You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
4 - 30 October 2011
Based on The Comic Strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
‘The story of underdog Charlie Brown, is endearing, expertly constructed, stylishly directed, and nothing but addictive.’
– The Stage
‘The director, Anthony Drewe (better known as the lyricist half of “Stiles and Drewe”) has brought together a wonderful combination of talents to form a real gem of a show that really lifts your spirits.’
– The Public Reviews
‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is pure fun and a great show to take the children to – but adults without five-year-olds will love it too!’
– Indie London
‘I loved the comic strip. I loved the cartoon series on TV. And now I love the musical.’
– Backstage Pass
The Tabard Theatre presents the London premiere of the revised version of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, the Broadway musical comedy based on the much loved ‘Peanuts’ comic strips by Charles Schulz. This production is directed by West-End lyricist Anthony Drewe (Betty Blue Eyes, Honk, Mary Poppins) and stars Leanne Jones (Hairspray) as Lucy and Hayley Gallivan (Spring Awakening) as Sally Brown.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown was written in 1967 by Clark Gesner, the first stage musical based on the ‘Peanuts’ characters and played over 1500 performances. A new revised version was presented on Broadway in 1999 with new songs and additional dialogue added by Michael Mayer and Andrew Lippa. This fresh version won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and also won Tony Awards for Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally.
Though considered a ‘good man’ by his friends, Charlie Brown has never been able to keep a kite in the air, never successfully kicked a football and can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl. As the ‘Peanuts’ gang make their way through the day, Charlie wonders what it takes to be a good man as he sees Schroeder’s passion for Beethoven, Lucy’s psychiatrist booth, Linus’ complex about his blanket, Sally’s new philosophy and Snoopy’s ace flying ability. And with the help of his friends, Charlie comes to realise what makes them all truly happy.
Anthony Drewe has directed several shows including the Watermill Theatre’s production of Snoopy, the Musical (designed by Peter McKintosh who is also design consultant for this production). Anthony is best known for his collaborations with composer George Stiles on West end musicals such as Betty Blue Eyes, Honk! and Mary Poppins. Last Christmas, the Tabard Theatre produced Stiles and Drewe’s first musical Just So (based on the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling) and sowed the seeds for this revival of Charlie Brown.
The cast includes Leanne Jones who played Tracy Turnblad in the West End premiere of Hairspray and Hayley Gallivan who played Martha in the original London cast of Spring Awakening. The cast also includes Lewis Barnshaw, Mark Anderson, Nathaniel Morrison and Adam Ellis.
Featuring uplifting music played by a live band, this is a hilarious glimpse into the life of the ‘Peanuts’ characters about the trials and tribulations of growing up, written with charm, sweetness and an innocent sophistication.