THE NEW THEATRE PRESENTS
Feb 8th 2023 - Apr 16th 2023
You’ll enjoy this show because:
It’s gut-busting funny! The World’s funniest farces come from Great Britain. When this show premiered in London, New Theatre was the first in America to snap it up…and then we cast Barry Williams (THE BRADY BUNCH), Cathy Barnett and Craig Benton! It’s a good, old fashioned farce but it’s brand new and it’s the American premiere!
Bad luck, coincidence, misunderstandings and mistaken identity drive increasingly crazy situations that only the audience understands. A ruthless real estate company wants to evict all the tenants of an aging apartment building to turn it into pricey condos. The only thing stopping them? The tenants, including a cross dressing neighbor, a bankrupt banker, a mobster who might have killed his wife, a widow seeking love in all the wrong places and a huge mischief of mice!
“A fast-paced, 5-star, tremendously fun comedy that will have you laughing from the moment the curtain goes up.” – London Times
“I laughed the entire time!” – London Sunday Times
Act 1: 54 Mins.
Act 2: 44 Mins.
Barry Williams* (Hugh Carmichael) is thrilled to be returning to the New Theatre. He hosted a successful 6 year run of the 70s MUSIC CELEBRATION! STARRING BARRY WILLIAMS in Branson, MO – a full scale Multi-Media Musical Variety Show. He has had an extensive career, starring in 100s of productions in Television, Movies, and Broadway. He made appearances in several Television shows including DRAGNET, ADAM-12, IT TAKES A THIEF, THE INVADERS, THE MOD SQUAD, THAT GIRL, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and THE FBI before landing his role as Greg Brady on THE BRADY BUNCH, in which he won the Young Artist Foundation Former Child Star “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1989. He embraced his role and has appeared in various Brady Bunch TV movie reunions including A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS, THE BRADY BRIDES, THE BRADY BUNCH VARIETY HOUR. He became involved in musical theater, starring on Broadway in PIPPIN and ROMANCE/ROMANCE. He has toured extensively throughout the country in National Tours of OKLAHOMA!, MUSIC MAN, SOUND OF MUSIC, CITY OF ANGELS, GREASE, WEST SIDE STORY and over 85 different musical productions.
Barry wrote his autobiography, GROWING UP BRADY: I WAS A TEENAGE GREG which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for several months. Williams then Executive Produced the book into a NBC TV movie. He spent 5 years as a DJ on satellites’ SIRIUS RADIO, has recorded several CD’s and in 2013 starred in Syfy made for television movie BIGFOOT with Danny Bonaduce.
Williams also wrote, co-produced and starred in 3 USO Christmas Shows, touring the world and bringing entertainment to our troops.
"Jade the Maid"
Cathy Barnett* (Jade the Maid) is delighted that Barry is back in KC! Prior appearances at New Theatre include JOHNNY & JUNE, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER with Morgan Fairchild, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, SISTER ACT, FUNNY MONEY with Jim O’Heir, THE ADAMS FAMILY and YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Cathy most recently appeared in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Lyceum Theater in Arrow Rock. Other performances about town include PIPELINE at the Unicorn Theater, the Wicked Witch of the West in Starlight Theater’s THE WIZARD OF OZ and Mrs. Lovett in the Musical Theater Heritage production of SWEENEY TODD. She has also toured nationally and internationally in FORBIDDEN BROADWAY.
Craig Benton* (Giles Fletcher) is grateful to return for another show at NTR! This year kept him busy with DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, FREAKY FRIDAY, and COME BLOW YOUR HORN. Past NTR credits: BEAU JEST, SHEER MADNESS, FUNNY MONEY, MAMMA MIA, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, RUMORS, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ON GOLDEN POND, BOEING, BOEING or HARVEY. Some other KC highlights: OUR TOWN, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY & CHRISTMAS CAROL (KC REP), TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE & LEAVING IOWA (American Heartland), A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE & DEATHTRAP (MET), and BEE LUTHER HATCHEE (Unicorn). Craig’s also appeared across the country at Magic Castle in Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm in Anaheim, Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, the Alhambra in Jacksonville, Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania, the Forum in Wichita, and Midtown International Festival in NYC. Mr. Benton and his wife Kris raised their two kids here in Overland Park and are thrilled to welcome their first grandchild in March!
