served after the show."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"There's no shoot out, instead justice is served with a “sing out.” The songs are terrific, co-written by director Joseph Leo Bwarie who peppers the production with a fun vaudeville style. There's a live “cowboy” band on stage, and a hoedown finale that's as wild as a bucking bronco with bees in his saddlebag."

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"So the story unfolds with gorgeous songs, hilarious and playful encounters and truly magical performances.  The Garry Marshall Theatre has a knack for these family oriented productions.  They value the importance of promoting fairness, love, forgiveness, equality and friendship, and in each and every one of their productions they become better and better at it."

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


"Director Leo Bwarie holds the reigns of this rip-roarin' delight which only plays until April 28. Rustle up your children, the neighbor's kiddies or your grandchildren and head on down to Burbank for a taste of sarsaparilla this weekend. No kidding…root beer is served after the show."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"There's no shoot out, instead justice is served with a “sing out.” The songs are terrific, co-written by director Joseph Leo Bwarie who peppers the production with a fun vaudeville style. There's a live “cowboy” band on stage, and a hoedown finale that's as wild as a bucking bronco with bees in his saddlebag."

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"So the story unfolds with gorgeous songs, hilarious and playful encounters and truly magical performances.  The Garry Marshall Theatre has a knack for these family oriented productions.  They value the importance of promoting fairness, love, forgiveness, equality and friendship, and in each and every one of their productions they become better and better at it."

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review