Ashlee LaPine* (Sandrine Fletcher) is so thrilled to return to the New Theater stage again!! Some of her favorite NTR roles include Barbara in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, Maggie in LEND ME A TENOR and Kenni in BECKY’S NEW CAR. She was last seen locally as Mrs. Peake in the Kansas City Actors Theater production of A SPIDER’S WEB. Some of her favorite local credits include Emily Webb in Coterie’s OUR TOWN, Mandy in Unicorn Theatre’s TIME STANDS STILL, Desdemona in KCAT’s DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF and Irene Molloy in Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre’s HELLO, DOLLY!. She holds an MFA in Acting from UMKC and teaches acting and private singing lessons. After working in LA on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, PARENTHOOD, and other projects, she is so excited to be back on stage in Kansas City. She is so grateful to her amazing husband Todd and she is so very thankful to her Mom and Dad for helping her every step of the way
Jennifer Mays* (Angela Crabbe) You may remember Jen from her window acrobatics in last season’s THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG or as the diner waitress in HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY. Well, she is so very excited to be back here with you – and with some of her favorite costars! Local credits include: PROJECT DAWN, CLYBOURNE PARK, APPLICATION PENDING (Unicorn), ABOUT ALICE, PICNIC (KC Actors Theatre), CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Spinning Tree), MIRACLE WORKER, SEUSSICAL (Coterie), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, GUYS & DOLLS (KCRep), MOTHER-FREAKING-HOOD! (Moonshine Variety), MENOPAUSE, THE MUSICAL, DIXIE SWIM CLUB, BEAU JEST, ON GOLDEN POND, ALL SHOOK UP, GYPSY, MAMMA MIA and so many more here at NTR. Thank you for supporting local live theatre. www.jenmays.com
Carmen Roman* (Claire Carmichael) returns to NTR after appearing in HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS and MOON OVER BUFFALO. Recent: KING JOHN (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), THE GARDEN OF ANUNCIA (Old Globe), THE CHILDREN (Seattle Rep), ANGELS IN AMERICA (Berkeley Rep), YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Indiana Rep), NATIVE SON, (Yale Rep, American Blues Theater, The Court Theatre), MY FAIR LADY (The Lyric Opera). National Tours: ANGELS IN AMERICA. Off-Broadway: THE IPHIGENIA CYCLE (Theater for a New Audience, Court Theatre), THE MYSTERIES (Classic Stage Company). Regional: BOTANIC GARDEN, (Canamac Productions), 13 seasons with Peninsula Players, WIT, BLACK SNOW, BRUTALITY OF FACT (Goodman Theatre) SIDE MAN (Steppenwolf Theatre), THE PRICE (Syracuse Stage and Geva), SONIA FLEW (The Huntington Theatre), ELECTRA (Hartford Stage), SHADOWLANDS (Alliance Theater). Television: PROVEN INNOCENT, CHICAGO PD, BETRAYAL, BOSS, ALL MY CHILDREN, EARLY EDITION, LAW AND ORDER, SVU: CRIMINAL INTENT. Film: AN ACCEPTABLE LOSS, SAVAGES, THE FALCON, LIBERTY, PENETENTIA. Fox Fellow, Sarah Siddons Award, Joseph Jefferson Awards, Chicago
James Wright* (Phil Gibson) is always happy to be on stage with his New Theatre family. He has appeared in many NTR productions including, BUDDY HOLLY STORY (3x), OUT OF ORDER (2x), FABULOUS LIPITONES, MUSIC MAN, RUMORS, GREASE, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING …, SHEAR MADNESS, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, SOUTH PACIFIC, and TOM SAWYER. Other favorite local roles include Greg in SYLVIA, Judge Turpin in SWEENEY TODD, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Johnny in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY at the Clair de Lune, and his many years of performing for the loyal Kansas City audiences at Kansas City Rep, Quality Hill Playhouse, Starlight, American Heartland, Music Theatre Heritage, Chestnut Fine Arts, Coterie, Metropolitan Ensemble, Unicorn, and many others. James sends his love and appreciation to Joellen, Andrew, and Aubrey.
Matt Williamson (Tim Forrester) Since moving from Los Angeles to Kansas City in 2015, Matthew has been working steadily in television, radio, and theatre. While living in Los Angeles, he appeared in television shows such as STAR TREK: VOYAGER, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, WILL & GRACE, ER, BOSTON LEGAL, THE WEST WING, and more. He also performed on Broadway in William Inge’s COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Matthew played Ned Alleyn in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and Don Pedro in HASF’s 2018 production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Most recently, he played Trevor in the New Theatre’s hilarious production of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Currently, Matthew teaches and directs at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley.
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